As noted interest groups sought to mobilize their activists and supporters to submit relevant questions:
-Navin Nayak, director of The Heat is On, a partnership project of the League of Conservation Voters Education Fund, submitted the LCV's question.
Hi. My name's Navin. I'm sitting on the steps of the Supreme Court, the site of many historic decisions, including one this year that I'd like to ask you about. The Bush administration has used executive authority in unprecedented ways over the last 6 years except to address global warming. They claimed they didn't have the authority to regulate carbon dioxide. Well this year the Supreme Court ruled otherwise. In other words the next president has the authority from day one to begin addressing the problem. My question is what will you do through executive authority, without passing any laws to tackle global warming?Nayak's somewhat wordy question did not get selected, but a independently submitted global warming question from "Billiam the Snowman" did and made quite a spash. Billiam was the creation of Minneapolis-area residents Greg Hamel and Nathan Hamel (voice by Greg Hamel).
Hello Democratic candidates. I've been growing concerned that global warming, the single most important issue to the snowmen of this country, is being neglected. As president, what will you do to ensure that my son will live a full and happy life? Thank you.
The question on Darfur came from three activists from Stop Genocide Now -- Gabriel Stauring, Yuen-Lin Tan, and Consuelo (Connie) Stauring -- standing behind a group of children in a refugee camp Their question:
I'm Gabriel. I'm Yuen-Lin. And I'm Connie, from a refugee came near Darfur. Before you answer this question imagine yourself the parent of one of these children. What action do you commit to that will get these children back home to a safe Darfur and not letting it be yet another empty promise?Moderator Anderson Cooper put the question to Richardson, Biden, Gravel and Clinton.
Other Darfur questions were submitted. The Save Darfur Coalition encouraged questions from activists. The group had a staff member on the ground in a refugee camp in Chad, so it filmed her asking a question to the candidates:
Hello, I'm Laurie Dundon from Oregon, and I'm standing here now in eastern Chad, home to some of the many refugees from the conflict in Darfur. My question to the candidates is what would you do to end this ongoing crisis in Darfur, to end the suffering of these people and to prevent such atrocities in the future?The Coalition then emailed its list of supporters, pointing to the question from Chad, and asked them to film their own questions and submit them on YouTube to the debate page.
The Republican Party
-RNC chairman Mike Duncan submitted a question asking Senators Clinton and Obama about their views on a date certain for withdrawal from Iraq. His submission garnered some media attention but was not selected.