Debate Questions for the Candidates

It’s a time-honored exercise before presidential debates for journalists to suggest some of the questions the moderators might ask the candidates. Two approaches are evident this year:

  • Editor & Publisher, a trade journal, asked prominent journalists for ideas.
  • asked the readers.

    Seems to me the readers — the general public — did just as good a job, if not better, at framing some key issues. We could learn something from this.

    What are your questions? Post them below.


    Posted by: on September 29, 2004 02:40 PM

    Mr. Bush: how many US solders have died in Iraq?
    Follow up: How many Iraqis have died in this war?

    Posted by: on September 29, 2004 03:00 PM

    Now, c’mon, they’re not going to ask any obviously biased questions. Get serious. How about this:

    Q: What is your plan for correcting the long-term insolvency of Social Security and Medicare as the Baby Boomers reture?

    Posted by: on September 29, 2004 03:00 PM


    Posted by: on September 29, 2004 03:03 PM

    Here’s another:

    Q: How will you develop policies towards China as it develops into a major world power?

    Posted by: on September 29, 2004 03:03 PM

    Mr. Bush, if, as you claim, the American people support the Iraq war, why not ask us to pay for it with our taxes, instead of borrowing money from our children?

    Posted by: Alternative Energy on September 29, 2004 03:28 PM

    Although experts disagree over exactly how many decades, it is generally agreed that the readily recoverable oil will run out sometime this century. How are we preparing for the transition to a post-oil age?

    Posted by: on September 29, 2004 06:02 PM

    Do you believe that US institutions such as executive, legislative, judicial, lobbyists, and democracy are well balanced? What reforms would you implement to maintain balance and quality in the american way of life?


    Posted by: on September 29, 2004 06:19 PM

    Gentlemen: Why won’t your parties and the Commission on Presidential Debates allow third party candidates who are on the ballot in a majority of states to join this debate?

    As a follow up, why won’t your parties and the Commission allow you to *debate* each other directly rather than answer selected questions on topics chosen before the event?

    Posted by: frank on September 29, 2004 09:00 PM

    Does the free trade agreement around the world allow for the third world to rise or fall further? This is a question I would like to ask the future president.

    Posted by: on September 30, 2004 07:51 AM

    Mr. Bush: since you define yourself as a Christian, how do reconcile the Bible’s and Christian tradition prohibiting lying?
    As you lied on WMD’s in Iraq, doesn’t this make you a hypocrite?

    This one is stolen from a caller on WGN radio:
    For both of them.
    Would you support Pete Rose going into the Baseball Hall Of Fame?

    Posted by: on September 30, 2004 10:56 AM

    If elected, what mind control gimmicks will your administration use in the next 4 years to keep the American people off balance and in the limbic spin zone?

    1)Flashing orange lights or a new color scheme?

    2) Fear oF Forfeited Freedom, or a new alliteration?

    3) The same old Tired TTTTT TerrorisT Threatttt?

    4) The “They” who lurk at the edge of our “Village” and hate our Free-king-dom-come?

    5) Nuclear Nightmare or Mushroom Monday?

    6) Any fresh new tricks?

    7) Will we still have to take our shoes off at the airport and spin 3 times while the guy with medical glove fingers our toothbrush after having done something else with the same outside of it, or will the charade end?

    Incurious minds want to know.

    Posted by: on September 30, 2004 11:52 AM

    For Shrub – would you like a pretzel?

    For Jane Fonda Kerry – Earlier this month on the Leherer report, the US stooge and puppet, Allawi said that the US was being kept safe from Al Quida attacks by the ongoing mayhem in occupied Iraq. Yesterday you said to Diane Sawyer that you did not oppose this lying criminal Allawi and , in fact, wanted to support him more.

    Did those botox needles go in that deep?

    To both – the proof that the USSA is fu*ked is confirmed by your prescence here. Osama Bin Laden and Vladimir Putin both have a high price on their heads so why don’t you?

    ( My 2 e-dinars )

    Posted by: maliy glyadi suda on October 11, 2004 12:20 PM


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