Weekend Watchdog

Bill Scher

Every Friday in our Weekend Watchdog feature, we post suggested questions for scheduled Sunday guests. You can add your own questions in the comment thread. We’ll also include contact information for the shows, so we can let them know what their viewers want asked.

And on Sunday at 4 PM ET, tune in to Air America Radio’s “Seder on Sundays” program, where I’ll offer the Weekend Watchdog Wrap-Up.

For McCain campaign manager Rick Davis (Fox News Sunday) and senior adviser Charlie Black (CBS’ Face The Nation): While Sen. McCain claims to be committed to ending special interest influence in Washington, Mr. Davis runs his own lobbying firm Davis Manafort, Inc., and Mr. Black is “chairman of one of Washington’s lobbying powerhouses, BKSH and Associates.”

How can McCain credibly pledge to represent the public interest, when lobbyists who are paid to represent corporate interests run his campaign?

For Ralph Nader (NBC’s Meet The Press): You have run for president in the general election three times in a row. In 1996, you received 0.7% of the vote. In 2000, you received 2.7%. In 2004, you received 0.4%.

While you have been influential in much of your career, you have never successfully moved the debate in any of your presidential campaigns. Might there be a better means of advancing the issues that matter to you?

For Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchison, R-Tex. (ABC’s This Week): You recently were in Pakistan, where you thanked president Pervez Musharraf for his “leadership and Pakistan’s role in the fight against terrorism.”

How has helping Musharraf cling to power against the wishes of his people helped the fight against terrorism?

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