TANIA CIOLKO filmed her question for GOP candidates before the debate Thursday night, but never expected it'd be aired live and answered on national television.
"Most people I know want to work," she told the 10 presidential hopefuls. "They don't want handouts. They want the freedom and opportunity to create a living based upon their own talents." She wanted candidates to name one thing they'd do to promote small-business growth and entrepreneurship, after the nation's economy declined in the previous decade.
She posted the video to YouTube and waited.
It wasn't used during the earlier "Happy Hour" debate featuring nonprofit executive Carly Fiorina and former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania.
She switched on the second debate.
"I was just kind of convinced after the first hour that they weren't going to air it," she said.
But they did, and U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio of Florida answered.
Ciolko, reached at her home in Northeast Philly on Thursday night, said she wanted candidates to give "specific, no-spin answers."
"Don't give me laundry lists or rhetoric," said Ciolko, who described herself as a health-care analyst at a Philly area hospital, and whose last name was misspelled by Fox.
Although Rubio did rattle off several ideas for fixing the economy - including cutting taxes, fostering growth of small businesses and even repealing Obamacare - a somewhat starstruck Ciolko wasn't ready to judge the response just yet.
"I was just so blown away," she said. "Before I commit to anything on this, I want to review [the debate]."
And, she said, she hopes Democratic candidates will offer up answers, too.
"It's an important question," she said. "We all have dreams, we want to work hard and build them."
After the question aired, she thanked Rubio on Twitter and got several replies from friends.
Her phone was ringing off the hook with well-wishers Thursday night.
"Hopefully this will spark more dialogue on how we can solve this," she said.