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Tonight Only in Philly: A 'Condi Must Go' Ad

A coalition of liberal anti-war groups will air an ad critical of Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice during tonight's debate between Democratic rivals Hillary Rodham Clinton and Barack Obama. Watch the ad: The spot, produced and paid for by TrueMajority.org, Brave New Films and Democracy for America, will air only...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | April 16, 2008; 07:37 PM ET | Comments (0)

Democratic Debate Highlights

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton mixed it up a bit at last night's Democratic debate in Myrtle Beach, SC. Here Obama says that Hillary and Bill Clinton make statements about him that aren't true. Check out the reaction shots of Hillary. Longer version here. A fired-up Hillary Clinton says...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | January 22, 2008; 10:21 AM 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; 09:56 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; 09:48 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; 09:45 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; 09:42 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; 09:39 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; 09:33 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; 09:29 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; 09:25 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; 09:22 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; 09:18 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; 09:16 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; 09:13 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; 09:10 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; 09:07 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; 09:05 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; 09:03 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; 09:00 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; 08:58 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; 08:54 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; 08:53 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; 08:50 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; 08:47 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; 08:36 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; 08:28 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; 08:20 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; 08:19 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; 08:16 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; 07:53 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; 03:00 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; 08:14 AM ET | Comments (1)

And Still Champeen

In the last few weeks, pundits have been egging on Barack Obama and John Edwards to get tougher on Hillary Clinton, and they did. But it's a fine line and shifting between the good earth and the mud puddle and the danger of stepping into it is always that...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 16, 2007; 11:57 AM ET | Comments (0)

VoterVid: Republican Debate Questions

Here are some recent voter questions for the upcoming CNN/YouTube Republican debate. David from St. Petersburg, Fla. asks the candidates if they support re-instituting the military draft. This California mom wants to hear from the candidates on federally sponsored childcare or preschool for working families. Jackie Broyles and Dunlap,...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | November 15, 2007; 02:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

A Better Debate

We at Prezvid are proud to be a cosponsor -- alongside the New York Times and MSNBC.com -- of TechPresident's 10 Questions, an attempt to hold one more Presidential debate but to do it better this time. It's elegantly simple: You tape the questions. We, the people, select the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 18, 2007; 10:33 AM ET | Comments (0)

Missing Republicans

Last night, Jon Stewart roasted the leading Republican candidates who didn't show up for a debate with their own core: evangelical Christians. Sound Bite: "It must be hard for evangelicals to ask questions into a void, only to wait for answers that may never come." And Robert Greenwald skewered...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | October 2, 2007; 10:42 AM ET | Comments (2)

More YouTube Debate Questions For GOP Candidates

Voters continue to submit questions for the CNN/YouTube Republican debate. Joe says ATM machines spit out receipts, so why can't electronic voting machines produce physical records. Here's an issue that all Americans, regardless of ideology, can rally around: Squirreljohnny from Missouri wants to know what the candidates will do...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 14, 2007; 01:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

GOP YouTube Debate Is On

The Post's Jose Antonio Vargas reported last night that the GOP's YouTube debate is now scheduled for Nov. 28. CNN confirms the date this morning (see below). Citizens continue to submit questions ahead of the debate. Peter Hauck of PrezVid.com has posted some noteworthy ones: Nina's out at the race...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 13, 2007; 08:54 AM ET | Comments (1)

Democrats On Organized Labor

Ahead of tonight's AFL-CIO forum with the Democratic presidential candidates in Chicago, Joe Biden and John Edwards have posted videos summarizing their positions on organized labor. They're longer versions of the candidates' 30-second opening statements posted on MSNBC's Web site. The forum airs at 7 p.m. ET on MSNBC and...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 7, 2007; 03:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

GOP YouTube Debate: Huckabee's In

Whenever the GOP's CNN/YouTube debate is held, Mike Huckabee says he'll be there: Our CNN contacts say there's nothing new to report on whether or not the debate will still be held Sept. 17, or moved to another date....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | August 3, 2007; 03:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Calling Out Rudy And Mitt

A voter calls out Giulliani and Romney for trying to find excuses to duck the YouTube debate. He calls them a variation on what I called them: fraidycat. And -- no surprise -- he comes around to say the real reason they're scared is because they don't want to...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 31, 2007; 09:06 AM ET | Comments (0)

More On The Potential GOP YouTube Debate Dodge

(Strong reactions so far to the news that GOP presidential candidates may avoid the CNN/YouTube debate... keep it up). Michele Malkin breaks from the emerging party line on the YouTube/CNN debate and tells her Republicans to buck up and not slink away. Screen bite: "...don't run away from the...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 30, 2007; 12:42 PM ET | Comments (0)

Will the GOP YouTube Debate Be Postponed?

The GOP version of the CNN/YouTube debate is still scheduled for Sept. 17, but may be moved to a later date. CNN spokeswoman Mara Gassman says CNN's Washington bureau chief and debate executive producer David Bohrman is talking with the Republican presidential campaigns about scheduling issues. Gassman could not say...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 29, 2007; 11:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Edwards Debate Video Leading The Pack

As of 4 p.m. ET Tuesday, it looks like John Edwards' "Hair" video submission for Monday night's debate is proving most popular on YouTube. The video is set to the song "Hair" and plays off the recent back and forth about the cost of Edwards' grooming, a subject his campaign...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 24, 2007; 04:28 PM ET | Comments (2)

Post-Debate Offerings

A few of the Democratic candidates continued their online campaigning following Monday night's CNN/YouTube debate. And for The Post's take on the debate, check out the impressions of Jeff Jarvis, Chris Cillizza, and Dan Balz. Here's a sampling of post-debate video offerings: Chris Dodd answered questions from the debate spin...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 24, 2007; 02:14 PM ET | Comments (0)

'Sorely Disappointed'

I am sorely disappointed. CNN selected too many obvious, dutiful, silly questions. Anderson Cooper didn't pace the debate; he tried to trip the runners. The videos were too tiny to be given justice. The candidates' videos were just commercials. There were far too few issues. There were too many...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 11:08 PM ET | Comments (78)

Video Highlights: Candidates On Iraq

The Democratic presidential candidates take questions on the Iraq war: Play Video VIDEO | Candidates on the Iraq War...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 11:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Video Highlights: The Candidates On Health Care

The Democratic presidential candidates answer questions related to the nation's health care system. Play Video VIDEO | Candidates on Health Care...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 10:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Video Highlights: Clinton And Obama On Being 'Black' And 'Woman' Enough

Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton respond to a question on whether Sen. Obama's race or Sen. Clinton's gender would be a hindrance to them being elected to the White House. Former Sen. John Edwards talks about his leadership on women's issues. Play Video VIDEO | Obama and Clinton Face Questions...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 10:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Biden Video Submission

The Delaware senator's video submission is more like a regular political TV commerical:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 10:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

Gravel Video Submission

Here's the former Alaska senator's submission for the debate:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 09:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Richardson's Video Submission

Here's Bill Richardson's video submission for the debate. It plays off the theme of his popular, and funny "Interview" ads....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 09:17 PM ET | Comments (2)

Obama's Video Submission

Here's Barack Obama's video submission for the debate:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 09:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Interesting Early Impressions

Over on Fox News Channel's "Hannity & Colmes," pollster Frank Luntz asks a room full of voters if they liked the YouTube-citizens-ask-the-questions format. Everyone in the room (at least 30 folks) raised their hands. Everyone. A small sampling on CNN's rival network, but a good sign for this new format....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 09:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 39: Nice Things to Say

Jason Koop of Colorado Springs, Colo. asks the candidates to say something nice about the candidate to their left:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 09:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 38: Gun Control

This guy wants to know what the Democrats have to say about his "baby": More of Channel '08's CNN/YouTube debate coverage....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 09:02 PM ET | Comments (9)

Impressions: The 8:30 Edition

Home stretch: Next question is about voting procedures. Chads and all that. Biden gets his 30-second "YouTube-style" video. But it's not YouTube-style. It's just a commercial. Now two voters ask whether the candidates would work for the minimum wage. Another damned gimmick. How does this make us look? A...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 09:00 PM ET | Comments (3)

Question 37: 'Lip Service' to Evangelicals?

Will a Democratic president pay "lip service" to evengelicals, and if so, why?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:59 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 36: In God We Trust

A question regarding faith and politics:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:59 PM ET | Comments (2)

Dodd's Talk Clock Update

Looks like Obama's running away with the air time:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 35: On the Bush-Clinton-Bush-Clinton(??) Legacy

Cris Nolan of Mundelein, Ill. wants to know what Mrs. Clinton has to say about the potential for 28 straight years of Bush and Clinton presidencies: More of Channel '08's CNN/YouTube debate coverage....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 34: Health Care And Illegal Immigration

Kills two birds with one stone, so to speak. Lucia Brawley of Los Angeles wants to know if the Democrats' health care plan cover undocumented workers?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:51 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 33: Health Care

Anderson Cooper says citizens submitted several emotional questions regarding health care. Here's one of them:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:48 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 32: And Another On Taxes

Will a Democratic president raise taxes?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:46 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 31: Taxes

Remy Munasifi of McLean, Va. asks about taxes -- and requests a pardon for a recent parking ticket:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 30: Another On Social Security

This question on social security comes from a guy in Puerto Rico:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:43 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 29: Social Security

Nancy McDonald from Wilmington, Del. quizzes the candidates on the issue candidates probably would prefer to avoid:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:41 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 28: The Minimum Wage

So candidates, would YOU work for the minimum wage?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 27: Standardized Voting?

A question about standardized voting from Melissa Campagnucci of San Louis Obispo, Calif. that creatively ties the voting process to Starbucks:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Impressions: The 8 p.m. Edition

Kucinich wants people to "text peace." How hip: geek peace. Now to education: "Who is your favorite teacher and why?" OK, sweet question. But I'm not sure what it can tell us. Edwards uses it as his excuse to mention his "daddy in teh mill." Never miss a chance....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:32 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 26: More Energy Questions

More on the issue of energy efficiency with Shawn Jackson of Ann Arbor, Mich.:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 25: Energy Efficiency

Live from this lady's bathroom, she wants to know what the eight Democrats would do about energy efficiency:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 24: About Global Warming

A sock puppet wants to know about global warming. And somewhere the original creators of televised debates are rolling their eyes:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:28 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 23: Regarding Al Gore

Two guys from Tennessee want to know about Al Gore's future:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:27 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 22: Regarding Planned Parenthood

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:26 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 21: Public Or Private School?

So candidates, where do you send your kids to school?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 20: Regarding No Child Left Behind

This music and whiteboards question about No Child Left Behind led to big cheers for Bill Richardson's answer:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 19: Who's Your Favorite Teacher?

A cute one from a young girl:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Impressions, Continued

Now a question from a serviceman serving "overseas" who asks Clinton why Clinton thinks she'd be taken seriously by Muslim nations that do not respect women. After the obligatory thank-you-for-your-service, Clinton recounts how she has met with leaders in many nations and she is taken seriously and many nations...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:12 PM ET | Comments (0)

Richardson's Live Chat

Bill Richardson's campaign is also hosting a live chat as the debate continues. Try getting into the conversation here....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:08 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 18: When Do We Pull Out Of Iraq?

Gary Berry wants to know, when does a pull out from Iraq begin?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:06 PM ET | Comments (0)

Anderson Cooper 'Irritating'

It's one matter for Cooper to keep things going, another for him to keep interrupting the answers. I find him irritating. 7:52: A questioner from West Virginia tells Gravel he's offended by him saying that the dead in Vietnam died in vain. "It's a set-up question," Gravel says, "Our...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 17: Direct Engagement

Would the candidates consider meeting directly with leaders of Iran and other nations if they become president?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:02 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 16

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 08:01 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dodd's Live Chatroom

While the debate rages on CNN, Chris Dodd supporters are chatting about it live in a special debate section of ChrisDodd.com. .mcrmeebo { display: block; background:url("http://widget.meebo.com/r.gif") no-repeat top right; } .mcrmeebo:hover { background:url("http://widget.meebo.com/ro.gif") no-repeat top right; }...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:58 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 15: Selective Service For Women?

Tony Fuller of Wellston, Ohio asks if women should register for the selective service:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:56 PM ET | Comments (1)

More Live Reactions

Part II: 7:30 Edwards' video plays Hair and might be funny but I CAN'T SEE IT. It's ridiculous that they run it in a small screen. I assume they think we're going to be scared away if the video isn't full CNN quality. But seeing it tiny is worse!...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:53 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 14: For Mike Gravel

John Cantees from Huntington, W. Va. asks Mike Gravel about statements he once made about the Vietnam War:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:52 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 13: Another On Iraq

This one comes from a mother of a soldier deployed in Iraq:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:50 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 12: The First On Iraq

Barry Mitchell from Philadelphia asks, "How do we pull out now?"...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:45 PM ET | Comments (0)

Hillary's Video Submission

Each presidential candidate has submitted a 30-second video to air during the debate. Chris Dodd's already aired (we can't find it yet), but the Clinton camp has sent theirs, the second one to air: A Clinton campaign press release says Zachary Goode of Los Angeles created the video in two...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:40 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 11: Darfur

Three aid workers at a refugee camp in Darfur, Sudan ask what the candidates will do about the region's genocide:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:39 PM ET | Comments (0)

More Live Impressions

Now a question about reparations for slavery. Edwards answers directly: He's against it. But he says there are other issues of equality, including mortgage inequity. Question was rather ridiculous but Edwards gave us the first bit of substance on issues. Obama changes the subject to education, also improving on...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:33 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 10: To Edwards, Regarding Religion And Gay Marriage

Rev. Reggie Lonscrier of Hickory, N.C. asks John Edwards about gay marraige, and religion:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:30 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 9: Gay Marriage

Mary and Jen from Brooklyn, N.Y. want to know if the candidates support gay marriage:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:25 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 8: For Clinton And Obama

Jordan Williams of Lawrence, Kan. asks Clinton and Obama what they think about the arguments they're not feminine or Black enough:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:22 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 7: Regarding Katrina

Morgan G. from Georgia wants to know if Chris Dodd thinks the cleanup and recovery of Hurricane Katrina would have been different if it hit a different, more affluent city....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:19 PM ET | Comments (0)

Live Blogging Reactions

7:10 and we're still in papland. A question from California for Clinton: "How would you define liberal?" Clinton says it used ot mean one was for freedom but in the last 30-40 years it has been turned on its head to mean big government. She prefers the word progressive...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:18 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 6: For Edwards, Regarding Race

Will African-Americans ever get reparations for slavery?...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:17 PM ET | Comments (0)

Our Debate

Liveblogging reactions to the YouTube debate tonight.... 7 p.m. A good intro from a voter telling the candidates to stop beating around the (pause) bush. Before the debate, Anderson Cooper said that from the 3,000 questions, they picked 50-60. They start showing the silly videos. Damn. I knew they...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:11 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 4: For Clinton

Rob Porter from Irvine, Calif. asks for a definition of "liberal" and whether she describes herself as a liberal:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:10 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 3: For Kucinich

Davis Fleetwood from Broton, Mass. asks the Ohio congressman how America will be better if he's president....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:07 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 2

Zach Kempf from Provo, Utah asks the candidates what makes them different from the rest: (Post your thoughts on the questions, and the debate generally in the comments section below.)...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:04 PM ET | Comments (0)

The TV Rejects

YouTube has posted all the videos not making it on air tonight. Watch them here....

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:03 PM ET | Comments (0)

Question 1/Introduction

Chris from Portland, Ore. opens the night:...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 07:00 PM ET | Comments (0)

Dems Have Plans Beyond Debate Stage Tonight

The Democratic presidential candidates have big plans online before, during, and after tonight's CNN/YouTube debate. Here's a quick rundown of some campaigns' plans: -- Hillary Clinton: The campaign sought submissions for its 30-second candidate video set to air tonight. Female supporters, under the banner Club44, will meet at house parties...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 06:45 PM ET | Comments (1)

Making Fun

This is giving me an uh-oh feeling about tonight's debate: CNN makes fun of the ridiculous questions submitted on YouTube. That's the standard media narrative about the stuff that we make: We're just a bunch of silly folks. Arrrggghhh. (Sadly, CNN doesn't make its video embeddable.)...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 06:38 PM ET | Comments (0)

Why The YouTube Debates Matter

The YouTube debates could fundamentally change the dynamics of politics in America, giving a voice to the people, letting us be heard by the powerful and the public, enabling us to coalesce around our interests and needs, and even teaching reporters who are supposed to ask questions in our...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 23, 2007; 06:42 AM ET | Comments (0)

Cooper: YouTube Debate Will 'Honor' Ordinary Citizens

Ahead of Monday's CNN/YouTube debate, we spoke earlier this week with CNN's Anderson Cooper, the moderator of the gathering of Democratic presidential hopefuls in Charleston, S.C. He's required to watch all of the video questions submitted for consideration, and likes what he's seen so far. "The thing that sticks out...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 20, 2007; 11:55 AM ET | Comments (0)

CNN/YouTube Debate Questions, Part Three

Voter video questions for the CNN/YouTube debate have passed 1500. Here's a sampling of some recent submissions: Christie from New Orleans uses visual aids and asks "New Orleans will still be awaiting leadership when one of y'all wins. What are your plans for restoring and protecting New Orleans and...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 19, 2007; 09:38 AM ET | Comments (0)

CNN/YouTube Debate Questions, Part Two

Continuing our look at the more interesting submissions for next Monday's CNN/YouTube debate, Debbie is a teacher who doesn't like much about "No Child Left Behind," plus she says it isn't being adequately funded. (It's a variation on the Woody Allen bit: Two women are at a banquet. One...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 18, 2007; 11:00 AM ET | Comments (0)

CNN/YouTube Debate Questions, Part One

All week we'll feature some of the more interesting questions being submitted for next Monday night's CNN/YouTube debate. Kyle from Indiana says he's a "gay American" and wants to know what the candidates will do to ensure that he is an "equal citizen." Milton Chen, who heads up The...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | July 17, 2007; 09:03 AM ET | Comments (0)

CNN/YouTube Debate: The Best of The Questions So Far

I've just watched all the early submissions of voter questions for candidates in the CNN/YouTube Democrats' debate. The interesting ones. You can submit a question to be considered for the July 23rd debate here. The best question I've seen: Eddy wants to know what the candidates will do in...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | June 18, 2007; 11:21 AM ET | Comments (11)

Participating in the YouTube Debate

The debate among Democratic presidential candidates scheduled for July 23 will feature video questions from voters. Submit videos here. From YouTube, here are the some guidelines: * Be original -- choose your own approach. * Be personal -- your perspective is important. * Choose your focus -- you can...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 14, 2007; 09:30 AM ET | Comments (0)

Debate Wrap Up: Who Won?

In the video player below, the Washington Post's Dan Balz, Chris Cillizza, and Michael Shear discuss the GOP presidential debate from St. Anselm College in Manchester. Click here for debate highlights and check out clips of key moments from our partners at PrezVid.com. Play Video VIDEO | GOP Debate Wrap...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 6, 2007; 08:51 AM ET | Comments (12)

CNN's Debate Copyright Rules Explained

MANCHESTER, N.H. -- This morning as part of a behind the scenes tour of the CNN debate set, I asked CNN senior vice president and Washington bureau chief David Bohrman about his network's decision to lift copyright restrictions on video of CNN's debates. If you've been following this side-show to...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 5, 2007; 02:34 PM ET | Comments (0)

Democratic Debate Re-Cap

Our partners over at PrezVid.com provide a great video recap of the debate, including John Edwards spectacular arrival. The video players below provide important debate moments and analysis from Washington Post writers. Play Video VIDEO | Candidates Outline Top Priorities Play Video VIDEO | Post-Debate Wrapup...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 4, 2007; 09:35 AM ET | Comments (0)

What to Do With Clinton (Bill, That Is)

In Sunday night's Democratic presidential debate, the candidates were asked what job they would give former president Bill Clinton if they were elected president. Thanks to CNN for making the video available for re-use: Play Video VIDEO | (Courtesy CNN)...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | June 3, 2007; 09:09 PM ET | Comments (0)

CNN Encourages Other Networks to Follow its Lead

While advocates wait and see if other television networks will lift copyright restrictions on presidential debate video, CNN is allowing unrestricted use of the video of its two upcoming debates. The network's political director, Sam Feist, says his network didn't need any convincing from outside groups. "We view presidential debates...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 24, 2007; 03:55 PM ET | Comments (0)

Agreements With Networks on Debate Footage Expected In Next Two Weeks

Stanford University professor Lawrence Lessig, one of the people leading talks with television networks to lift restrictions on video of presidential debates, says he expects an agreement from more than one network to lift restrictions in the next two weeks. "My sense is that there's an initial interest, and people...

 

By Ed O'Keefe | May 23, 2007; 10:39 AM ET | Comments (0)

Alliance Renews Call for Parties to Open Their Debates

On the same day the Democratic National Committee announced the dates, locations and TV networks for its six sanctioned presidential debates, a bipartisan alliance is renewing its call for TV networks to lift restrictions to video of the debates. As noted in this blog a few days back, several Democratic...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 16, 2007; 04:27 PM ET | Comments (11)

Recapping the 2nd GOP Debate

In the video below, washingtonpost.com's Chris Cillizza and The Washington Post's Michael D. Shear recap the Republican presidential debate in Columbia, S.C.; a few candidates appear to comment on their performance: Play Video VIDEO | Recapping the S.C. GOP Debate (Ed O'Keefe / washingtonpost.com)...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 16, 2007; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Fox News and the Debate(s)

I talked to a Fox News spokesman about their policy on use of video from tonight's Republican debate. Rather than opening up some, as MSNBC has done, or fully, as CNN has done, they're playing a big coy: They say that we should consult our attorneys regarding fair use....

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 15, 2007; 12:15 PM ET | Comments (0)

First Victory: CNN Frees the Debates

The wall has cracked. CNN has announced that -- unlike MSNBC -- it will open up the debates it is hosting in June under a Creative Commons license. No restrictions. Now that's the ticket. The release: CNN to Make Presidential Debate Footage Available without RestrictionsAs previously announced, CNN will...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 7, 2007; 01:54 PM ET | Comments (0)

Debate Wrap Up

The GOP candidates met for a debate at the Reagan Presidential Library in California Thursday night. Video highlights from AP are included below. Also, check out debate wrap ups from the Dan Balz and Michael Shear of the Post and Chris Cillizza of washingtonpost.com Play Video VIDEO | Republican Presidential...

 

By washingtonpost.com Editors | May 4, 2007; 09:37 AM ET | Comments (0)

 

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