First Up: Democratic Debate

Discussion Questions

Aired September 26, 2003

All ten Democratic presidential candidates mixed it up in New York yesterday, spotlighting their differences and talking up their credentials as the debating season swung into full gear. Jonathan Karl reports on who went on the attack and who caught the most flack.

1. How many Democratic presidential candidates participated in yesterday's debate in New York? Do you think these debates are important? State your rationale.

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2. Who is Wesley Clark? What are his positions on key domestic issues? Based on what you know of President Bush's domestic policies, how would you say Clark's positions on these issues compare? What are your views on these domestic issues?

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3. Who is Newt Gingrich? What position did he hold in Congress before he left his post? Why did Howard Dean take issue with being compared to Gingrich?

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4. Based on the information in the video, how would you say the Democratic candidates fared during the debate?

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Related Links

CNN.com: Clark in spotlight as Democrats debate (http://edition.cnn.com/2003/ALLPOLITICS/09/25/elec04.prez.debate/)

CNN.com Special: America Votes 2004: Presidential Primary Preview (http://www.cnn.com/ELECTION/2004/)

Holt, Rinehart and Winston: The Presidency (http://go.hrw.com/hrw.nd/arbiter/pRedirect?project=hrwonline&siteId=462&pageId=3071)

Keywords

Democrats, presidential candidates, debate, Wesley Clark, Richard Gephardt, Howard Dean, John Kerry


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