CNN, YouTube Presidential Debate Engages Public - Part IV

In what is considered to be a historic forum, cable network CNN partnered with Internet video giant YouTube to host the first of two Presidential debates in which questions are generated by the general public. In the last of highlights that didn't make the Democratic forum, hear a question about Sen. John Edward's "pretty boy" image.

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MICHEL MARTIN, host:

And finally, the CNN on YouTube debates have raised an interesting question: Will allowing the public to not only cast ballots, but directly ask candidates mean less canned answers?

Well, while everybody tries to figure that out, there were lots of humorous moments that didn't make the broadcast. Check this one out from the guys of Red State Update.

Mr. JACKIE BROYLES (Host, Red State Update): Hey, my name is Jackie Broyles.

DUNLAP (Host, Red State Update): I'm Dunlap.

Mr. BROYLES: We're from Red State Update.

DUNLAP: Murfreesboro, Tennessee.

Mr. BROYLES: Yes, sir. And this question here is for old John Edwards.

DUNLAP: Do you think you're cute?

Mr. BROYLES: Why?

DUNLAP: I mean, seriously. Why don't you just tell us? Everybody's always ragging on him for looking in a mirror, getting a haircut for $400…

Mr. BROYLES: Yeah, he does that.

DUNLAP: …thinking he's pretty. Why don't you just cut to the chase? Tell us how good-looking do you think you are? Rate yourself on a scale of one to 10. Don't be false modest. Your honesty now could tip the election in your favor.

Mr. BROYLES: I don't care what he thinks how good he look. I don't…

DUNLAP: Do you think you're better looking than Barack Obama?

Mr. BROYLES: Well…

DUNLAP: Tell you what - shirts off.

Mr. BROYLES: What? You…

DUNLAP: Barack Obama, Mike Gravel. We're going to count abs. We're going to have ab-counting contest.

Mr. BROYLES: I don't want nobody taking off their shirt. What do you talking about?

DUNLAP: Jackie, this is a YouTube debate, and if they want anybody to pay attention to them, some shirts are going to have to come off.

Mr. BROYLES: Oh, hell.

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MARTIN: Shirts off - that's a scary thought. That's our program for today. I'm Michel Martin, and this TELL ME MORE from NPR News. Let's talk more tomorrow.

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