This isn't the kind of thing you see on the major network debates, with questions crafted carefully by TV studios focused on ratings. This is a grassroots forum—with questions coming entirely from MoveOn members.
On the forum website, you can search for answers to the issues you're most interested in—like money in politics, climate change, racial profiling, gun violence—and watch a short program with some of the most revealing conversations with the candidates.
You'll find questions from remarkable people like Josué—an MIT graduate student in the midst of a 34-day sit-in at the university president's office—as he and fellow students demand their campus divest from fossil fuels.
More than 11,000 MoveOn members submitted questions for the presidential candidates in video and in writing. MoveOn members—everyday people asking the questions that are important to them and their communities—are the real stars of this forum.
You'll find questions from Fatima, a 17-year-old high school student from New York who recorded her question about the Syrian refugee crisis in her school library; Jennifer, a school teacher, mother, and aspiring homeowner who wants to know how the different candidates will approach our economy; and Beth, a 69-year-old living off the Social Security benefits she paid for throughout her career, wondering if the Democratic candidates will commit to not cutting benefits.
Of course, you'll also find real gems from the candidates themselves—like these quotes from Senator Bernie Sanders and Governor Martin O'Malley:
"We've got to expand [Social Security] benefits, we've got to extend benefits, and we do that by lifting the cap." —Sen. Sanders
"There are other ways to be a moral leader in this world rather than at the opposite end of a drone strike."—Gov. O'Malley
Sen. Sanders and Gov. O'Malley took this prime opportunity to speak directly to grassroots progressives about their vision and plans for the future. Secretary Hillary Clinton was invited but chose not to participate.
Thanks for all you do.
–Victoria, Ben W., Ben O., Maria, and the rest of the team
P.S. MoveOn members submitted their questions and the candidates recorded their answers before the tragic Paris and Beirut bombings. However, you can watch Sen. Sanders' and Gov. O'Malley's responses to those events here.
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