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Wednesday, October 20, 2004

Writing debate questions

Chicago Tribune columnist and blogger, Eriz Zorn put out a call to some of his

... fellow Illinois bloggers for suggestions for the panelists who will question Democratic State Sen. Barack Obama and Republican Alan Keyes at Thursday night's Senate debate.

I couldn't resist, so I submitted some questions, a few of which actually made it to his blog. I have no doubt that none of my questions will actually make it into the debate, but it was a fun exercise anyway.

Question for Mr. Obama:

Mr. Keyes stated in the first debate that free trade is a myth. You responded by discussing the situation with China and later, the tax code. But, you didn't elaborate on your "plan to do better." Having said all that, what would you like to see for the future of NAFTA?

Questions for both candidates:

During the first debate you demonstrated that you know almost nothing about what is important to the communities and people who make up the Illinois farm economy. On the off chance that you've since gone back and done your homework, is there something you'd like to say to clarify your position?
Now that the "Total Information Awareness Project" and "CAPPS II" are behind us (or so they say), and with the advent of initiatives like "Secure Flight," what role should government play in data-mining and data-sharing information on its citizens?
What's your favorite kind of music?

That was a trick question, by the way.

How do you weigh creative innovation against laws that have been passed, such as the Sonny Bono Copyright Extension Act and the law that bestows the power of subpoena upon major entertainment conglomerates such as Recording Industry Association of America? Where do you stand?

I sweated over that question and it still didn't come out the way I wanted.

What are you willing to do to reverse the trend from government assistance to failing sectors to expanding sectors?

That probably sounds ignorant, but I was thinking of things like Amtrak and airline bailouts with that one.

What is your position on a movement to eliminate the Electoral College?

That was one of the topics on the radio this morning on the way to work.

If elected, what committees and sub-committees do you aspire to serve on and why?

ABC 7 Chicago with list of TV and radio stations that will carry the debate.

Posted by Marie at October 20, 2004 10:32 PM