What Would You Ask Senator Obama?

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I’d like to second Kate Shepherd’s sentiment over at TAPPED. She writes, “Time has an interview with Obama that really could use some better questions…” Time offered up seven less than thought-provoking questions, so uninspiring in fact that I was moved to poll several of my fellow Mother Jones edit staffers for some better queries. Here’s a few we came up with:

1. Why does your health insurance plan include mandates for kids, but not adults?

2. Ethanol is increasingly viewed as a wasteful form of fuel that sacrifices nourishment for gasoline. How would you move the U.S. away from defaulting to ethanol as an alternative fuel and towards cleaner, more sustainable options?

3. What’s the first question you’d ask Mahmoud Ahmadinejad?

It’s fairly frustrating when the people with the best access to the candidates aren’t delivering.

What would you ask Obama? Tell us, in the comments.

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