January 31st, 2008
02:19 PM ET

The Obama-Clinton debate?

Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton and Senator Barack Obama at the Palace Theater in Myrtle Beach, South Carolina. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

The stakes in tonight's debate between Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton are huge. They'll meet face-to-face and have the stage to themselves. Think Ali-Frazier. It's the last debate before Super Tuesday. The race is close, and the pressure will definitely be on.

Make one big mistake and you could stay home and bake cookies. Plus they don't like each other much. Remember how heated last week's debate in South Carolina got? Well, tonight could make that seem like a garden party. I'm actually hoping for a knife fight.

During the South Carolina debate, Barack Obama said he sometimes wondered who he was running against, Hillary or her husband. The former president has taken a high-profile role in his wife's campaign.

The New York Times reports today on a uranium mining deal that Former President Bill Clinton may have played a role in, and later apparently benefited from to the tune of tens of millions of dollars. Clinton went to a meeting in Kazakhstan in 2005 with a Canadian mining financier. Days later, this guy struck a huge deal with the former Soviet republic. He then later made a $31 million donation to Clinton's charitable foundation.

Probably just coincidence, right? There was also a meeting that took place in 2007 at Clinton's Chappaqua, New York, home between the former president, the mining financier and the head of Kazakhstan's state-owned uranium agency. When the Times asked President Clinton about that meeting, he at first said it never happened. But when pressed by the Times, he finally admitted it did.

Wonder if Barack Obama will bring any of this up tonight?

Here’s my question to you: What do you want to hear at tonight's debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Bert writes:
Dear Jack, I'd like to hear them justify their positions on continuing to allow employers to steal jobs and reasonable wages from low and middle income Americans, with their support of institutionalizing illegal immigration in the form of amnesty or lack of enforcement of our laws.

James in Florida writes:
Since a lot of our problems (security, economy, and environment) revolve around our dependence on oil, what do either of these candidates plan to do to get us off of oil permanently?

Ameer in Chicago writes:
I would like to hear Senator Clinton explain this whole deal made with the Canadian businessman. This deal just goes to show the deep and evil seeds the Clintons have planted while in the White House, and I only see more things coming out of the closet with this team. This is the kind of Baggage Obama does not have.

Bernadette in Florida writes:
Jack, I want to hear about the skeletons in Obama's closet. We already know and found Hillary and Bill's skeletons. That is old news, we need fresh gossip. Move on.

Nathan in Boston writes:
I would like for the candidates to be asked: If they do not win the nomination from the Democratic Party, at least for president, would either of them consider running for vice president with the other candidate?

Steve writes:
It would be nice if Obama gave a straight answer for once. I get it “change”, but is there actually a plan?

James writes:
I want Hillary to explain the latest Clinton scandal. And, if her years as a first lady qualify her to run this country, does that mean a brain surgeon's wife is qualified to operate on people?

soundoff (321 Responses)
  1. Tina

    It won't matter. They lie to get into office and promise us the moon and when they are elected we get the manure pile.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:23 pm |


    January 31, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  3. Jerry

    I damn sure don't want to hear who is black or white, male or female. I would like to know what they are going to do about illegal immigration, the war in Iraq/getting our troops home and the trade balance. Old shrub Bush and his bank of thieves in Washington have sold out the country to large business, let the borders get overrun with illegals and let large cooperations tell them what trade deals they needed to make, which in turn has turned the US into a service country that cannot survive. They have sold our soul to the wealty cooperate companies, and if it isn't changed, the U.S. will be a third rate country within twenty years.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  4. Steve

    I would like to hear them state whether or not they would how Bush and his cronies responsible for their war crimes after either one of them is elected.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  5. Scott

    their ideas for restoring the dignity to this nation and we,it's people

    bowling green, mo.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  6. Steve

    I would like to hear them state whether or not they would hold Bush and his cronies responsible for their war crimes after either one of them is elected.
    Sorry for the typo.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  7. Karl in SF

    I want to hear specifically, not generally, what they are going to do, what it is going to cost and how they plan to pay for it. The economy is a mute issue since we have Bush for another year, but the things that aren't likely to get fixed between now and then like Iraq, health care, social security, global warming, immigration, lobbyists and term limits, our soiled reputation worldwide and reinstating the Constitution that has been ignored for so long. Also, do they plan to charge Bush, Cheney and the rest of the lawbreakers with war crimes and blatant felonies? These thugs can't get off scott free, no way.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  8. Alastar W.

    At least Obama will get to talk. Ron Paul got rudly interrupted thanx to the war drum beating. Many smart people agree with Ron Paul because he is smart, so quit trying to stupify the debate and let someone with a different point talk. Maybe you could learn something for once!

    January 31, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  9. Daniel

    I want to hear how they can promise hundreds of billions of dollars in spending when the country is going broke.

    But then again, I'm still waiting to hear from the other two candidates from last nights debate... when can we hear them speak?

    January 31, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  10. Brenda

    I would like to hear both Sen Clinton and Sen Obama discuss what they
    plan to do to fix the problems with health care and the economy. Forget
    the fighting between the two of them, there are bigger problems going on
    in the country right now.
    Brenda, Quincy MA

    January 31, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  11. RENEA


    January 31, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  12. Michael "C" in Lorton, VA

    I would like to hear, without the mud-slinging, name calling or negative inferences to either of their character, an "honest" vision of where and what they are going to for this Nation. Of course, I have been wishing for hair for almost 30 years.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  13. Ralph

    I do not want to hear the fighting I heard in the last debate. I do not want to listen to Obama trashing either Clinton. I'm starting to wonder if he is "a Democrat".

    January 31, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  14. don judson

    Assuming John McCain is the Republican nominee Senator Clinton how would you keep the newly engaged, enthusiastic people now supporting Senator Obama if he is not your vice President? Senator Obama how will you respond to the passion of women voters fof Senator Clinton if she is not your Vice President?

    January 31, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  15. Daniel

    I want to hear how they can promise hundreds of billions of dollars in spending when the country is going broke.

    But then again, I’m still waiting to hear from the other two candidates from last night's debate… when can we hear them speak?

    January 31, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  16. Fei

    Think for a second (un-biasly) about Hillary winning the primary and competing in the general election. How many democrats do you believe she will inspire to go out and vote this year? Now think about Barack winning the nomination and competing against the Republicans. What type of voter turnout do you believe he will inspire? Do you think it's wise for democrats not to nominate the candidate that they believe can draw the largest voter turnout in a the general election?

    January 31, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  17. LINDA H

    I would like to hear what each one is plans are fior the ecomony, healh care , social security, education also the war. I hope i dont have to hear them putting each other down ,and Obama starting it and then the news say it was her,he needs to act like a grown man and stop saying its a race thing. I do not believe this as much as shes done for all races. I believe everyone just doesnt want a lady also another Clinton in thats goes for the Kennedys also. Iam very upset about this whole race thing which i know no one will ever read this thanks anyway. May GOD BLESS ALL OF YOU . LINDA

    January 31, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  18. Ed Ryan

    How, either or both will infact bring about change. Substance not fluff,what is the basic plan? How will either reach across the liberal/conservative lines to do it.
    What will influence them to keep on being commited to change in the face of
    a large beaurauecratic army of naysayers? I am not looking for standard answers
    or the 10 word sound bite, why should we put our faith and trust in them, that they will make a difference and it will not be goverment as useual (sp) after either takes office?

    January 31, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  19. Ally

    I would like to hear Obama give details of his plans on Healthcare, Social Security, Iraq, and others. I am a Hillary supporter but it is hard to just make a educated decision on just the same speech of hope and unity or constant dicussion on what role Bill Clinton plays in Hillarys campaign. I want to hear real discussion on how to solve today's problems in America.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  20. Mary

    What do I want to hear at tonight's debate?
    I want to hear John Edwards.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  21. efran

    I would like to hear them discuss more issues about my well being...like how am i going to pay for college cause i know i cant pay for it, and the economy cause my mother hasnt had a job in years, and our state of the union i know george bush did point out some major points about our nation but i think he could have stated more. thats what we want to hear!!!

    January 31, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  22. Josh

    To hear which one will tackle healthcare costs, how to fix the economy so that jobs won't leave this country. Also how to end George W. Bush's misadventure in Iraq and get the troops out. How to fix America's image around the world.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  23. Russ in PA

    Silence. I want to hear silence, as I'm told it's golden...

    January 31, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  24. Brett Milam

    Truth and actual change.


    January 31, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  25. Allen L Wenger

    I want to hear that the fighting and mud slinging is over. There is going to be a unification and the question now is, "Which one will run for President and which one will run as vice-president".

    January 31, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  26. Jarrett

    I'd like to see Hilary address the Kennedy and Kerry endorsements head on. Neither Ted Kennedy nor John Kerry were able to accomplish what the Clintons achieved twice, ... win an election. With John McCain as the Republican frontrunner, I fear an Obama nomination will end up just like Ted Kennedy's and John Kerry's ended, ... LOSING. We desperately need to take back the White House ... and only Hilary can bring home the bacon.

    Weston, FL

    January 31, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  27. Bill Quarryville, PA

    I am sick and tired of all these debates. I don't think there is anything more to debate among the candidates. There isn't anything for me to hear from any more debates. If I don't know where the candidates stand on the issues that concern me I will never know. Instead of having a debate, have the candidates become contestants in a reality show. See which one can tell the complete truth about a question while standing on top of a 4×4 post in the middle of a pond. Now that would be worth watching.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  28. Jeri

    First, Ending the War and treating our troops! Second, Taxing the Rich and Corporations without loopholes! Third, A National Universal Healthcare plan that includes EVERYONE! Forth and not least, A National endeavor to bring this once great country back to it's leadership role in the world.

    Like Jack Kennedy did with his mission to the Moon which brought national pride and a sense of purpose.

    The next President needs to proclaim his/her Administration would fund research and a national program to cure, Cancer, Aides, Diabetes and improve the quality of all Americans Health over by 2020. It is doable! That is a vision and a future to work for!

    January 31, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  29. Rose

    It would be nice to hear some positives for Hillary Clinton from you guys. I would also like to hear some straight talk from Obama who manages to dodge answering question debate after debate. Accountability and fairness. I for one am sick of the media bias. Change is just a word, experience is action.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  30. Michael Britton

    4pm comment:
    I would like to hear that both of them are abandoning
    their bid for the presidency.
    Michael Britton
    Reno, NV

    January 31, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  31. Terry

    Now that were down to two lets see if we can get some specific answers to the questions, instead of the smoke and mirrior answers that we have been getting so far. I hope that we dont have to listen to these two trade barbs back and forth for the entire debate.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  32. TLC

    The truth would be nice. Not the truth as they see it,but the real facts. We went out and got chips and dip for the game tonight as it will probably be the best entertianment on TV, a comedy, tragedy, drama, and horror movie with limited commercial interruption.

    TLC from Texas

    January 31, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  33. Ralph

    Jack, I am tired of the bickering between Obama and Clinton; now that Edwards has dropped out, I fear that in the debate tonight their fighting will only increase. What I want to hear are the plans of each candidate as to how they will treat the needs of our country, particularly, how they will handle our economic problems.

    January 31, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  34. bnthdntht

    How do you beat an old ass white man who is a vet,been running for president for ever,and will probably be a sentimental favor.
    Let's not forget he will more then likely receive about 90% of the white male vote and the same for the 50 to 70 year old vote.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  35. Mary

    I would like to know if Hillary would pony up the list of donors to the Clinton Library by Feb 4th? She was asked in the first debate for the list and the Clintons and the media have swept in under the rug – time for some "straight talk".

    January 31, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  36. Alex Smith

    I want to hear issues, I want to hear what they would do if they where president. The importance of this debate is different because of it being 1 on 1. I see that as a great oppurtunity for the issues from the American people come out. Cnn don't try and make into a sluge fest.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  37. Greg in Pine Bluff

    I would like to hear both of them state "exactly" what they would do as President to stop the flood of ethics problems in the white house and in government in general. Not the usual spewed out crap from a candidate.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  38. Mary

    Sen. Clinton, if you signed on, like the other candidates, that the FL delegates would not be seated at the convention in August, what has caused you to change your commitment? Isn't this the same as Bush's flagrant use of 'signing statements' after he signs a Bill into Law?

    January 31, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  39. Marla Heldt

    Ask each one the same question. Today is your first day as president, the cameras and all aides and family have left your office. What is the very first thing you would do?

    I know a lot about both of these candidates but having the answer to this question would tell me what their priorities are or what they think we want to hear right now. It would be very interesting.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  40. dsano

    Ms Clinton has said that she can control Bill. Don't you think that his profiting from relationships with the likes of Frank Giustra compromises your presidency?
    This is not a Monica incident, but one of National interests.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  41. JR Salazar

    Well, I want to see both of them lay out some of the good-ol' fashioned tongue lashing at South Carolina times a jizillion! I mean, the real war will begin on Super Tuesday; how about some comedy, and more jokes about Bill Clinton's precarious "brother" status and dancing! Oh, I would love that to the hilt!

    January 31, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  42. Craig

    Jack, I hope to hear Hillary offer to iron Obamas shirt . I hope to hear the Wolfman referee a fair fight. I hope to hear Hillary admit that she won't change a damn thing in Washington if elected.
    Craig, Union Furnace, Ohio

    January 31, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  43. Roy Birdzell

    Real issue questions with followup detail and clarification. Drop the media hype and conflict questions. Focus in on Iraqi withdrawal plans, details on reducing our energy consumption and moving to alternative fuels, Social Security reform (not a patch), Health Care difference on the mandated or voluntary participation, resolution on solving the Israel/Palestine conflict, easing the "wedge" issues that divide our society, bringing transparency into the federal government. Spend time with the followup questions for further definition of responses, encouraging a true debate give and take with substance – not just campaign talking points.


    January 31, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  44. Tony,....Ky.

    Jack.....I want to hear why they both keep ignoring 70% of the American people when it comes to immigration! Why they refuse to enforce the laws, and what they think of elected officials who knowing allow our laws to be ignored in favor of illegals.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  45. George Wilson

    First , and foremost I would like for Obama to tell us what his plans are for change, and how he intends to impliment them . Since he is a fairly newcomer to Washington, what makes him think that he is the only one who can, or will bring change. I'm an old codger, and I want to know what this young nippersnapper has up his sleeve before I cast my vote for him, or any other candidate. I agree with most of the pundits who says that he is most eloquent in his speech, but where is the "Beef ? I don't go into a butcher shop, and buy a piece of meat unless I have seen it first. Guess I'm a little old fashioned, but being this way has gotten me this far. To be honest it sounds a lot like an echo of Bush, saying just trust me, I'll make a change. That won't get my vote.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  46. Carl Simons

    Would like a question on the use of earmarks. It seems that Clinton abuses the use of earmarks as compared to Obama. See John Wilson's 1/30/08 story in the Huffington Post on this subject.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  47. Rex in Portland

    I would like to hear how Hillary justifies her stance as a Washington outsider and her claim that her election will make a "change".

    I would like to hear how Obama pretends to be qualified to lead the U.S.

    However, I beleive there is a re-run of Star Trek on at the same time, so I won't hear either of them.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  48. Mike Murray

    I like Hilliary's admission she is a work horse. I like the idea she's not just all "hope" and "talk". For example, Hilliary's suggestion for a 90-day moratorium on the foreclosure crises. What's Obama's plan of action for the foreclosure crisis? Why no plan for full healthcare coverage? What's Obama's plans for keeping jobs in the U.S.?

    January 31, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  49. Bob D

    3-Anything else

    January 31, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  50. thelma

    I want CLINTON to talk about the economy, heath ins., iraq and the poor that just can't make it anymore. I know she would be a better president than obama. she's one smart LADY. it makes me laugh when i see all the MEDIA giving her a hard time. she's been there done that and can handle anything that comes her way. just watch the debate tonight. obama is just like bush (hardtimes). jack i know this is your first blog today so suprise me and read this. vote.............. CLINTON 08......... thelma, ky.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  51. Rick

    I'd like to hear a succinct plan from Senator Clinton, regarding withdrawal from Iraq, and the state of the Iraqis' public infrastructure.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  52. George

    Issues, issues, issues!!!

    January 31, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  53. Fran Omaha, Ne

    How about the truth for once followed by something besides the promise of change without a direction and a plan to achieve it. You see change requires people that are willing to participate. No one in the Government can make you change if you don't want it. They can pass laws until the cows come home but if people do not believe in them and follow them you are not leading them anywhere. You can not dictate change. It has to be mutual in a democracy. I think if I hear either of these candidates mention change tonight that will be the last democratic debate for me for another 4 years.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  54. Ali Bie

    I'd really appreciate Obama explain what, where, and to whom, he plans to make changes.
    So far, the media has done a crucifiction on Hillary, and it needs to stop. Just get BOTH lists of changes on the web, and WE will decifer what they mean to ourselves. So far there's no substance to Obama's message other than he's going to "change" something. What's the "something", and to whom?

    Ali Bie

    January 31, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  55. Michelle Lynn

    Hello Jack, what I want to see tonight in the debate between Clinton and Obama are the FACTS about what they will do to better this nation. I'm a Veteran and a military spouse; my spouse and I have both put our family affairs and our lives (litterally) on the line to protect the freedoms of this land. My husband and I follow the rules and present ourselves ethically and morally. You know, it's quite discouraging to watch these debates for who will be our next Commander in Chief with all this backstabbing and carrying on nonsense from the Clinton campaign; it's quite elementary. My kindergartener and fourth grader both know how to conduct themselves better than that. I still can't figure out why the average American is supposed to conduct themselves in a proper manner, while our government officials are allowed to present themselves so immaturely. Jack to tell you the truth, I'm looking more forward to watching the Super bowl, even though my Packers lost, than the debates. At least there are rules, regulations, referees, and repercussions in place to make sure that the outcome is as fair as it can be.
    Michelle Lynn

    January 31, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  56. JoAnn in Iowa


    Obama needs to bring up the uranium deal that Bill made millions from, but very carefully because Hillary is so good at playing "the victim". There are a lot of other unsavory things he could bring up-you know the Republicans are ready to remind us of the whole list. Bill and Hillary both "owe" a lot of people favors. They are a team asking for their 3rd term in power. We don't need to relive that mess.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  57. Ron in Indiana

    I want to hear what each candidate plans are to help the economy, remove our troops from Iraq and get the oil prices down. I'll handle the rest of my problems myself.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  58. Rosemary

    If only the moderators will ask them questions on the economy and the war. Not some of those silly questions from the last debate.
    I hope Obama takes the high road with Clinton and let her sling all of the mud she wants. His supporters want him to look Presidential. However, if she hits him up with Rezko, He has Hsu and the other messy business The Clintons are into. Let Hillary explain some that if necessary. I really want to see more talk on the issues.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  59. NJ Indie

    I'd love to hear something we didn't get to hear at last night's debate: Ron Paul.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  60. Bob

    More lies, right? Quibbling over irrelevancies? Making grand promises that stupid people will believe? Same as last night?

    That's what we're going to hear anyway, might as well enjoy it for what it's worth.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  61. Dick

    With a debt of over $9 trillion I want them to tell me what they are willing to cut in order to pay for their healthcare and other spending proposals. McCain always speaks of cutting spending, however he never talks with specificity . Tell me exactly what pain the taxpayers must bear to have added benefits? Reagan cut taxes but never cut spending thus we tripled the debt in eight years. Bush, not to be outdone, has doubled the debt since taking office. We now have a military budget for outside of the USA that is harming the US economy while subsidizing the EU.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  62. David in Texas

    I have to repay my monthly debts and repay my monthly mortgage. So how will the new President lead us in repaying $9,000,000,000,000? (I am so sick of politicians just saying that they will balance the budget.)

    January 31, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  63. Julie VanDusky

    I want to hear Obama explain why he thinks it's appropriate to cut funding from space exploration in order to pay for his education program. How does that make any sense- take money from research to pay for education, huh?

    January 31, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  64. Mike

    I love my country dearly but I'm very frustrated by this whole process. I really don't think I want to watch Clinton and Obama bicker yet again. Because I live in Wisconsin, I won't even have a chance to vote until this whole primary thing is mostly over and I will be forced to yet again vote for someone I may not have wanted in the first place. Our primary and general election process needs a drastic overhaul soon!

    January 31, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  65. Mary from St. Augustine FL

    I would like to know if Billary would still be seeking the Florida delegates even if Barack would have won FL.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  66. Julie VanDusky

    I want Obama to explain how in the same speech he can say Hillary is divisive and polarizing and then subsequently criticize her for supporting Republican sponsored legislation. She can't be polarizing if she is working with the Republicans... this kind of reasoning reminds me of double speak from the book 1984. My brain hurts....

    January 31, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  67. mike studders

    well who is blame for thr rising illegal immigartion and what are they going to do about it? afterall the jobs the illegals are taking are not from the higher income republicans...they're basic workers, laborers and meatpackers. and i should add the chicken pluckers and packers. not everyone is qualified for a college education so farming these jobs out to illegals is direct hit on the lower middle class and the poor..the corporations and republican wannabe contractors should have thier bubble burst..

    January 31, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  68. John from CT

    Answers to specific issues and not bickering back and forth. I always here from CNN that the candidates are not answering the issues just pandering. Well let's start asking specific questions on issues. How high are the candidates willing to raise the social security wage base? What's their position on taxes - AMT, capital gains and qualified dividends, the kiddie tax, and the definition of filing status?
    The republicans , in their wisdom, have increased taxes on middle class to poor families by extending the kiddie tax (once at 14 and younger to now 24 starting in 2008), and by changing the definition of Head of Household so now a single parent who has a child over 24 (not a dependent but living in the same house)
    must file as Single which puts them in a higher tax status. Are the candidates willing to keep the sale of residence exclusion or are they thinking of taxing any profit the taxpayer makes on the sale? I haven't heard any answers to these questions. I am waiting - and still undecided.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  69. Rick

    It would be nice to see a debate where they talk about the issues, but we know that's not going to happen. If Bill's buddy donates him money, i'll read about that in a separate story. If Obama's buddy was a slum lord, I'll read about it in a different story. There's so much focus on the most insignificant (and DISTRACTING) subjects in these debates.
    All I know is that there has been a dramatic shift in the way this process has been reported, packaged, delivered, etc. I don't want to watch the political version of TMZ, I don't want to watch two grown people who are educated "duke it out." Screw the pagentry, its crap. Issues, ideals and progress are all anyone wants to hear about, even if its more "boring" than a political catfight. I'd even say that its more boring to watch candidates throw mud and get all huffy about accusations. that's just the way I see it, though....

    January 31, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  70. Renae

    I would like to hear Clinton explain to the world what the 35years really represents. What change did she make in the 35yrs. she brags about and how are we benefiting from that change? When did start and what did she do-real simple...

    January 31, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  71. Paul

    I'm aware Hillary doesn't like to bake cookies but I'm curious if she has any good recipes for crow and I also wonder if she enjoys eating it with the alledged pilfered silverware from when Bill left office? I would like to hear about those issues.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  72. Vinnie Vino

    You know what would be nice, a debate about the important issues facing the country. With Obama-Clinton providing clear and articulating answers that allows the voters to learn their postions on issues. Instead of Wolf engaging them into a bickering match on silly things, ie: race, press him to focus on the economy, energy, immigration and the endless Bush war.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  73. Kathryne

    I really think citizens need a admissions test before being allowed to vote.

    My sister in California mentioned that she and my brother-in-law had already sent in absentee ballots, but the people they voted for were no longer in the running. I inquired for whom she had voted and she said "Anderson". I thought he might be some local Californian I hadn't heard about, so I asked "who?". She said, " The guy who is governor of Arizona".

    On my morning walk this morning, one of my friends said she would never vote for "Abamma" because he was Moslem. She said his middle name was "Hussein". I said his father was from Kenya and may have been Muslim, but he was raised my his white mother and white grandparents, all Christians. It didn't matter, he had Arabs in his heritage.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  74. dan in mass

    I want to hear about the policies, not the personalities. I don't want to hear about endorsements, I want to hear about them, Clinton and Obama, giving the people hard facts as to how they can deliver what they promise. I want to know what they will do first? & How long they need to do it , so I can hold em' accountable. I want to know that I have made the most informed decision because I had all the information. It's time to ask specific policy questions and we should expect real answers.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  75. Bert D

    I'm so fed up with the corruption of power in our system that I don't even want to watch this debate. I feel a looming nausea about Hillary's potential nomination. I've already signed up on Ralph's explore2008 website. Won't you join me? McCain will be exponentially better than W. He might even be better than Clinton. And I'll get to feel better knowing I still own my soul.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  76. Jim

    Jack, The vast majority of Americans have been taxed to death, our positions ignored in Washington, our Constitution trashed and our country brought to its knees during the last seven years. From Barack and Hillary I want to hear the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth on their respective positions on all the issues they discuss. I could care less about their personal opinions of each other. We already know their positions concerning another Republican president or Congress. This is one point we can almost to the man and woman agree on! That is why the truth is so important from them tonight. IT"S FOR AMERICA and what our future as a nation holds.

    Prosperity SC

    January 31, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  77. Sharon

    I would like to hear specifics about how they would tackle the problems facing this country if they should get elected. An outline of a gameplan for addressing those problems which they find to be the most problematic would be helpful. With respect to Obama, I would like to know what he will do if the Republicans aren't responsive when he reaches across the isle. What does he plan to use for leverage? With respect to Clinton, I would like to know what she learned from her husband's presidency and how that will impact her strategy for creating change and/or accomplishing her goals.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  78. Joy

    Well, let's hope Obama brings this up! The American public deserves an explanation. Looks like once a liar, always a liar. Is there anyone representing our country that Greed is not their ultimate goal? Is there anyone representing us that has integrity or is that just a word in the dictionary???? Looks like Billy Boy is showing his true colors as of late. Who needs Bill and Hillary running our country, we've suffered enough under the current administration, why have more of the same?????

    January 31, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  79. Ryan M.

    Who can beat John McCain in November?

    January 31, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  80. joe m

    ok, i'll admit it... i'd like to see these two go at each other with everything they've got. still, i know that that won't really give anybody any better ideas on which one is really the better candidate. maybe a good balance would be issue, with a few personal swipes. i'm sure i'll hear denials and explanations, but if they want to just take jabs at each other, why not set the debate up WWF style. A cage match!!!

    January 31, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  81. The Portly Bard

    Following the debate, I would like to hear someone say: "You know, Hillary Clinton might be about believing in experience...but Barack Obama is about experiencing what we believe in - it's no contest!

    Of neither party he who writes
    but one who humbly truth recites

    January 31, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  82. Dennis in Gwinn, MI

    Hillary saying that she is withdrawing from the campaign and moving to Fiji.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  83. Robert W. Brooks


    Issues, issues & issues. I would love to hear the candidates talk about the issues confronting Americans today. The economy, immigration, the war and healthcare. The personal attacks and mudslinging is getting very old very fast!


    January 31, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  84. Cindy


    I want to hear from each Candidate what they believe their great-great-great grandchildren will have to say about them.

    Cindy, Independence MO

    January 31, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  85. Kgotsile Madingoane

    Obviously the economy and healthcare.We are just gonna hear Obama`s 'dreams' and the usual 'strategists' worshipping him and bashing Senator Clinton for whatever she says.She can never do anything right.Your channel is camp-aigning for Obama.Everyday is like huge commercial for Obama,what else is new.Now,let`s hear you read this.


    January 31, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  86. B. Collins

    I would like to hear that Obama is backing out of the nomination for President of the United States, that would be music to my ears!!!!!

    January 31, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  87. Joe in DE

    Maybe the issues for achange: Th economy including trade, the war, immigration, port & border security.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  88. Daygo

    Jack, I would like to here what they will do on borders security, stop the flow of illegal aliens, and send the illegal aliens that are here home. Not that line I voted to build a fence and we need comprehensive immigration reform bull. I would like real answers to the question.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  89. ALBERT

    The truth would be a refreshing thing to hear at tonight's debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama

    January 31, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  90. California voter

    Jack, have them ask Obama what his overall philosophy on foreign aid is, and what areas does he think should be emphasized.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  91. Arunraj

    They are politicians, and I would like both of them to be politician, not one trying to show as saint. And I don't want you guys making one of them a saint. They both are politicians; let them talk to us as politician. Let us see who does well in lying and lying not lying.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  92. Dee


    I want to hear from the both of them, what they will do for our country
    and how they plan to do it. I don't want to hear what was in the
    past, about either of the candidates or their spouses. Its plain and
    simple, the media is proding these two candidates into discussions
    that have nothing do with the country. Their past is gone and done
    with and should be left that way, in my opinion. Let's get on with the
    problems that this president left us with, and try to solve them with
    dignity and integrity. Let's stop the corporate greed and lobbying
    that is eating this country up.


    January 31, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  93. Ali Bie

    I'd like to know their stand on the immigration issue, who's going to get a one-way ticket home? Are the borders going to secured? Are you going to do something about the border violence over drugs?
    Are you planning on directing monies for this war toward getting them home, and not progressing it?
    Are you planning to "hammer out a solution" with Mexico on why they are not taking care of their own?

    Ali Bie

    January 31, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  94. Hagar the Horrible

    I would honestly love to hear Hilary say that she supports Barrack and has decided it is in the best interest for the party and the country to rally behind him to win in November. It won't happen but the question asked what I would like to hear.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  95. Christina

    the issues.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  96. Phil in Wenatchee

    I want to see Hillary and Barack stop the mudslinging, bury the hatchet, put on a positive face and tell America how we can take back our country, end the war in Iraq, restore the middle class, solve the health care and immigration crises and shore up our country's crumbling infrastructure. Stop the bickering and get to the business at hand!

    January 31, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  97. Len in Clarkston

    How about the truth? What a concept!

    January 31, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  98. crikeyuncle

    I would like to hear each candidate talk about how they will go about reaching across political parties to get something done. Everyone knows that the President can promise something, but in order to get it done you have to work with congress. How do they plan on doing that and what in their past experience would suggest that they have the credentials to do so?

    January 31, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  99. Steve

    I would like to hear they've decided to flip a coin to determine who will be the Democratic Nominee for President and Vice-President. Both could then get right to work getting the country back on track. They could pool all their campaign money and really stick it to the Republicans. Any money left over could be included in a rebate check to all Americans next November.

    Wouldn't THAT be something?

    January 31, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  100. Roxane

    As a registered Democrat, I would like to hear them be civilized to each other. Everything else is secondary.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  101. june in Georgia


    I have the same question as millions of other americans who haven't gotten a complete answer from Mrs. Clinton regarding her 35 years of experience. I would like to hear her specifically cite the experience that she believes qualifies her for this job, and explain to the american people what she acheived. We keep hearing about the senate votes, but what about her time prior to being a senator, and how does she justify advising her husband, who happened to be the President , as experience. I've been married for 22 years, and I've advised my husband on everything from budget issues, to childcare, to unemployment, to aging parents with a multitude of healthcare concerns, but I would never cite that as experience on my resume.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  102. Patrick from York, PA

    It doesn't matter what i want to hear because honestly, the debates don't change. I know better than to get my hopes up that someone will answer any of my questions. Everything these mainstream candidates do is for the purpose of positive attention, popularity, and appeasement. Ron Paul has told me everything i want to hear.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  103. Dennis


    January 31, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  104. Michael D. - Charleston, SC

    I want to hear Hillary Clinton hold Obama to specifics. We're dof hearing about his messaged of "change" with no real substance behind it. What, besides charismatic rhetoric, is Obama capable of producing?

    January 31, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  105. Ben

    I'd like to see them talk about what they're going to do about poverty in this nation, because without Edwards there I'm afraid that issue will be overlooked. I'd also like to hear about what they're going to do about Pakistan. I want to hear about how they're going to make our country greener.

    And I want to know how they're going to pay for all their stuff without mentioning the Bush Tax Cuts...those aren't going to be enough to fund everything, and I wish they'd stop pretending like they would.

    What I do not want to hear about: War with Iran, Bill Clinton (I saw him speak for Hillary, and was 10 feet away, and I saw Obama speak and was 100 feet away...and then I voted for Obama absentee in the California primary.)

    Oh yeah, and I'm one of those youth voters everyone cares so much about, and I was undecided after Richardson dropped out.

    Obama needs to justify why I voted for him, he needs to be coherent about what he will do, not spout of rhetoric, or else I am going to run my absentee ballot down while its in the mail and change it to Clinton. I'd like to hear him talk about Pakistan since he is always afraid to go there.

    Clinton needs to justify to me why I should vote for her in the general election should she win instead of writing in Al Gore. Because right now her campaign has been so shady, and running the same kinds of dirty politics as the Republicans have. Bill Clintons comments about Barrack Obama are just as underhanded as the Bush campaign's comments about John Mccain in 2000. I'm just glad that he didn't go after Obama when I saw him speak, probably because he could tell that half the audience of 10,000 was voting for Obama anyway.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  106. Erich

    Ask Obama what he means when he says he is for change and how will he bring that change to a reality. I am a Obama supporter and that is one of the arguments about him from people who do not support him, so it will help for him to clarify that argument once and for all.

    P.S. I know

    January 31, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  107. Aillyn Kulick

    I want to hear that Hillary, her attack dog, and her lies are finally withdrawing from the race so a president with GOOD intentions can have an easy path to the White House.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  108. Kevin ,FL

    I would like to hear from Both Candidates how they will fix the many Problems that America Have without getting into a heated fight about something totally different!

    January 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  109. Michael D. - Charleston, SC

    I want to hear Hillary Clinton hold Obama to specifics. We’re tired of hearing about his messaged of “change” with no real substance behind it. What, besides charismatic rhetoric, is Obama capable of producing?

    January 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  110. Steve, Jacksonville, FL

    Since both of their programs are very similar, if not identical, I would like to hear from each how and why they will be able to build a legislative coalition to get those programs enacted

    January 31, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  111. Ray Zarlengo

    I am a little confused Hillary, help me out, who is really running for the office of President of the United States; You or Bill?

    January 31, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  112. Michael, NY

    Barack needs to get his positions and experience out there for America to see. I have met many Hillary supporters who are only supporting her because they have been told that Obama has no experience, and all they hear from him is hope and change.

    Obama does have positions, but not all Americans are willing to go to his website to find them out. He also has the experience to run the white house – as the first Black President of the Harvard Law Review, as a Civil Rights Lawyer, as a Community Organizer, as a State Legislature and as a Senate member. Hope and change are great and Obama's inspiration is enough for some, but others need to hear the issues.

    Tonight can't be about black vs. white, man vs. woman, the past vs. the present. It has to be about the issues. Once America sees Barack's policies for health care, Iraq, the economy, etc., they will not be able to deny him the nomination.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  113. Carol

    I would like to hear Hillary stand up and tell Obama that she is the one running for president and not Bill. Tell him that she alone will be Comander in chief.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  114. monica

    I want to hear where they stand on the issues, and specifically how they will make their plans come to fruition.

    Hopefully the questions will be worded more fairly – the last debate's incited personal jabs with questions like "She said _______, how do you respond?" And "You've been called _______, how do you respond?"

    January 31, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  115. LeeAnn/PEI Canada

    I want to hear each say one thing that they would feel strongest about and have the most support from democratic voter when they are the nominee against McCain or Romney.
    What would be there strongest issue for each – the bring it home issue (one they could actually do – not like unite the parties as Obama might say – that aint gonna happen) comparing them to the republicans.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  116. Georgia

    It would be wonderful if each of them would talk from the heart

    about What they feel can be done about health insurance for

    everyone and about the economy but instead they will probably

    do a "buzz" about what they will promise and do more about

    trying to promote themselves.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  117. Antonio

    Forget the talk, what I want to see is blood. A good smack down from either or both would be good. The one left standing should be the nominee.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  118. Delmar

    Jack,, I would like to hear a lot less bikering, and more on the details of their plans to put America back on the road to prosperity,, and from Hillary why she calls her health plan a univeral health plan,, how can you mandate a univeral plan, she should just leave the health plan alone if thats her best shot,, the Fed's should leave health plans to the state,, and support their goals with finances,, advance medicare,, Oh, and they should let the states determine if they want religion taught in part at schools,, perhaps this would get the attention of some of those would be shooters and they would seek another direction to release their hostilities,,,, Delmar

    January 31, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  119. Rebecca

    What do they each think is the most important thing that is (a) true, but (b) saying it risks your political career?

    Failing that, I'd settle for real answers on the following: how they plan to address climate change; what they will do to meet the challenge of radical Islamism; an assessment of how the Bush deficits might affect the new programs each have proposed. Senator Clinton: saying that the question is important isn't a real answer. Senator Obama: details, please.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  120. Greg from PA

    I would like to hear Hillary tear into Barack with a host of outrageous lies to show just how vindictive and vicious she is. Then I'd like Barack to reply , as Reaganesque as possible, "Hillary, there you go again, with your pack of lies and half-truths." And then he should drop the matter entirely and proceed sharing his vision of America's future and how he plans to take us there.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  121. Jenny from New York

    I hope the moderator brings up those things and doesn't allow her to get away with saying those are her HUSBAND'S activities, not hers, and he's not here now. She runs on her husband's record when convenient, and distances herself from it when it's NOT convenient.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  122. Ernest Rajakone

    Jack–What you want to see in tonight's debate depends on who you are. The Republican Party wants both candidates to destroy eachother so thoroughly that they can sneak out a win in this election. Obama and Hillary supporters both want to see their candidates gain an edge but be careful in doing it for wether they want to admit it or not–they need eachother to keep the party united. Undecided voters want to see what the differences are between the two candidates and who they should vote for. Me personally–I'd just like them to keep the debate interesting without completely destroying eachother on stage.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  123. Elizabeth

    Just tell us what you can do and what you have done and stop the fighting. How do they, Obama and Clinton expect the American public to have confidence in them to restore this country's dignity if they can't even act civil to each other. Let's leave Bill out of this, it's between Obama and Hillary. Shame on the press, I have never seen such bias reporting regarding this campaign!

    January 31, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  124. Bill from CT

    it is amazing to me that so many overlook what the iraq war has cost this country. Not only in loss of life, but ecomonically, Where do we get that the $180 Billion so far?
    I would rather give Obama my vote mainly because he is the ONLY candidate that would have gotten it right on DAY ONE

    January 31, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  125. Alex

    First and foremost, policy. To compare and contrast positions would be a good thing and it would most likely illuminate the fact that, overall, the candidates differ very little.

    If this is done, it may work in Obama's favor. I would like this debate to illuminate to the rest of America why young voters like myself have chosen to give him our vote while dispelling the myth the he is all rethoric.

    For him to put Hillary on the spot and expose her lies before the nation would also be nice...

    January 31, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  126. Chris Ziegler

    I would like hear who has the most effulgent oratory. We focus too much on the trivial lives of Brittany Spears and Paris Hilton and we need a leader who can actually captivate our attention and harness it to find solutions to our nation's many, many problems.

    January 31, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  127. mike

    I want to hear specifics not just talk about change because we know how cheap talk is. I want to hear exactly what you could do about the economy, the war in Iraq the partisanship politics and all the other problems facing our next president. I want to vote Democrat but please give me a reason to.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  128. Dimitri

    In contrast to people wanting to hear what Obama and Clinton are going to do to fix the problems we have, they’ve already talked and talked and talked about it in all of the previous debates. Plus, they list their solutions on their websites. So if you still don’t know what they’re going to do about immigration, healthcare, education, and the like, you either haven’t been paying attention or haven’t been doing your research. Tonight, all I really want to see good old fashioned mudslinging, hair pulling, gut tearing, petty vitriolic warfare because that is what it takes to win elections these days.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  129. Peg

    What I would hope to hear is :

    unity~honesty~direct, polite, respectful, discussion of two true Democrats who need to pull our party and our nation together NOW.

    the best way to take back the white house is to change it and have a Clinton/Obama or Obama/Clinton ticket.

    that is the true essence of change and doing what is right and good for our country and the globe.

    i somehow doubt a mccain/guiliani ticket could ever beat hillary and obama. mend fences; actions show americans how to be better people; pull the democrats together; work hard; realize we ARE all on the same page...and become a UNITED party!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  130. Joann

    We want to hear about what they will do for the country and how they will do it. That's all. We can't keep digging into someone's every move to try to get dirt that doesn't exist.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  131. Jordan


    I would personally like to see Barack call Hillary out on her 'real' reasons for rallying behind universal health care. She claims to give 2 cents about all the impoverished Americans, but personally I think she is already trying to return favors to the drug and insurance companies who have been the base of her fund raising for this campaign.

    On the flip side, Barack needs to clearly outline his stances on the key issues that concern Democratic voters; explanations of stances like drivers licenses for illegal immigrants, how he will end the war, and so on.

    In reality, Hillary will surely attack him all night in an attempt to keep him from establishing himself as 'more credible.' I really can't stand the generational war she and her husband have started, and I hope she knows that if she continues to act this way, we (the youth of the democratic party) will NOT vote for her!


    Jordan from Colorado

    January 31, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  132. Miguel from MD

    To get a better sense of how they would approach the general election, I would ask

    "How would you define the principles of the Republican party and do you believe their principles are out of step with the rest of the nation?"

    January 31, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  133. matthew

    I would like to ask senator obama, what he has to say to the 1.5 million voters in Florida who came out to vote for all of democratic canidates just how he expects them to support him in the general election when he goes on record as calling it nothing more then a beauty contest? These are real people with jobs, childern, and many more things to keep them from making time to vote, and i just do not understand how he can just discount them as if they do not matter. I heard him say in the same breath that the florida voters are only voting for4 a beauty contest, but when we really need them will be during the general election!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  134. Melissa, NYC

    I'd like to hear each of them present a brief timeline of their "experience," and how it is specifically relevant to being the leader of our country at this particular moment in history. (So, with Hillary, it would start 35 years ago at 1973.)

    January 31, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  135. eddie

    I would like to hear Hillary pulling out of the Race

    January 31, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  136. Marie, Arlington Tx

    Equal time...and o,h maybe answering the question. Not too much to ask for in a true "debate".

    Every time Hillary says "Wolf I'm glad you asked that" I know we are in for 4+ minutes of her dodging the question and spinning a storyline. And then there's always that "now wait I minute I have to respond to that" crap.

    And so it goes. Between that and personal attacks on her opponents there isn't too much time left now is there.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  137. Kevin J. O'Brien, from SoCal

    The date they both intend to capitulate to the Republicans and drop out of the race......NOT!!!!

    Please allow them the opportunity to debate and not mudsling. I am hoping that one of them will actually come up with a plan that they could get through Congress concerning proper Health Care, fix Social Security, while NOT just politicking.

    As for the Wars, Barack needs to come up with a "valid" montra on withdrawl, not just say "I will bring them home tomorrow!" Get real, it can not be done, even if he wanted to do it.

    We do not do "exit strategies", last time I looked, we are still in Spain, Italy, Germany, Kosovo, South Korea, Japan, Turkey............. This issue is not a George Bush issue, it is a U.S. Diplomacy Issue.

    Great Blog Jack, keep up the good work.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  138. Jenny from New York

    I'd like Clinton to explain how she could've been "extending her hand in friendship" to OBAMA when KENNEDY ended up being the one to shake it. I'm tired of her games.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  139. Ryan M. - Seattle

    I'd like to see Obama stick to his guns the way he has in past debates, and continue to let Hillary be the instigator of the mud-slinging – there is no better way to highlight the fact that Hillary is very much a part of the "old regime" of politicians.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  140. JC palm springs

    I want them to agree that they have there own interest in mind and that they are dividing the party. If they both would just say, ( we give up an endorse John McCain) I would be very happy.
    I am a Democrat who is on the fence with Clinton and would never support Obama.
    I am glad we have McCain as Back-up...

    January 31, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  141. Nelson in NJ

    I'd like to hear Wolf say

    "Can I have a show of hands..."

    one more time.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  142. Brent Reed

    What I expect to hear is both Clinton & Obama trying to pick up Edward's cause for the homeless, in an attempt win over his supporters and his endorsement.
    The last thing I want to see is a squabble over petty issues – he said, she said stuff. Unless it deals with important issues, but keep it to a minimum. A dog fight is not what the Democratic Party needs right now!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  143. Richard

    I would like to ask Hillary if we are going to have listen to Bill for the next four years. I must say that even though I voted for him, I think he has been way out of line. I no longer believe he would be an asset for Hillary if she is elected.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  144. oliver

    I'm a Republican but I support Hillary over Obama. The Clintons, with an out of control husband and all that corruption, are much easier to beat than Obama in november. Go Hillary !

    January 31, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  145. kendall

    I echo Brenda's thought from Quincy, MA.

    What are they going to do to try and fix these problems facing the country today?

    I really don't care about Bill Clinton's influence peddling. He's been doing that for years so thats not going to change. It's just another humliating experience for his wife.
    So what else is new?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  146. Karen from Minnesota

    Let's clear up the Florida inaccuracies: the DNC did not allow the Florida delegates to be allocated as they moved their date to before super Tuesday. Obama broke the pledge by advertising in FL; Hillary countered but did NOT break the agreement by fundraising but not campaigning or advertising.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  147. Prayu

    Rather than what I "want" to hear, what I definitely do NOT want is a tit for tat argument over semantics and vague word definitions like we saw yesterday between McCain and Romney. I don't want to hear them arguing about each other's history.

    I would however like to see some debate on the issues, especially healthcare and the economy. I want to hear the pitches for their specific plans and strategies, their reasoning and logic. I want to hear back and forth actual -debate- on why their approach is correct and the opponent's is not.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  148. Evan

    I'm hoping we'll hear something promising tonight, not just the convoluted bull that politicians routinely spit at us on a regular basis. Ideally, what I want to HEAR is that they will stop all the hatred and evil in the world...but I guess I'll settle for universal health care.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  149. Bryan


    January 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  150. Adam G

    Hey Jack,

    Here's a novel concept. How about any of the candidate wanabees tells the truth...just once.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  151. Wendy

    I want to hear how they plan to beat the republicans!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  152. Susan F

    what i'd like to hear is purely honest unadulterated truth

    January 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  153. Jessica Gendron

    I would love to hear both candidates discuss where they stand on the gamut of issues without interrupting each other. I am so tired of the finger pointing and name calling. I just want to her what they each have to say so that I as a voter can make an educated decision about who to vote for. I need for them to differentiate from each other without talking about who inhaled pot and whose spouse is doing what.

    Jessica – Indianapolis, IN

    January 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  154. Juan

    Make no doubt that my main focus is the issues. On top of that, I would not mind for Obama to go for the jugular and highlight the hypocrisy of the Clintons.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  155. Jon


    January 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  156. Ivan Gonzalez (Del RIo, TX)

    I would like to hear about the economy,
    What Else!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  157. Jayson

    For once, I would like to be able to watch a democratic debate without them having personal hits at each other. I would like to hear why they should be president, what they will do for us, not what they were doing while the other one was doing something else.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  158. C.Garcia

    I want to hear what plans they have to fix the mess that Bush is leaving us. I DON'T want to hear them argue.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  159. Mark

    I would like the candidates to address whether they would consider large-scale public works programs (like the WPA of the 1930's) as a way to deal with unemployment, poverty and energy conservation.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  160. Scott, California


    Despite their protests to the contrary, there is very little substantive difference between these 2 candidates.

    One thing that IS a HUGE difference is how they've financed their campaigns.

    I'd like to hear a question (or a few) about this fundamental topic. We're never going to get campaign finance reform if we don't keep shining the spotlight on how much it costs to run for President and how different people choose to finance that cost.


    January 31, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  161. Lee Montanaro

    immigration, immigration, what are they going to do with all the illegals in this country? Viva USA!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  162. Marilyn in Ohio

    Would be nice if something, anything, could be mentioned about seniors in this country. We have worked and built this damn country, my husband and I for at least the past 50 years, and now all we hear about is we are breaking Social Security and Medicare. We have paid our way!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  163. Melina Philadelphia, PA

    I would really like to hear more detail about how they will turn America around. Also, I'd love to hear if John Edwards changed their minds about what their top priority will be, and if so how.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  164. April Ewing

    Maybe it is shorter to tell you what I DON'T want to hear. I don't want to hear them attacking each other and this being a brawl.

    I do want to hear their positions on what they will do about certain issues like the Iraq war, Health care, the economy. I don't want to hear their opinions on the other's stance.

    They need to convince me they are the right choice. So don't waste time blasting each other.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  165. James in Florida

    Since a lot of our problems (security, economy, and environment) revolve around our dependence on oil, what do either of these candidates plan to do to get us off off oil permanently?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  166. DV

    I want to hear what they have to say about our future, not what they did in the past. The past is the past. Jack, can't we move forward and run a positive campaign for the primaries? If Obama brings up dirt it will only make him look bad. I believe tthat Hillary will be staying calm and clean and if anything, will Obama stumble all over his words. He never does well in the debates. That has been obvious.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  167. James

    I would like to hear them discuss "Peak Oil" a topic that should be on the table

    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  168. J. Long

    I would very much like to hear what the Democratic candidates will do about the illegal immigration crisis in the US. I would like to hear specifics not generalites.

    Additionally, I would like to know what they intend to do about the skyrocketing cost of energy both short term and long term.


    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  169. Sherryll Mleynek

    For Hillary: Why do you refer constantly to 35 years of experience? I assume you count every year after college as political experience relevant to the presidency? To be consistent, Barack Obama could claim 20 plus years of experience since he was an undergraduate.

    For Barack: Do not be afraid to point out the dynastic implications of a Clinton victory.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  170. Felicia

    Personally, I am tired of the personal attacks that the candidates have favored so far. I want to hear more about their solid concrete stance on real issues like immigration, the war on Iraq, and the enviroment, to name a few. Both candidates need to keep in mind that they are ultimately not running against eachother, but the republican party. I want to know why each candidate thinks they will have the better chance of beating the republican nomination in the upcoming election.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  171. Carolyn

    I would like to hear less snipeing and more absolute specifics regarding domestic issues. Things like how they are going to finance universal healthcare, or their version or any other program for that matter, while we are borrowing up to our limit to finance this war?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  172. T. Nelson

    I want to hear real solutions, not attacks.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  173. Bert

    Dear Jack:
    I'd like to hear them justify their positions on continuing to allow employers to steal jobs and reasonable wages from low and middle income Americans, with their support of Institutionalizing Illegal Immigration in the form of Amnesty or lack of enforcement of our laws.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  174. Kyle G.

    I want to hear Hillary bow out of the race. Nothing short of that will make me happy.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  175. John - Columbus, OH

    Given that Hillary Clinton rests her campaign on 35 years of experience which includes her years as First Lady, I want an explanation as to why the Clintons will not release her White House records? Recent reports state that even her daily schedules have been delayed. What is Senator Clinton hiding?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  176. Dave

    Not the liberal sniping that the american people are so used to seeing. Thanks Mr. Jack

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  177. Mike, Iowa

    I want to see a clean debate which i doubt happens but i want to see them both explain further what they will do to make this country better so the voters will have a clearer view of who they think will be the best candidate. Not because of a certain cadidates husband or the stories they can spin around. Arrogance only proves who has the biggest mouth, not the best policy!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  178. Rory Ryan

    I want to see you ask Senator Obama about the New York Times story that says he's benefiting from coordinated efforts between his campaign and PACS, unions and 527 groups in spite of his campaigns criticism of such groups when it comes to his rivals taking their support and money.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  179. Nathan (Harvard)

    I would like for the candidates to be asked, "If they do not win the nomination from the Democratic party, at least for president, would either of them consider running for Vice President with the other candidate." Forget that people think she is polarizing and he unexperienced, many people like them enough to see and want them to run together, so ask them head on would they. That would tell you who's really concerned with the nation and who's concerned with keeping their power status.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  180. Megan in Texas

    I want to know what each candidate plans on doing with the Patriot Act. Are they planning on keeping it, even though it has allowed the president to by-pass the judicial branch and listen in on American citiznes? Do then plan on allowing it to be renewed this year? Or do they plan on not reinstating the Patriot Act? Does each candidate truly think that the Patriot Act is necessary for the "War on Iraq," I mean the "War on Terror"?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  181. Jim Blevins

    Unlike you Jack, I am most interested in hearing about facts that give insight into the honesty, ethics, principles and biases of both candidates. Words have little meaning - past behavior means everything.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  182. Robert J Sutton

    Both candidates have essentially the same stance on policy issues, with variations in their philosophies. I would really like to see Obama hit Hillary on elect ability in the General Election. The Republican party has been gearing up for a fight with Clinton for years, and with that article in the New York Times, the GOP could easily paint her as a security risk. Obama needs to point out why the GOP WANTS to run against Hillary. That's what I want to hear anyway. I already have a good idea of where the candidates stand on the issues.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  183. sam madino

    The two candidates are very close on the issues. The election is about character and integrity of our future president. As a beacon of hope and democracy for the world, who we pick will impact the US world standing. For that reason this debate should focus on Character, Judgment, Integrity, and Leadership.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  184. Steve

    It would be nice if Obama gave a straight answer for once. I get it change, but is there actually a plan?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  185. Michael

    Would like to hear there plans to enforce all laws especially ones dealing with illegal immigration. Amazing how govenor of Ohio Ted Strickland, a Hillary supporter, talks about balancing the budget by making cuts in service but nothing about enforcing all laws of Ohio thus forcing the illegals to go home. Just reinforces my opinion that Hillary is playing the race card.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  186. chuck

    I would love to hear a Democratic candidate really come out and support the fair tax proposal as a viable tax reform tool. That topic almost got me to switch sides... then I realized another four years of what we already have would be way too much. I would like to hear about what relief middle class families,NOT

    January 31, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  187. Norma

    How they will handle on their insuance plans when people insurance runs out or they change insurance companies and they are not covered due to pre-existing conditions and how will they protect these people in there new insurance plans.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  188. Mary

    I want to hear Obama admit that he's a politician just like everyone else. The attacks he's leveled on Hilary in the last few days certainly prove that. A new brand of politics? Baloney. Hogwash. Obama's proven that his brand of politics is just as underhanded and just as divisive as all the others.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  189. Hannah

    I want to see Senator Obama stand up and show his leadership. Some say he doesn't have the experience and so I want to see him show that he does. He is a U.S. Senator, you know, so he should show his is going to be ready to lead. I would also like them to talk more about education. As a college student, that hits home for me and something that I don't think the candidates have spoken about as often as I would like.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  190. W B in Las Vegas

    I want to hear BOTH candidates DENOUNCE NAFTA, CAFTA and all the OTHER so called "free trade" agreements that have deindustrialized America, cost our citizens millions of middle class manufacturing jobs and put thousands of small manufacturers out of business esp in the midwest.

    John Edwards along with CNN's Lou Dobbs are correct. after thirty years of this country and it's citizens being screwed over in the trade game, ENOUGH is ENOUGH!!!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  191. Tyler N

    Policy, policy, policy! However, since I unfortunately expect the two of them to simply claw at each other's neck, I have a feeling that if you asked me again half way through the debate what I wanted to hear, I'd say John Edwards!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  192. James V

    I want to hear these candidates stop using the word "change." Obama became the typical politician in how he latched onto a buzzword so that he can pander to crowds and win votes without having to participate in substantive discussion. Clinton saw his success and jumped on the bandwagon. I get it, they're not Bush, and yes, one is an African American and one is a woman. However, before becoming the female candidate, or the black candidate, be the good candidate first.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  193. Pastor Gerald M. Overall

    I would love just for once to hear them answer the questions asked of them. Only talk about what they intend to do for the american people so i can make up my mind as to who to vote for.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  194. Ryan Lehr

    In 2000, the U.S. and the 188 other nations belonging to the UN made a promise to achieve the U.N. Millennium Development goals by the year 2015. These goals included such things as eradicating poverty, reducing the 10 million child mortalities per year by 2/3's and achieving universal primary education. Although we have made progress on some of the eight goals, many of the goals remain stagnant or are getting worse. I want to know what the candidates will do when they become President in order to make sure the U.N. Millennium Development goals are not forgotten like so many of the world's development promises are.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  195. Jessie

    I want to hear them ultimately focus on issues, instead of on who can out-slap the other. And can we also stop hearing about President Clinton's presidency? This isn't about him. For myself and possibly many other undecided voters, the issues outweigh these candidates personal squabbles, and it's about time we started hearing more about the first rather than the latter. There is only five days until Super Tuesday and someone needs to hit a homerun in this debate.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  196. Anna, IL

    Jack, I would like CNN to ask both candidates whether they would appoint a Republican in their cabinet. No, I'm not a a Republican and never will be, but I'd like to see the next President really step up and be the uniter and get things done. I believe the President of the United States should be intelligent enough to listen to both sides of the argument when it comes to important issues. I don't want someone who asks for all or nothing and gets into a stale mate. Make compromises if she/he has to, but for once, get something done that will make many people happy, and not just the extremists on the left or the right.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  197. Ken Frederiksen

    I don't expect much, but I would like to see each of them squirm for 15 minutes trying to explain to the American people their reasoning for their stand on Amnesty and illegal immigration. That would make them sweat! They won't dare address these issues directly or truthfully.

    Charlotte, NC

    January 31, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  198. Joyce Irby

    Would either candidate put ego aside and do whats best for the democratic party by having the other as running mate

    January 31, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  199. CU

    I want to hear more about the issues, less arguing, and enough is enough about race and gender!! And I would love to hear Obama on what his plans are for our country. I think I have an understanding of Clinton and where she stands, but all I hear when I listen to Obama make speeches is how he is a great inspirational speaker with big dreams and no plans!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  200. Pearl Miles

    I want them to focus on the important issues the economy, health care, ending the war in Iraq. I want specifics, I can't take hope to the bank

    January 31, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  201. Joe Cobbe, Martinsville VA

    I would like to hear a serious adult discussion of the issues (Iraq war,economic slowdown,tax policy,health care) and how their approach to these issues differ from each other and how they differ from those of the Republican candiadates.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  202. Adam

    I want to hear what they are going to do on the issues. I'm sick of the buzzwords of this campaign. Hope, Change, Belief. I want to know specifically what their plans are once they get in the white house. So far I'm hearing far more of the 'how' from Hillary then I'm hearing from Obama, and for that reason she has my vote. But tonight could change that, but I don't expect it to. I expect to hear more buzzwords and no substance.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  203. Judy

    I want to hear specifics about where they stand and what they'd do. I don't want to hear about inspiration, hope, and change. That's all talk. I want them to back up why we should believe they're really going to walk the walk and not just talk the talk.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  204. Jeff Brown

    I do not know what I would like to hear about, but I know what I do not want to hear about – race or gender. Here's to hoping that neither the moderator nor the candidates will attempt to bring race or gender into this debate.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  205. Gary

    I would like to see a debate on JUST the issues that are important to Americans. I would also like to determine whom would be the best choice to beat the GOP nominee in November. asking a question about McCain- the likely GOP nominee and how the Dems would govern differently/better. As for the issues- there are the typical Democratic centered issues- health care, social security, education, etc,. but i would also like the candidates to discuss Republican types issues- ie. the economy, taxes, immigration, the war, trade, foreign policy, homeland security/terrorism.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  206. Greg

    I would like to hear how either candidate will provide medical insurance to all without bankrupting the country. Also, how will they build the infrastructure needed to attend to the medical needs of all these newly insured patients.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  207. Melanie from CA

    I'd like to know their policy differences. I knew where Edwards stood and liked his ideas but I really don't know what differentiates Obama and Clinton. Each time I hear Obama explain his actions or views I feel like I'm getting an educator's view: someone who knows the theories but has no idea how they apply to real life. With Clinton I'm turned off by the continuation of another political dynasty. We've had the Bushes, I don't think we need the Clintons too.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  208. Patty

    I want them to talk about the issues and lay off the personal attacks. There was enough "snarkiness" in the Republican debate. Let's see "grown-ups" discuss the things we care about.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  209. Joe Alex

    Hi Jack,
    I'd like any of the candidates to address the number 1 issue for most Americans.
    Could you please remind them that "It's the economy, stupid!" We've given more than a million manufacturing jobs to China. Our tariff rates for imports from most countries were around 20% back in the early 80s, when the American manufacturing sector was still vibrant. Now, with our "free and fair" trade deals, the tariffs on goods from China are around 6%. We've opened the floodgates. Isn't it time for a little protectionism, and shouldn't our so-called leaders be protecting American jobs, instead of Chinese jobs?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  210. Dominic Chase

    I want these two to tell me and the Country why they should become OUR next president. I do not want them to jump around issues with political correctness – I want them to take the issues head on. I hope each candidate "holds no punches" tonight.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  211. walt

    I think the American people want to hear what each of the candidates can do for America in detail ! No bickering or arguing.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  212. James Appleton

    Q. Will you maintain military bases in Iraq?

    Q. Can you explain your position on Bush's supplying arms to countries in the Middle East.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  213. Brad

    What I would like to hear in tonights debate is for Wolf to the candidates that the first one that takes a personal shot at the other will be removed from the debate. It is important what the candidates have done in the past but whatever they have done has very little to do with the future. I believe it is the job of the media to give us information concerning things like what they have said or done in the past. The job of these candidates is to discuss civily what they think our country needs and what they would do towards that goal. So as a personal request to the candidates can you talk about the rest of us and not each othe

    Thank you Brad Herrin Illinois

    January 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  214. Carol Taylor

    Hillary constantly speaks of her 35 years of experience. I would like some specifics other than her being the First Lady for 8 years and the Junior Senator from New York.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  215. Greg

    Jack you are the man,
    I would love to hear some specific ideas that these two have. Enough with the personal attacks, frankly they are boring now. I am currently leaning towards Hillary because all Obama talks about is "Change" and is too wishy-washy. To me, if he doesn't give me specifics that I prefer over Hillary's, I know who I will vote for on the most super Tuesday ever.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  216. susan

    I would like to hear Barak Obama announce he's withdrawing. I can dream can't I?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  217. Good Sergeant

    I would like for Hillary to restate some of her many specific plans to enhance the economy, and I would love to hear Obama just once say something to debate her by giving specific as to why things would work better his way. I would like to hear Obama say something with substance, facts, something that is tangible. So far, all he does is preach. That does not give me any confidence with him. And if he is the one to move forward, he needs to start getting more people like me believing that he knows something other than how to preach. Otherwise, I go with McCain. And for the record; Hillary is the best of all candidates! Listen to the data!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  218. Sandy in Chicago

    I'd like to hear why we should vote for Hillary when she has already shown that
    she will, in fact, say anything to get the nomination (I'm referring to the deliberate
    misquote of Obama concerning the republican ideas).

    January 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm |

    How do we as a party heal the divide and win the upcoming presidential elections against the Republicans ? I am deeply saddened by the elbows and want both candidates to discuss how to create an enabling environment for an upturn economy.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  220. Joan

    Speak about wnat the people want to know about. The economy, healthcare, China, Pakistan and out standing in the world.


    January 31, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  221. Sheri

    What I want to hear for once is HOW Obama is going to make his "changes" that he keeps lauding. Seems he spends an awful lot of time talking about nothing. I think we have already had seven years of that, haven't we and look where we are.....

    January 31, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  222. Eli


    What did Senator Obama do in 2002 to oppose the war, beside giving a speech? Did he lead mass demonstrations to sway the public, or was that speech an effort to cover his caboose?


    January 31, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  223. john

    First, most agree and want to help the upwards of 40 million that are without or have inadequate medical insurance, however, why must we completely change to a government program versus private insurance system. If I have a flat tire, I replace or fix one tire, not all four tires.

    Second question, do you believe legislation supporting civil right laws was designed to ensure equal opportunities for all or was it to make opportunity an entitlement for some. More specifically, is the practice of affirmative action the same as reverse discrimination?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  224. Aline Russell

    I want to hear specifics about health, how to slow down or reverse outsourcing of jobs, how to tackle global warming domestically and internationally, and how they plan to combat terrorism.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  225. Dan

    Does the Ted Kennedy endorsement of Obama indicate that Obama is really nothing more than a new face that has been grafted onto the old liberal wing of the Democratic party that’s led by Ted Kennedy? Does Obama really represent the future or is Obama just the front man for the old Congressional Democratic elite that want to move the party away from Clintonian centrism back to the old Democratic ideologies of the 1960’s and 70’s?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  226. Pat Nave

    I'd like to see Obama slap a copy of Hillary Health Care [remember that huge book of rules?] on the table and say "We don't need Washington telling us what is good for us. We need everyone involved in solving our problems – the Senate and House members, governors, everyone who has a responsibility and a stake in the health and safety of our citizens. Top-down, I-know-what's-good-for-you management set back health care in this ountry 15 years. I'll call them all in, give them some guidlenies on what I want done and give them six months to do it."

    January 31, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  227. brad

    i don't want to hear anything from obama or clinton. i want to see them both sitting quietly at individual desks, not only creating legislation to fix everything in our gov't they say is broken but showing us EXACTLY how it will be implemented and how they know they can make their ideas happen. every election time is always the same thing: lots of talk and 'i wannas' but no action, especially now since the dems blew it 2 years ago on their previous baloney. i don't live in missouri but my family is from there and i have always felt as their state motto says.......'Show Me'. otherwise they might as well not have run for president and should be back at their desks in washington doing what they are being paid to do

    January 31, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  228. Eddie C

    I wan tSenator Obama to ask Senator Clinton how she can have more experience, but at the same time be the candidate for change. Also, he should make the point that Senator Clinton should not claim credit for the accomplishments of her husband's administration.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  229. lorenzo

    I would love to see a debate where both canidates give concrete answers. I don't want to hear how the other person did this or that. What are YOU going to do about immigration, cheaper health care, etc... What are your plans and stop the back and forth with he did she did. Lorenzo of Oregon

    January 31, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  230. Jonathan Wolf

    To be honest, I think everything that either of them could say has probably already been said. A two-person debate for a party's nomination is not what we want right now. All it will be is a shouting match, with most of the comments being slanderous and mostly not true. Mike Gravel is still running; why is he not in the debate?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  231. Bobby from Minnesota

    I think what Barack should ask is what would Hillary do different than Bill when she is in office. Im shocked to hear what Bill has been doing the last 8 years, if Hillary gets elected, Bill will have no oversight on him. It would be a violation of the 22 amendment to have Hillary elected. The Suprem Court needs to take this issue on. Our Political elites are starting to resemble the British Royal Family. Look what happened when we elected another Bush to office. Do we really want to make the same mistake and elect another Clinton?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  232. J.

    I would like Barack to ask Hillary if she was aware Bill was involved in a business deal with Ron Burkle that, according to news reports, involved offshoring money to the Caymen Islands in order to avoid U.S. taxes. Then Obama might inquire about the scandal du jour: Bill's influence in a mining deal involving a gentleman named Giustra who later, reportedly, donated millions to a foundation run by Clinton. It's like deja vu all over again.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  233. Bukky, Baltimore

    I support Obama... i hope this debate is civil compared to the SC debate. I think Obama needs to state his platform for the people too busy/ "lazy" to read his website. We now know that Obama CAN defend himself... If Clinton attacks Obama needs to avoid seeming confrontational. Explain the lies she tells and break down the truth. DO NOT ATTACK HER, she will sink her own ship...

    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  234. Debbie

    As strange as it may seem I would like to hear just the facts about the issues. I wonder if these two could put away the personal issues and explain what they will do and how they will do it for the American people. Why is it each and every candidate makes promises but never seems to have a plan to put those promises in place. Is it really to much to ask that an elected official work for the people they represent and not special interests? I doubt we will ever see this day but it a nice thought.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  235. Rita from Missouri

    If the questions to the candidates are as they have been in the past debates there will be nothing but more of the same bickering. Candidates have repeatedly been asked something along the lines of "she said this about you, what do you think?; or he said you said this, what is your response?" If I were to ask these types of questions of my own children I would expect them to fight all day long. Instead I would hope that Wolf will ask them questions pertaining to their specific plans for the way they intend to reform Washington to better accomplished their goals for the country.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  236. NiurkaMaria

    I want the TRUTH about what they will really do concerning immigration. How secure are they really going to secure our borders. What type of support will our Border Patrol Officers get. The truth about Driving Licenses to "ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS. Will they do want the MAJORITY OF AMERICANS believe is right or will they ignore the people. Thank you,

    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  237. Anthony

    Jack, We all know where the republicans stand on the advancement of gay rights. Question – How will Clinton and Obama advance the gay rights for approx. 30M residents of the US?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  238. craig laskowski

    I want to here how they plan to secure borders, make trade fair for americans, what they plan to do with the slumping economy, rising health care costs, poverty, a way out of iraq, how to stop tainted goods from china and other countries that are poisoning us. Finally i would like to here them speak on campaign finance reform. Its time for them to start talking issues and stop the negativity and arguing. substance substance substance.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  239. Lori

    Re: the Clinton/Obama debate tonight – I agree with you Jack> I want to see real issues debated: Healthcare, how we are going to get out of Iraq, the home mortgage crisis, poverty in America, and so on and so on. I am so tired of reading stories about how he snubbed her at the State of the Union address and other petty items such as those, which I blame both the media for harping on them day after day and the candidates for actually taking the time to discuss them when men and women are dying in Iraq and going bankrupt because of their lack of health insurance.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  240. Sterling Brooks

    Well, as a Republican, I might be snoozing through this debate BUT, I'd like to hear a discussion that addresses my concerns about why nearly every time I buy something, it has MADE IN CHINA on it. From green beans by Libbys to power drills by Black and Decker... it all comes from China.

    Has Bill Clinton been powerbrokering deals with China? It sure seems like his wife didn't care about Walmart importing 90% of their products from China.

    I guess I want to hear what Obama would do to restore US jobs... Speaking of Black and Decker, I hope Obama decks her tonight in the debate.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  241. sand

    Inspiration is wonderful, but please provide more. I want to hear about the policies and ways accountability is attached to them. Please don't Sen.Obama tell me to vote for because you have not had your hope knock out by Washington. If you are afraid of losing your hope after only being present for two years, you aren't ready to handle the presidency

    January 31, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  242. Tom McGee

    I doubt it will come up but I'd love to see Obama or the moderator broach the subject of Presidential term limits. Ms Clinton keeps referring to the accomplishments and experience she gained during her husband's presidency; if she did so much, and played such a key role, should she really be able to try for eight "more" years? Similarly, assuming her husband will play a prominent policy and diplomatic role in a Hilary Clinton presidency, will he be breaking term limit laws, at least in spirit? I suppose it's a situation the writers of the constitution, being men of their time, would never in their wildest dreams have imagined.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  243. Cindy Mai

    I would love to hear a candidates who cared about the PEOPLE instead of EACH OTHER. It's a shame that Dennis Kucinich isn't a front runner thusfar.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  244. Bob- Randolph, MA

    All I want to hear from the candidates is what we all need to hear, the truth.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  245. Margi Gaither

    I would hope that personal integrity would be a factor who should be our next President. Does anyone remember that Bill had a scandal from seducing an intern working at the White House? If he had time for escapades while running our country, don't you think that he could get in more trouble when he has more time while being 'first spouse'? Obama would earn respect from Americans and around the world; whereas, Clintons would earn late night comedy highlights. Margi

    January 31, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  246. Robin

    I need Mr Obama, to cool his jets and let us know what he is going to do with the mess that Bush has created. Bush #1 had A clinton clean up his mess, Bush 2 mess is 50 times bigger than Bush#1 , so having a Clinton clean it up is not a bad idea. Hillary needs to tell us what she is going to Do. I dont want the fighting.

    I need Mr Obama to step up and stop the criticism. I need Hillary to Show us she is strong

    I am starting to think Barack is borrowing the words of Karl Rove. Cool your Jets you are blowing it for Man

    January 31, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  247. Dennis

    I like to hear what matters most to America – Security for Airlines, jobs, Gas Prices what I don't want to hear is to cats fighting over how they are better for America.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  248. Pat Rose

    I would like Wolf to press each candidate equally hard about the specifics of their proposals on every issue debated. In current reporting and questioning by the media, it appears that Barak Obama has had a relatively free ride. We have heard his grand, soaring rhetoric, but we have heard very little about how he plans to implement his ideas. Please be fair to both candidates, Wolf! For example, if you question Clinton on the Kazak issue, also question Obama on the Rezco issue. Don't give either candidate a pass tonight.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  249. Ellen Traylor

    I would like to hear the truth. I want to hear what they are going to do, not what they did years ago. I think Obama owes Senator Clinton an apology for the way he avoided her at the State of the Union address. He said he didn't do that, but pictures do not lie. John Edwards was for the middle and low income people and now that he is out, are you all going to pick that up? Or is the middle class people or low income people not on your agenda. These are the classes that really need help. Some people have to choose food or medicine. I'm sure you all help with that issue. So please discuss issues tonight and act like adults.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  250. Alice

    I would like to know exactly what Obama means by "change" and what his position is on anything! We've heard the "unity unity change change change racism unity hope change change hope unity change unity hope racism racism hope unity change change change racism hope unity" mantra so often I think he had it pre-recorded and just lip-syncs to it.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  251. DK

    Obama responded to every tough question last time around with arrogance and evasion, so I would like to hear what exactly he is running on besides hot air. Most thinking people (not the media) prefer to deal in the real as opposed to the ideal. Obama's debate skills are not on par with Clinton and lets hope he chooses not to attempt to make up for it again with immature, chauvinistic posturing about when he becomes president... yawn... I am so tired of Clinton bashing and Saint Obama getting a pass on everything and playing the victim. I'd like to see Obama handle some tough questions and not get treated with kid gloves by the CNN moderator and the press. In so doing, you have firmly convinced me that Obama is not equipped to handle the pressures, tough decisions and the heat most presidential candidates should be able weather. The country needs a leader that has demonstrated they can take the heat and cut their own path and sorry to say, but it isn't Obama.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  252. Binea

    Obama should remind hillary that this is a presidential race,because Hillary and her husband seem to think they are running for King and queen .Obama should also threaten her that if she wins the democrat primaries,he will support Ron Paul,not her,because only Paul, like himself truelly want the troops home.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  253. J. D.

    I would like Barack to ask Hillary if she was aware Bill was involved in a business deal with Ron Burkle that, according to news reports, involved offshoring money to the Caymen Islands in order to avoid U.S. taxes. Then Obama might inquire about the scandal du jour: Bill's influence in a mining deal involving a gentleman named Giustra who later, reportedly, donated millions to a foundation run by Clinton. It's like deja vu all over again.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  254. Phil, Memphis

    We are down to two candidates, it is time for both of them, particularly Obama, to get very specific as to their platforms and what their actions will be as POTUS on the "day one" we keep hearing about.

    As an aside, I saw the note that Bill Clinto was involved an a hugely succesful business deal, and then had the $31 million sent to his charity foundation. so the guy, as always, makes a smart decision, makes a ton of money, and then gives it to charity, and this is a bad thing? Gee, maybe if we had a president who was that savvy...

    January 31, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  255. Delane

    I'd like to know from Hillary Clinton.

    1) How does living in the same house with a President qualify as experience in foreign policy, with no secutity clearance? Was it by osmosis? I would assume most foregin policy to be classifed.

    2) How does sitting on the board of Walmart qualify as doing things that makes the lives of Americans better? How long was she on that board?

    3) What did she do immediately out of law school, or at age 25, whichever came first, that started the clock ticking toward the 35 years of experience she touts as making her qualified to be president? She's 60, therefore her 35 years of experience would have to have begun at age 25.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  256. Juanita

    Jack, I want Wolf ,as the moderator, to structure questions pertaining to the issues on the economy,health care, EDUCATION, and repairing our relationsship with foreign countries. The moderator should maintain control of the dabate. WE are tired of the mud slinging.



    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  257. Lucie Valentine

    I would like to know who the "we" is that Obama, his wife, and Oprah refer to – or is it a mouse in their pocket.
    Lucie V.
    Las Vegas, NV

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  258. Ron Russell

    I’m an Edwards supporter and have viewed both as nothing more than Corporate Whores. Given that view, why should I show up to support either of you and what makes you think you are capable of cleaning up the mess that George Bush will leave behind?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  259. Bill Kaneohe, Hawaii


    I would like to hear several things. 1. The economy and how to fix it. 2 Will they get rid of the IRS & Federal Reserve? 3. Homeland Security and what will they do with it? (waste of the tax payers money) 4. Immigration and all the illegals in the United States and what do they propose and follow through with on these subjects. 5. Finally about this North American Union we keep reading on the internet. Are we bringing The United States, Canada and Mexico together as one country?

    Concerned American,


    Kaneohe, Hawaii

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  260. Santino

    Jack, I want them as well as all many do to concentrate on issues; but I also hope that Mr. Wolf be more fair by not pressing one candiate and not the other.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  261. Wendy

    Hard core proposals. If they propose a plan, how much will it cost, and how will they fund it. Al I have heard is broad general platitudes, SHOW ME THE MONEY!


    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  262. pat knopf

    What I would like to hear this evening in the debate between the 2 democratic candidates is their fix-it vision for our country.

    I also would appreciate the tendancy of CNN to refrain from 'beating up' on Hillary. All the news networks seem to think it's a-ok to beat-up Hillary.......to peck away at the slightest.......meaning whatever appeals to CNN that will stir the slog pot.

    I also would like to remind listeners as well as you, Jack, that during the Clinton Years, our country and people prospered. And that prosperous pattern will be repeated during Hillary's Whitehouse Years!

    Regards, Pat Knopf
    Whitehall, MI

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  263. Benjamin Cisco from Wv


    I think everyone wants to hear the Barack talk about the issues and not all about change. This country needs "change" but thats all he talks about. Get to the issues please. So far Hillary Clinton is the better canadate. Beacuse Barack wont let us know where he stands.

    -Benjamin Cisco from Wv

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  264. Art Callesoe

    Jack, ask each of them about the polarizing of America by G W Bush in the last 7 years and which of them will be less polarizing and why.
    Hillary is polarizing like Bush. Obama is inclusive, bringing together Democrats, Independents and even some Republicans.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  265. Laura

    I am in my late twenties and I am a registered nurse. I am worried that we are not recruting enough nurses to replace the ones we will lose as the baby boomers retire. I am worried about my future, will I have to take on a larger load at the expense of my patients (their care), or do either of you have a plan to help alleviate this nursing shortage we will encounter?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  266. Sharon Harvey

    What would you do to decrease the cost of diesel? I drive a diesel vehicle (which had to be imported and cost me extra for the diesel system) and have had my truck converted to propane to conserve oil resources. Diesel costs less to produce than gasoline, so why do we pay more?

    The big topic now is to boost the economy. Reducing the cost of diesel immediately would result in a savings of millions of dollars; the big rigs, that deliver everything we need or want, use diesel. This savings could be "pumped" back into the economy almost over night.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  267. Geoge Davis

    I want to know way do the press ignore the nastiness and hatred the Obama and McCain feel for there opponents. How can these me bring the country together if the hate Hillary and Romney just because they are running against them. Will that behavior follow them in the White House. Will we be going to war or turning our backs on nations who disagree with us. Every negative thing that Hillary about Obama is interrupted as racist so why isn't his behavior anti-feminist. McCain is a hateful old man. Is his hatred because Romney is giving him a run or is he anti-Mormon. The bottom line is that the press is playing favorites and are going to shove down our throats either a angry old man or a empty suit.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  268. Billie

    I would like to hear each candidate discuss his/her viewpoint on a unitary presidency. Do they believe in co-equal powers of the three branches of government? Or do they believe the executive branch has broader powers than the legislateive or judicial branch? How would he/she govern as it relates to this concept?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:25 pm |
  269. Louis Ross

    When in the White House, what is your honest plan for the existing illegal population in America today.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  270. Tom

    I would like to hear two grownups discuss the issues sensibly and stop the nitpicking that not only delights the other side, but causes more independents, if not Democrats, to choose the lesser of two evils thereby giving us another Republican in the white house.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  271. David Lewis

    Here's what I want to hear Jack. I want the moderator to ask the same tough questions to Hilary Clinton and Barack Obama that Anderson Cooper asked the Republicans in their debate. I'm tired of the so called experts in the spin room saying that no one laid a glove on Hilary Clinton. Let's put the cupcake questions in the rear view mirror and have a real debate on the issues. This election is too important. If the Democratic candidates are afraid to confront one another how in the world are they going to be able to face down Kim Jong-il or Ahmadinejad?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  272. steven

    my father used to tell me, family comes first, why does our american family come second in this country?. obama is not old enough to a leader, so far clinton is the sharpest of all. we have all seen what men have done in the white house, lets see what a woman can do, you can allways fire her. clinton is the ticket, if obama is smart he would be here running mate and in 8 years he would become the first african american leader of the free world. clinton/obama.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  273. Danielle

    I want to hear about the issues, plain and simple. If they stick to the issues, it will be obvious who is the better qualified candidate with a better plan and who is better prepared....and it won't be Obama. If you can't guarantee healthcare for everybody, then you are conversely saying you can't fix the economy to accomodate that agenda, so what else can't he do. I'm not comfortable with all of his endorsements, you don't get something for nothing, and any idiot knows that. What do all the top democrats want out of him if he gets in the Whitehouse, and what will it cost us? I don't want to find out. I want them to stick to the issues, lay them out point by point very clearly, very simply and stop with the talk so we can see what the action would be. Action speaks louder than words. He can't even say when he would bring the war to an end, but at the same time says the economy can't sustain it, and he didn't support it...so what, make a decision fix something don't just talk about it. He isn't good for the job. Look, you don't have to like the way they play the game as long as they can get the job done and fix things right. Hillary can do the job.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  274. Mizzim in St. Louis

    I think it makes a big difference with how they conduct themselves this evening. Will Obama actually say something besides the words "unity" and "hope"?

    Hillary has been specific and to the point in answering questions all along, so I agree with Maxine Waters that Hillary has the know how to be our president.

    And Jack, with all do respect, this is Hillary's run..not Bill's. Bill is not running for the presidency so what he did is done! I believe when Hillary takes office she will clean up this country's mess in record time while Obama would still be shuffling and looking for papers on his desk that he admits to losing as he revealed a weakness during the Nevada debate. (Hillary's weakness was sometimes being impatient).

    Also during the Nevada debate, Obama revealed not to be too sure on how to vote on a bill. Apparently he did not understand the art of voting yes, no, or present. Hillary and Edwards clued him in. So, I certainly do not want him signing or vetoing any bills as commander in chief. The debate in Nevada was my determining factor and I'm voting for Hillary.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  275. Dan

    Here’s my question to you: What do you want to hear at tonight’s debate between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama?

    Dueling pistols at 10 paces?

    Or, "We both quit and are endorsing John Edwards."

    January 31, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  276. gina

    I like to know if the Clintons ever told us the truth about anything.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  277. Izik Crispin

    I would truly like to hear Senators Obama and Clinton give their honest opinions about Congressman Ron Paul.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  278. linda hunt

    I would like for you to ask the candidates if a person has worked hard to be on time with there bills like me who has not been late on a payment in 10 years on any of my debt.i have been forced to use my credit cards for gas and groceries which is exceedingly high.i have an ajustible rate due to ajust in march,i was told i have all on-time payments but with high useage of credit cards which lowered my score to 639 from 740 a year ago.I had to use my cards but i paid on-time every bill i have.when will the on-time payment people not suffer with the people that don't pay.I'm a waitress that feels i have did well with my finances as a server,but is shut out by an economy that keep saying in the media they are trying to help the economy.How can we change this.

    Las Vegas,Nevada

    January 31, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  279. Gary Mirasola

    Just the facts man...nothing but the facts.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  280. Wings

    Here's what I'd like to hear...There are commercial breaks in the debate. Maybe even time for a capsule news headline. That Kazakhstan piece could fit right in there. If not, maybe someone would clue Obama in before the debate... A week from tonight essentially is too late. I guess we can all quit wondering what a Billary Whitehouse might be like. A rendevouz point for Bill to go out and make private deals for the Clinton bottom line. They might even call it a diplomatic mission and charge it to the taxpayers.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  281. Leslie

    I want to hear both candidates say that they heard the issues that John Edwards raised on poverty and that they will continue to talk about those issues during their campaign and fight those issues if they win the presidency. It is a shame that the poor are getting poorer in this country of great wealth. It is time our government takes responsibility for our citizens, and unfortunately the candidate that was sincerely interested in fighting for those in need will no longer be part of the discussion.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  282. Jason

    Policy, policy, policy. Please, for the love of God! That's what we want to hear. Last night should be considered and embarrassment for the Republican party. Let's have a real debate! CNN – that goes for you too!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  283. Billie

    I know what I don't want to hear; the moderator starting something irrelevant like race, to be sneaked into a question. That may get ratings, but you don't need to start something that has already been blown out of proportion. So CNN, it's time to show that you are a professional network. We'll see.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  284. Jim from Oregon

    I have nothing against Barrack Obama, I believe his heart is in the right place, however he does not have enough experience to lead this country given the dire circumstances the current administration has left us in, here economically and record low popularity throughout the world.
    For all the smearing of the Clinton Administration by the Republicans, the Clinton administration's record far outshines the last 7 years of the present administration's record. Fiscally and economically, we as a nation, under the Clinton administration were far better off than we are today.
    I am not sure that Hillary and Barrack can bury their differences however if they can truly put our nation in front of their political aspirations and run on the same ticket, they would be an unstoppable pair.


    January 31, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  285. Adan

    They should discuss on how to fix the economy and the deficit. But in reality, they should focus on Education. I don't care about boarder security or who is raising more money. All that matters is education. In the 1950's people believed that there would be flying cars entering the new millennium, but what we got was disappointment. With better education many of the problems they are talking about would be solved by our children since we are too stupid to do it our selves.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  286. Thomas, FL

    I want to hear nothing about race and gender. I want to hear policy differences rather than rhetoric. I'm getting ahead of myself though; that would actually make it a real debate, and we know those don't ever happen.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  287. Ron

    Here is a question for both canidates.
    Both me and my wife work fulltime, our family has health insurance from my employeer but the problem we face is that our insurance went to a $2,200 year deductable.
    I am a middle class family who makes to much money to get subsidized from the goverment but to poor to afford the $150 a month maintance inhaler my doctor wants me. You both have health care plans but how will your plan effect people like me.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  288. Dan Conklin

    Here's a thought... how about they talk about ISSUES! Im in high school and I've seen more disputes settled curtously by freshman than by these two parties. I do have to say, that if Hillary wants to be taken seriously, she needs to stop the 3rd grade attitude, and act like an adult. Obama, i feel, dealt with this in a much better way. As far as tonight goes, lets hear the issues that face our country, instead of a elementary school beef.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  289. Jerry

    I would really like to hear from Senators Obama and Clinton as to how they plan getting their suggested policy changes thru a Congress that promises to be, once again, nearly evenly split between Republicans and Democrats. In terms of legislation that improves the lives of Americans, very little gets done because of the divisiveness. Everyone speaks about 'change' but the reason Congress gets such low marks in polls is that they are essentially ineffective unless they've got lobbyists whispering in their ear.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  290. Kevin Hurt

    I want to hear about issues. ANY issues. I don't want to hear them call each other names or misquote each other. I teach 5th Grade and I don't let my students talk to each other like that. These people are applying for the job of President of the United States and they are acting like immature 10 year olds. Is this the CHANGE everyone is talking about?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  291. Deborah

    I want to hear about the issues: ideas for universal health care, ending the war, taking care of returning veterans, the economy. We do not need hear about Bill Clinton, gender or race.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  292. Jeff Risner

    Will you outlaw presidental signing statements one and for all and put the President back under the rule of law as passed by Congress and signed by the President and if not why shouldn't the President be governed by law as writen as are congressmen and women, the courts and the people of the United States?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  293. Mark

    I would like to see Hillary ask Barack to stop all his whining about who he is running against and stand up and be a man!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  294. Ro

    I want to hear "just the facts, Jack, just the facts." No mud, no slime, I want to hear what they are going to do to propel the economy forward, how they will unite the nation, and why that candidate will be the best Pres., rather than how the other would be the worst. Convince us, don't distract us.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  295. Mike

    I would like to hear a debate – not recitation of their slogans, positions, and sound bites. A true debate would have a genuine back and forth dialog with point counter-point. These "debates" are not debates, but rather co-located speach opportunities.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  296. Tina, Sacramento, CA

    I want to hear each candidate's specific plan of ACTION, not their vision for America. All Americans have a vision and a dream to restore our country to the great country that it once was.

    I would like the candidates to tell us what we can do as Americans to make a better future for our children and grandchildren. I have to believe our President will work hard for our country.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  297. donna melton

    I want to know from the candidates how the primary votes in Mich and Florida will be counted? Or will we the Democratic citizens of these 2 states be left, feeling disenfranchised from the political process?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  298. dorothy delong

    Jack I would like to hear something that you news People couldnt pick apart until we dont remember what was said. Do you want them to sit there and back down what they are being criticized for, I think not.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  299. Rick

    Which one will focus on fixing OUR country once they stop the stupid war! Homelessness, hunger, poverty, New Orleans and the rest of the Gulf coast, ridding America of ghettos, etc. I would also like to hear one of them say they will restore our constitutional rights back to pre 9/11. Sure, dream on.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  300. David Novak

    I would like to hear the candidates give their solutions to the problems currently facing this country (war in Iraq, immigration, etc) and not mention what the other candidate wants to do and why, in their opinion, that wouldn't resolve anything). The minute she/he talks about the other candidate, the microphone should be turned off and the other candidate would be given her/his chance to respond to the question. The voters are not idiots, we just want the facts, let us decide who would best lead the country.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  301. jenny

    I would like to hear what they would do for small business,how they could get every one to work together and not against each other.After all they are from the party cant they show that they can at least agree . and get the job done?WE all need to unite this is the UNITED STATES and the whole world is lookinfg and laughing.I usually dont get involved in politics this is my first time and Obama gets my vote all the way home

    January 31, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  302. Alan Herman

    I would like to see discussed in tonights debate who is the best candidate for change. I unfortunately have not seen a boxing match for awhile and that would be entertaining tonight.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  303. Anusuya

    I agree, wholeheartedly, Jack. We should be hearing about the ISSUES tonight.

    I want to hear about domestic social policies – health care, education and labor policies. Not just "everyone deserves health care" and "we need quality education" – the public gets that. How do you want to change the system? Where is the money coming from?

    I especially want Obama to break down his health care plan. Also, I want people to be honest about the barriers they anticipate to raising the minimum wage (as they both think is necessary). What is it going to take to make that happen? How will they get it done?

    Also, I want to hear about the diplomatic efforts we're planning to engage in in the Middle East. I'm reading every day about the new generation of extremists emerging from downtrodden environments (such as in Yemen). How are we going to help people better their lives and create good relationships?

    I'm a young graduate student who falls into that age bracket Senator Obama's been appealing too. But I'm not sold yet. I want change, drastic change, but this is a critical time. I want someone who knows, inside and out, how they want to make it happen. Senator Clinton seems more on top of her policy plans, but she's not inspiring me with the negative campaigning (and letting President Clinton be so vocal).

    January 31, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  304. Denise Morris

    I have watched all of the debates and I would like to see Mr. Obama actually answer a question. All we hear from him is all of this "pie in the sky" stuff. I know, understand and value Hillarys' position on health care. It is my dissapointing understanding that your health care plan will leave out millions. Mr Obama, what is your health care plan?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  305. Jody

    I hope tonight's democratic debate will be different than last week. Instead of the personal digs and barbs, I would like Hillary Clinton and Barak Obama to answer one question. They seem to dislike each other with a passion (or is this just politics) therefor I am wondering how each will support the democratic candidate for President ? It will be one of them.

    January 31, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  306. Joe Albano

    I would like to hear how Pbama and Clinton will find and kill Bin Ladan,?
    How will they end the war in Iraq?
    How will they lower the cost of food, oil, gas, and health care?

    January 31, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  307. Lyman

    Unless they both can start telling the American people what they are going to do after being elected President and quit telling each other what they can and can't do because of what they both have said they have done in the past and quit arguing with each other, then SLIENCE word be the optimal theme of tonights debate....

    January 31, 2008 at 4:34 pm |
  308. James S. Lenon

    I want to hear both candidates held strictly to answering questions put to them with specifics. I do not want to hear soft-ball questions and I do not want them allowed to spew canned talking points that have no connection to reality

    January 31, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  309. Jim , Burton, MI

    I want to here Obama stop talking about dreams and visions and tell us why he thinks he's qualified to run this country. Hillary, has layed out her plans for the nation . where's Obama? I dream enough on my own with out his help!

    January 31, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  310. mel moore

    For those who may need an answer for why they are voting for Hilary instead of Obama. "We have a better change to vote for a woman for President than just another man!"
    mel moore

    January 31, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  311. m. campion

    I would like to hear what they promised for the "gift" received. When the Times asked President Clinton about that meeting, he at first said it never happened. But when pressed by the Times, he finally admitted it did. This sounds so much like Clintons!

    January 31, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  312. dave

    hey jack. here's a novel idea. why don't the organizers of the debate invite ron paul to join in. he was treated like the unwanted stepchild last night but here he could answer questions when hillary and obama need to cool off.

    January 31, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  313. Tony Sewell, Anchorage, AK

    I realize the U.S. economy is an important and pressing issue; however I have yet to hear either Sen. Clinton or Sen. Obama specifically address how their universal health care plans will directly affect all Americans. Where will the funding ultimately come from and who will really benefit? Honestly Jack, I truly hope that each candidate is willing to address substantive issues this evening and avoid personal squabbling and meaningless trivialities. Thanks.

    January 31, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  314. The Allen Family

    Will they tell us how they plan to bankrupt our country & take from our future generations again?

    January 31, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  315. Gary

    Its not a question on what i want to hear.What we"ll get is more bull s___.
    These debates are embarrassing.to the country.

    January 31, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  316. Terry

    I want to hear which one of the 2 candidates will change NAFTA and back the good paying middle class American jobs lost to foreign labor from NAFTA !!!

    January 31, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  317. suzy

    I would really love to know about Obama's foreign policy and our role in the world.
    I know nothing of his international exposure or his qualifications to be our WORLD leader. I am not referring to Iraq – we've certainly heard about that – but HOW has he been involved, and WHAT has he been involved in that relates to the rest of the world.
    We need a leader not just for home, but everywhere.
    And please – no more fluffy speeches. Can't you see we are all sick of hearing about his vision for change. We ALL want change – HOW do we get there.
    Get down to business.

    January 31, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  318. Deez Nuts MD

    Hillarys American Health Choices plan needs some clarifaction. If the coverage is mandatory what will the premium limits be? A percentage of annual salary? What percentage? What would the basic coverage include? It seems to me that Americans complain about being made to pay anything let alone a compulsory insurance premium without clear facts. What are the penalties for having no insurance if the government mandates it? You vote for Hillary and you are giving her the power to impose such mandates without giving us facts about how this plan would really work. Hillary supporters would have you believe that she is well versed in health care. If so, she is still blowing smoke without real details. Read about her plan. At least Obamas health care plan would create similar affordability by while allowing America to have a choice for coverage but not compulsory to American Citizens.

    January 31, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  319. Matt A.

    How about asking the former first lady what she thinks about making Chelsea the First Lady since Bill obviously cannot be.

    Bill will make an excellent Secretary of State and maybe help shore up the damaged reputation of America in the rest of the World.

    January 31, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  320. jean gaw

    As an African American Woman, All I want to hear from Obama-when he makes his broad sweep statements-telling us what that American people are tired of. I want him to be specific in what and how he is going to make a change with the economy, the war. etc. People need to wake up-This guy is all Fluff and no substance. Our country is in bad shape. we do not need an on the job obama president in the white house. Hillary is right-the world is holding its breath hoping the American publice will get it right this time. Hillary for President.

    January 31, 2008 at 6:09 pm |
  321. rok

    Let me tell you what I don't want to hear...anything about Bill Clinton.
    Let Senator Clinton speak for herself.

    January 31, 2008 at 6:13 pm |