CBS News To Debut Series On The Candidates

This week the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric will begin a new political series that poses the same 10 questions to each of the leading candidates in a series of one-on-one, in-depth interviews.

A preview for the "Primary Questions: Character, Leadership & the Candidates," will be on Tuesday, Dec. 4, on the CBS Evening News With Katie Couric. The series begins on Wednesday, Dec. 5.

Couric speaks to Sen. Barack Obama, D- Ill., Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., Sen. Joe Biden, D-Del., former Sen. John Edwards, D- N.C., Gov. Bill Richardson, D-N.M., Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., former Gov. Mitt Romney, R-Mass., former Mayor Rudy Giuliani, R-N.Y., former Gov. Mike Huckabee, R-Ark., and former Sen. Fred Thompson, R-Tenn.

In addition to policy and issue questions, the candidates are asked questions intended to give some insight into their character-something polls have frequently shown as being more important to voters than agreeing with the candidate on issues.

Some questions include:

  • When was the last time you lost your temper - and what came of it?
  • What's the biggest mistake you've ever made - how did you recognize it-and what did you do to change course?
  • What's the worst piece of advice you've ever given another person?
  • Harry Truman said, "A man not honorable in his marital relations is not usually honorable in any other" and many people say they don't feel comfortable supporting someone who has not remained faithful to his or her spouse-can you understand their position?

    Click here to read the answer to the fist question: What is the biggest mistake you've ever made?"

    Click here to see a video library of the candidate's answers to all questions so far.