Tonight is the Democratic Debate on CNN, which promises to be the first debate to "take questions from the voters".
Well, I am a voter and I have some questions.
1) Some people feel the United States image and popularity has been damaged by not only the wars in the Middle East but also by the United States close and one sided relationship with Israel. Do you agree or disagree with this assertion?
2) What is your opinion about lobbying groups and how much influence do you feel they should have on our government?
3) Democrats have campaigned primarily on an antiwar platform but have Democrats reached any consensus on how to end the Iraq War? [To this question I know the answer is "no" so I follow up with the next question]
4) How do Democrats plan on getting the United States out of Iraq if there is no agreement among them on how or when to do it?
5) Democratic candidates have identified themselves to be against the Iraq War, but when push came to shove the majority of Democrats caved in and allowed the president to have his way on the Iraq spending bill. How are voters to be sure if Democratic candidates have true intentions of ending the war, or if it is just the Democratic candidates intentions of using antiwar sentiments to get elected?
6) If indeed your plan is to draw down the Iraq War when would this draw down begin and when could Americans and Iraqi's expect to see all US troops gone by?
7) What are your feelings about permanent bases in Iraq and the Middle East?
8) If elected what are your plans regarding torture and Guantanamo Bay?
9) What do you plan to do about Democrats who endorse torture, like Senator Bill Nelson from Florida?
10) If the Democrats are not strong enough to take on the GOP and hold George W. Bush accountable then why should Americans be convinced the Democrats are strong enough to take on our enemies?
11) If elected, what step would you take to repair America's image and relationships around the world?
12) Illegal immigration and a bill that resembles amnesty. How is this good for the American people?
13) During George W. Bush's presidency America built up a huge debt with China. What would you plan be to reduce and eliminate this debt?
14) Millions of Americans are uninsured and under-insured, how would you address this growing problem?
15) Young people are worried about the future, they see a world sinking deeper into disparity and violence. College education becomes more expensive every year, making it impossible for many young Americans to get an education. They are then told that the social security they have paid into their whole lives may not even be there when they need it. Jobs for under-trained and undereducated people are often given to illegal immigrants, making it seem impossible to get ahead in many situations. America is facing serious problems, it's young people are becoming disenfranchised with the entire system. What makes you feel you are capable not only to address these problems, but fix these problems?