Presidental Questions

Each week leading up to Election Day, the CBS Evening News aired the answers to questions of politics and character that CBS News anchor Katie Couric posed to the two men vying to be the next Commander in Chief. You can find all of John McCain and Barack Obama's answers to "Presidential Questions," right here.


Barack Obama / John McCain


Managing A Campaign

"When was the last time you fired someone who worked for you and why?"

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Reading Materials

"What is your favorite book of all time?"

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Legacy

"What would you like to have on your tombstone?"

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Emotion

"When is the last time you cried and why?"

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Opponents Strengths, Weaknesses

"What do you believe is your opponent's greatest strength and weakness?"

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Social Class

"You and your opponent have both been criticized as elitists. Given the way you live today, why isn't that a valid criticism?"

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Infidelity

"Why do you think so many prominent political figures risk so much by being unfaithful to their spouse?"

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American History

"What is the best and worst thing that has ever happened to this country?"

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Three People

"Who are the three people who are alive you would most like to have dinner with?"

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Deceiving The Public

"Describe a situation when you think it's appropriate to lie to the American people."

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Favorite Film

"What is your favorite movie of all time?"

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The Terror Threat

"Describe a situation when you think it's appropriate to lie to the American people."

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Character

"What one personal flaw do you think might hinder your ability to be president?"

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Joe Biden / Sarah Palin


Impressions Of Dick Cheney

"What do you think is the best thing and the worst thing that Dick Cheney has done as vice president?"

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Former Vice Presidents

"What previous vice president most impresses you and why?"

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Favorite Film

"What's your favorite movie?"

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Roe v. Wade

"Why do you think Roe v. Wade is a good or bad decision? What other Supreme Court decisions do you disagree with?"

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Church-State Separation

"Thomas Jefferson wrote about the First Amendment: 'building a wall of separation between Church and State.' Why do you think that is so important?"

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