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McCain Versus Obama, The 2008 Presidential Election Debates, The Hard Questions Demand Answers

Posted by REALITYTV on Sep 24th, 2008 and filed under Debates 2008, Election 2008, Opinion, Politics. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0. You can leave a response or trackback to this entry | Viewed 82289 times.

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The Hard Questions For McCain

  1. Do you feel that Senator Palin is Ready to assume leadership in the Whitehouse as well as Joe Biden?
  2. How can you institute a tax credit on Health Care without just allowing the insurers to raise prices and consume that tax credit instead of the people that are purchasing the health care?
  3. Isn’t taxing health care over a certain dollar amount discriminatory against those that live in areas with a higher cost of living?
  4. How long will we be in Iraq in your eyes?
  5. You speak of a tax cut, but what form will it take and how will it help America?
  6. What is your primary focus on immigration?
  7. Could you explain your privatization plan on Social Security?
  8. If you are elected President, do you plan to reinstate the draft, and if so, under what circumstances?

The Hard Questions For Obama

  1. How do we reduce our dependency on foreign oil ASAP?
  2. How do you roll back Bush Tax Cuts without raising taxes?  Aren’t raising taxes and rolling back tax cuts the exact same thing?
  3. How can you say you will solve Social Security Problems by taxing people a decade from now, when you know you won’t even be in office by then?  Wouldn’t that just be deferring responsibility to your successor?
  4. How do we bail on Iraq without a clear plan.  Isn’t blaming it on the Iraqis who are getting killed, bombed and intimidated by terrorist factions unfair?
  5. What is your primary focus on immigration?
  6. Your program costs equal the entire national deficit.  How will that be paid for?  If you say it is closing loopholes, what loopholes?  If it is taxing people earning over 250,000 a year, can you show us the math on that?
  7. What is your viewpoint on repealing legislation that directly impacts civil liberties, such as the Patriot Act?

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15 Responses for “McCain Versus Obama, The 2008 Presidential Election Debates, The Hard Questions Demand Answers”

  1. Linda Lower (1 comments) says:

    In light of our economic crisis — the number of people out of jobs — the depressed housing market — how does either candidate justify the amount of money being spent on their campaign?
    Each candidate is spending millions of dollars on unindating the public with campaign ads — that at this point no one believes.
    Campaign reform is sorely needed — which candidate will bring both parties together to provide a comprehensive campaign reform package.
    Let’s focus the special interests spending and the fund raising efforst on more important issues

  2. melv (1 comments) says:

    In regards to this question, I don’t think McCain’s remark needs to be overly scrutinized…I think he is saying that his judgement with Iraq timeline differs from the Am people – why? because he is an expert where the rest of us just are hearing media biased news on Iraq. If this man is willing to vote a certain way on a joint bill for increasing funding for the armed forces his son is part of and Iraq timeline…and if he feels that the withdrawing from Iraq is more important to look at than giving more funds- that speaks volume that we can NOT just withdraw from Iraq. We need to win.

    Originally Posted By Lynn DulaneyRe your response to my questions: My question for Sen. Obama could be revised to ask, are we upholding the Constitution in our military decisions? If not, what needs to change?

    My question for Sen. McCain was based on an interview I saw on television. The news man asked Sen. McCain why he wasn’t for pulling out of Iraq when recent polls revealed that “most Americans” want us to pull out of Iraq. Sen. McCain’s response was that “I don’t agree with “most Americans”. I’d like for him to have to opportunity to maybe rephrase that and expound upon it because it really didn’t sound good.

  3. realitytv (117 comments) says:

    Hi Lynn,

    Your question is more of an attack on McCain than a debate question. We already asked the general question regarding Iraq. Now, if Obama wanted to direct a question during the debate himself referencing a source saying that the American People overwhelmingly disagree with John McCain on this issue, that can be done by Obama, but it couldn’t be a debate question. We covered Iraq already. Your question could only be brought up directly by Obama.

    Try to think of a question that you would want both candidates to answer, with slight variations, not questions specifically to attack one candidate or the other. We are getting enough smear in the media, we don’t need more of it.

  4. realitytv (117 comments) says:

    Hi David,

    McCain was one of the Keating five. Why would you ask him a question when you already know the answer is yes?

    If you want to discuss his involvement, you would have to go back and read a bit of history that has not been tainted by the liberal press.

    “After a lengthy investigation, the Senate Ethics Committee determined in 1991 that Alan Cranston, Dennis DeConcini, and Donald Riegle had substantially and improperly interfered with the FHLBB in its investigation of Lincoln Savings. Senators John Glenn and John McCain were cleared of having acted improperly but were criticized for having exercised “poor judgment”.”

    We aren’t asking for digs here. We are asking for questions pertaining to the issues. A question about what he felt his errors in judgment were and how he will approach this crisis differently might doable. But you should think of an equal question regarding Obama’s affiliation with convicted former supporter Tony Rezko in Chicago as well.

    This article isn’t a liberal smear campaign, it is asking for questions you consider viable for the debates. The moderator cannot drive questions that are attacks on a single individual. Now, the presidential candidates in their responses can bring them up. That is fair. But it couldn’t be an initial question.

    Obama has stated, since an error he made early in his campaign, that he would not discuss the Keating 5.

    Better questions on how each would handle the current financial crisis were asked last night. Obama had clear opportunity to bring up the Keating 5. He did not, so we assume to him it is not an issue.

  5. David1752 (1 comments) says:

    Mr. McCain, Were you involved in the Keating 5 scandal?

  6. Lynn Dulaney (2 comments) says:

    Re your response to my questions: My question for Sen. Obama could be revised to ask, are we upholding the Constitution in our military decisions? If not, what needs to change?

    My question for Sen. McCain was based on an interview I saw on television. The news man asked Sen. McCain why he wasn’t for pulling out of Iraq when recent polls revealed that “most Americans” want us to pull out of Iraq. Sen. McCain’s response was that “I don’t agree with “most Americans”. I’d like for him to have to opportunity to maybe rephrase that and expound upon it because it really didn’t sound good.

  7. Kika Bisogno (2 comments) says:

    My question is not directed at Obama because he has already stated his willingness to use diplomacy in the region. In contraposition, it seems to me that McCain might be more inclined to follow Bush’s regional strategy (ignore these leaders). As a Venezuelan citizen, I’m a very concerned that such policy would only deepen the “anti-american” feeling in my country, thus opening the door to a new a not so healthy alliance with Russia.

  8. realitytv (117 comments) says:

    Hi Lynn…

    Before we add your questions

    Your Obama question is just way too broad. Do you mean with respect to the right to bear arms? And which of the Amendments. You would have to be more specific or the question becomes impossible to answer.

    And your McCain question is based on a supposition that most Americans want to end our occupation of Iraq by a certain time without caring about the consequences. Of course everyone would like to end it as soon as possible, but at what costs? I think you should read our article on Iraq as an issue. Then we think your question would be the same as our question, basically when do you think it will end or what is your plan to end it. Because we see them as the same question, we already asked that. But we would welcome a different one.

  9. Lynn Dulaney (2 comments) says:

    For Sen. Obama: What’s it going to take to bring the government in line with the Constitution? It seems to me it hasn’t been consulted much in recent years.

    For Sen. McCain: When you’re told that most Americans want the occupation of Iraq to end, you say flat out that you don’t agree with most Americans. Why don’t you give more thought to what most Americans are asking for? Isn’t it going to take most Americans voting for you in order for you to be president?

  10. realitytv (117 comments) says:

    Hi Kika…

    We would like to add your question, but before we do, why is it directed at McCain and not Obama?

    Thanks.

  11. Kika Bisogno (2 comments) says:

    I’m from Caracas, Venezuela.

    For McCain:
    Current US Foreign policy has opened avenues for the rise of autocracies all over Latin America. How do you propose to deal with regional leaders such as Hugo Chavez, Evo Morales and Rafael Correa, all of which use the antagonistic approach of the US to fuel their respective populist agendas?

  12. realitytv (117 comments) says:

    We added your reasonable question Lacey. The Obama question is over the top liberal.

    If you have a question about the real issues for Obama, please feel free to weigh in.

  13. Lacey in Mississippi (1 comments) says:

    For McCain: If you are elected President, do you plant to reinstate the draft, and if so, under what circumstances?

    For Obama: If you are elected President, do you intend to investigate the actions of President George W. Bush, including possible war crimes?

  14. realitytv (117 comments) says:

    We added your question Chris. Thanks.

  15. Christopher Carvier (1 comments) says:

    For Obama: What is your viewpoint on repealing legislation that directly impacts civil liberties, such as the Patriot Act?

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