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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. We’ll post a wrap-up here on the blog on Monday.

For Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz. (ABC’s This Week): On the CBS Evening News, anchor Katie Couric said, “Sen. Obama says, while the increased number of U.S. troops contributed to increased security in Iraq, he also credits the Sunni awakening and the Shiite government going after militias.” You responded, “I don’t know how you respond to something that is such a false depiction of what actually happened … Because of the surge we were able to go out and protect that sheik and others. And it began the Anbar Awakening.”

But since the Anbar Awakening happened before the “surge” proposal to temporarily increase troop levels was conceived let alone proposed, didn’t you paint the false depiction?

For Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill. (NBC’s Meet The Press): New York Times columnist David Brooks criticized your Berlin address, saying, “When John F. Kennedy and Ronald Reagan went to Berlin, their rhetoric soared, but their optimism was grounded in the reality of politics, conflict and hard choices. Kennedy didn’t dream of the universal brotherhood of man. He drew lines that reflected hard realities … Reagan didn’t call for a kumbaya moment. He cited tough policies that sparked harsh political disagreements … In Berlin, Obama made exactly one point with which it was possible to disagree.”

Why do you insist on trying to build a mandate for your policies by emphasizing shared principles and forging common ground in your speeches, instead of basing your campaign on provoking “conflict” and “harsh political disagreements?”

For Karl Rove (Fox News Sunday): You continue to ignore the House subpoena to testify about your alleged role in the prosecution and imprisonment of former Alabama Gov. Don Siegelman, but you are willing to answer written questions provided by House Republicans.

Why won’t you testify before Congress and allow your defense to be subjected to public scrutiny?


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