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Archive: November 25, 2007 - December 1, 2007

Chuck Says Huck Has 'The Big Package'

Less than two weeks since it's much-heralded release, Mike Huckabee and Chuck Norris are back in the first of five "webisodes." "Just listening to the statements you've made, and your vision for the country, your vision for the war, your vision for immigration... just listening to you and what you...

By Ed O'Keefe | December 1, 2007; 11:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Giuliani Ad in New Hampshire

Rudy Giuliani is airing a new ad called "Promises" in New Hampshire. It's similar to his his previous messages. -- Ed O'Keefe...

By Ed O'Keefe | December 1, 2007; 11:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 33: Yankees v. Red Sox

Crisgo3d asks Rudy Giuliani a tough one: Why did he root for the Sox after the Yankees lost?...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:16 PM ET | Comments (3)

Question 32: Will Ron Paul Go Independent?

YouTube user nexpres asks Ron Paul if he'll mount an independent candidacy if he fails to win the Republican nomination:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:13 PM ET | Comments (61)

Question 31: How do We Repair America?

From YouTube user hankhaba:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:11 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 30: What Do 'Stars and Bars' Mean to You?

TheHoustonKid asks the candidates what the Confederate Flag means to them:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:09 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 29: Why Don't Black People Vote Republican?

NewsinColor notes that many Black Americans hold conservative viewpoints on many social issues. So why don't they vote Republican?...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 28: A Mission to Mars?

Considering the economic impact of NASA on Florida (the debate is in St. Petersburg), an important quesiton on the future of the Space program. Asked by YouTube user Eisenmond:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 27: Will You Repay Money Taken From Social Security?

Another creative very YouTube-y ad from user PactAmerica asks about repaying money to Social Security:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 10:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 26: The Log Cabin Republicans

YouTube user wopnfla asks the candidates if they accept the support of the Log Cabin Republicans:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:56 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 25: Gays in the Military

Retired Brig. Gen. Keith Kerr, of Santa Rosa, Calif. asks if the candidates still support the "Don't Ask Don't Tell" policy regarding homosexuals in the military. Following the candidates' answers, Kerr told the debate audience that he is gay....

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:48 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 24: Will Your VP Have as Much Power as Cheney?

Houston Chronicle editorial cartoonist Nick Anderson asks an early candidate for best question: It's creative, and raises a good question: Will your vice president have as much power and influence as the current number two, Dick Cheney?...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 23: Does Rudy Giuliani Exploit 9/11 for Political Purposes?

Rudy Giuliani is asked if he's exploiting the 9/11 attacks for political gain:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:42 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 22: A Permanent Committment to Iraq?

BuzzBrockway asks if the candidates will make a permanent committment to Iraq:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:39 PM ET | Comments (1)

The YouTube Debate

So the sissy Republicans who tried to avoid their YouTube debate are finally facing The People. Anderson Cooper acknowledges the concerns about the kinds of questions asked last time but only manages to insult the entire field of questioners by featuring the stupid moments. Thanks, Andy. Next we have...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 21: Waterboarding

Andrew Jones, of Seattle, Wash. asks about the torture method known as waterboarding. Part of John McCain's answer: "Life is not '24' and Jack Bauer."...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:29 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 20: Iraq, and The Image of America

tamimi08 wants to know how the Republicans will fix the image of America abroad....

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 19: Do You Believe Every Word in The Bible?

calciumtoy, better known as Joseph Dearing of Dallas, Tex. asks simply "Do you believe this book?"...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:22 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 18: Regarding the Death Penalty, WWJD?

IAmTheScum13 asks "The death penalty: What would Jesus do?" The question was directed to Mike Huckabee. "Jesus is too smart to run for public office, that's what Jesus would do," the former governor said when pressed for a direct answer....

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:18 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 17: Would You Sign a Federal Abortion Ban?

A.J. (or lordajay), of Millstone, N.J., asks the candidates if they would sign a federal abortion ban:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:16 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 16: Abortion

Journey of Arlington, Tex. (YouTube user paperserenade) wants to know what crime a woman would be charged with if she got an illegal abortion:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:13 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 15: Urban Crime

A father and son, known as printess5232 on YouTube, ask the candidates what they will do about violence in urban areas. An especially well-timed question considering the shooting death of Redskins player Sean Taylor....

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:10 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 14: How Many Guns Do You Own?

LOCUSLARSEN wants to know what, if any types of weapons can be found on the candidates' gun rack:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 13: Exam to Buy a Gun?

kipload asks Rudy Giuliani considering the Second Amendment, why he thinks citizens should have to pass an exam to exercise their right to defend themselves and their family:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:05 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 12: Gun Control

Jay Fox, of Boulevard, Calif. (YouTube user foxbrosstudios) asks "What is your opinion of gun control? And don't worry, you can answer however you'd like," he says while cocking his shotgun....

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 11: Lead Toys, and Trade With China

You saw this coming: YouTube user leann3657 asks what the candidates will do about lead in her childrens' toys, and where they stand on the issue of doing business and trade with China:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 9:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 10: Farm Subsidies

tfaturos wants to know what the GOP 8 think about farm subsidies:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 9: Will You Pledge to Not Raise Taxes?

Grover Norquist (YouTube user Taxreformer) asks the candidates if they will pledge to not raise taxes:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 8: Do You Support the Fair Tax?

kntemplar asks if the candidates support the Fair Tax:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:53 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 7: Federal Programs

emilyekins asks which three federal programs the GOP candidates would cut:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 6: National Debt

YouTube user sarah05l asks what the candidates will do to reduce the debt:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:47 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 5: The North American Union

YouTube user Seekster asks Ron Paul if he believes in the conspiracy regarding the North American Union:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 4: College Tuition for Children of Illegal Immigrants

YouTube user ashleylynn360 asks if the candidates support a federal law to requires states that give in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants to give the same tuition rate to children of members of the military:...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:36 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 3: Guest Worker Programs

Jack Brooks, of Cambridge, Md. (YouTube user WillNuckols) and his co-workers ask, "What are you going to do to keep these guest workers coming to the U.S.?"...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:28 PM ET | Comments (1)

Question 2: Amnesty for Illegal Immigrants

YouTube user ConservativeVoiceUSA asks the candidates, "Will you pledge tonight, if elected president, to veto any immigration bill that involves amnesty for those that come here illegally?"...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:20 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 1: Immigration

Ernie Nardi, of Brooklyn, N.Y. (YouTube user ejxit) asks Rudy Giuliani, "Will you continue to aid and abet the flight of illegal aliens into this country?"...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Musical Start

Chris Nandor of Snohomish County, Wash. (or YouTube user pudgenet) starts things off with a musical interlude....

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 8:16 PM ET | Comments (2)

Tonight: The CNN/YouTube Debate

Tonight, after previewing the user-submitted questions for three days, we'll post the questions asked, the candidate-submitted videos, and some other thoughts on the GOP version of the user-generated political discussion. Feel free to post your thoughts in the comments section during and after the debate. -- Ed O'Keefe...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 7:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Preview: CNN/YouTube GOP Debate Questions, Part III

Channel '08 has brought you coverage of questions that might appear on tonight's Republican CNN/Youtube debate. Today we bring you questions that could prove to be too hot -- or too strange -- to handle. The questions are confrontational, poignant and might make the evening more interesting, IF they make...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 28, 2007; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Richardson, Thompson Release New Ads

Bill Richardson is airing a new ad in Iowa that touts his universal Pre-K and Kindergarten programs, and proposes math and science academies nationwide, "to prepare our children for tomorrow's jobs." The ad, entitled "Bold Plan," invites viewers to visit a Richardson campaign Web site describing his education record as...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 27, 2007; 3:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Preview: CNN/YouTube Debate Questions, Part II

We are one day closer to the Republican YouTube/CNN Debate, and that means another look at the questions you might see tomorrow night. Today we look at health care and gay rights. Our first question comes from Dr. Hormoze Goudarzi, a practicing general surgeon from Wilmington, N.C. who wants to...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 27, 2007; 12:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dodd Submits YouTube Question for GOP Candidates

This week Channel '08 is reviewing some of the almost 5,000 questions submitted for Wednesday night's CNN/YouTube debate with Republican presidential candidates. In a bit of a twist, one of the questions for the GOP hopefuls comes from Democratic presidential candidate Chris Dodd. "Many Americans are concerned that the administration...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 27, 2007; 8:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

Romney Takes Charge in New Ad

Mitt Romney began airing this new ad in Iowa and New Hampshire today. "Take Charge" is a 30-second spot about what the former Massachusetts governor did, and would do about the immigration issue, if elected president. It's a stylistic departure from Romney's most recent ads: new music, new graphics, and...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 26, 2007; 5:40 PM ET | Comments (2)

Preview: CNN/YouTube Debate Questions, Part I

The second CNN/YouTube Debate is Wednesday night, so we'll spend some of our blog space this week reviewing voter-submitted questions. After sitting through hours of low resolution video, from Christopher Walken impressions of Rudy Giuliani to another question from the notorious Billiam the Snowman, we bring to you the some...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 26, 2007; 1:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

New Ads: Romney, McCain, Edwards

In addition to Mike Huckabee's new ad out today, there are also new ones from John Edwards, John McCain, and Mitt Romney. Edwards 'Mess' in Iowa; Reminds Voters He Was Born in South Carolina The former North Carolina senator says his generation will leave things better for the next generation...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 26, 2007; 9:23 AM ET | Comments (0)

Huckabee Asks Iowans to 'Believe'

Mike Huckabee is starting to spend his money -- and his political capital. In a strong, serious follow-up to his ad with actor and supporter Chuck Norris, Huckabee makes his sales pitch to Iowa Republicans seeking to support a conservative, Christian Republican candidate. "Faith doesn't just influence me, it really...

By Ed O'Keefe | November 25, 2007; 10:24 PM ET | Comments (0)

 

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