submitted for Wednesday's CNN-YouTube Republican debate
raise issues that range from global warming -- a
question asked by a snowman -- to gun violence to
respect for gays.
Some of the GOP
candidates were reluctant to attend the debate in St.
Petersburg, Fla., because they worried the format wasn't
serious enough, but a full lineup is expected. A
melting snowman frightened about global warming was
among the questioners at the Democrats' CNN-YouTube debate
on June 3.
The snowman is
back -- ''Hello, Mitt Romney!'' he trills in a 40-second
video -- along with thousands of other questioners hoping to
make the cut for the actual debate. Romney had
expressed doubts about answering a question from a
-Lynn Mulder, the
father of a young Florida gay man who was slain, asks
how candidates will ''help create a climate of understanding
and respect'' toward LGBT people.
Douglas, his speech slurred by a stroke, asks how candidates
will improve education to help U.S. children compete in math
Bitdinger of Palo Alto, Calif., plays the piano and sings
about his Republican blues, asking ''How do you know
that you won't lose?''
Of the more than
3,500 video submissions reviewed by CNN producers, only
about 40 will be played at the debate, CNN said. (AP)