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Submit and Moderate Questions for Bush and Kerry

Roblimo posted more than 9 years ago | from the if-you-don't-vote-you-have-no-right-to-complain dept.

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We're teaming up with the New Voters Project Presidential Youth Debate to ask the two major party candidates "the 12 previously unasked questions that most concern young Americans." This is different from the usual Slashdot interview because we're asking you to submit questions through the New Voters Project site instead of as comments attached to this post. Next week you'll have a chance to help select questions for the candidates from among the top 50 asked by everyone -- not just Slashdot readers -- by first winnowing those down to 20 through the Slashdot moderation system, then by voting on the "final 12" displayed on the New Voters Project site. On October 12 we'll post the answers, and on October 19 we'll post candidate-supplied rebuttals.Note that the idea here is to solicit questions specifically from voters 18 - 35, because this age group tends to vote less than older Americans, plus questions from people 13 - 17 who will be voters before long. But the question selection process is not age-restricted, and it's where your comments and moderation become most important, because one great hope here is to avoid asking questions the candidates have heard (and answered) over and over.

The other question-selecting moderators are groups like Youth Vote Coalition, Earth Day Network, Rock The Vote, Declare Yourself, and 18to35.org, plus lead moderator Farai Chideya.

Anthony Tedesco, founder of the Presidential Youth Debates, has been doing this since 1996. 2004 is the first time an entire online community has participated in the moderation process. It's a logical evolution of the group-questions idea, and Slashdot is the obvious community to choose not only because of the wide range of political views held by Slashdot readers but also because the primary Presidential Youth Debates tech guy, Dan Collis Puro (AKA Hero Zzyzzx), is a Slashdot member himself (and would be happy if you volunteer to help work on their all-FOSS Web site).

Anyway, this is an interesting experiment. Ask your questions, prepare to moderate and comment next week, and to read the candidates' answers and rebuttals when we post them next month.

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should the gov decide who has the right to marry? (5, Insightful)

slashcop (711438) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340840)

Mr. President, Do you believe the government should decide who should marry who?

Re:should the gov decide who has the right to marr (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340865)

Still trying to marry your sister, eh?

Re:should the gov decide who has the right to marr (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340929)

Maybe it's illegal, but does the Constitution mention it?

Re:should the gov decide who has the right to marr (4, Funny)

AyeRoxor! (471669) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340887)

Mr. President, do you think the word 'whom' has all but died completely? Should it die? Would you pardon it?

Re:should the gov decide who has the right to marr (2, Funny)

Ctrl-Z (28806) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340952)

And what are your views on the subjunctive?

Re:should the gov decide who has the right to marr (2, Insightful)

NoMoreNicksLeft (516230) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340947)

Mr. President, do you believe that the government should decide whether I can marry 3 people simultaneously, or whether one of these "people" can't be a horse or other arbitrary livestock?

Mod parent up (4, Funny)

philbert26 (705644) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340950)

Mr. President, Do you believe the government should decide who should marry who?

Both of my wives agree that the government shouldn't decide!

Re:should the gov decide who has the right to marr (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340959)

Dumb question. The government never tells anybody who to marry. Furthermore, every American is entitled to marry 50% of the population.

Please reword.

Re:should the gov decide who has the right to marr (4, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340970)

I do. Marriage is what society holds up to be the ideal. If you disagree, then you must also logically hold polygamy to be a valid form of marriage. Who are we to say that fifteen consenting adults cannot express their love through a committed set of relationships?

Should we stop what private idividuals do behind closed doors? No. Sodomy laws are unconstitutional in my mind. But marriage is a separate issue.

Re:should the gov decide who has the right to marr (3, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10341069)

That's a friggin retarded argument if I've ever read one.

The original question basically was, "What's the big deal about gay marriage?"

Throwing in polygamy into the mix is NOT the same thing. The current argument is for 2 same sex people getting married, and if there should be a constitutional ban on that (which I say no!).

I'm not sure what you meant by "marriage is what society holds up to be the ideal." Ideal what?

Why shouldn't two same sex people be married? Keep in mind any religious based arguments are null - separate church and state for a minute, and make the argument. I bet you will not have one reason that holds up to the constitution.

Re:should the gov decide who has the right to marr (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340997)

I don't know why this question got moderated interesting. The government absolutely has the right to decide what marriages it will recognize as being significant to it (for tax reasons, etc.). If you want to live with someone and share a religious or other non-governmental-but-personally-meaningful-state-o f-existence, of course the government can't stop you and won't try.

The end.

More to the point... (4, Insightful)

goldspider (445116) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341029)

...what business does government have in framing public policy around a religious institution?

The way I see it, each religion/denomination should be responsible for defining marriage for their respective members. Government should have absolutely ZERO involvement in defining marriage.

If governments want to establish a secular "union" status for benefits and tax purposes, fine. If government would just get out of the business of recognizing and establishing "marriages", we woudln't even be having this gay marriage debate.

My Mac Sucks (-1, Offtopic)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340842)

I don't want to start a holy war here, but what is the deal with you Mac fanatics? I've been sitting here at my freelance gig

in front of a Mac (dual G4 w/1GB of RAM) for about 20 minutes now while it attempts to copy a 17 Meg file from one folder on

the hard drive to another folder. 20 minutes. At home, on my Pentium Celeron running Lindows, which by all standards should be

a lot slower than this Mac, the same operation would take about 2 minutes. If that.

In addition, during this file transfer, Safari will not work. And everything else has ground to a halt. Even Notepad is

straining to keep up as I type this.

I won't bore you with the laundry list of other problems that I've encountered while working on various Macs, but suffice it to

say there have been many, not the least of which is I've never seen a Mac that has run faster than its Wintel counterpart,

despite the Macs' faster chip architecture. My 486/66 with 8 megs of ram runs faster than my 300 mhz machine at times. From a

productivity standpoint, I don't get how people can claim that the Macintosh is a superior machine.

Mac addicts, flame me if you'd like, but I'd rather hear some intelligent reasons why anyone would choose to use a Mac over

other faster, cheaper, more stable systems.

Just my luck... (3, Funny)

FalconZero (607567) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340845)

... I got my mod points *this* week. Unless they're giving mod points to all (for fairness) ;)
Either way, I bet a lot of people will metamoderate that week.

I HAVE A QUESTION FOR TEH PRESIDENT (5, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10341016)

ME: OMFG have you seen the Halo 2 trailer?!?>11`

PRESIDENCE BUSH: YA!!~ it's like slow and it's telling you all the stuff you did in the first one then the music kicks in and and the chief comes out and gets a gun the earf is on fire and chief is like fuck this im jumping and HE JUMPS PUT OF TEH SPACESHIP with angels singing and he lands on the bad guys and that annoying ai lady is like GO GET EM TIGER! WILDCAT IS ON TEH SPOKE!!!~`1 and theres less polys but rawkin bumb mappings you can view this on a special MICROSOFT xbox disk that comes with EB games store.

regulation (2, Insightful)

GoNINzo (32266) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340847)

(I know, RTFA, submit to the article...)

Should the internet be regulated, and if so, in what way?

Question for Mr. Bush (0)

zardinuk (764644) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340850)

Mr. President, why do you think the Democrats think you're such a bad leader? I think you've done an admirable job, and I can't for the life of me understand why so many people hate you.

Re:Question for Mr. Bush (-1, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340875)

because he "stole" the election from Gore, in the same manner that Democrats "steal" money from the rich to give it to the poor. He's outdone them, and they're pissed!

Re:Question for Mr. Bush (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340895)

Democrats kill babies and eat them. Republicans are angels sent from God to restore greatness to His Chosen Land.

Re:Question for Mr. Bush (1)

nebulus4 (799015) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340969)

There's a difference between people who hate and people who do not like G.W.Bush, and I think the majority of those people you've mentioned are from second cathegory.

My question is:
What Mr. President still thinks about the weapons of mass destructions in Iraq?

Re:Question for Mr. Bush (4, Interesting)

Kenja (541830) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341009)

"Mr. President, why do you think the Democrats think you're such a bad leader? I think you've done an admirable job, and I can't for the life of me understand why so many people hate you."

For me it was when he said that non Christians shouldn't be considered citizens, much less patriots. So if in his eyes I'm not a citizen, I guess there's no way for me to vote for him.

Sherman: What will you do to win the votes of the Americans who are atheists?
Bush: I guess I'm pretty weak in the atheist community. Faith in God is important to me.
Sherman: Surely you recognize the equal citizenship and patriotism of Americans who are atheists?
Bush: No, I don't know that atheists should be considered as citizens, nor should they be considered patriots. This is one nation under God.
Sherman (somewhat taken aback): Do you support as a sound constitutional principle the separation of state and church?
Bush: Yes, I support the separation of church and state. I'm just not very high on atheists.

Re:Question for Mr. Bush (1, Informative)

zardinuk (764644) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341057)

BZZZZZZT! That was George H. W. Bush. But I would not trust what Sherman wrote down on paper. I'd like to hear it first. See my post on Democrats lacking integrity.

Patriot Act (5, Interesting)

Penguinoflight (517245) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340870)

When do you think is the appropriate time for the patriot act to expire? What action would be required to remove this "temporary" anti-terrorist legislation?

The draft (4, Insightful)

Nick Fury (624480) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340876)

What I want to know is each candidates position on reinstituting the draft. As someone who is going to be up for selective service once the new president is in office, I am very concerned about this subject. I also miss the election by a few weeks. So I have to deal with the reprocutions of whoever is in office although I don't get to vote.

Re:The draft (5, Insightful)

Mz6 (741941) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340931)

Here you go. These are the drafts that are sitting in the House. And I bet you couldn't guess who they are sponsored by? I'll give you a hint, it's not the Reoublicans and Bush.

http://www.congress.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:H.R .163: [congress.gov]

http://www.congress.gov/cgi-bin/bdquery/z?d108:S.8 9: [congress.gov]

Re:The draft (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340960)

its just a scare tactic.

we are barely utilizing a significant portion of our military.

maybe if we do a land invasion of a few more countries we just might have to start actively recruiting again.

That's all a liberal lie (-1, Flamebait)

The Ape With No Name (213531) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340984)

It's not a draft (H.R. 163) it's "National Service." But wait, OH NO! It is proposed by Democrats! And these are actually Democrats who served in the Military! That's impossible! Those guys are all fags and communists! What wait? No college exemption! Where will all of the future Dick Cheneys hide? I mean, this is good for blacks and hispanics. They'll learn valuable job skills, but who is going to go to the University of Chicago and follow his own agenda? I mean, what about the American way?

Re:The draft (4, Insightful)

provolt (54870) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341012)

The draft is a non-issue. The people being drafted don't want to go. The politicians don't want to be the one sponsoring a draft.

Most importantly, the miliary leaders do not want draftees.

Talk of starting a draft, it basically scare tactics from people who don't like President Bush. There is no realy support for it on either side of the aisle.

The only reason it is being talk about is that it helps to bring back the Vietnam era. Appearently the Democrats think that this is an effective strategy. We'll know in two months.

Womens rights (2, Interesting)

Feminist-Mom (816033) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340882)

What about women getting paid time off from work after having a baby ? In Canada women get a whole year off and their job is guarenteed.

Re:Womens rights (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340965)

Should women be allowed to vote? Will they be able to fit it in between trips to kitchen/bedroom?

BTW (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340979)

EVERYTHING is better in Canada. We got lots of space... move on in!

Rednecks must move to Alberta.

Re:Womens rights (2, Informative)

Nos. (179609) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340988)

Note that in Canada, the employer does not pay the woman's wages while she is on maternity leave. The Government does through employment insurance. Also note that its not just maternity leave any more. Its also paternity leave. If the couple has a baby, combined they can take 12 months off. So, for the first month, they could take off together (counts as 2 months) and the woman could stay home for another 10.

Re:Womens rights (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10341010)

Yup. The transition from equal rights to special rights continues.

Re:Womens rights (1)

c1pher (586281) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341049)

"What about women getting paid time off from work after having a baby ? In Canada women get a whole year off and their job is guarenteed."

why should a company pay you a whole years salary to not be there, and garantee your job after you're year is done? What about the person that fills in that job in that year? what do you do with them after that?

More importantly, what about small businesses that can't afford to spend 20..30..40..50k whatever salary it is (double actually, because they're paying someone else to do your job as well) just because you decided to have a baby?? That's pretty selfish, wouldn't you think?

for Bush (-1, Flamebait)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340884)

Dear President Bush,

why do you think Americans are voting for you? you mispronounce simple words, you can't remember simple geographic locations, and you are just generally slow. you put the US in a huge debt. you're just an all-round boob!

what motivates the american people to say "Yes, Bush is our man!"

Thank You, a curious person.

Re:for Bush (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340978)

Because most of the population can relate to him.

Re:for Bush (1)

suso (153703) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340987)

My wife and I were talking about this and what's funny is that he fits the perfect profile of a communist president.

Han or Greedo (4, Funny)

The Ape With No Name (213531) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340886)

Who fired first? What is your opinion on Han firing first? Was it justified? Is he a murderer or a hero? What about revisionist editing by Lucas? Should all /.'ers who get bent out of shape over such matters be detained at Guantanamo Bay? Or just CmdrTaco?

Re:Han or Greedo (2, Funny)

EpsCylonB (307640) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340990)

Did you think it was strange that bert and ernie used to live together ?

Re:Han or Greedo (1)

The Ape With No Name (213531) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341051)

Did you think it was strange that bert and ernie used to live together ?

What? They broke up? Oh, shit. I have to create an iMix for them. Bert can handle the break-up, but Ernie is so fragile. I'll just take them both to Ibiza with me, maybe they'll get back together.

But, seriously, Snufalupukus is a goddamn paedophile.

My Question: (5, Interesting)

Hatta (162192) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340890)

The USA incarcerates a greater proportion of its population than any other nation, due to an out of control War on Drug Users. What will you do to keep me, successful student, productive citizen, and pot smoker, out of jail?

Re:My Question: (-1, Troll)

BiAthlon (91360) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341033)

Successful Student

Productive Citizen

Pot Smoker

Pick ONE

Re:My Question: (0, Troll)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10341047)

Simple. We legalize drugs but control the distribution. We then poison the supply. All you drug users die. No need for prisons.

From a conservative (4, Interesting)

jaymzter (452402) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340897)

Mr. Bush, I supported your decision to replace Saddam Hussein, and I'm not embarrassed to say that I don't care whether WMDs were found or not.
That being said, why does it seem that no one had a clue about what to do with Iraq once the war was over? With our proven experience in successfully occupying other countries (Germany, Japan), why did we stumble so badly in Iraq?

Follow up: Is it too late to get rid of John Ashcroft? He makes me ashamed to be "conservative"

The real question (1)

slashcop (711438) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340972)

Mr. President, Should the war on terror be faught alone and if not then how can we regain the moral leadership and trust of the international community?

Re:From a conservative (1, Insightful)

garcia (6573) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341028)

That being said, why does it seem that no one had a clue about what to do with Iraq once the war was over?

I'm sorry to say that the war isn't over but you're still 100% right that we don't have a clue.

It seems fairly obvious to me that they are less concerned with making sure that the Iraqis are happy with their new situation than making sure it benefits the "winners".

Taxes and Spending (5, Interesting)

ackthpt (218170) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340898)

The ultimate tax cut will be when there is no further servicing, paying interest on, the national debt. US tax payers would need only pay about 50% of what they currently do for approximately the same level of service from the federal government. Further, the extra money left to taxpayers would amount to considerable investment and consumer spending. The federal government has cut tax revenue and returned to deficit spending rather than hold spending below revenue and retire the debt. How would you address balancing the federal budget and paying down the debt, so americans will pay far less in taxes?

promises, promises (2, Insightful)

Doc Ruby (173196) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340907)

Politicians promise a lot, and then something different happens. People are always saying that presidents "said one thing, and did something else", but no one ever seems to get in trouble for it. How can we know that you'll keep your promises once you've got the job?

Question for President Bush (5, Insightful)

kenjib (729640) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340908)

President Bush,

You have said that recent CIA estimates of the instability and dire situation in Iraq represent the CIA "just guessing." Since you are choosing to disregard the intelligence community's considered assessment of the situation, on what basis do you formulate your contrary assessment of the situation in Iraq?

2 questions (4, Funny)

painehope (580569) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340909)

1) Mr. Bush, exactly how fucking high were you when your handlers somehow let you say "there are OBGYNs that are unable to practice their love on the women of America"?

2) Mr. Kerry, while I, like many Americans, approve wholeheartedly of your 1-point "Get Bush the Fuck Out of Office" plan to getting America back on track, do you have an actual agenda to win over those of us who wouldn't vote for a stuffed deer head before Bush?

my questions (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340918)

Bush: Why are you such a sack of shit?

Kerry: What guarantee can you give me that in 4 years you will not have pissed me off as much as Bush has?

The deficit (4, Interesting)

PIPBoy3000 (619296) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340919)

Do you feel it is important to reduce the deficit? If so, what are your plans to do so? If not, why?

Mr. Kerry (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340920)

Kerry,

Is there any reason to vote for you other than you are not President Bush?

You voted for the war. You voted to infringe on our constitutional rights. You voted for the budget that puts our children in debt.

I voted for Bush the first time. I won't do it again. But I can't vote for you either.

I think I will write in the name Chest Notgerman for president this year.

The AC with the most Karma (tie acutally).

Biggest mistake? (5, Insightful)

theghost (156240) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340922)

What is the biggest mistake you made in the last four years? What were the negative repercussions of that mistake and what have you done to fix it?

Dear Canidates (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340923)

How do you feel about the Patriot act violating the 1st, 4th, and 5th ammendments? And are you prepared to keep sponsering laws that violate the Bill of Rights and undermine the spirit this country was founded on?

What's the difference? (3, Insightful)

Paulrothrock (685079) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340924)

What's the difference between you two? I mean, seriously, should I vote for the rich Yaley who was in Skull & Bones and went to Vietnam, or the rich Yaley who was in Skull & Bones who didn't go to Vietnam?

In Soviet Russia... (5, Funny)

the MaD HuNGaRIaN (311517) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340930)

In Soviet Russia, the government questions YOU!!!

Will I be drafted to fight the war on terror? (3, Interesting)

rwbaskette (9363) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340933)

How likely is it that a draft will be required to keep up our efforts around the globe?

Classic question (1, Interesting)

HBI (604924) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340934)

Do you believe fellatio is sex?

freedom of the press. (1)

mortalic (534464) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340936)

I know that freedom of the press is a good thing, but it seems like there should be some quality checks and balances in a lot of cases, is there a happy medium between policing the media (which we do anyway) and requiring some kind of standard for the media?

Convoluted... (2, Insightful)

kafka93 (243640) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340940)

With all of the complexities involved in determining what the top questions are, the obvious issue is: who will be counting up the votes as to the top question?

And who will be disenfranchised?

Let's just hope that some competent, open, responsible and honest system is in place to tally everything up. Has anyone considered Diebold?

For Both Parties (5, Interesting)

geomon (78680) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340942)

Why are you so much alike, yet you campaign in a way that makes the American public think that there is a significant difference. I can think of several important areas where you are virtually indistiguishable:

1) Use of Military Power: Both approve of foreign intervention, but one party prefers to get the tacit approval of the international community before invading.

2) Tax Policy: Moving the marginal rates around only makes a difference of a few bucks to the average tax payer. The user fees are almost exclusively a middle-class burden, and neither party looks to decrease any of them.

3) Intellectual Property: Both parties are rushing to become the poster child for media conglomerates. They constantly chastize the 'media', but can't wait to lick their boots when it comes time to pass legislation regarding extending copyright protection (as one sleazy congressperson said: "Forever minus one year").

4) Drug policy: Neither party can put a stop to the madness that the drug war has brought us. Nothing useful has been accomplished in 30 years of police-state enforcement of drug laws. That is, unless you consider the fact that the US leads in per-capita encarceration as a 'positive' social gain.

These are just a few. Why shouldn't we view the Demopublican or Republicratic Parties as two sides of the same bad penny?

I have a question (1)

suso (153703) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340943)

If we ask a question are you just going to tell us what you think we want to hear or are you going to give us your honest answer?

again with the terrorism issue... (1)

squish18 (758259) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340946)

i would like to know what the candidates say about waging an effective war on terrorism. I believe that the stronger candidate will be able to convince Voters that they can provide the safest America possibe and at the least loss of civil liberties.

My questions (1)

Joseph Goebbels (524047) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340953)

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Two-Party System (5, Insightful)

damiam (409504) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340955)

Do you think that the two-party system is a good thing for America? Would you support voting reforms (instant-runoff, approval voting, etc.) that would make third-party candidates more viable?

Stop Posting Questions!! (5, Informative)

Roofus (15591) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340963)

Christ, don't you people even read the damn blurb?

This is different from the usual Slashdot interview because we're asking you to submit questions through the New Voters Project site instead of as comments attached to this post.

Re:Stop Posting Questions!! (1)

theghost (156240) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341022)

Just because the question is posted here does not mean that it was not also submitted there. In other words...

Settle down, Beavis!

My Question (5, Interesting)

hrieke (126185) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340966)

Let's look ten years out. Since we have a wave of baby boomers planning on retirement, what effect will their retirement have on me, my family, and the nation as a whole.
How will we pay for the trillions that Social Security, Medicaid, and all of the other entitlement programs be handled?
How does having countries like Japan, China, and India who are buying our debt (thus allowing us to spend more money than we have), change the equation? How does the fact that Japan is heading for their baby boom retirement in 4 years change our equation?

Please answer in a fashion which is not compatiable to a 10 sound bite.

Thanks

Question (1)

lemonjus (717606) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340967)

Is it possible for a woman to get pregnant without intercourse?

Hasn't anyone learned? (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10340968)

Why the heck do you guys want a name with a question? Doesn't the New York Times process teach us anything?

Presidential debates (5, Insightful)

moitz (65511) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340974)

Mr. President, Senator Kerry, why should Michael Badnarik, David Cobb, Michael Peroutka and Ralph Nader be excluded from the Presidential debates? After all, Al Sharpton, Dennis Kucinich, Howard Dean, John Edwards, etc. were all included in the primary debates.

-moitz-

To both candidates... (4, Interesting)

gosand (234100) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340980)

Have you seen Fahrenheit 9/11? What did you think of it?

And on related links... (2, Funny)

HedonismBot (742920) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340985)

Best deals: Democrats
Best deals: Republicans

Hmm, maybe I can buy a couple congressmen to make the it.slashdot.org "theme" illegal...

And you believe them? (4, Insightful)

KlausBreuer (105581) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340992)

The questions will not be answered by the two key-people. They will be answered by PR departments.

The key-people will not answer questions straight and honestly, but will waffle around them or lie through their teeth.

The key-people won't even think about holding any words, promises or whatever once they're [still] in office.

So... who cares?

Of Political Spam. (1)

strredwolf (532) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340994)

Dear canidates, please answer truthfuly. Recently, we the public in general have received spam from both campaign offices, as well as from lower offices -- govenors, senators, representatives, mayors. The fundimental problems are this:

First, they are not targeted. Folks in Maryland are getting advertisements in the email for canidates in Texas. California's getting ads for Maine. Republican ads for Democrats and Democratic spam in Repblican hands. The Postal Service is more reliable.

Second, they are violating the host ISP's contracts. Take Senator Kerry's host, Rackspace. Their Terms of Service and Acceptible Use Policy states (and I quote) "Use of the Rackspace network, servers or services to transmit any unsolicited commercial or unsolicited bulk-e-mail is expressly prohibited, as is hosting web sites or services on a server which are advertised in any UCE/UBE." Spams traced back to Senator Kerry's site are in violation of this, and we hope Rackspace removes the site.

It's also to note that the Republicans back in 2000 are also guilty of such spamming. Documentation is already public on Usenet.

Third, THERE IS NO SUCH THING IS LEGAL SPAM! We don't want to eat it. We're paying for the bandwidth that this junk travels through. If you are truly wanting to improve the economy, Senator Kerry and President Bush, why are you not seeking to ban all types of unsolicated bulk email?

on slashdot (1)

OwlofCreamCheese (645015) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340995)

knowing this site, I expect the winning question for bush will be "I heared that UR just liek hitlar... U eat babys... Y do you steel my freedams?"

Mr Kerry, why do you flipflop? (-1, Flamebait)

nurb432 (527695) | more than 9 years ago | (#10340999)

No I'm serious, why do you switch 180 degrees on your 'goals' and answers to questions on an almost daily basis?

Is this because you see reasons to adapt your opinions, or is just to get votes? Or are you just insane?

Oh, and why are you lying to special interest groups about your support for the first 4 amendments ? Your voting record for the past 20 some years directly contradicts your statements to us.. Whats the deal?

Ok, so he wont answer it, but it would be nice...

What is the role of war? (3, Interesting)

RyanFenton (230700) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341000)

Simple question: What is the role of war?

Ryan Fenton

Re:What is the role of war? (4, Funny)

AvantLegion (595806) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341052)

>> Simple question: What is the role of war?

Sir, you will probably be moderated down, as Edwin Starr has sufficiently dealt with this question.

A few questions... (1)

hackronym0 (812439) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341007)

I have some good real questions, but upon thinking about it, I would just like them to admitt that they are doing "what they think is best" by using their own frame of reference. But what they should be doing is to judge their actions based on an impartial or at least multi-faceted viewpoint.

Will you abandon Iraq (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10341008)

or will you stick it out any cost to make sure it becomes a democracy?

I'm not a young person (1, Insightful)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10341013)

But my work puts me in a position where I am able to glean much of the young person zeitgeist.

The thing that most kids want to know is whether they will have jobs when they get out of High School and College. The future looks pretty bleak at this point with a job market that is not improving at a rate fast enough to absorb new graduates into anything but the most lowly and menial jobs. (Not to mention the influx of illegal immigrants that are snapping up those jobs at the expense of the American youth)

During this time of economic decline, do you think it is more important to pour government money into the economy in order to generate more jobs to satisfy the current glut of unemployed workers, or would it be more forward-facing to invest that money in educational grants for post-secondary education thus preparing today's students for the eventual economic upswing?

It may sound like a loaded question, with the obvious answer being to invest in the future rather than quick and easy band-aid solutions now. However, with the limited funds of the government you must choose where to direct that money. Are you willing to go out on a limb and possibly sacrifice votes to invest in the future at the expense of your constituency? Or do you think that by helping your constituency now you can still bring about a future-prepared workforce in the next generation without funding education as much as would be necessary?

Dancin Santa

How will you fix Social Security? (2, Interesting)

Entropy Unleashed (682552) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341014)

Why am I paying a fifth of my paycheck for a retirement plan that will be broke before I'm halfway to even thinking about retirement? What will you do to make sure I'm not turned into an indentured servant for retiring boomers?

war on terror (1)

sleepnmojo (658421) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341017)

Since 9/11, President Bush, you have had a strong push for fighting terror. However, you seemed to have shown little concern for Osama Bin Laden after we went to Iraq. Constantly on the news, we hear more and more about al-Qa'ida, yet you seem to take little concern over them. My question is, will there be a larger focus on finding the mastermind behind the 9/11 attacks, the reason you started this war? Or will our primary focus be in Iraq, which has not been a threat to our country?

Double std in drug enforcemt for african americans (5, Interesting)

kenjib (729640) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341019)

African americans are convicted for drug related crimes in great disproportion to the frequency with which they commit these crimes relative to other ethnic groups. Further, they are sentenced more harshly relative to other ethnic groups. What do you think is the cause of this severe imbalance in law enforcement and the judicial process, and what can be done to correct the problem?

As a followup question, what effect does this have on the health of democracy in states where a criminal record can render one ineligible to vote?

I Love the "Related Links" Section (1)

Roofus (15591) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341020)

Best deals: Republicans

Awesome! I've been looking for some great deals on low-cost Republicans. I've been scouring eBay daily without much success.

I never new pricegrabber.com had such a wide variety of things in stock.

From TFP (1)

kr00bar (692151) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341025)

This is different from the usual Slashdot interview because we're asking you to submit questions through the New Voters Project site instead of as comments attached to this post.

You don't need to read TFA to see this...

--
My bad karma is directly proportional to slashdotters stupidity

Taxes (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10341026)

What do you think of NESARA.us and FairTax.org?

Literacy issues (1)

sdo1 (213835) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341038)

Sayeth the article...

This is different from the usual Slashdot interview because we're asking you to submit questions through the New Voters Project site instead of as comments attached to this post

President Bush and Senator Kerry, what are you going to do about the literacy problem in this country, particularly as it relates to people who post to Slashdot and can't read simple instructions in the article?

-S

Puerto Rico (1)

regjoe (772900) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341039)

Should Purto Rico reamin commonwealth of the United States?

The survival of civilisation (1, Insightful)

Joseph Goebbels (524047) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341044)

Mr President, Mr Kerry,

What are your views on how to solve the jewish problem?

Would you agree that internationally coordinated actions are necessary, judging by the lackluster results we had in Germany?

Bush (0)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10341048)

if bush wins this election, may god have mercy on us all!

Entitlement Programs (1)

marshac (580242) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341054)

With entitlement programs such as Social Security projected to cost trillions of dollars in the near future, how do you propose to reform the system in a manor that's fair to current recipients, as well as the 20-somethings who will probably never see a dime under the current system?

We added your question: (1)

MORTAR_COMBAT! (589963) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341058)

As we all know, if we want social programs, someone must pay for them. How do you address the fact that currently we are shoving a massive amount of debt onto future generations, by continuing to spend much more than we actually have? Surely, we must either cut spending drastically, raise taxes, or both. And as a secondary question, how do you address the fact that forcing someone to involuntarily pay for someone else's social programs amounts to government-sponsored theft?

Human Space Exploration (4, Interesting)

kippy (416183) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341059)

To Bush: As part of your Vision for Space Exploration that you laid out earlier this year, do you intend to direct NASA in the direction of human settlement of space, or just scientific research.

To Kerry: As president, would you direct NASA to continue with human space exploration of planetary bodies or would you contract it's focus to Earth and near-Earth subjects? (Please provide specifics as previous answers to this have been very vague [space.com] .)

Related links (1, Funny)

Anonymous Coward | more than 9 years ago | (#10341060)

Are you concerned that neither of you shows up under "Best deals: Republicans" or "Best deals: Democrats" in the link collection at the right? How do you plan to address this?

What about the others? (1)

gr8_phk (621180) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341061)

What about the other candidates?

The Best Question (Hands Down) (3, Interesting)

scubacuda (411898) | more than 9 years ago | (#10341065)

Just One Question...

"How many times have you been arrested, Mr. President?" [blogspot.com] *

*$2315.36 Bounty to the first person to ask George W. Bush this question in a public forum.

Contact john_goldstone@nospamyahoo.com with documentation to claim your reward!

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