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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 of the videos you may or may not see during Wednesday's Republican showdown on CNN.

We start with questions about the Iraq War.

The first video, "iRaq" uses the iPhone commercial as a template to ask what is next in the war with Iraq.

Next, John Bauman of Chapel Hill, N.C. asks all the candidates where they draw the line on getting Congressional approval before using the military. Bauman cites the Oct. 9 GOP debate in Michigan when Rudy Giuliani and others agreed that Congressional approval was "desirable" but could be overridden if there is a need to act immediately.

"It really depends on exigency of the circumstances and how legitimate it is, that it really is an exigent circumstance. It's desirable, it's safer to go to Congress, get approval from Congress," Giuliani said. "If you're really dealing with an exigent circumstance, then the president has to act in the best interests of the country."

The final question comes from Stewart Zamudio from Hauppauge, N.Y. He wants to know what each of the candidates plan to do to restore interest and pride in the armed forces.

What do you think of these questions? Have you seen any good ones? Leave links to them in the comments section below.

-- Jason Paul

By Ed O'Keefe |  November 26, 2007; 1:12 PM ET YouTube
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Great integration! I love your YouTube Selections!

Posted by: Alex | November 26, 2007 3:08 PM

Please. The question about restoring pride couldn't have come from someone in the military. It sounds like one of those Democratic plants CNN is found of using. Democrats are the only ones allowed to ask questions. That's the CNN debate playbook.

Posted by: Menlo Bob | November 27, 2007 4:15 AM

The issue of voting rights crosses party lines. On November 17, a dozen supporters of DC voting rights gathered at the DCTV studios to tape their questions for the GOP candidates. Everyone from the chair of the DC Republican Committee to members of the DC City Council voiced their support of voting rights for DC residents.


Posted by: DC Vote | November 27, 2007 12:03 PM

CNN won't ask my questions because they would show just how lightweight the questions that CNN asks are. Here's one for Huck:


And, for Rudy:


And, here's a proposal for a better type of debates:


Someone else who asks questions in the same style is youtube.com/profile?user=roger1776 but he doesn't seem to have made any recently.

I wonder what would happen if most people on Youtube were made to realize that the CNN debate was a sham. In that case, the only entries they'd get would be from joke characters and others seeking their 15 minutes. What would CNN do in that case? Register sock puppets or something to make videos?

Posted by: LonewackoDotCom | November 27, 2007 1:39 PM

I think that some important issues should be addressed to the candidates, for example: What do you plan to do about the hugh budget deficit that we have right now ? Some people have said the Democrats will surely raise taxes. What other ways might you consider to reduce the deficit?

Posted by: Bill Badger | November 27, 2007 2:11 PM

There are some great questions about the candidates' support for medical research and the importance of finding cures for disease. Hopefully the candidates will step up to the challenge.

Check them out here!

Posted by: Science Cures | November 27, 2007 4:19 PM

iraq what next? i-phone video---awesome!!!!!
should be used as official question/video for the upcomming cnn debates
thank you

Posted by: curry | November 28, 2007 10:29 AM

The first video, "iRaq" is awesome and sad. Should be a question in the debate.

Posted by: Anonymous | December 1, 2007 6:25 PM

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