Countdown to the Debate

It's the countdown to the debate! Thursday night in Miami, Florida, we'll see Bush vs. Kerry.

We're scouring the planet for former presidential candidates to talk about what it's really like to be under the glare of hot lights during a prime time debate. We're also scouring for a former moderator to talk about what it's like trying to get powerful men like Bush and Kerry to answer questions.

Just curious: If you were the moderator this Thursday night, what question would you ask George W. Bush? What question would you ask John Kerry? Send your responses to:

Oh and one more thing: Monday on "DaySide" I read an e-mail I received from a soldier in Baghdad, written as he and members of his unit are collecting donations to give to children in a dirt-poor village in Iraq. Lt. Ryan Casper said in his letter to me that he and his fellow soldiers want to show Iraqis our American goodwill — and mentioned that if there are people who want to donate, they need Ziploc bags (2 to 2.5 gallon size), backpacks and coloring books.

If you want to learn more about this mission — called Operation Hearts and Minds — here's the Web site:


Watch "DaySide with Linda Vester" weekdays at 1 p.m. ET