YouTube Debates

By: Alice Barr
By: Alice Barr

No matter who you are.
"My middle name is Santa Claus, I live at Lake Tahoe."
"I am in the military and I am gay."
No matter what your concerns.
"What will you do now to protect our lives from global warming?"
"How do you plan to deal with illegal immigration?"
There's a seat at the table for you in Monday night's Democratic presidential debates on CNN. Your ticket in is YouTube. All you have to do is record your question with a video camera or webcam and submit it to the popular website, www.youtube.com/debates. Thousands of people across the country have already done it. We hit the streets of Rockford to see what you'd want to ask.
"My uncle is going to the war so I'd want to ask if they can end the war," says Rockford resident Marissa Jones.
"Why the focus on ethanol?" asks Mark Robinson.
Nicholas Parsons wants to know, "How they plan to get us out of Iraq and I want concrete answers."
James Williams would ask, "How they plan to help the homeless people."
CNN producers are sorting through the entries to pick the best ones. They say they'd like to simply pick the ones viewers watch the most, but they wanted to avoid entries like this popular one: "Tell us, how good looking do you think you are? Rate yourself on a scale of one to ten."
The questions will air on a giant screen at the debate and the candidates will respond, with no prior knowledge of what they'll be asked.
"I think it's a wonderful idea, it gets away from canned questions and canned answers," says Robinson.
You have until Sunday to send in your entries. So what do you want to ask the next potential president of the United States.
Video-makers who make the cut could be flown to Charleston, South Carolina to watch the debate live. The candidates have also been asked to submit a thirty-second video about their campaign. The Republicans' next debate is September 17th.


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