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Get inside the head of Brian Williams and of the candidates. Williams selects the questions (even if a token few come from the average citizen via the internet), and the campaigns have been practicing answering the questions they anticipate.

There will only be 10 or so questions. Score more than 8 and you are above average. 7 is a minimum. 6 or fewer and you fail. Read more to see my predictions and use the comments to submit your top ten list . . .

  1. Iraq. Duh.

  2. Virginia Tech and gun control. It's in the news and may actually elicit some differences.

  3. Silly "college application essay" question. There always is one. Favorite movie, song, book, philosopher, influential life event.

  4. Your experience/why you. Needed at this stage of the race.

  5. Immigration. It's in the top 4 voter concerns and is an issue in the south as well as nationally.

  6. Health Care. Another near certainty. Edwards has a plan, after all.

  7. Corruption. Some form of question that gets at the U.S. attorneys scandal, Rove, Abramoff, etc. If there is no such question look for Edwards to use another question to call for Rove to be fired (since he said he would do so in the debate in an e-mail from Bonior to supporters).

  8. Education. Bill and Melinda Gates unveiled their $60 million publicity campaign (to run in conjunction with the 2008 presidential race) yesterday in South Carolina. Too big to ignore, and it gets at race and poverty.

  9. Energy/global warming. League of Conservation Voters have been running ads in SC this week on the issue. Al Gore is waiting in the wings (in the minds/dreams of some Democrats). Plus, it is the biggest economic/environmental/foreign policy intersection.

Easy, eh.

If those are wrong or if there is somehow time for more than 10:

Trade. This really needs to be in the top ten since it is an issue that the Dems are actually somewhat divided on. If I were the moderator I would ask about Fast Track Authority and whether any President, not just Bush, needs it to effectively negotiate trade agreements.

Deficits. Another tough one. How will you pay for everything when the deficit is so big?

Process. Campaign finance and such. Money is in the news, gives the darkhorses a chance to whine, and Obama a chance to talk "new kind of politics".

Supreme Court and abortion (recent news counts).

Equal Pay for women (was equal pay day this week and Obama is to the left of Hillary!).

Cross posted at DebateScoop (see lots of other debate analysis there.

Originally posted to demondeac on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 02:56 PM PDT.

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Comment Preferences

  •  When did you start hating Ameica ? (5+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, House, UniC, rjones2818, Nick Blas

    Hey Now !

    "When did you stop beating your wife"?

    Oh yeah, the debate is not on Fox,
    my bad...

    Should be good to watch.

    "Would you be ok with being Vice President
    under Al Gore " ?

    Probably won't ask that one....

    Peace to all.


  •  Hmmm. (0+ / 0-)

    If someone wanted to really confound Hillary, it would be by asking her why she told New Yorkers last year that she was fully focused on her Senate race. Not that anyone really bought that, mind you, but it still rankles that she was obviously prepping for 2008 all along.

    •  Good question (2+ / 0-)
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      UniC, MBNYC

      IF this were a series of individual questions to individual candidatess.

      Perhaps a general question along the lines of, "How does running for president interfere with your other obligations and prior commitments?" would get at what you are looking for.

      Gravel and Edwards are the only ones that have no conflicting demands on their time!

      Be the Democrat you want to see. DebateScoop

      by demondeac on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 02:58:01 PM PDT

      [ Parent ]

  •  Certainly, after last night's Moyers bullseye (2+ / 0-)
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    dufffbeer, rjones2818

    They each must be asked how much they spend per haircut.

  •  When did you stop beating your wife? (0+ / 0-)

    Just sayin.

  •  Are you in favor of impeaching W or Dick? (2+ / 0-)
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    UniC, Mardish

    Why were you stupid enough to vote for the war/or any of the emergency spending bills to support the war?

    Why weren't you stupid enough...?

    Why do you support our possible bombing of Iran?
    Why don't you support our possible bombing of Iran?

    If Joe isn't a Democrat, would you remove him from his chairmanship?

    If you go along and fund the war without any withdrawl date, do you feel you will have betrayed the voters who gave the Dems their congressional majorities?

    Now mind you, it's Brian Williams and Tweety, so we're not likely to here these questions.

    The list can go on forever....

    Trust no organizaton bigger than two, and even those are suspect!

    by rjones2818 on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 03:03:34 PM PDT

  •  I'm hopeful but not holding my breadth (3+ / 0-)
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    dougymi, rjones2818, Mardish

    At the moment, Chris Matthews is asking what color is she wearing tonight and Kieth returned with "why not what they're wearing" so MSNBC may not be the place to debut real questions.

    •  I don't have MSNBC (0+ / 0-)

      so I can't watch. I am sure that a running list of
      "Tweety-isms" would be hilarious. I am sure in the wrap up he will bloviate about something HRC says, asking "is that something the average Joe, the regular guy can support in the general election?", you get the drift. See, I'm not even watching and I bet I am right.

      As for the questions - my bet is one related to "restoring the civility in political discourse" which is a buggaboo with media types now that the Dems have the upper hand.

  •  "Kindly describe your relationship with God... (5+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, UniC, dougymi, rjones2818, Mardish

    And how do you rate Jesus Christ among your own personal "Favorite Philosophers"...?

  •  Positions on permanent US bases in Iraq... (1+ / 0-)
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  •  There will... (1+ / 0-)
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    be a question about race or affirmative action, I expect, given the composition of the electorate in South Carolina.

  •  My top 10... (3+ / 0-)
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    OLinda, UniC, Crisitunity


    1. All candidates: What do you think should be done about the situation in Iraq, and if we're still in Iraq when you become President, how will you handle it?
    1. All candidates: Do you believe America should ween itself from foreign oil? If so, how?
    1. All candidates: Is George Bush a great president or the greatest president?


    1. Edwards: Why are you so damn pretty? Compliments to your stylist. There's no need to respond.
    1. Senator Biden: Did you shower this morning? I'm not saying you aren't clean, maybe a better word is "fresh."
    1. Governor Richardson: As Ambassador to the U.N in the late 90's, why didn't you do more to prevent 9/11?
    1. Senator Obama: Sir, prove to me that you are not working with our enemies.
    1. Senator Clinton: Would you consider wearing a burka when visiting Middle East nations?
    1. All candidates: Do you have difficulty remembering events that took place less than 6 months ago? If so, what medication(s) or medical condition(s) cause this, and what steps will you take to remedy the problem? For example, Nixon had these tape recorders.
    1. All candidates: Are you or have you ever been a flip-flopper?
  •  Senator Osama... (0+ / 0-)

    you're well-known, sir, for your lenient stance on crime.  But suppose for a second that your house was ransacked by thugs, your family tied up in the basement with socks in their mouths, you try to open the door but there's too much blood on the knob --
    What is your question?
    My question is about the budget, sir.

  •  Knowing brian williams (0+ / 0-)

    I'll be surprised if he doesn't preface at least one question with "rush limbaugh says..."

    A learning experience is one of those things that says, 'You know that thing you just did? Don't do that.' Douglas Adams

    by dougymi on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 03:16:19 PM PDT

  •  Questions you may / may not see (0+ / 0-)

    Question you May Not see:
    Do you think Barack O. is clean?

    Do you think Barack O. is dirty?

    Will you drop out if Al Gore gets in?

    Is Dennis K. a flake?

    Is Fox fair and balanced?

    Is your memory better than Gonzo's?

    Is Hillary a B**** or just acting tough?

    Is Hillary too conservative?

    Is Hillary too liberal?

    Will an average white guy, beat a great woman or great black guy in 08?

    Did Democrats who originally backed the war lack judgement or courage?

    Isn't it about time we had high speed rail in the USA?

    I hope we see these questions.

    Should Democrats approve unrestricted funding for the occupation of Iraq as GWB is demanding?

    Presumming we are still in Iraq in 08 and the Democrats win in 08, should they withdraw from Iraq or try succeed in Iraq?

    What does American need to do the most in the next four years?

    What distinguishes you from the other candidates on the stage?

    What will you do to help the lower 80% of the American population?

    We shall overcome, someday.

    by Sam Wise Gingy on Thu Apr 26, 2007 at 03:39:40 PM PDT

  •  only one I wish to hear (1+ / 0-)
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    "What do you suppose is wrong with this country that anyone could even think to run for president who voted for the AUMF?"

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