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    Back in the dim and distant past of this presidential campaign (i.e., February), I wrote a pre-debate column listing questions I would like to hear both Democratic candidates answer. Today's column is a revision of this original. Many of the questions I have are the same, for which I apologize. I don't normally recycle my own material in this fashion, but unfortunately these questions remain largely unanswered, almost two months after the last debate.

    As I previously stated, I (of course) have my own biases as to what to ask and what not to ask, so I invite everyone to pose their own questions in response in the comments.

    [I have a few specific questions for each candidate, and then a list of questions I'd like to ask both candidates.]

    Senator Clinton, if you were told a black preacher were giving a sermon next weekend entitled "Why America May Go To Hell," what would your reaction be?

    Senator Clinton, a followup question... would you say the same thing if you knew that the preacher in question was the Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., and that the sermon was the one he was working on when he was assassinated?

    Senator Obama, given your recent comments on guns, please state exactly where you stand on the Second Amendment, background checks for gun sales, banning assault weapons, and the ban on handguns for the residents of Washington, D.C.

    Senator Clinton, in the past you have said you were against a constitutional amendment to outlaw burning the American flag, but then you co-sponsored a bill to do exactly that. So where exactly do you stand on the issue? Do you support making flag-burning illegal? Was your past support a mistake? Or were you just positioning yourself to run for president by championing this issue?

    Senator Obama, you have called for bold leadership in your campaign, but as a state senator you voted "present" rather than for or against a number of bills dealing with some very contentious issues, such as abortion laws and gun control laws. Do you regret not standing up and leading on these issues? Were your past "present" votes a mistake? Were you just using the option of "present" to give yourself political cover, rather than voting the way you felt was right?

    Senator Clinton, you have said that you have "35 years" of experience. Part of that experience was being First Lady for eight years. When your husband signed NAFTA, was that part of the "experience" that you are proud of? Why did you praise your husband for the achievement of passing NAFTA if you are now opposed to it? Why did you appear at public events supporting it at the time?

    Senator Obama, you have said we need a new kind of politics to get beyond the old debates in Washington. But unless the Democrats pick up something like ten seats in the Senate, the Republicans will still be able to halt important legislation with cloture votes. If faced with such a deadlock on an important bill you support, exactly how would you resolve it?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, John McCain recently unveiled some tax proposals. I'd like to ask you specifically about two of them. Would you support a law being passed this year to give a "tax holiday" to Americans on their purchases of gasoline this summer? Why or why not?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, John McCain also said he supported doubling the personal exemption on income taxes. This would benefit almost everyone who fills out a tax form in America. Do you support this idea or not, and why?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, in campaign speeches you have both been using some version of the line: "Warren Buffett pays a lower rate in taxes than his secretary does." But neither one of you, to the best of my knowledge, has offered a viable solution to this problem. Because Mr. Buffett makes most of his money trading on Wall Street, and his secretary earns an income, their tax rates are going to be different -- which neither of you has fully addressed. So my question to both of you is: do you support taxing capital gains at the same rate as income, yes or no? If you answer "no," please explain why Mr. Buffett's secretary should pay a higher rate in taxes than her boss.

    Senators Clinton and Obama, given that America will face a dangerous world in the next four years, what qualifications would you look for in your nominations for Secretary of Defense, and Secretary of State?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, would you consider putting a Republican on your Cabinet if you thought they were the most qualified to do the job?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, do you support state legalization of marijuana for medical purposes only? If you do support this concept, would you, as president, change marijuana from being a Schedule I Dangerous Controlled Substance to Schedule II? Schedule I drugs are those that have no medical use whatsoever -- such as LSD and PCP. Schedule II covers dangerous drugs which are tightly controlled, but which may be prescribed by a physician legally -- such as cocaine, methamphetamine, and morphine. So, would you support moving marijuana to Schedule II to stop federal raids on sick people, and to allow doctors to legally prescribe marijuana?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, no matter which of you gets your party's nomination, it appears almost certain that for only the third time in American history, we will be electing someone straight from the United States Senate to the White House. But it doesn't seem as though either one of you has used the bully pulpit of the Senate to champion any of your key issues during your campaign. Please name one issue you've given a speech on in the Senate in the past six months that you feel strongly about. And please give an example of one Senate vote you missed, due to the campaign, that you now regret not being present for.

    Senators Clinton and Obama, if you become the Democratic nominee, one of the things the Republican candidate is going to attack you on will be "retreating" in Iraq, being in favor of "surrendering to Al Qaeda," and "losing the war on terror." This is not exactly a big secret, it is what Republicans have been saying for years. So how would you answer such "Defeatocrat" charges?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, as president would you restrict the CIA and all other government agencies to only using interrogation techniques described in the Army Field Manual? Or would you continue the Bush policies on torture?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, as president would you continue the Bush administration's policies on warrantless wiretapping? Do you support giving telecommunications companies amnesty for past illegal activities they may have committed in their support of Bush's wiretapping policies?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, if you shut down Guantanamo Bay as a location to hold prisoners, what would you do with the people locked up there? Where would they go? What would happen to them?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, if you become president, what will you do to expose the actions of the Bush administration? You may have the only chance to bring to light a lot of things the Bush folks have been doing, and if you don't do so, history will be full of unanswered questions about his time in office. Will you pledge to deeply investigate wrongdoing by your predecessor, or will you let sleeping dogs lie, and concentrate on the future?

    Senators Clinton and Obama, I'd like you to picture your first day in the Oval Office. After measuring the place for drapes, what will be your first three actions as president? What are the first three executive orders you will issue on that historic day? In other words, what are your top three priorities for your presidency that can be accomplished by your signature alone?

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    did you see the 'debate' last night? Good god, it was pathetic. All they talked about was the "pin" issue, the bosnia thing, the reverend thing...

    where were the questions on policy? plans? opinions on world issues? Who the fuck knows! it was like a tabloid.

    Honestly, you have to wonder if Clinton and Obama had looked at each other and thought to say to the host "could we have some REAL fucking questions please? On issues that MATTER?"

    on that note, who cares about guns, gays and abortion. that shit is stupid. who gives a fuck, how about iraq? pollution? torture?
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    I thought the debate was very indicative thematically of what the nominee can expect to face against the republicans. Let's face it, in real life the average voter doesn't necessarily decide who to vote for based on policy. Look at how dumb-ass Bush beat "uppity" Gore, for one.

    I also think Hillary fared much better than Barack and won the debate. His tone was overall negative and petty toward her, and he didn't directly answer many (if any) questions. It's interesting that his campaign is trying to twist his poor performance and blame the negativity of the questions on her.
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    I am going to see Hillary tomorrow morning. It should be interesting to see how the local crowd receives her. This town is a Republican strong hold but Dems and Indies have been growing in the last few years. Pro-Hillary signs started popping up everywhere this afternoon - no doubt due to her advance team.

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    That debate was a complete joke, there was too much time spent on crap than things of substance. Asking about a damn lapel pin, if ones pastor loves America..give me a damn break! They went after him for 45 minutes straight! Did you see the same debate that a lot of Americans saw, they think he was ambushed! George S., Sean Hannity, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Charlie Gibson all ganged on him..and he did not go crazy..that means in most eyes(not pundits) he did well!
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    Quote Originally Posted by SSDiva View Post
    That debate was a complete joke, there was too much time spent on crap than things of substance. Asking about a damn lapel pin, if ones pastor loves America..give me a damn break! They went after him for 45 minutes straight! Did you see the same debate that a lot of Americans saw, they think he was ambushed! George S., Sean Hannity, John McCain, Hillary Clinton, Charlie Gibson all ganged on him..and he did not go crazy..that means in most eyes(not pundits) he did well!
    Wasn't that flat ass the worst excuse of a debate EVER??
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    Quote Originally Posted by LastLook View Post
    I thought the debate was very indicative thematically of what the nominee can expect to face against the republicans. Let's face it, in real life the average voter doesn't necessarily decide who to vote for based on policy. Look at how dumb-ass Bush beat "uppity" Gore, for one.

    I also think Hillary fared much better than Barack and won the debate. His tone was overall negative and petty toward her, and he didn't directly answer many (if any) questions. It's interesting that his campaign is trying to twist his poor performance and blame the negativity of the questions on her.
    It is a preview of what the Republicans will be talking about. Reverend Wright, Farrakhan, the Weather underground guy, his "bitter" comments and flag pins. They will portray him as not being unAmerican. I fear we will get McCain.


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    Quote Originally Posted by McJag View Post
    Wasn't that flat ass the worst excuse of a debate EVER??
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    havent they had something like 21 debates? November is never going to get here.
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    More and more people are getting fed up with fluff debates, they want to know what's gonna be done to get thier cost of living lower and their loved ones back from Iraq. the only people who care about the Wright/Bosnia thing are right-wingers that want the issues to be covered up so McCain can look "American" and win the election.

    It's all in the MSM's corporate plan to trik hte people into voting for another repuke.

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