WASHINGTON (WISH) - 24-Hour News 8 Anchor Debby Knox was given a rare opportunity to do a one-on-one interview with President Barack Obama. She will interview him Thursday with updates from the White House on 24-Hour News 8 at 5 p.m., 6 p.m., 10 p.m. and 11 p.m.
That kind of response requires a strategy. Our Web team began to sort out the posts and emails. By far, most Hoosiers are worried about and want answers to the high unemployment rate, currently 9 percent in the state. Questions like this one:
"I would like to know what the president will do if he cannot get the jobs bill passed by the Congress also I would like to know what he thinks of ‘right to work’ since Indiana will be one since we have a Republican majority in Indiana. This question is coming from an Allison Transmission employee which the president visited earlier this year."
So expect a question or two to be posed to President Barack Obama about generating jobs in Indiana.
Also people want change in the relationship between the White House and Congress:
"What would he do differently in working with a dysfunctional Congress if elected to a second term than he did during his first term?" one viewer asked.
We also got some great questions from business owners. One was from a man who owns a plastic injection mold company and is finding it difficult to compete with cheaper Chinese imports.
Another question came from Fayette County. They are struggling with double digit unemployment and are frustrated that the much-anticipated Carbon Motors plant has yet to be built.
While it’s a great question, the president may not be prepared to answer it. With just five to seven minutes allotted for the interview, Debby Knox will have a short window to ask questions, but she’ll look for as many answers as she can.
What is interesting is how powerful Hoosiers believe the president to be.
There are some guarantees, though. The President will talk about his nominee to the newly-formed Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, Richard Cordray, according to White House staff. The White House has answers it wants to give, but WISH also has questions to ask thanks to viewers.
Debby Knox will provide updates during her time in Washington. Check back with WISHTV.com for more on her visit.
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