Presidential Candidates Forum on Women's Issues
Center of New Hampshire, Manchester, NH   November 5, 2003
Planned Parenthood
From Planned Parenthood Federation of America's October 30, 2003 media advisory and e-mail responses to questions:

Who:            General Wesley Clark
                    Governor Howard Dean
                    Senator John Kerry
                    Senator John Edwards
                    Former Ambassador Carol Moseley Braun

When:          November 5, 2003, 7:00 pm

Where:         Center of New Hampshire Holiday Inn
                    700 Elm St
                    Manchester, NH

 Hosts:          Planned Parenthood Federation of America
                    Planned Parenthood of Northern New England
 Co-hosts:    NH Business and Professional Women
                    YWCA of Manchester, NH
                    NH Coalition Against Domestic and Sexual Violence
                    NH Women's Lobby
                    NH Women's Policy Institute

Moderator:   Laura Knoy, host of The Exchange on New Hampshire Public Radio (NHPR)

Panelists:      Ellen Goodman, syndicated columnist for The Boston Globe and Washington Post Writers Group
                    Robin Young, co-host of the public radio program, Here and Now

Audience:     Attendance by invitation only; RSVP required by Friday, October 31.  About 300 locals from the PPNNE affiliate and co-sponsors as well as other interested parties and 50-75 news media attended the forum, which was broadcast on C-SPAN.

Format:        Moderator Laura Know explained the format thusly:

"In our first segment, Ellen and Robin will each ask one candidate one question and that candidate has one minute to answer.  I will then ask one more candidate to respond to that same question for thirty seconds.  This means different candidates will answer different questions.  Not every candidate will be answering the same questions down the line.  It's a little bit different.  I will ask the questions, some of which were asked by the sponsoring organizations.  Robin and Ellen will ask questions that they have worked on together.

"Our second segment is the more traditional debate format, where one question is asked to each candidate we've dubbed it 'the lightning round,' because we want it to go fast.  The questions are designed to be answered in a short amount of time some of them only need a simple yes/no answer, and candidate responses in this segment are limited to 30 seconds.

"At the end of the forum, candidates will make two-minute closing remarks and the order in which they speak, again, was determined earlier by that drawing."

Transcript:        Courtesy of Planned Parenthood Federation of America, Inc.