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January 11th, 2008
05:55 PM ET

Which candidate do you trust with the economy?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

"It's the economy, stupid"... That's the message presidential candidates are once again getting from voters. The economy now tops Iraq as the most important issue to Americans.

The list of problems with the economy is long and getting longer: the mortgage meltdown, the credit crunch, the rise in unemployment, the continuing decline of the dollar and high gas and oil prices.

It all adds up to the likelihood of a recession. A lot of people think a recession has already begun. The Wall Street Journal surveyed a panel of economists who put the chance of recession at 42%.

Ordinary Americans are more pessimistic than those economists. A new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll shows 61%of those surveyed think the economy is already in a recession.

And there's more bad news: Moody's credit rating agency says the U.S. government is now at risk of losing its triple-A credit rating, unless we do something to curb our soaring costs of health care and Social Security. U.S. government debt has had the highest rating possible (triple-A) since it was first rated a hundred years ago in 1917.

This is a big-time alarm bell and should force the candidates to sharpen their focus on these issues. The problem is that the solutions require either higher taxes or cuts in benefits, and no politician wants to talk about those things during a campaign.

Here’s my question to you: Which presidential candidate is most capable of dealing with problems in our economy?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Stephen writes:
That's simple. The only candidate who understands the effects of a flawed monetary policy. The only candidate who has been talking about this problem for years. The only candidate who brings it up in every single debate he was allowed to attend – whether the people want top hear it or not. Congressman Ron Paul.

Candice writes:
Hillary Clinton is clearly the candidate for the job. Bill righted the economy and corrected the deficit in the 90s. Hillary can do it, too. It takes a Clinton to fix a Bush economy.

Taylor writes:
John Edwards, of course. He's he only candidate who gives a damn about people who are losing their jobs and their health care. Since he's not beholden to special interests, he can stand for what he really believes. He's my guy!

G. writes:
Rudy Giuliani transformed New York City's economy with fiscal discipline, welfare to work and reinvigorating business.

Erik writes:
This is where experience does count. Hillary Clinton and John McCain are by far the 2 candidates that Americans can trust most to bring the economy back to healthy expansion. I am a lifelong Democrat and have never once voted Republican but, if it were Obama vs. McCain, I'd have to go with McCain.

Robert writes:
Mitt Romney is the only candidate who has run companies, associations, governing bodies, and governments. He understands what a budget is and how to raise revenues while controlling expenses… And, Romney knows how to form a dynamic, talented team around him. We need a conductor, not a soloist.


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  1. Terry

    Jack
    Michael Bloomberg, anyone who can be as sucessful in business as he has and then converted this sucess to politics has my vote.

    January 11, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  2. Glen Rock

    I don't know if any one person could fix the mess we are in economically. But, not voting for a Don't-Tax-And-Spend Republican will probably be a good start.

    January 11, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  3. Aillyn Kulick

    I'd have to say I trust Barack Obama the most to bring us the best economy. These past 8 years of Bush have only brought bad decision after bad decision. America is going down the drain because of Bush's carelessness. Obama is for the people and he can bring the positive change we need in America. Hillary Clinton claims to have much experience, but Bush also had experience and look where that brought us.

    January 11, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  4. Scott

    Joe Biden – To bad he is no longer a candidate – He really was the only person that understands the issues – Guess that is why the media did a poor job covering him and his strengths.

    January 11, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  5. Regina

    This is a no-brainer–Ron Paul. As yesterday's GOP debate clearly demonstrated, Dr. Paul understands economics well enough to talk comfortably about monetary policy and economic theorists. What became painfully obvious was that all the other GOP candidates do not have even a basic knowledge, or they would have said something more substantive than what their aides pulled out of yesterday's business news.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  6. awake american

    The only Presidential candidate of either party who seems to have any understanding of our nation's economic situation is Ron Paul. The U.S. economy is hurting because of the intentional devaluation of the dollar due to lose monetary policy. Government should be focused on maintaining the value of the monetary unit, not destroying it. The rest of the world is beginning to recognize the weakness of the dollar, and the only thing preventing a precipitous collapse is the fact that central banks around the world have based their reserves on the U.S. dollar and they stand to suffer along with us in the event of a collapse.
    We need sound commodity-backed currency as specified in our Constitution, and Paul is the only candidate willing to address this issue.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  7. Wesley

    Ron Paul is the best for the economy (and everthing else for that matter). He knows that the problem with the economy lies within the Federal Reserve, and the IRS.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  8. Scott

    Hillary Clinton, every household has one person who makes ends meet somehow someway, it's the woman, it's way past time that one ran the big house.
    scott missouri.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  9. Jeff Hansen

    I think the most capable is the only one talking about seriously dealing with the Federal Reserve, that of course would be Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  10. Steven Beeson

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that seems to have done more than paid lip service to our economic situation. It's clearly something he's quite passionate about and I believe it's one of the primary reasons he got into politics to start with. He is the only candidate I trust.

    Thank you.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  11. James Moore

    The biggest problem with the economy is the government period. Someone has to get elected who will put a leash on government spending and slash government growth. The war and the deficit of over 9 trillion is destroying the US economy. Another point unless someone deals with social security the federal debt will have another 60 trillion in expenses added to the burden. The government also ignores the problem with inflation which is robbing the middle class of buying power and no one but one canidate is speaking about it. I for one will be going to the polls and I will be casting my vote for Ron Paul because He knows what is going on and guess what He is the only one that is not bought by the big corporations.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  12. Ginger

    Damn sure not any Republican...
    Republicans = recession and deficits and war

    January 11, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  13. Hazel

    While I prefer Hillary Clinton, I believe any Democrate is desperately needed in our White House. Actually, anyone other than Bush would be a very welcome change. However, I know Bush has given even some Republicans reason to doubt their party's competency. This country needs a complete party change, and preferrably back to a Clinton who will pull as all out of this black hole.
    Scott's Daughter Missouri

    January 11, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  14. Steven Pilotte

    I believe Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate in either party that has a firm grasp of economic theory and the ability to relate economic consequences to fiscal and monetary policy, foreign policy, and the philosophic principles supporting individual liberty and a free-market capitalistic society. A statesman and thinker in a different league than the rest.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  15. gavin

    Jack,
    There is one man running for president who understands what is happening to our economy. One man who understands what is causing record inflation numbers. One man who understands monetary policy. One man who is sounding off warning signals of america's coming economic collapse. One man who is addressing this issue who knows how to deal with it. If you do not know who this is, I suggest you find out. And find out fast. For if you fail to educate yourself on what is going on and who is the right man to correct these problems you will have no one to blame but yourself. His name is Ron Paul. Now please do your homework. Our economy depends on it.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  16. Brian Davis, Delray Beach FL

    The only one thats willing to talk about doing away with the 'privately-owned' Federal Reserve system and this monopoly money they have us use. Research it for yourself and find your new candidate....

    January 11, 2008 at 3:17 pm |
  17. Kristen M

    Without a doubt, the only candidate I'd trust with our economy is Ron Paul. He's the only self-studied economist in the entire presidential field of contenders, and our government's economic policies are what inspired him to go to Washington in the first place. He understands what David Walker, the comptroller general of the U.S., has been saying for years: we are headed towards a severe economic depression if we don't radically cut spending. Including promised baby-boomer entitlements, our current national debt is more than $50 trillion!!! Even if we taxed 100% of the income in America produced during the next two generations, we would not have enough money to keep up with the interest on our spiraling debt. Ron Paul is the only presidential candidate taking Walker's claims seriously, the only one talking about radically cutting spending (abroad and at home) in order to stave off financial crisis and a world wide economic depression as the dollar collapses.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  18. Alex

    I trust Rudy Giuliani with the economy the most because he ran the 17th largest economy in the world in NYC for 8 years, and he did very well. His tax proposal, the largest in history, would give an across the board tax cut of $3500 for every American family. It will also extend child tax credit to $1000. Additions include extending the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts immediately, eliminating the death tax, lowering capital gain and dividends tax rates to 10% and lowering index capital gains to inflation. The second largest corporate tax in the world, 35%, will be reduced to 25%, giving us a large amount of revenues. It will also index the AMT to inflation, with a plan that will eventually cut it completely. It will give the chance for the consumer to file their taxes on one page. The rates across the board would be set for lower income at 10%, 15%, and 30%. This way, instead of getting rid of the graduated income tax to make it fairer and flatter, we will keep the system but reduce the rates, which will stimulate the economy into a massive growth period over the long term and keep us from recession.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  19. Mitch C

    Only one candidate entered politics 30 years ago because of his extreme interest in our economy, and he's been studying it ever since. He's served constantly on committees for economics in Congress.

    Yet his remarks, though completely accurate and sensible, are met with schoolgirl snickers from the other candidates during debates. These other candidates paint a rosy picture of the economy, and rightfully so, they're future is bright as they've used the system to enrich their own pocket books. Ours is looking much more grim.

    Only Ron Paul understands that we must stop being the world nanny/police. We simply cannot afford it any more.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  20. Adam

    I believe that the only candidate in either party capable of handling our economy is Dr. Ron Paul. Because, like everything else, he doesn't want to control it, he is very educated on Austrian economics and believes in the founding principles of our country, laissez-faire free markets.

    Not to mention he's the only candidate with a legitimate plan for withdrawal of troops overseas which is easily the greatest bane to our economy.

    - Adam from IL

    January 11, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  21. Dustin Milotte

    Jack,
    I believe Dr. Ron Paul is the only candidate speaking honestly about the economic situation we face and he is being laughed at for doing so. His sober statements in last night's debate bluntly explained that the Fed's artificially low interest rates are the cause the housing bubble and the coming recession. He wants to eliminate entire federal departments out of the budget and save hundreds of billions by scrapping our wreckless foreign policy. Sounds logical to me, but what do I know I'm just one of his looney supporters.

    Dustin
    Knoxville, TN

    January 11, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  22. raphael benincasa

    Ron Paul is by far the ONLY candidate that the American People can trust to restore the integrity of our dollar and that will fix the economy . Gold has been money for 6,000 years and has never lost its value. If Gold was still backing our dollar: the price of gasoline would be essentially unchanged since WWII as well the price of just about everything else you can imagine! Plus, we wouldnt have had a NASDAQ "bubble" and housing "bubble." The continuos loss of our dollars purchasing power by the FED continually lowering interest rates and creating too much money is destroying the living standards of american savers and causing the economy to weaken. Our debt burdens are too big considering our wages are not keeping pace with the rising prices. We need Ron Paul to save the dollar because with Bernanke vowing to slash rates yet again, you can be assured of rising prices on just about everything you need to survive.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  23. Patricia

    Since the Republicans spent our treasure like a drunken sailor on leave & have put America in debt some $2Trillion Dollars to Communist China, I certainly can't trust any Republican candidate to undo the damage his fellow Republicans have done to this country. I've got another problem though, & that is the Democrats didn't stop the Republicans from wasting Bill Clinton's surplus. But, if I have to choose, I'll go with John Edwards. If we go into further debt with him, it'll be because he is financing health care for the poor & I can live with that.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  24. Brian Nancoo - Trinidad

    This is where experience matters.Senators Clinton and McCain are more credible when it comes to economic issues. The rest are just blowing smoke.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  25. Ralph

    We have witnessed how so many of our elected officials with "experience" in legislation, etc. have failed to bring about the changes that promise a stable economy in our country. When we consider who will be our next President, perhaps we need someone of true vision that will make change a reality, regardless of how much experience that individual may have. At the other time, all Presidential candidates seem to understand that looking to past accomplishments alone is a path to disaster. Perhaps we need someone truly able to combine an understanding of what is needed for economic welfare together with experience that promises that will make our needs and wishes reality.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  26. Jay Moffett

    The main stance of the Republican candidates with the exception of Dr. Paul, was to tout which could run a war the best. Which could deal with immigration best. Which could lower taxes most; all without changing a damn thing in our economic future. As I watched the other Republican candidates belittle and mock Ron Paul for his stance of peace, financial sanity, smaller government, states rights, human rights, and his adherence to the principals of the Constitution, I was saddened and angered to the core at what we have become. 73% of Americans are against the war but we are ignored by our current leaders. Ron Paul is the only choice.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  27. Ryan Farrar

    Ron Paul. He is the only one who realizes that we can only fix the economy with real cuts in spending, and a non-fictional downsizing of the government. this means an end to the war on poor people, i mean, the war on drugs, as well as the war in Iraq. This also means changing course in our trade and tax systems. Ron Paul is the only candidate detached from corporate controls enough to make this a reality... other than Dennis Kucinich of course, but Paul seems to have more support and money and with those a slight chance of actually getting elected. Vote Paul!

    January 11, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  28. Jonathan in Texas

    The only person who can utter coherent sentences about it: Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  29. Ron Noe

    Jack, I hate to talk down to the American People but, when it comes to the economy, it doesn't take a degree in Deductive Reasoning to see; BUSH ...BAD. CLINTON ...GOOD!

    January 11, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  30. Matthew Niemerg

    There is only one man that is talking about the cause of what is happening to our economy. When you have a monetary system that is not backed by any commodity (be it gold, silver, platinum, nickel, etc.) then you get uncontrolled, unregulated government spending. How does that happen? The politicians go to the Federal Reserve and have them print more money for the war, the welfare state, and other pet projects.

    Two questions need to be addressed.

    1) Who benefits from this immediate increase in the monetary supply? The answer is simple. The people who have access to the money right away, i.e. the politicians. They benefit because at the time the money was printed it has the SAME value because the market hasn't reacted to the increased supply of money.

    2) Who suffers? The poor and middle class. By the time the increase of the monetary supply reaches the poor and middle class, the value of the dollar has decreased.

    This is Economics 101. Something has value only when it is scarce. When there is more of something, in this case U.S. dollars, then the value goes down.

    Ron Paul talks about this problem and understands the solution.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  31. Kevin

    Jack, you already know the answer to this.
    Ron Paul is the only canidate. Clearly.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  32. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    It dosen't matter, they will sell you one way and after they're in office do something totally different... Bring back the Clinton and Gore team to run the economy... Pleaseeee...

    January 11, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  33. Jayne

    This is an easy one, Jack. Anyone but a charge and spend Republican.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  34. Sally

    Every Republican candidate at the SC presidential debate, *except Ron Paul*, denied that any recession even exists, when millions are not only losing their homes but are now defaulting on all other contractual debts, as well.

    Why has the economy jumped to primary concern of both Democrats and Republicans?

    More and more financial newsletters are using the word "depression".

    Subprime mortgages? How about *subprime government*? The US is being sold/leased to foreigners at all government levels.

    Why? Solvency, just like ordinary people.

    Cash flow is the name of the game of survival.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  35. Michael

    It should be obvious to anyone actually listening to the candidates that Ron Paul is by far the most capable to deal with our economic problems. He is the only candidate that has been talking about our faltering economy since the beginning of his campaign. He offers real solutions to the biggest problem of all: a government that spends too much money and over taxes its people. Paul's consistent voting record demonstrates that he will actually work towards a reduction in government, while the voting records of all the other candidates show that they will continue to tell people what they want to hear but also continue to do what is in their own best interest, regardless of what would be best for the country.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  36. Chris

    Ron Paul. "Left" and "Right" argue about how to waste money. So if you are stuck without Ron Paul, you have to decide who will waste money in a less bothersome way. No wonder we dont' like politics. Do you want stinky thing number one or stinky thing number two?

    Libertarian principles let us spend our own money. Make our own mistakes. Make our own good choices. It works! We are smart enough to do that.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  37. Greg from PA

    Jack, I'm going to write in Lou Dobbs for president. He would do a far better job than any candidate I've seen thus far.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  38. Mike

    Ron Paul is the only candidate still running that has clearly stated exactly what is wrong with our economy and exactly how to fix it. All the other candidates from both parties are talking about how we need change but then they only talk about minor tweaks they'd make to hopefully ease up on the debt. Ron Paul is talking straight common sense about everything that is wrong with our country and in plain english exactly what needs to be fixed to get this country back on the right foot while at the same time improving our foreign relations and make America a country the world can look up to again.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  39. Larry Mann

    Ron Paul is the only one that has a clue. If you are voting for anyone else you have no clue just like your candidate. Educate yourself and don't rely on the media to inform you. Pillars of Prosperity is a excellent book to inform you of what is going on and after reading it you will be very clear on what to do. The book is written by Ron Paul. It will all ring true if you are old enough to remember the 70's.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  40. Josh

    Hillary Clinton, she has the best economic plan I have seen. She and her husband Bill would be excellent when it comes to economic matters. Since in 1990's when her husband was in office, we had an booming economy, an budget surplus and nearly everyone was working. What we are going through now under the incompetent leadership of George W. Bush proves that Hillary and the Democrats are better stewards of the economy than Republicans. Hillary's economic policies could not only help my state of Ohio. But the entire country can benefit from her experienced leadership.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  41. Joe Tyrrell

    John Edwards becaue he has real concen for working people and is not tied to the Corporate lobbyists.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  42. Robert

    Jack, there seem to be two pools of thought. The first, spend a lot of tax dollars on a few select groups like homeowners in foreclosure and the second, cut the size of government and let us keep our money. The first redistributes wealth. The second lets everybody keep more of their own. As 2/3 of the economy is run on consumer spending, and Americans seem to spend all they have and more, it seems clear that the second way would be more effective. It makes you wonder then, why Ron Paul is the only candidate who seems to understand this, and the only candidate not taken seriously. When will the people in Washington realize that it's not their money they're spending, it's ours.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  43. Phyllis Hancock

    Resolving our economic problems will require a very special person. Such a person must totally understand how a weak economy can be improved when enough people are given hope. This is a completely new method and therefore very difficult to explain.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  44. Bertha Armstrong

    Hillary Clinton. If she is not nominated for the Democratic party, I hope that Obama is NOT our candidate. If Obama is nominated, I will vote for the Republicans, and hope they nominate McCain. Obama is all WIND and no rain.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  45. Ron

    Jack,
    There is only one person to trust, and that is Hillary. She has been through this with Bill (remember). People better wake up and wake up soon and see right through Obama, or we will be getting again what we voted for. ie. Bush. Obama can Talk the
    Talk, but he can't Walk the Walk, same as Bush done in 04. Why people can't see this is very disturbing. In his speeches he is trying to sound like Dr. King, He certainly is nothing like Dr.King and never will be. . It seems that every other word out of his mouth is Change. What Change, and How? What a sad day it will be in America IF this man gets elected.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  46. Rich Kaminski, McKinney Texas

    Rudolph William Louis "Rudy" Giuliani. This guy has done more for New York City then any before him. He has improved the quality of life in a City of Scum and even took on the Mafia. The man was named Associate Attorney General in the Regan era. He went after white collar crime and did a good job of it. The man is no saint but he beats the hell out of a lot of the sinners running for President. I think he has what it takes to keep America strong and improve the economy. He offers a plan where no other candidate has. The word CHANGE means nothing if you have no way to achieve it and Giuliani has a plan. The others do not.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  47. W B in Las Vegas

    for those that say the Republicans "have borrowed and spent like a drunken sailor", I WAS a drunken sailor back in the 1960's and I was NEVER as fiscally irresponsible as THAT bunch of "spend and put it on the Chinese credit card" idiots. ANY Republican will just be more of failed George Bush fiscal and trade policies which have deindustrialised America, destroyed the US dollar and bankrupted the middle class. as for the Democrates, I sure would NOT trust the wife of the man that brought us NAFTA which STARTED the destruction of American manufacturing.

    January 11, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  48. Rich Kaminski, McKinney Texas

    Ron Paul couldn't find his ass in the dark with both hands and a flash light. Ron Paul is the last in the Polls and that is where he should be. The man is a Flake.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  49. Suzan Robertson

    The economy? That's a no brainer. Ron Paul. He's the only one who understands economics, and speaks the truth about our economy. He's the only one who will take the necessary, difficult steps to change things. How do I know this? Because he has the most fiscally conservative record of any of the candidates, and is well-schooled on economics. The man is eons above the others in this area.

    Thank you.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  50. Jenny from New York

    Anyone but Hillary. She owes too much to the special interests and lobbyists financing her campaign.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  51. Rich Kaminski, McKinney Texas

    Name one thing Ron Paul has done for America that has benefited more then 12 percent of Americans? Ron Paul is a 72 year old senile has been that has spent most of his career in politics trying to pass foolish abolish the income tax bills which went absolutely no where instead of doing anything worthwhile for the America people. Besides that from what most of the media says he is a racist.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  52. Nathan Ives

    I keep hearing about experience, who was on the House Foreign Affairs Commitee, Joint Economic Committee, Committee on Financial Services (as Ranking member of the Domestic and International Money Policy), and vice chair of the Oversight and Investigations Comittee? Nevermind a doctor (so who knows more about healthcare?) I watched the so called debate last night with a man who was speaking about these issues, who really has experience with them and all he got was a bunch of snickering, lude comments from a bunch of what seemed like 8 years olds interrupting him. Are these the people the american public wants for the most important job in the world! I challenge the apathetic public to lay off whats happening to Britney Spears for one day and do some research. It just might make them want to vote!

    January 11, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  53. TE Couch

    HONEST to PETE PEOPLE! There is only one candidate that knows in depth what has caused the bankrupt state of this country and it appears the masses and powers that be do not want to know. The sick condition is rapidly becoming apparent – the treatment is unknown by almost all. Better call the Dr! Dr Ron Paul !

    January 11, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  54. Amnesty is Treason

    NONE OF THEM!

    If to vote for one though it'll be Mitt Romney; he'll bring change along with his experience as governor!

    Mitt wants all "ILLEGAL IMMIGRANTS" out, Mitt doesn't want you to join his religeon nor force it down your throat as what these other do!

    The economy will be the war front at the end of '08; so someone please tell me who fits the position better!

    January 11, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  55. edwin b

    Well ,the GOP helped to put us into this mess, I'm noting going to trust them to get us out of this. I hope that these fools remember that when its time for the next election (wait, we will still be trying to dig out of the BUSH's TAX CUTS AND SPENDING, tell have too;want they.... unless they are still in denial).

    January 11, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  56. Joe

    The only one who can get out of this recession is Hillary Clinton. Bill Clinton fixed the economic mess from the first Bush, it will take Hillary to fix the hole George W. has gotten us into. We have a natural succession- The Bush family wrecks the economy the Clinton's fix it.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  57. Andy

    Ron Paul. Anyone republican arguing about who will cut taxes more but not mention spending cuts is delusional. Not one republican other than Paul has talked about the most expensive governement function, the military. We spend anywhere from 450 to 650 billion in defense spending. Quite a big increase from the 1950 when it was a 15 billion dollar budget. Have wages increased 30 to 40 times since 1950. We spend almost half of all military spending done in the whole world.

    Republicans can argue all they want about tax cuts, but does it really matter to the average american family. With education, healthcare, food, and energy costs rising rapidly? Ron Paul is the only one willing to lead us to this change. He is a true conservative.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  58. john

    There aren’t any candidates capable of assuming responsibility for the economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  59. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    None of them. The economy is now fully owned,operated and controlled by China. Get prepared to salute the Chinese flag!

    January 11, 2008 at 4:22 pm |
  60. cakeychan

    The candidate who is most capable of dealing with these problems is the one who also happens to have written six books on economics. He sits on the Joint Economic Committee in Congress and he is the only candidate who is wise enough to know that the President does not have the authority to run the economy, nor should he.

    While other candidates are funding their campaigns with bank loans, writing themselves checks, or even asking their staff to go without pay, this candidate is running a thriving, fiscally responsible campaign.

    Ron Paul is the only candidate in either party who has the wisdom and experience to deal with the issues facing our economy.

    Brian Bailey
    Collinsville, IL

    January 11, 2008 at 4:23 pm |
  61. Amy W.

    I am a SAHM who every month faces rising gas prices and food prices in an attempt to keep our household budget balanced. We don't go out anymore, we don't shop 'for the fun of it' all because there is no money left over after the basics are paid. Yet, daily, I hear economic and political pundits telling us that the economy isn't in trouble. I believe that they only one who can address it is the only one who is actually willing to talk about it, Ron Paul. He has studied economic principles, served on the finance committees and above all owns up to the financial realities facing the people of the U.S. Of course, it is likely he will probably suffer the same fate as President Carter who was the last presidential candidate to dare tell the public that *we* might actually have to sacrifice now for a better future.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:24 pm |
  62. suzie from Atlanta, GA

    This is where "been there /done that" matters. We have been here before with Poppy Bush, and Senator Clinton has been a part of the “done that” action plan of the first President Clinton in the 90’s.
    Senator Clinton had a first hand view of how Bill did it the last time a Bush left office. Warren Buffett spoke at a fundraiser for Clinton on December 11, in San Francisco, and another one in June, where they did a Q and A. In fact, the June event was where he offered a million dollars to any of the supporters at the event who could prove she or he paid more taxes than his or her secretary.
    He has said he likes what both she and Obama have to say on this issue, but has called Senator Clinton “the person to run the country”. She has a clear plan, laid out in writing, on her web site, and has spoken of how to get the Middle Class back to work by creating new Energy Resources.
    In addition, she would roll back those 16% tax rates for the super rich, and go back to the Clinton era tax rates for those earning over $200k a year. This would remove the burden of carrying the country from the Middle Class and lower class.
    In addition, these two groups would get badly needed tax breaks. This is NOT a tax hike on those who NOW pay the most: the Middle and Lower Class worker. This IS a very much needed hike on the richest Americans, including the bozo who just got a $150 million severance package for totally destroying the mortgage market and sending millions into foreclosure, the soon to be former CEO of Countrywide.
    So all in all, the clear choice is Senator Clinton. She would know how to implement the CHANGE we dearly need with the Economy not just talk about it.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:26 pm |
  63. Shoaib Qadri

    All the presidental candidates seem to talk about being able to boost the economy and they throw around words such as "we need more change". But only Ron Paul has actually talked about what he would do and is the only one who actually understands monetary policy and economics – the rest just throw away our taxpayer money.
    ~Shoaib Qadri, New York City, NY

    January 11, 2008 at 4:27 pm |
  64. Karen

    None. Which candidate to I trust to deal with any of the issues? NONE

    January 11, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  65. Anita Spears

    The obvious answer is Dr. Ron Paul because he is the only candidate that even discusses it – the rest of them only give it "lip service".

    Dr. Paul is also the ONLY candidate that that can speak about the economic issues since this is his forte.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  66. Chris

    Fed Chairman Ben Bernanke is fixing our problem of a sinking dollar and high inflation by once again promising to lower interest rates. What does lowering interest rates do to the economy? It creates more money (inflation), which lowers the value of existing dollars in the system (dollars are worth less). Who is the only person calling him out on this insanity? Ron Paul. End of story.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  67. Help

    I can honestly say that Ron Paul is the one with the best understanding...... and I can honestly say that is THE saddest most pathetic commentary on the politicians running for office. Help!

    January 11, 2008 at 4:35 pm |
  68. Craig Stuart

    come on Jack this election is just a smoke screen so the powers that be can sit back and conduct business as usual. The powers that be know that the House of Representatives and the United States Senate are bought and paid for by big business/coporations and the election of one man will not change this government or the distruction of these United States.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  69. Tara

    Jack,
    Certainly not a republican, look what they have done to the economy–and as for the dems- Edwards,Obama don't have the experience- Hillary may be able to do it but she is not my first choice-I liked Biden but since he is out I think that only leaves one real solution –Bloomberg,he may be our only chance at some semblence of real salvation- he knows what he is doing economically.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  70. Susannah

    RON PAUL is the only candidate who discusses the economy in anything more than 30-second soundbytes, and he is the ONLY candidate he understands that our $1 TRILLION dollar per year empire will be the cause of the failure of America.

    ALL "empires" in history have fallen, and so will we– because we are ABSOLUTELY BANKRUPT (Google David Walker, Chief Accountant of the USA and see what he is saying about how broke we are)... and we simply afford to have over 700 bases all over the world.

    America will fall not from a foreign enemy, but because our dollar is becoming worthless and the presidential candidates (outside Ron Paul) simply IGNORE this critical issue.

    Wake up America, before we are ALL living in poverty!!

    January 11, 2008 at 4:39 pm |
  71. Jerry

    John Edwards is the only one of the top three dems that adresses what is wrong with our country

    January 11, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  72. Izzy

    There is only one canidate who can even talk competently about the economy and monetary policy. That's Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  73. Patricia

    Honest to Goodness.... Look Ron Paul has become too scary for me to consider. While he may not have written all those articles in his news letter all those years ago, he allowed them to printed in those news letters & in his name none the less. But, I'm more frightened of his economic ideas. Let's see, no income tax:Therefore no Social Security, something your parents & grand-parents do depend on. No Medi-Care, something your parents & grand-parents do depend on. Ron Paul & the rest of the Republican party expects your local church,(1,000 points of light) to pick up the tab. Well, I see churches talking a good game, but, I don't see churches contributing to free clinics for the elderly, I do see they want the elderly to contribute those S.S. checks to the church though. No income tax: How do we pay for the military? We're knee deep in sand fleas both in Afghanistan & Iraq. What tax will Ron Paul put in place? A Flat Tax on who, for how much? A Flat Tax on Food, on Medicine, on Water. You all better be careful on what you wish for, because if you get it, YOU may be SORRY!!!

    January 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  74. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    To Scott from Missouri, Hazel, Ron Noe and the rest who think Clinton is the answer should consider this.

    She, most of the other Democrats and some Republicans are willing to allow 11-20 million illegals to stay in this country ahead of those legally waiting outside this country, includes allowing chain migration and an endless flow of guest workers. What does this mean for us? Lower wages, fewer jobs and a continued stagnant economy which will only get worse. Illegals and too many guest workers send their money back to their families, so it does not go in the earn and spend cycle that fuels our economy. Them and those other relatives, ALL would qualify for social security and other such benefits almost immediately or within 2 years.

    Some say that it would be inhumane or we should have compassion for them, why, they have already started out by breaking our laws when they entered this country illegally. What else are they willing to do to get what they want? Let me name some-they commit identity theft, kill, rape and rob us. Again, why should they not be held accountable for crimes they have already committed, and be required apply to come here just like everybody else has, and like the ones waiting their turn outside of this country?

    January 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  75. Gary

    Jack
    The first candidate that understands and admits what the problem is with the economy.It started when inflation ran away from earnings.
    Out sourcing of work and bossiness that provided the work,the trade in balance,wages that can"t provide a living.In porting scab
    labor,illegal undocumented immigrants that allows this country to compete with sweatshops around the world.In case the canadates.
    want to know where to start,i suggest sending the illegal immigrants back where they come from.
    I would go on to say that every lawmaker in Washington knows what the problem is.We as a nation can stand much more experence.
    And if you can't be part of the solution then your the problem.
    Gary

    January 11, 2008 at 4:42 pm |
  76. Brett

    All those anti-government ron paul people, need to realize that if they don't have government or the fed, we would be in unimaginable nightmare. Your free trade ideology is what is shipping jobs over seas and pushing up the profits of Halliburton and Exxon.

    What we need is a candidate of fiscal responsiblity, and one that will give the middle and lower class the help they will need during this recession. (Which cancels out you taxcuts-for-the-wealthy republicans). John Edwards is the most anti-free trade and big business in this campaign, but alot of his programs would require government spending. I believe Hillary (even with her big business support) will balance the budget, and give the much needed solution to the Mortage crisis.

    Hillary '08

    January 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  77. Gypsy

    Hillary Clinton–because she's smarter than all of the rest of the candidates put together and what she doesn't know know she can learn in a split second. She also cares about what happens and has the guts to do something. However, I see the Ron Paul people are at work here, so I doubt you'll get down to my lowly opinion.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  78. Chris

    It surprises me that there is only ONE presidential candidate talking real sense about our economy, and his name is Ron Paul. The other candidates may try, but to no avail. This administration has overused it's credit limit and we are all paying for the added costs-the biggest cost of them all would of course be with our lives overseas.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  79. Douglas

    Definately, a DEMOCRAT. I am supporting John Edwards because he is the candidate that speaks big change.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  80. DoAsISay

    Will the debt free, please stand up?! As one with NO debt, I would like to hear from politicians with no debt.

    (Give me more stuff) citizens can't say no to their children.
    (Give me more votes) politicians can't say no to the citizens.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:43 pm |
  81. Michael Hoggan

    Ron Paul of course.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  82. bob hilts

    none of that will matter if we have another 9/11 god forbid. they hate us dont think we can do alot to change that cant easly get rid of almost 2000 years of hate

    January 11, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  83. Jim

    Jack,

    The economy is the number one issue, but tied to that issue is the war in Iraq. We are spending billion in a war we should have never gotten into. Think of what we could have done with this money had we not followed Bush into this war. I’m taking health care for millions of Americans, new roads & bridges, new schools, and how about beefing up the security of our ports and boarders here at home. It is the economy, but getting our brave troops out of Iraq will help stop the bleeding (of our troops) and our economy.

    Jim
    West Hartford, CT

    January 11, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  84. Who

    The Repubs who cut taxes and spent or the Dems who can't even get a grip on illegal immigration? Anyone feel like crying?

    January 11, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  85. Kyle Stamper

    Ron Paul is the only Republican candidate willing to realistically address our crushing national debt. As a recent college graduate, I have been disgusted with the willingness of Washington to saddle my generation with the debt for our country's massive entitlement programs like welfare and social security. The math just doesn't work, and Ron Paul is the only candidate offering a way out.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:50 pm |
  86. Maggie

    If you are thinking Clinton will fix it, consider that we would then have 24 years of two families in the White House. If you are thinking Hillary getting elected means Bill will fix the economy, (and international affairs, the Iraq war, terrorism, immigration issues, etc) then Hillary is really just going to be First Lady again! This country needs someone new and not someone owing so much to special interest groups going into the Presidency.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  87. bnthdntht

    It would have been Biden or Dodd,but democrats are too smart for that so the next practical person would be Edwards. But that won't happen so it has to be Huckabee. He will pray us out of a recession.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  88. Allan Williams

    If Hillary is anything like President Clinton was economically she would be the best. With his advice she could probably turn around the entire deficit in 4 years even though it has taken George Bush less than eight to get us here from a decent surplus he started with I might add. I make much more now than eight years ago but have no more to show for it.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:55 pm |
  89. susan

    Let's face it – the economy is much too important to leave to someone who would be learning on the job. Mr. Obama has not proven his ability to run anything other than a household. I have been listening to Hillary Clinton's positions on issues for many years. She has a good head on her shoulders. Obama may as well – but he needs to prove himself first. He should do this as Vice President. Together they could make American history.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  90. Ed

    What's wrong with the economy? What goes up must come down. To change the nature of the economy, the booms, the busts and high interest rates Ron Paul is the guy. Even the bible says so. The bible says don't lend your money to usery and the system we have is usery on steroids. Honest money is the only way for a stable economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  91. Annie

    Jack,

    I'm afraid that candidate won't ever be out there. We need someone who can put themselves above human greed and power. Who has a vision of the global community we now find ourselves living in, and figure out our place in it. How do we rein it all in and start over again? It would be like reinventing what it's like to be human. John Edwards and Mike Huckabee have each shown little bits of that humanity, but neither have enough money to be heard.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  92. Tony

    Jack..Jack...just follow the same procedure of hiring a succesfully qualified track record individual. One of them ALREADY turned a huge deficit into a 2 trillion SURPLUS! I wonder which one has that track record?!! Pick another arrogant moron and whatch every stupid COSTLY mistake we'll regret...AGAIN!!!

    January 11, 2008 at 5:13 pm |
  93. Mara Riekstins

    My money (what's left of it) is on Hillary. I'm also sorry that I live in New York and Rich Kaminsky lives in McKinney Texas because I would love to buy him a beer for his very funny Ron Paul comment.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:14 pm |
  94. Raymond

    The only qualified candidate is the candidate who actually acknowledges that we have inflation and are in a recession. He is well versed on Economics and isn't bought-and-paid for by the special interest groups so he do what he is supposed to do – look out for US, not big business. That candidate is Dr. Ron Paul. I only hope the American people wake up in time to realize this before we have another Great Depression.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:15 pm |
  95. Steve S.

    Jack,

    The American are beginning to realize how much of a yoke the Federal Reserve system of Central Banks who have enslaved America in debt and fluctuating interest rates so they can manipulate the markets.

    This in turn breeds a "he who dies with the most toys, wins" mentality, which has eroded the moral fiber of our God trusting country.

    Ron Paul, can break that yoke.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  96. Ken KS

    Going back to 1981, Reaganomics, Bush Senior's VooDoo Economics, Clinton's fixing things inspite of a hostile Congress, let's not forget the surplus he handed over to the current idiot, and the Current Idiot who has made Reagan and Bush I look like Goldwater conservatives: in essence, the Democrats seem to be the best bet. However, the first thing a Democratic President will do is open the borders for Corporate America and the Open Borders Lobby and give all of the 12 to 20 million illegals amnesty. How will that help Middle Class America? We appear doomed. Pogo said it best, "We have met the enemy and he is us."

    Jack, would you light a fire under Lou Dobbs to announce his bid for president?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:18 pm |
  97. Donna in ID

    I really don't see anyone on either ticket that I feel is an all around "can do".
    No one seems to want to address how they plan to pay for this fiasco in the middle east and pay back all the money other have loaned to bail us out. some place down the line most everyone's taxes are going to to go up. Start with the top because the tax breaks haven't trickled down, they all went out of the country. That is why we are in such a mess even though no one wants to admit this country is in trouble. Time to toughen up and tighten the belt since I see no relief in sight for the average person.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  98. omar

    Mr. Obama is the perfect person to handle the economy. Only someone that knows what the middle class is going through can help us. Hilliary is a well orchestrated person who is now singing another tune because she lost in Iowa. Obama came up struggling like most of us. He is the only one willing to face the difficult issues.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:19 pm |
  99. Linda

    Jack, I started out not knowing who to vote for, after listening to Hillary and the other canidates in the debates, my husband and I believe she is the only one who can fix our economy. She is extremly intelligent and has what it takes to make the changes our world so desperately needs. Edwards would be my second choice, and then Huckabee. Linda from West Virginia

    January 11, 2008 at 5:20 pm |
  100. gary schumacher

    Jack,
    The candidate that will do best job with the issues they will face, is the one who does NOT want to be the smartest guy in the room. Tell me you want to be the best manager and motivator of people, and agree to surround yourself with the sharpest minds that can produce the best ideas and solutions that make the most sense.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  101. Rich

    Jack where have you been. Doesn't Dr. Ron Paul have the cure for the economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:21 pm |
  102. Luke

    Any candidate who is serious abaout balencing the budget and paying off our national debt has my attention. While i'm no fan of the current President, Democrats who want to increase government spending arn't looking that attractive either. Will a real President please jump into the race. God help us all.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  103. Dave Corbin

    If Hillary was so smart she would have fixed healthcare when her Husband was in the White House. If you read Obama's book, you will understand why he is the smartest candidate by far. A leader needs to be smart enough to read and understand the issues thoroughly unlike the guy we have in there now. It is also important to hire and inspire the right staff to implement your vision.

    Dave

    January 11, 2008 at 5:23 pm |
  104. Sheryl

    The ideas of Ron paul regarding economics are aligned closely with that of the noble peace prize economist, Milton Friedman. "Milton Friedman's views of monetary policy, taxation, privatization and deregulation informed the policy of governments around the globe, especially the administrations of Ronald Reagan in the U.S., Brian Mulroney in Canada, and Margaret Thatcher in Britain." – Wikipedia

    I believe that Ron Paul has the most knowledge regarding the economy amongst the presidential candidates and seeks to understand the CORE problem and not just a quick solution.

    For all the obama and hillary comments : Change to change change of change change is change for change

    January 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  105. Troy

    Jack,

    People have been warning us about a central bank since the times of George Washington. Andrew Jackson Got rid of the last one. The Federal Reserve is 90% to blame for our economy today. The FED MUST be destroyed. Only 1 is talking about this, Ron Paul. 1913 – 2009, 96 years is long enough for these bankers to play Monopoly.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  106. Douglas

    Jack,

    I would have to say I trust John Edwards most to take on the economic crisis coming our way. He is the only candidate willing to fight for the kind of drastic changes we need and he will take on the big businesses to make things right.

    Doug

    January 11, 2008 at 5:24 pm |
  107. California voter

    I would trust a Democrat, I would trust someone with experience, I would trust someone that has a plan and who can work with the Congress. Nothing gets done, repeat nothing gets done without congressional support. Therefore, I would trust Clinton to deal with the problems in our economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  108. Ron

    If the economy is the the only question then its Ron Paul. If the real question is " Who do I trust to be president?" the answer is Fred Thompson.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:26 pm |
  109. ecovortex

    America is for sale $, to the lowest bidder on foreign soil! P.S people...Debt is virtually the only way we know how to live! In fact it's encouraged by our govenment. Spend, Spend, Spend...and by all means, lower the bank rate so Americans can spend more money that they just don't have! I am an avid Hillary Clinton supporter, but I am not sure that any candidate can stop the downward spiral into the depths of this ugly economic abyss. One candidate, let alone one person, is not our economic savior. Honestly, the buck stops with you and me. If we want to stop our limping economy from loosing it's last leg, then we tighten our belts and stop feeding the glutten. Let the economy fall where it may, it belongs there anyway. Our next president may be holding the auction gavel proclaiming, "Going once, going twice...SOLD."

    January 11, 2008 at 5:27 pm |
  110. Brad

    Hello Jack,
    I honestly think that most of the Republicans displayed very childish behaviors on the stage last night. The economy would be better off with someone who does not laugh at others on the stage and have someone who acts like an adult. As a young voter we all know Ron Paul is hated by all of the Republicans on stage, however I believe he has a very exact plan and even though is lagging in the polls, his presence may even lure a change in some of the Republican Canidates. They all need to present themselves as adults on issues of the economy or foreign policy otherwise Obama here we come.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:28 pm |
  111. MOLLY kELLY

    They say we are suppose to keep spending money to ward off a recession yet Americans last year spent more than we earned. I'm not an economist but where is the common sense in the world. I want the surplus of the Clinton years.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:30 pm |
  112. James

    Ron Paul truly sounds like he gets it. But what do I know? I'm just an Independant from Florida and my vote is a mere afterthought, but it still counts!

    January 11, 2008 at 5:31 pm |
  113. Brian

    I don't think any candidate can help the economy. We've all heard that consumer spending account for much of the economic health. However the consumers are all spent out and have no one to blame but themselves for most of their problems. The government didn't force millions of people to sign the terrible ARM loans on their homes. It's not the government problem consumers have 10's of thousands of dollars on credit cards. Even if we pull out of Iraq, oil is not going to go down. We can't control the weather and other natural disasters that cause food and other goods to rise in cost.

    People may be hoping for a bailout but its not going to happen. More jobs are not going to be created when spending is down. Consumers are going to have become more financially responsible and save their pennies before things get better.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:32 pm |
  114. David, Tampa

    Jack,

    I do not trust any canidate from either major party to do anything but inflict more pain and suffering upon the vast majority of the American people. They will continue retro policies that have been tried in the past and maybe had some positive effect for avery limited peroid of time and then tanked. If the Dems are the tax and spend party, the Reps are the dont tax but spend even more. The result is an ever increasing burden on this and future generations for decades if not centuries to come. All in the name of reelect me and keep my party in power. I'm tired of the lot of them. It is vote for the lesser of 2 evils or the eviler of 2 lessers take your pick.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:34 pm |
  115. Julia Hamilton

    I don't know if I trust anybody. My middle school and high school years were the glory days! My generation had not known war or a bad economy. It seemed to everyone that the American dream was alive and well. Unfortunately, when I went to college everything changed. The world that was so optimistic while I was growing up was crumbling in front of me; all of the while I'm studying for a job that might not even be available when I get done. I thought the whole point of getting the democratic majority was supposed to bring change and stability to our nation, but now there are predictions of recession? I don't know if anybody can turn this corrupt nation around. Maybe instead of obsessing over the idiocracies of Lindsey Lohan and Brittany Spears we should really be obsessing about getting this country back on track and looking at the future and I'm not sure that I believe in anybody after all that has happened. Can we rebuild this nation and take it back to where the successful man was one that worked hard and had high hopes instead of the one that wheels and deals? Obama, Clinton, Edwards, McCain, Romney, Huckabee, whoever....are you up to the challenge because I have too many college loans hanging over my head for there to be a bad economy?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  116. marsha s

    Ron Paul knows more about economics than all the other cadidates combined. Not only that – he also has the most integrity of the lot of them. He can be trusted to take the actions necessary to protect the American economy. It sickens me to see the other candidates resort to mocking laughter when Dr. Paul tries to explain things like the cause and nature of inflation. This is serious stuff worthy of our attention. We have overspent and borrowed for too long and we now have debts we will never likely "catch up on." No one should be laughing as the value of the dollar falls and other nations and entities dump their dollars in favor of other currencies. We've dug ourselves in deep and the other candidates seem to want to keep on digging. With Ron Paul's guidance we can begin to climb out of this hole.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  117. steve, Ca

    The congress needs to fix the issue you ask, not the president. They can start by cutting off themselves and then sending the current president little or nothing for his problemic spending.The future president should have a easier time of it at that point.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  118. Cat, Costa Mesa, CA

    Im going to go against the "Ron Paul" grain and say Mit Romney. He is the only non-career politician who has spend considerable time in the private sector. Look at his accomplishments, turning around the failing olympics and actually coming out with a $100 million profit, saving companies like Staples, Sports Authoriy and Dominos Pizza through his venture capitalist firm, and fixing the Mass budget!

    He has the best record of turn around and proves he knows a little bit about making money!

    January 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  119. Dave S.

    The answer is clearly Ron Paul. The other bozos on both sides of the isles couldn't even balance their own check books. Can someone in the media (or anywhere!) please tell me how over 95% of the people who are posting comments on this blog also choose Dr. Paul, but the media, debate moderators and the GENERAL PUBLIC choose to ignore this genuine genius? WAKE UP AMERICA. Or, would you rather learn how to speak Mandarin?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:35 pm |
  120. Connie

    Our country is in such a sad, sad time. I am a 50 year old woman and have never felt such despair about our country. Maybe Obama can restore what America truly should be. It is a shame to think of the homeless, poor, and the middle class suffering in what is supposed to be " the greatest country on earth". I am so tired of over 7 years of such lies and being actually embarressed by my president every time he opens his mouth. I wouldn't want him teaching a 3rd grader, let alone running our country.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:36 pm |
  121. Stephen

    If we look to the canidates past records it would be a cross between Mit Romney and Mike Huckabee. They both have a good record with economics. These two men are the only canidates I feel that really have the experance to be President.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:37 pm |
  122. Melissa Bliss

    How is it the media has ignored the larger issue of the DNC stripping Michigan of its delegates toward nominating the next President of the USA? The real question is; what gives the DNC the right to disinfranchise an entire state from the nominating process-is this even legal? I understand the DNC wanted to punish the legislature in Michigan for moving the primary to Jan. without permission, but really it just gives strength to the argument for not voting because it won't count anyway! Considering that Barack Obama and John Edwards both removed their names from the primarys in Michigan, the DNC had best hope neither are the nominee, as I bellieve there will be serioius backlash from the people of Michigan who have just been told their votes don't count!

    January 11, 2008 at 5:38 pm |
  123. Larry

    Clinton will be the best candidate . She has a good head on her shoulders.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:39 pm |
  124. Ben Johnson

    Jack, if you compare some of the relevant statistics on our government and the US economy to other countries, our treasury bonds would not be rated AAA if the same standards were used. However, in reality I think they should be rated AAA since the government can always borrow and print more money (as Ron Paul is glad to remind us) to pay off our debts. Ron Paul is the only candidate that has demonstrated a real understanding of the root economic problems. Being the only candidate that really understands (or at least states publicly) what the problems are, I feel he is the only one that can fix them, if that is at all possible now.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  125. Charles

    The next president must have three priorities in terms of the economy: fiscal discipline on government spending, maintaining low but not insanely low taxes, and investing in future technologies such as renewable energies sources and information technologies. Only John McCain has presented a clear and articulate vision for American prosperity.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:44 pm |
  126. Darrell Decker

    I support Edwards, he is the only candidate talking about the real issue with the economy......corporate greed, lobbyist and money in politics. As long as the wealthy are able to buy a candidate to make policy to advance their own self interest, the rest of us will suffer. You have to ask yourself, why would a candidate spend $500 million to get a job that pays $400k ? To make policies that will line their own pockets and those of their inner circle. Or as W called them, HIS BASE the haves and the have mores.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  127. Michael, central Iowa

    That's easy. The one with the least amount of political payback debt. Lobbyists, Endorsements, etc.. That leaves two choices; John Edwards or Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:45 pm |
  128. diane

    John:

    I think all of the candidates except one are saying the same thing and offering the same explanantions wrapped in different packages with a tag signed "change." However, Dr. Ron Paul has a sound understanding of economics, and I truly believe what he is saying. All of these other guys have "changed" positions so much I'm suprised they know what their proposing. If you look at Dr. Paul's record he has remained consistent throughout the years and has stood firm in his beliefs. The others will tell the American people whatever they want to hear just to get elected. You have to look at their past and not only what they are telling you right now.

    -Diane

    January 11, 2008 at 5:46 pm |
  129. Marc

    I really don't know to be honest. We already know what the Republicans are known for, and look what it got us. It would have been really nice to hear what a Democrat would say, but wait a minute... They're not campaigning in Michigan. I guess a state with an overwhelming economical problem means nothing to them while Republicans are suddenly talioring their campaigns to Michigan because someone just told them that it has real problems. The rest of the country are experiencing what we have for years. Tell me something, when the campaign is over, how many pinks are the cadidates shelling out?

    Marc
    Detroit

    January 11, 2008 at 5:47 pm |
  130. Mike

    This country is DOOMED!! Anyone who thinks things will "change" with a new administration is only fooling themself. Short of a revolution, things are going to get a lot worse before they get any better.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:48 pm |
  131. diana

    We have heard change, change, change and that is great however we still have the same old Washington with the same old Senators and Congress and we need some new and fresh blood there to see that this country is in bad shape, we need to bring jobs back to America and stop the flood of bad merchandise from China, we need a President that will take America back to the way it was before Bush took office, health care needs to be universal and doctors, hospital and drug companies and insurance should be regulated by the government and made sure they are not charging prices that are too high, medicade should be checked and double checked before a bill is paid to make sure they are paying the correct price not just pay and give a I don't care it';s the taxpayers money. It is time that our governmment took care of our money and hopefully we will have a President that cares. I like Clinton and we saw what her husband did and I believe she will do the same. We need change.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  132. G. Beckett

    Jack, the answer is Ron Paul. Anyone watching this circus you folks are calling an election from the outside could tell you that. As an outside observer I am almost completely conviced no other candiate even knows what "money supply" or "fiat currency" are. The dems want to spend all your money on social programs and the GOP wants to use it all running the rest of the world. Dr. Paul seems like the only one with the "you know what" to tell the country that you don't have any money. Well, except what the Chinese are WILLING to loan you.
    Good Luck America

    January 11, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  133. Ryan

    The only candidate I trust with the economy is the one who provides the simplest and best solution. Don't spend more money than we have. That message comes from Ron Paul.

    I don't see why the other candidates, Republican and especially Democratic, can't understand this. I think I learned this rule the first time I understood the concept of money.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  134. Frank

    Economy sense and Ron Paul go hand in hand–he is the only one that is saying that the economy is the most important issue, and his policies scream "change" in the White House... so while Obama, Clinton, McCain and so many others keep chanting "change, change", the most important question you could ask them is "How do we change...", and while the rest of the candidates grow quiet, Ron Paul speaks up and says, "By returning to the Founding Fathers' ideas of economy, changing our foreign policy, doing away with all the handouts to other nations and our own citizens, and getting rid of all the socialist programs that plague our nation." What better platform can you run on, and who else would be able to show you that he or she has voted that way the ENTIRE time he or she has been in office? Report that!

    January 11, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  135. Frank

    How is Bush/Clinton/Bush/Clinton going to be a "change"?

    January 11, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  136. Chris/California

    No one person can address all of the serious issues facing the next president. We have looming economic problems, terrorism, Irag, oil, health care, education....well you get the idea. Therefore our next president must be someone who can surround themselves with advisors and cabinet members who can work with the next president to find suitable, workable solutions to these problems. I'm 61 years old and saddened and disgusted by what this current administration has done to this great nation and we need serious change NOW!! I believe Obama is the man to do it.

    January 11, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  137. Troop 398

    Free Training If You Lose Your Job From Increased Imports
    Ever notice how so many products have gotten less expensive over the last ten years? Shirts that once cost $30 are now sold for $15. Televisions and VCRs – not to mention computers – have never been cheaper. Almost everything we now buy in the U.S. is being made overseas. If you lost your job because of imports, you can get help looking for a new job, or get paid to get more training. The Trade Adjustment Assistance program will help you learn more marketable job skills, so you can move to greener employment pastures. You can receive up to 104 weeks of on-the-job and classroom training; you can receive 52 weeks of benefits after your unemployment expires if you are part of a job training program; you can receive $800 to travel for job hunting purposes, $800 to relocate for a job, and transportation expenses to job training programs. For more information, contact your local employment services office in the blue pages of your phone book, or Office of Trade Adjustment Assistance, Employment and Training Assistance, U.S. Department of Labor, Room C4318, 200 Constitution Ave., NW, Washington, DC 20210; 202-219-5555; {http://www.doleta.gov/}. For a listing of state contacts, see the list located after the next item.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:00 pm |
  138. Lee

    Just because Mr. Bloomberg is a successful business man and understands how to efficiently run a company does not make him or any other candidate qualified to run the federal government or be president. In order to strengthen and save the economy, you need someone with exception knowledge and understanding of macro-economics and sound monetary policy. Ron Paul is the only candidate who understands this well enough to right the ship.

    If the Federal Government would stop deficit spending RIGHT NOW, the benefits would be nearly instantaneous since the constant dilution and inflation would be caused by merely economic conditions and not the artificial manipulation of the federal government and their overspending.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  139. Terry D

    Jack,

    I think it woud be John Edwards. Senator Clinton has far to many obligations to special inerest groups. And I think Edwards has a clear handle on the issues that the American people. McCain is in La La Land, and up to his neck in obligations like Hillary.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  140. George

    These candidates don't seem very well versed in economics, Jack. You have Republicans and Democrats keeping it simple with their "lower taxes to stimulate the economy" and "higher taxes but better management [of money]" rhetoric respectively. And then you have Ron Paul, who's actually questioning monetary policy, and the candidates scoff at him. I think they're embarrassed. Additionally, how do they plan on paying for what they claim they're going to do? Every household in America already owes $400,000 for Social Security and Medicare entitlements alone. I think Ron Paul is on to something.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  141. Jackson

    I would say John McCain, even though by his own admission he doesn't know as much about the economy as he does national security. He is the only person who still cares about cutting spending (except Ron Paul) as much as granting tax cuts. I doubt that nationalizing healthcare at this point would be a good idea. I don't know that we've got the money for it. We need to start saving and stop spending if we want to pay off the country's mortgage to China.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  142. James Richard

    Ron Paul. He's the only one educated on the issue. His answers at the debates are real solutions, and more than just "Yeah, something needs to be done about that". But it seems Americans are too damn lazy to pay attention to words that make sense, so they settle for don't-say-a-thing generalities that Obama continues to spew out. Ron Paul is highly educated in economics, knows what we're doing and where we're going, and knows exactly how to get us out of this mess.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:05 pm |
  143. Gino

    As far as I am concerned, there is not ONE candidate for the presidency who will be able to deal with the economic situation we presently have, not one! One person can't solve such a problem, but hopefully we will have one candidate who will be able to get a panel of people who can put their grey matter together and find a way to get our country out of the mess we are in!
    As voters we need to clean house, or should I say all those people in Washington who think about themselves and not about America as a whole... how about asking Mr. Lou Dobbs who he thinks would be good people to serve on a panel with a President who will listen, whoever that person will be?

    January 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  144. Joe

    No doubt about it: MITT ROMNEY.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  145. Jim Jensen

    I'll give you two. On the Democratic side I think Hillary Clinton would do the best job handling the economy. On the Republican side I think John McCain would do the best job. One is a little left of center and one is a little right of center and I could live comfortably with either of them, although McCain is a little too conservative for me personally. The thing is we need to stick close to center and not bang off the walls extreme right or extreme left. The country just can’t stand another President who is ultra one way or the other. Obama is too ultra liberal, among other things, to really help the country and Republicans like Romney, Thompson and Huckabee, although Huckabee is a very fine gentleman, are too conservative to really help the country.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:06 pm |
  146. Corey

    Ron Paul. By this point, no further explanation is needed.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  147. Peter

    Mitt Romney. Half his life all he's done is help companies such as Staples and Dominos get out of financial trouble. So maybe we can let him be the U.S treasurer. Because he surely won't win the presidency.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:07 pm |
  148. Joanna Lema

    RON PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! WAKE UP PEOPLE!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:08 pm |
  149. Jen

    Hi Jack, I first want to thank you for being fair and unbiased throughout the election process. I strongly believe that RON PAUL is the ONLY candidate capable of dealing with the economic issues plaguing this country. Paul has demonstrated his knowledge on global economics in every debate, his ideas of smaller government spendings and his plans to enforce a just monetary system are the only possible means to get this country back on track. Our country is going bankrupt and Paul is our only hope.

    -Jen
    Bushkill, PA

    January 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  150. Dana

    Jack, Two words, Ron Paul . Even though Ron Paul is not doing well in the poll's. He is the only Candidate that seems to understand and wants to change the economy. IF he could get the nomination then I would votefor him, but it doesn't look well. From all of the debates it appears he is the only one really talking about what his plans for our future maybe, he speaks the truth even when people don't want to hear the truth.
    Dana in Florida

    January 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  151. David

    RON PAUL!!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  152. Kristi

    Uh, do I need to say anything other than Ron Paul?

    January 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  153. LCB

    Hillary, hands down. It's the economy stupid...not empty promises of "change".

    January 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  154. tammy

    Who do i trust? well that's easy. RON PAUL. Did you hear him last night in the debate? Clearly he's the only candidate who understands what this war is costing us and how to save social security, and fix this economy in the long term!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  155. Liz V

    I think Hillary Clinton should be president. She can handle anything!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  156. Lisa

    Ron Paul!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  157. Jay

    It is Economy Stupid !!
    It is Hillary Stupid !!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  158. teddy blankenship

    obama, clinton is basically a republican in a democrat suit. She talks a lot of confusing talk but obama is by far the most reliable person to trust with our economy. I believe he will do what he says and not just talk his way into office like i think billary will do

    January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  159. Ward

    Hillary because Obama has never told us what he would do.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  160. Jeff Johnson

    Who do you think... The only one who really adresses the issue and explains HOW he will fix the economy... Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  161. Noelle Keyser

    The answer is obvious: Ron Paul. His economic policies are sound. We need to halt inflation and stop the de-valuation of our dollar. Only then can we bring the rest of our economic problems under control.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  162. Ryan

    John Edwards. Just having John still going strong in these races shows he's a strong enough canidate to be president. He's fighting against corporations with literally billions of dollars and hasn't even flinched. He's fighting the good fight, one that we all should be doing. He will fight for the middle class and the economy,

    January 11, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  163. Aaron

    The only candidate with the honesty to attack the flagging economic situation and devalued dollar is Ron Paul, but what people expect from a candidate and who they actually vote for are completely disconnected. Voters want to be lied to, and that's usually how we end up in these situations to begin with.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  164. Brian

    Jack,
    The only candidate that has a REAL plan for the economy is Ron Paul. People need to get their heads out of their ass and take a serious look at what Ron Paul has to say.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  165. Jewman

    ron paul, as a canadian, i am baffled that everyone in your country hasn't voted for ron paul,,,,he is your countrys only INTELLIGENT person running for president who can fix the economy,,,because he will CUT spending and take care of america!!

    wake up america!! vote for ron paul!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  166. Patrick Maley

    Well Jack, which candidate has consistently talked about his position on monetary policy? Which candidate has debate after debate attempted to bring economics into the discussion? And which candidate is explaining to the other candidates what inflation and printing money entails? Simply stated, Ron Paul has been the only consistent candidate which whom his record backs his statements and knowledge.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  167. Luke

    The only candidate that is even remotely willing to alienate voters and come up with real solutions to tough questions is Ron Paul. Everyone else skirts the issue or makes promises that are a far cry from reality. Ron Paul may be stumping some drastic measures but these are the type of things that need to happen if we are to stop the economic skid that is threatening our country.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  168. Josh Amato

    Ron Paul. He's the only candidate who takes our economy seriously and wants to address the real problems we're facing. The other candidates are just stuffing useless rhetoric down our throats to pick up supporters.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  169. Luke Hansen

    Is that a serious question? Ron Paul is the only candidate who understands economics.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  170. cathleen hamza

    ONLY Ron Paul!! he's the only one that is willing to admit there is a problem with our economy and the only one with the only solution to get us out of trouble... he doesnt promise that its gonna be easy and not hurt us. He is the only HONEST one, unafraid of telling us the truth! We can handle the truth.... just put it out there!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  171. Dayna

    There is not one candidate, that I can see, has the ability to accomplish a single thing.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  172. Keith

    Jack, i see alot of people are saying RON PAUL and they are RIGHT ON!!! please cover ron paul more and show the world how great of a man he is, and how much he really cares for our country. they rest of the canidates of a bunch of PHOOEY! i do like OBAMA though.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  173. Bob Labla

    The ONLY candidate that seems to get it is Ron Paul. No one else seems to get it. Fiscal responsibility is on the mind of 1 candidate and 1 only. Ron Paul. The economy is spiraling out of control. We need to stop the bleeding and I think Ron Paul is the only one who can do it.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  174. DeEtt

    Obama, he has known what it is like to struggle, he has known success, he has been tempted by the big guys and he has worked for the truly deprived. Perspective is what we need and what he has.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  175. B J. White

    I think Barak Obama is the candidate to take care of the Economy.
    B.J White
    South Carolina

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  176. Ken

    After watching the voodoo economic policies of the Republicans from Reagan to now, I would have to say that nobody in that failed policy (which doesn't believe in government) should be allowed to even discuss our economy. I believe that John Edwards has the right message for what ails the middle class citizens.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  177. Denise

    John Edwards. If everyone would stop looking at the horserace and start listening to what John Edwards has to say they would realize he is candidate this country need. Like Bennifer, Hillbama mania will die out.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  178. John

    Ron Paul

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  179. Brian

    I trust Ron Paul with the economy. He has been educated in the subject and tells us the cold hard truth that our out-of-control spending has caused us to go into high debts, and even start asking China for money. Cutting back on our foreign policing and bringing troops home from nearly every country in the world will be enough to cut the deficit by at least a trillion dollars.

    -Brian L
    Cypress, California

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  180. Mike Costantini

    Jack, isn't it obvious? Ron Paul is the only candidate who vows to address the economy at its source – the private bankers who control the Federal Reserve. It's really as simple as that. Our dollars are based on nothing and the Fed just prints them up and sells them to our government at interest. It's insanity. Ron Paul, all the way.
    Mike Costantini
    Las Vegas, NV

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  181. Dale Patterson

    Fred Thompson period. He is the only canidate at present who has provided a realistic acessment of the the social security quagmire and seems determined to actively address this issue for the future benefit of the country.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  182. Lavenia

    Jack:
    Senator Hillary Clinton is the candidate I trust about the economy. She will take action about it; with Hillary Clinton it isn't just rhetoric, it's action.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  183. carey

    I feel Romney will help us the most with our economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  184. Melody

    Well the candidate that speaks most for the middle class and ready to fight for them is John Edwards; unfortunately, he is not going to be the next president which leads me to think maybe Obama could do the job. I can't see Hillary making any real changes and the republicans, with the exception of Hucklebee, only seem to want to keep the rich richer.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  185. Michael Wise

    RON PAUL! GOLD STANDARD! NO MORE PRIVATE PROFITEERING "FEDERAL" RESERVE. WAKE UP AMERICA, LOOK INTO THE VOTER FRAUD OF NH PRIMARIES. RON PAUL IS NOW AT 15% OF THE VOTE.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  186. Patrick White

    Ron Paul Stupid! Jack just mentiond that no candiate is willing to talk about Cutting benefits or raising taxes. Well Ron Paul has stated that its not our governments job to support us from Cratle to Grave, and he has talked about scraping medicare and fasing out Social Security. I sadly belive that hes one of the fiew canidates on the stage that can actually fix the economy, and not just talk about it.

    Pat-Yuma AZ

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  187. Nate

    The only one who speaks about government debt, the monetary system and the coming crisis is Ron Paul. The reason is that he is the only one who knows anything about it. So to answer the question – Ron Paul is the only one I trust with the economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  188. Sushant

    This slow bleeding needs to stop. This export of jobs and import of cheaper goods.

    You need a democrat in White House and I think the person needs to be pragmatic and visionary bringing the prosperity back and keep the hope alive. I believe that person is HRC.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  189. Nojus

    Ron Paul seems to be the only candidate that knows anything about economy. Apparently McCain thinks we should implement Sharia law and have 0% interest rates.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  190. MikeDonner

    Jack...Are you really asking us to trust our money to a politition or a government hack?...I trust my money in my pocket

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  191. Ken

    Ron Paul

    He is the obvious and only choice to deal with getting busy fixing the problems he's been chastising the Congress and Federal Reserve Chairmen about, which they created, for many years now.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  192. Erik

    This is where experience does count. Hillary Clinton and John McCain are by far the 2 candidates that Americans can trust most to bring the economy back to healthy expansion. I am a lifelong Democrat and have never once voted Republican but, if it were Obama vs. McCain, I'd have to go with McCain.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  193. Jennifer

    The one candidate who has been talking all along about the inevitable consequences of our unsound and unstable fiscal policies, namely Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  194. Joshua

    Definitely Ron Paul. He doesn't believe it's the government's job to manage everything. With the goverment out of our lives, we'll be happier, and the government will save money.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  195. Carole

    Only one candidate has been consistently warning us of the economy and the meltdown of the dollar. He has studied Austrian economics for thirty years and has a firm grasp of monetary policy, foreign policy, and the economy as it all correlate. That would be Congressman Ron Paul of Texas. People should be listening to him.

    Thank you

    Carole Marcum
    Huntington, W .Va.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  196. Candice

    Hillary Clinton is clearly the candidate for the job. Bill righted the economy and corrected the deficit in the ninties. Hillary can do it too. It takes a Clinton to fix a Bush economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  197. Larry Shannon

    None of them. None of them are telling the truth. None of them are being honest.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  198. Renee Hebert

    The best candidate is the one who has been warning us for decades that the trade deficit would cause this disaster to happen and also knows the way to fix it because he has watched the process for so long.
    Duncan Hunter is the REAL expert and if he does not win, then pray to God that he gets picked as VP.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  199. john

    Well Jack..I know I'm Voting Dem come Election Day! America can't survive another Republican. Who would I pick as far as Economy?....EDWARDS! Hillary Clinton is too much the Ol' school, Obama has ideas..but he hasn't made them quite clear yet. Edwards talks about the Average American,Unions, and people who are actually hurting financially.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  200. Thomas Powers

    What do you mean, which candidate? Ron Paul!!!! He's the only candidate that understands enough about economics to restore America to herself. Instead of asking, "which candidate", maybe you should ask, "Why aren't you people voting for Ron Paul?"

    Napoleon, OH

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  201. Rebekah

    The middle class have been getting the "beat-down" ever since Bush came into power. It's become so bad that it looks like an Ali smack down. Barak Obama continues to promise change, but Clinton is the only person who can deliver. I wouldn't trust another man with the economy, especially when they're the ones who put it in jeapordy in the first place.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  202. GW

    Rudy Giuliani transformed New York City's economy with fiscal discpline, welfare to work and reinvirograting business.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  203. Tim

    Why of course, it is Ron Paul by a landslide.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  204. Jesse McMaster

    Ron Paul is the only candidate giving an actual answer to any issue in a sea of candidates glossing over issues with rhetoric and religion on both sides. Why is the republican party scared of him. He gets lashed for having a different point of view, but the other candidates are picking up his economic ideas one at a time. They know he has the answers, so they keep him off TV and laugh at him when he IS allowed on the debates to make him seem like an unpatriotic, lunatic idealist. I am a former Marine and conservative and true republican,( not a neocon, that I like to call Democons) with one tour in Iraq under my belt and I am pissed off that the issues ARE NOT being talked about on the air, only who has the lead and predicting who will win! I am sending this email to FoxNews as well, and we will see which one gets put on air.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  205. Travis/Omaha

    Easy answer. The candidate talking about the inflation, monetary policy, dollar value, and fiscal spending. That candidate also is the one that gets giggles from the others when speaking about such matters. Ron Paul is your answer.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  206. Stephen

    That's simple. The only candidate who understands the effects of a flawed monetary policy. The only candidate who has been talking about this problem for years. The only candidate who brings it up in every single debate he was allowed to attend – whether the people want top hear it or not. Congressman Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  207. kristy

    John Edwards. He know from where he came and knows not to spend money he doesn't have.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  208. Danny Campbell

    In my opinion, the candidate best equipped to handle the economy is Hillary Clinton. She's smart, she's clearly a problem solver and the Clinton administration is on the one in many decades with the record of reducing the deficit while increasing jobs and the economy.

    It's the single most important issue to me - and the sole reason I resist the media's apparent bias towards the woman.

    Finally, I hope she wins and chooses Obama as a running mate, as his ability to mobilize the country will be key to actually getting her proposals through Congress.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  209. Sebastian

    The answer is obvious-Mitt Romney. He has an MBA from Harvard and has been the CEO of an extremely successful company. Voters need to realize he is the most qualified person to deal with the economy. None of the other candidates comes close. I have no trust in any of the Democrats, or liberal Republicans like Huckabee, who have no business experience whatsoever and who live in some fairly tale land where higher taxes and more government spending supposedly will lead to a stronger economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  210. Jacques

    Ron Paul! Ron Paul! Ron Paul

    RON PAUL is the ONLY candidate who understands what is happening in the economy!

    RON PAUL is the ONLY candidate who keeps talking about this in public debates and on television!

    Youtube Ron Paul and see how he is talking about fundamental changes in the economy.

    Ron Paul for president.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  211. low taylofr

    John Edwards of course. He's he only candidate who gives a damn about people who are losing their jobs, losing their health care. Since he's not beholden to special interests, he can stand fof what he really believes. He's my guy!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  212. Tyler N

    The answer is less about a particular candidate, or even a party, and more about the necessity for a drastic change. This country is quickly falling into the hands of corporations who are more than happy to continue to push the American people down as their profits soar. Why we allow corporations like Exxon Mobile to make record profits in the range of $40 billion dollars while American pay record prices at the pump, and more importantly, countless children go hungry in the streets, is beyond me. To all those candidates who believe that the answer is to turn the issue over to the private sector in the name of "small government," I ask why we should expect those corporations (especially creditors) who have spent years picking our pockets, to now turn around and aid us out of this coming recession!?

    Though I hate to co-opt the now politic rhetoric of both parties, the reality is: drastic change in this country is well overdue, and it is time for the American people to stand up and demand better from those who claim to be our "representatives" and "leaders."

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  213. Sue Berge

    Ron Paul is the most well-read and well-grounded in economics of all the presidential candidates. He, unlike the others, understands why we have the problems we do and how they are connected. If one does not understand the nature of a problem, one cannot begin to solve it. It will take time, but President Ron Paul will get this country back on its feet.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  214. David Aaron

    John Edwards.

    He will rollback the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest americans, he is the ONLY candidate promising to get us out of the quagmire in Iraq, and he will run the country with the best interests of the average American, and not the corporate special interests.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  215. Drenda

    In answer to your question which candidate could best handle the economy...
    The answer is pure & simple

    It's Hillary, stupid!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  216. Kurt

    Jack,
    I believe Alan Keyes has the best plan for our economy. Wait, Alan Keyes is running again? When will this guy quit?

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  217. Eric MItchell

    The only candidate I believe has a strong sense of what needs to be done to save, and i do mean save, our economy is Ron Paul. We need to severely limit the spending done by government by eliminating all the useless programs. I rue the day that the Democratic idea of universal health care comes because it is not an affordable plan for an already broke nation. Ron Paul knows what is going on which can not be said for any of the other candidates on either side.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  218. U.S. Marine

    Ron Paul, he was the only candidate last night on the debate to actually say that he believes that the economy is in a recession, and that housing is in a depression. He is the most conservative and fiscally responsible member of the House of Representatives, and it is proven by his voting record.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  219. Randy

    Barack Obama. We don't need hundreds of military bases all around the world and that would reduce government spending. We need to quit being the worlds bully and start taking more care of our own.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  220. Bryan in Iowa

    Jack,
    One candidate has been talking about the economy since the beginning of the race for the presidency, in fact, this candidate stated last night during Fox's debate our country is already in a recession. Who is this candidate, yes, you guessed it, Ron Paul. He has been marginalized by the mainstream media for his views on foreign policy, but few understand his approach to spreading our military around the world is directly linked to our ability to afford the empire built since WWII.

    Ron Paul is the one candidate who understands, and can articulate a way out of this mess without it being a total disaster for our country. Everyone talks about taxes, but no one talks about monetary policy relating to the falling dollar and higher inflation...except Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  221. Al

    Jack, the ONLY candidate who is truly against the establishment and reckless spending is the Libertarian candidate, Ron Paul. Unfortunately, the mainstream media hasn't called is campaign to the attention of the public so that people can compare his ideas on the economy to those of the rest of idiots running for office.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  222. joie A

    Dennis Kucinich is the peoples choice! May not be the medias choice! Dennis has Health care proposal With Conyers H.R. 676! universal healthcare for all non-profit and capping our insurance rates! He voted no on the Iraq War! He was once poor himself and with his siblings actually lived in their car when he was a boy! He knows how to budget and what it's like to share with a large family as his parents had to do! Why won't the media focus more on the Kucinich Campaign he is still running! He wouldn't have put our Country so far in Debt!!!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  223. Derrick

    I believe the war, the economy and immigration are all connected. Saying that, how can John McCain say he wants to cut spending yet agrees that we should keep financing this war? Doesn't make sense to me! I would say that Ron Paul understands how the economy works and he speaks the truth when it comes to why our economy is headed for a recession.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  224. Robert

    Mitt Romney is the ONLY candidate who has run companies, associations, governing bodies, and governments. He understands what a budget is and how to raise revenues while controlling expenses. And he knows the economic landscape–not just the US but the world–better than anyone else in the field, on either party. And, Romney knows how to form a dynamic, talented team around him. We need a conductor, not a soloist.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  225. Tony C

    The Economy is like an Engine...You don't boost it with tax increases. That will choke it. We need to quit meddling in foreign affairs (that alone would save us a mint) and get us out of debt. We need more tax breaks FOR EVERYBODY.
    That will give a nice boost to the economy and if the govt quits spending on
    UNNECCESSARY WARS we might even be able to balance the budget and
    have a strong economy. But are there cetain forces that don't want us to have
    a strong economy? We should look more into that....

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  226. Paul Nagy

    Only one candidate has surrounded themself with people who I believe really "get it" when it comes to economic issues.....that candidate is John McCain.
    Both Jack Kemp, an architect of the Reagan tax cuts and pro-growth policies (which Bill Clinton benefited from) and former Senator Phil Gramm. Now that is a team I would want to start to correct the policies of GW and the spend, spend, spend Congress.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  227. Linda Kaufman

    "It's the economy – stupid!" Who else but a Clinton could help us to rectify and undo all of the damage that a Bush administration has created?

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  228. Carolyn Thompson

    Hillary, by far......and on Foreign Policy. How can we NOT look at her experience? Whether directly involved publicy or not, I can't imagine this brilliant woman wasn't part of policy making and discussion during Bill Clinton's Presidency. She is the only one who understands and has experienced life in the White House– with all the ups and the downs. She can offer the 'change' and the 'hope' for the future because she has traveled the road and learning from history means you have to understand it first.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  229. Kevin Stech

    I believe Ron Paul is the only candidate that has the right ideas toward fixing our economy. First of all, end the Iraq war and spend all of that wasted funding at home - or just use it to pay down the deficit. Abolish the Federal Reserve and get back to sound money, and abolish the IRS so real Americans can spend their money as they see fit. Massive centralized government hasn't fixed too many of the projects it has undertaken. Ron Paul wants to let free market forces work their magic.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  230. Skip Slade

    Hey Jack, good question, the answer is clearly Ron Paul. He has already talked about how is going to cut spending, and that is by bringing our troops home.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  231. Sam Bryant

    The only canidate who has even demonstrated an understanding of econimc policy is Ron Paul. The problems we are facing today having been along time in the making, and for 20 years he has been warning people. He has real solutions and they are not higher taxes. We have to control inflation first of all! The Federal Reserve is responcible for inflation so the solution starts with them. Listen to his speach on the economy he understands the real problems.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  232. Melvin Harper

    Well for starter that takes care of all the Republican candidates.
    I am not real happy that any Democrat could either, however lets go back 10 years or so.
    What was the economy like, and who was President.
    his wife surely would use some of his same principles so
    my guess would be Hillary if anybody.
    Melvin

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  233. Jack Wade

    Ron Paul. He's the only who derives his conclusions from history books, the CIA, his own experiences, etc unlike the other candidates who seem to rely on the media and pop culture to forward their views. Just because the other Republican candidates believe in interventionism and an aggressive foreign policy does not mean they are following the true Republican platform.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  234. Bill MacDonald

    Mitt Romney is by far the most qualified to tackle our nation's economic problems. If he would stop wasting his time attacking John McCain and talking tough on border security, people might remember that he could clean up some of our nation's economic messes like he did with the Salt Lake City Olympics.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  235. Mike Crawford

    The answer is clear: Hillary Clinton is the best candidate to deal with the economy. No candidate has a better understanding of the economic woes facing working and middle class families. It's no wonder that exit polls showed that these groups went overwhelmingly for her in New Hampshire. Her new economic stimulus package is the type of leadership that is required to tackle this monumental probelm.

    What will Barack Obama do? HOPE that the economy gets better? You can't speech the economy back to life.

    Mike Crawford
    Missouri

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  236. Dave

    I am a registered Democrat, but it is very clear to me that Ron Paul is by far the only candidate from either side of the isle that seems to have a firm grasp of how this country’s economic problems come into existence and what is required to solve them. He is a breath of fresh air and speaks very clearly about the nuts and bolts of the issue rather than spouting off the empty fluff that we hear from all the others.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  237. jim

    The candidate you hate the most- Hilary. She has been there before and has seen how to fix a sick economy and make a surplus. Experience counts over
    "change".

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  238. Scott A

    Hillary. It'll be tough medicine for in terms of both taxes and expenditures, but like her husband, she'll get the job done and get the budget back in shape. Bottom line? Get real folks. This administration's debacles and wrong intentions *will* mean higher taxes along with less program bang for our buck. Anything else is pure fantasy!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  239. Tulio Tourinho

    Jack, is anyone listening to Ron Paul? If you want sound economic principles instead of empty rhetoric and demagody, people ought to start listening.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  240. vickie

    Mitt Romney is the one who can solve the economy problems. I knew nothing about the man until he came to Salt Lake City to take over the Olympics. The Olympic Committee had been holding planning meetings where they paid for lunch for those attending. Once Romney took over, he said, "We're still going to have the planning meetings, but if you're hungry, bring your own lunch." Several months before the Olympics, I boarded a flight from Salt Lake City to Boise, Idaho. It was flying Southwest Airlines because of the cheap fare. Guess who was on that fight, too? Mitt Romney. He could have been on a private jet, but when he went in to fix the problems, he started with him.

    As I have found out more about Romney, I have also been impressed with his strong morals.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  241. cathy Bliss

    Ron Paul. I am 52 years old and just became a republican so I could vote for Ron Paul in the California Primary. The founding Fathers did a great job with the constitution and Ron Paul is the only candidate that is back to basics and backing up our monetary system.
    I am in the healthcare profession and I love that Ron Paul is for health freedom. Please get some discussions going about Health Freedom and allowing those of that want to practice 'health care' and not disease care.
    Thanks for asking

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  242. vickaru

    Hillary knows what to do. Not only does she understand from having SEEN the economy managed and a balanced budget / surplus having been created, she's GOT the connections and Bill in her ear. What's Obama got? Some ideas? And what experience? (Certainly no track record or a clue for that matter.)

    Vickaru, NYC

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  243. Chris

    John McCain is the one candidate who will fix the problems with the economy with his veto pen. He has never asked for earmarks for Arizona (I know I live here), and for that I am proud. If the other 49 states had Congresspeople who did not pork bills with earmarks, we would not be in this position.

    McCain will veto pork and make public the Senators and Representatives who stuffed earmarks into the bills. They can then explain to the public why they needed this waste and which lobby or corporate partner was going to benefit.

    Wow acountability in congress...what a concept

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  244. Dave Branson

    Hillary Clinton would be the best person to fix the economy. Remember who the last President to balance the budget was. Rightm William Jefferson Clinton and with his council along with other advisors she will get the job done.

    Dave Branson
    Corona, Ca.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  245. Pat

    Ron Paul has been the "ONLY" candidate who has been talking about fixing the economy. Its a shame that people will be voting for candidates based on feel-good programs when they will be the first to go as this recession deepens.

    There are forecasters who are expecting this recession to be similar to the 30's and to last for 12+ years. Hope not but demographics basically makes it a fact.

    Please – Start grilling the candidates on how they are going to help us get thru this recession.

    I have voted Democrat for 40 years and this year I will vote for Ron Paul even if it has to be as a write in.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  246. K. Cisarik

    The ONLY candidate qualified to deal with our Economic problems is the lone voice who is telling the truth about our deficit, our fiat banking system and their effect on our future. His name is Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  247. Frania W.

    None

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  248. Pat Flores

    Clinton Stupid! Clintonomics was the best part of the 90's only followed by Nervana and Starbucks.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  249. Pebble Mowery

    I think Ron Paul is the ONLY candidate who can possible fix the economy and he will need our help. I trust him 100%. He is the most intelligent man on the political scene. I support him with my donations and my prayers and my heart and my outreach to other Americans.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  250. Michael

    None. Bill Richardson was the only one to speak of any experience in balancing budgets, and now he's out. Perhaps if we can get that other Bill back in the White House as First Husband he can mend the economy and balance the budget for us...again!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  251. Kevin in Oklahoma

    Hillary Clinton is the person who will be best for our economy. I watched her at the rally today in Los Angelas, and she laid out her plan for the economy in great detail, talked about the problems facing our economy, and gave real solutions to those problems. I watched this on CNN Live, and I was very impressed with her views. She admits that it won't be easy, but, she's got the ability to stimiluate our economy, end the problems with home foreclosures, and build up our small businesses, which are the backbone of America. People need to vote for Hillary Clinton, if they truly care about our economy, our healthcare, and our future!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  252. Chuck

    Another "mission accomplished" for Bush. Bankrupt the nation with wars and tax cuts and blame it on Social Security and Health Care. Any of the candidates who is not a Bush clone and doesn't have a Harvard MBA can solve this problem.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  253. Brian Mondgock

    Honestly, Ron Paul is the ONLY hope for this country's economy. You can only truely understand the declining worth of the dollar by trying to spend it in a european country. It's literally almost worthless! Ron Paul's suggestion of returning to the gold and silver standard is right on. Not only does gold hold its value but it actually GAINS exponential value daily! we can only pray that one day our people will wake up and realise that the dollar is dying in the hands of the federal reserve and something needs to be done before it is literally worth nothing

    Ron Paul has a plan to make our country worth dying for again!

    http://www.RonPaul2008.com

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  254. AmiR

    I would have to say i can only trust Hillary Clinton,Clinton will be the best and only candidate...

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  255. MATT

    At this time, I would not even listen to any candidate who claims he has a plan. They just need to wait until they get in office to see how bad the situation is. The economy is not politics. So if they make those big proposals which we all know they will not deliver on. Anyways I am just sick of being poor. Please bring us someone who is not an idiot.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  256. LHoll

    RON PAUL!

    He is the only one that seems to understand economics and the problems we have been facing (printing more money, artificial interest rates etc). The other candidates don't really mention much about it because frankly I don't think they understand it well enough to address the specific problems.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  257. Mary Kaisler

    I have never heard anyone, Republican or Democrat, speak about the economy with the understanding that Ron Paul has. He is extremely knowledgeable about the way our money system works, the Federal Reserve, and the inflation factor. Not only is Ron Paul the candidate that I trust with the economy, he is the ONLY candidate that I trust with my grandson's future.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  258. Bruce Andrew Peters

    John Edwards is the best candidate to correct the big mess our country is in. Edwards has focused much of his campaign on the economy. Now if only CNN would take time from the Obama/Clinton horse race to listen, we'd discover a candidate who is less novel for the talking heads, but better prepared to lead our country.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  259. Don

    I Believe that John Edwards is the best hope for our Economy. He has the distinct insight of what can re-establish our position as a World Class Economy. Maybe if John Kerry would have utilized Edwards more, back in 04 we wouldn't be having this discussion.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  260. Kim Kilchenstein

    Of course- Hillary Clinton is the candidate most qualified to pull the US out of a recession.
    Look how the Clinton administration fixed the Reagon administration's errors...Likewise, they will do the same with Bush/Republican fiasco.

    Hard to believe that Republicans are touted as being more "fiscally conservative "of the two parties...

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  261. Adeel M

    Hey jack!! Im with Mitt Romey, why beacuse of his Business back round he will help out our economy. Or if BLOOMBURG ran he would get my vote. We should start worrying about us more than the world.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  262. Mark Jackson

    Only Dr. Ron Paul is speaking about our impending fiscal calamity. He sees the threads that ties these individual factors together; beginning with the need to eliminate the FED, the IRS, & the income tax. Spending on the foreign aid, the military & domestic programs will ultimately have to be cut.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  263. Luke

    Well Jack, the only candidate that I see who can do anything for the economy and the middle class is not one of the front runners! In fact I think there are two candidates who can succeed in this category. Ron Paul and Dennis Kucinich! Even though they both have different opinions on how to tackle it, they both have an understanding as to what is the actual problem, Iraq! Lets face it, Iraq is draining billions of Dollars from our economy that could be better spent else where. All the top runners do not have an immediate plan for Iraq, which in turn will only worsen the state our economy is in... Wake up people!

    Luke
    Middletown, NY

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  264. Andrew Bandenieks

    I'd have to go with Ron Paul. He's the only one that even dares talk about what we need to do. But what amazes me is that the majority of people don’t seem to understand what will happen if we don’t do something soon.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  265. Sean Goodwin

    None! All of the idiots running for president only care about that: their presidency bid. None truly care about the country, or the people, so why would they bother to mention something that will only hurt their campaign? Lou Dobbs '08.

    Sean
    Maine

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  266. Humberto Gonzalez from Oregon

    Barack Obama of course! Why? He can lead an open dialog among americans, beyond partisan or racial boundaries, to undertake demanding and dificult decisions to revamp our economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  267. Koplan/ Houston

    The most capable candidate at dealing with economic problems is Senator Hillary Rodham Clinton. If you ever listen to her speak on economic issues, you will notice that she has a depth of knowledge on the issue not shared by the other candidates. Her husbands term in office was marked by rapid economic expansion that the Bush administration has wiped out in eight years. If I were coting simply on economic concerns HRC has my vote.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  268. Earl Doherty

    The government needs to keep from borrowing from the Social Security system.
    The Democrats set it up, then they turn around and borrow from it every year. That's why it's broke. Let the true word get out to the people. It's time for the government to quit lying to the american people.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  269. Chuck Untersee

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who consistently addresses the real issues this
    country faces, namely, the econonmy, the Constitution and our growing loss
    of freedom and sovereignty. All other candidates pander to the news media and
    say whatever seems to be appealing at the moment, if it will seem to give
    them mileage.

    Chuck
    Texas Independent

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  270. Linda Smith

    The obvious answer is Ron Paul. No one from either party can even discuss the economic problems that engulf us; never mind having any idea how to correct them. Ron Paul is a scholar on monetary policy and economics. He gave Mr. Bernanke a lesson on the effect of lowering interest rates and impoverishing savers and those on fixed incomes!
    Linda

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  271. Robert

    Ironically, the Presidential candidate best prepared to handle the economy is the one with the least chance of being elected, Dennis Kucinich. It's time that Americans start thinking for themselves and stop believing the propaganda being force fed to them by the national media. We need to create a law that puts a cap on campaign spending; the candidate with the biggest pocket book is not synonymous with the best qualified to lead this country. It's time to wake up and give America back to Americans!

    Robert,

    Deerfield Beach, FL

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  272. Pat B

    The politician who recognizes that the only way to get us out of a recession is the one who has made saving the middle class the center of his campaign....John Edwards.
    Since American's have liquidated all the equity in their homes, there's nothing left for them to spend. Wages HAVE to be increased. $10/hr. would be a good way to start.
    War didn't get us out of the great depression, creating jobs DID. We make nothing in this country...but we'd better start doing so soon.
    Productivity is up and wages are stagnant....that's a formula for depression. Edwards will bring jobs back to America and raise wages to a "living" level.
    Perhaps the obscenity of $1.2 BILLION dollar bonuses to the CEO's of healthcare companies will finally end.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  273. Geoff

    Despite the the lack of media coverage for Ron Paul, anyone who is following the debates and platforms would see that Cong. Paul is the most informed, has the most experience, the strongest understanding and is the best candidate for turning around our economy, which is spiraling out of control... The other candidates are ignorant of governmental finances and how the federal reserve, interest rates and taxes effect our economy (as well as other aspects of our situations)... These High School popularity contests will be the death of the United States dynasty.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  274. Leslie

    Barack Obama has the leadership skills which could inspire Americans and lead us out of the quagmire the country is in.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  275. JACK

    Hillary Clinton. Anyone who believes she wont have Bill Clinton's help may want to buy some prime acreage in the Everglades. Bill was the only president in the history of the nation to leave office with the strongest economy and surplus. It only took Bush a few months too loot the surplus and put millions out of work. Its not rocket science. They are the only ones who did it before.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  276. Tim

    This is easy to answer. Ron Paul by a landslide.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  277. Charles Liken

    The only person in Washington who is capable of dealing with our economy is Bill Clinton. Although I don't approve of Hillary, the only way to get Bill is to vote for her. The Republicans will bankrupt us in four years if we don't do something.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  278. Derek

    Every Democrats solution seems to let the Bush tax cuts expire to pay for all their welfare programs to keep Americans financially stable and most Republican answers just seem to be cutting taxes and will all be just peachy. Well they are both delusional if they think that'll make a dent in the recession. Ron Paul has been talking alot about economics for a reason...HE UNDERSTANDS IT! He understands it because he's given other than 3rd grade answers to stop a recession such as stopping the dollar from free falling by backing it up and not letting the Fed artificially determine interest rates, by not wasting billions of dollars on a useless war, and giving Americans back their money by destroying the unconstitutional federal income tax and the IRS. Jack, if you want the recession to be deflected back to a time of prosperity and growth, vote Ron Paul!!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  279. Matt Washburn

    Jack,

    As far as I am aware, Obama is really the *only* candidate asking Americans to make sacrifices. This tells me that he is not only aware of the coming economic crisis, he would enact economic policies that move away from the obviously unsuccessful Bush "War/Debt" economic monstrosity.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  280. Chris

    The only candidate republican or democrat is Dr. Ron Paul. He is the only candidate who wants to stop our governments excessive spending. While the other candidates may be talking about other important issues, they are not giving a feasible solution to a failing economy. Paul not only says he wants to stop the spending and save our economy, but actually talks about how to do it.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  281. Bob Berkow

    My sense is that there are two distinct requirements: (1) the ability to manage the internal US economy and (2) the ability to manage the US economy (and relationships) in the context of a rapidly changing world and world economy. For the former, I would think Bloomberg, by virtue of his corporate style and financial bent, is best qualified. For the latter, Obama because he (hopefuly) is a discontinuous thinker, has a global view, and can best collaborate with other nations to ensure that the US continues to have a viable economy. I suspect that we are not facing a recession but rather a sea-change in our economy and, perhaps, our place in the world. If I have to choose, I choose Obama because the required leadership starts at the top.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  282. Diane Charles

    Think out of the box Jack! It is not higher taxes or cutting benefits. That lacks vision, How about priorities? Our Defense budget dwarfs everything! Remember hearing about 60$ bolts..toilets? hammers unnnecessary weapons systems. We have no oversight! It is the military industrial complex run amuck. Let's be clear
    Republican President Eisenhauer warned us about that possibility.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  283. Joss Bayer

    The lowering of the US bond rating has been spot on predicted by Ron Paul. He is the only candidate that can actually make a real difference in retracking our economy – the rest are truly clueless. We don't need to hurt our older folks by cutting Social Security. We can turn this around by simply ending our global policeman policy and save trillions of dollars in real terms.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  284. Don Gugliuzza

    The last President to balance a budget and have a surplus was Bill Clinton. If Hillary will listen to him or his advisors that guided him, I'd say she would be the one with the best chance to deal with the mess we're in. Perhaps, Mitt
    Romney on the Republican side. But this crop of candidates is such a group of mental midgets, it wouldn't take much to stand out in this crowd.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  285. Tim

    John Edwards best articulates my concerns...but, he's a distant 3rd place among Democratic candidates....which I find amazing.

    Since most of us are the middle class, and our wages are flat or down over the past 5 years while prices on necessities have soared...what's the matter with people?

    Why aren't they voting with their pocketbooks? Are we all so caught up in emotional soundbites and feel-good hype? Or are they so disengaged with the real world and politics they don't even think at all? Unbelievable!

    Tim
    Norton, Ohio

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  286. Ben

    Ron Paul he's the only one that truly talks about the economy and as the best solution to fix all of it.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  287. Todd D

    I trust Barack Obama with the economy. He declared support for federal programs to protect rural economies. He said there should be tax incentives for corporate responsibility. He said we should close loopholes that allow companies to relocate overseas, and reward companies that create jobs in the US. He voted to repeal the tax incentives to outsource. He voted against the bankruptcy bill. He has a strong record on conservation of energy, and this seems to be a major focus for him.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  288. Winston Herbert

    I think Hillary Clinton is the current best candidate to meet the challenge of our current dire state of our economy. She has the experience and the courage to take this head on. Don't forget her husband Bill was the first president to balance the budget and have a surplus. Together they were brilliant and I think again if she is elected she will have the support of that man, who dispite his affairs was a great econmist and a very smart president.
    Thaks

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  289. Pete L. Sunnyvale, Calif

    Ron Paul can and will do this country right. We know his history and background. It's clear, he's the person that I would trust with our economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  290. msbobbie

    The only candidate I have heard address what needs to be done is Duncan Hunter. "All non defense spending should be held to a minimum".

    The safety net FDR put in place for the truly needy has become an umbrella that everyone tries to crowd under. It has to stop! We are collapsing on ourselves because nearly everyone is trying to get some of what ever government is giving away.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:17 pm |
  291. George Gay

    The only republican candidate that even recognizes we are in a recession is Ron Paul. He is also the only one that publically states some hard choices are going to have to be made and is willing to define what those choices are.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  292. Jesse in Tacoma

    Jack,
    Obama would be the only candidate who could aggressively attack the causes of our economic malaise: American corporations shipping manufacturing jobs to Mexico and overseas, the rising cost of healthcare, and the coming crisis in Social Security and Medicare. It will take a candidate who tells us the truth and calls on us to make the sacrifices necessary to be successful. The other candidates have too much "experience" in being part of the problem, in demonizing anyone who tries to address the issues.
    It will take the "Audacity of Hope" to unite us in the biggest challenge of my lifetime; I am 55.
    Jesse in Tacoma

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  293. JJ in ILL.

    Ron Paul :) Need more be said?

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  294. Joshua

    Ron Paul is the only candidate brave enough to speak about the truth of our economic situation. He got into politics because of his concern for the economy during the 1970's. He is the most well read and well spoken presidential hopeful when it comes to not only fiscal policy, but monetary, and foreign policy. Which coincidentally are interrelated.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  295. Rlibs

    Ron Paul, He is the only candidate who is speaking the truth and is not afraid to do it. Either the others don't understand our situation or they are avoiding the true issues we face. Both posibilities are awfully scary. Wake Up America!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  296. Bryan Littleton

    This is easy....Hillary Clinton is the only candidate that has articulated a specific economic policy. It is an added bonus that she was closely associated with an administration that was exteremely successful on the economic front. Obama is inspiring but vage, and the Republican candidates are more interested in destroying everyone's reputation than having a serious discussion of the issues.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  297. Mike

    There is only one candidate I trust with anything. Period! That candidate is John Edwards. he is the only candidate who has laid out clear plans to deal with the issues facing our country. If only money didn't rule all in America and if only the money chasing media would give Edwards a fair shake and give him the air time they are giving Obama and Clinton.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  298. Jevan

    Jack, truly I feel Mitt Romney is the best candidate to deal with the economy.

    Romney is a former CEO of Bain & Company, a management consulting firm, and the co-founder of Bain Capital, a private equity investment firm.
    He knows how to run a business, more than any other candidate.

    Really I dont support Mitt Romney, I support John McCain. Romney has so much experience for helping our economy but the media has really covered on this experience.

    What do you think Jack?

    Jevan H
    Lakeville, MN

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  299. Jennifer Anderson

    John Edwards promises not to ask corporations to plan how to fix problems they caused themselves. I like alot about Hillary but 28 years of Bush/Clinton is too dynastic. Obama doesn't have enough of a record and these loomingeconomic problems are going to require an ability to take an enormous amount of criticism and not working with certain very powerful interests or this country.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  300. Josh

    It is obvious to me Ron Paul cares deeply about our economy and he definately knows a thing or two about it. Paul enjoys economics and has studied it, he digs into the issue and doesn't try to fish his way around it.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  301. J Michael Harlow

    Which candidate has been talking about the overwhelming debt, the out-of-control spending, the bankruptcy of social security and crashing dollar? Which candidate has schooled Fed Chairman Bernake on monetary policy and scolded him for attempting to mask inflation by lowering interest rates? Which candidate is scoffed at, ignored or written-off by fellow politicians for talking about the truths we face as a nation?

    You know the answer. But let's not talk about him or his message.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  302. Sandra

    Only one candidate on any side has the intelligence, the knowledge, the experience and the INTEGRITY to get us out of this mess. Ron Paul will dedicate himself to bringing back our beloved country, not basking in personal glory.
    This election is not about the future, it's about the past. We need to look backward and revive the great nation we used to be. Ron Paul can help us do that.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  303. Rodney Mattson

    Romney is the only one qualified for this

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  304. kristy

    John Edwards! He knows frome where he came. He also know not to spend money you don't have. Just like my parents taught me.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  305. Ben Povilaitis

    Clinton.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  306. Sherry

    Jack

    I think that John Edwards has the best middle of the road approach to helping the middle class and not destroy the business community. doing it.

    He has been exposed to both lives in his lifetime. There really is two America's, it depends on where you are on the food chain.

    Keep up the good work we enjoy your part of the program.
    Sherry
    Illinois

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  307. Garrett

    Ron Paul!!! Cut spending, and focus on cutting taxes to get companies to reinvest with USA. With Ron Paul in charge we have hope

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  308. Hunter

    Are country is in a huge mess right now, and to fix it its going to take EXPERIENCE, and Barack Obama or any other of the candidates dont have near the experience as Hillary Clinton, Does everyone not remember how good the economy was when Bill Clinton was in office, The way I look at it is they will both work together to get this country out of a huge dept, like Bill did when he was in office. Go HILLARY!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  309. schella

    Obama is definetely the candidate. They are talking about experience, all these old gees in Washington have experience and what have they done ? NOTHING at all. At least with Obama we have a chance . Let's give hope a chance.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  310. Renee Hebert

    Give all of the candidates a "Its the Trade Deficit Stupid" sign and see if any of the front runners have a brain bigger than their egos to figure it out.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  311. Ed,NY

    If the economy is the only question,then it's Dr.Ron Paul.But if the questioner doesn't understand that the economy is THE most important issue of our times,we are destined to continue the self-destructive and psychotic policies of the past that have only dug us deeper into the hole.I hope that it's not too late for people to realize that the Constitution of the United States has been trampled on for at least the last hundred years,and we need a doctor to heal it,and that doctor is Dr.Ron Paul.Wake Up America! Lets take back our constitutional republic. Lets stand up for freedom! Stand up for Dr.Ron Paul!!!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  312. Arlene

    HILLARY CLINTON OF COURSE!!! GIVE ME A BREAK!!!
    EVEN FOR THOSE WHO DON'T LIKE THE CLINTONS, THEY DID A GREAT JOB IN THE WHITE HOUSE!!! BALANCED THE BUDGET REMEMBER !!!! TY TY LUV YOU JACK, YET SOME TIMES YOU MAKE ME SOOOOOOOOO MAD LOL

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  313. JOHN FEDAKO

    I think we should elect a Republicn to the office. They are the ones who nessed things up. Why should the Democrats come in and solve the problems Bush has created. Let the Reps solve. It will show the country how dismal they have been as leaders of the USA

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  314. Matthew, Albany, NY

    The obvious answer is Ron Paul. He has consistently challenged the FED, Bernanke and all of our "Intellectual Superiors" in Washington. He has not been afraid to speak the truth about the economy and he has been doing it from the begining.
    That being said, Ron Paul won't be elected. So the real question is: "which of the candidates won't make it worse?" I would have to say Mike Huckabee. He is willing to put ideas onto the table to help push us out of debt, rather than the same old platitudes and empty rhetoric that is offered by the Democrats. It must be said, the Republicans wouldn't be taking this issue seriously, if it wasn't for Ron Paul. The Democrats, well...they're going to continue to promise the world and offer nothing.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  315. Lisa Azios

    I want someone with experience and that is Hillary Clinton. I am afraid men have overstayed their welcome at the White House, it is time to elect a woman to put this country back in order. Only a woman can do.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  316. Penny

    Anyone republican...but Rudy would be best

    January 11, 2008 at 6:18 pm |
  317. Scott Frost, Kenmore, WA

    I trust Ron Paul to address the economy. He is the only candidate who has been talking about economics from the very beginning of his campaign. The other candidates' comments make one wonder whether they even understand economics. Ron Paul understands the economic, fiscal and monetary issues facing this country.

    Ron Paul had the prescience and understanding of economics to predict the current housing bubble and subprime mess in 2002. He is the only one talking about the devaluing dollar - an issue the other candidates clearly do not understand.

    Ron Paul is the only one with a plan to dramatically cut spending while still being able to take care of people on government programs by ending our absurdly expensive empire around the world before it bankrupts us. Since none of the other candidates is even willing to consider this, they cannot be taken seriously on economic issues.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  318. Jack Schmedeman

    Huckabee. Despite working with the Arkansas legistature to raise taxes – a much needed action – Mike has had to live within limited resources and make tough trade-offs. He is modest in life-style and conservative fiscally. Americans should follow suit – we'd all be better off.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  319. Anthony

    Obviously, Ron Paul. He's the only candidate that talks about inflation and monetary policy with any kind of actual confidence and knowledge. He speaks the truth about our FIAT system and unveils the "hidden tax" the government charges us by creating more money through the Federal Reserve. The less our dollar is worth the less our positive impact in our economy and the lower our standard of living gets. Its sad when a single, middle class man has to decide whether or not to forgo cheese this week cause its just too expensive. Trivial it may seem but what else is to come? Clothes? Milk? Driving home from the office only a couple nights a week? Our Federal government needs to manage its spending with some sort of competence so we don't have to re-manage ours. We need honesty and a commanding understanding of economic & monetary policy to get us out of this mess. Ron Paul is the only candidate with the competance and character to lead us through this potentially fatal problem with our country.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  320. Rob

    Well Jack I have to tell you there is only one candidate so far that appears to have any idea of economics. Ron Paul is the only candidate that could do anything for the economy in this country. When printing money with no backing is rampant how are we supposed to back that money when someone claims it from us. the only thing we have left without gold is land, I ask you would you be willing to have your government hand over federal land, buildings, people to pay a debt to another country. How many Billions of dollars can we give away before someone forecloses on our NATION.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  321. Kathy Bishop

    John Edwards, who else, he's the only one who will take on the corporations who are working with the president and the republican party to take all of our jobs overseas and pay Country Walks president millions of dollars in a bonus for putting his company in bankruptcy. Then they will ask us to bail them out before Bush leaves office! John Edwards will take them all on, and give the people their government back!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  322. Tom

    This is why I think Obama is best equipped to deal with the economy. He is a great listener for advice. He would welcome people's suggestions. He can tolerate conflicting opinions and still function to achieve the common goal of American people. His background is even more suited for tackling economic crises at the present time.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  323. Hope

    Ron Paul. He's the only candidate that has any credibility on any issue

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  324. Ron Paul

    Me, of course.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  325. Jean Mandeville

    I don't think that any of them have the "know how" or "can do" to make the changes that need to be made in the U.S. economy. Besides as long as we have the "corporate welfare congress" nothing will change. Ron Paul has the knowledge, but he is marginalized and ridiculed and probably doesn't have a chance to get his message to enough people. So.....grab your innertubes, we are going over the falls.

    Jean M
    Magdalena, NM

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  326. Barbara McLaughlin

    Barack Obama is less firmly entrenched in the system, in the partisan polarization and more likely to forge creative solutions to problems. It is very difficult to change old habits.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  327. Marv Feldman

    I was in favor of Senator John McCain for President, but as a Veteran, no longer am.

    I am a 30-year veteran of the United States Air Force and felt that Senator McCain, as the only veteran running for President, would understand and well represent us.

    Early this year, the Senator came to Florida where I attended one of his “Town Hall Meetings.” I told him that even though we (retired military) enjoy space-available transportation on military aircraft all over the world, the Commander of US Forces in Europe (CINCEUR) has prohibited us from flying into Israel and Turkey.

    At this campaign gathering, the Senator strongly reacted by telling me that this was ridiculous because both Israel and Turkey are strong allies of America and thousands of American tourists travel there every week. He asked me to send him a letter on this issue and he would work it.

    Unfortunately, after six months of “working the issue”, the Senator sent me a letter telling me that we cannot fly to Israel and Turkey on military aircraft because it is against the policy of CINCEUR.

    If the Senator could not solve this simple issue, I wonder how effective he would be in the White House.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  328. Penny Quince

    Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who has repeatedly expressed alarm at the deteriorating state of the American economy, and has offered a detailed proposal to halt the downward spiral before it is too late. This is the person with a keen understanding of the impact on middle class families that result from high gas prices, rising fuel oil costs, higher costs of college, the mortgage meltdown, and the flight of quality jobs to other countries. Maybe now that the wolf is literally at the door the other candidates will weigh in with their ideas, as well. We can always hope.
    Penny Quince

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  329. FH

    Hillary Clinton is the one I trust with the economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  330. joseph blandino

    I believe that Ron Paul is the only candidate that understands how the economy works. Monetary policy is his specialty.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  331. Doug

    The Republicans seem to feel that the only way stimulate the economy is to run up the deficit and give huge tax breaks to the rich, I'm tired of being trickled on. Of the three Democrats my first choice would be the person that wants to bring an end to the era of lobbyists and special interest groups. Unfortunatly it appears John Edwards has to many things working against him, he's white, male and not being funded by the special interest groups. If only he was born as a hispanic female, there'd be no stopping him....her.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  332. Aaron Baker

    I don't think there's any candidate that can handle the ecomony or lead this great nation of ours. We need to start from scratch on all goverment levels and get people in who know the middle class and poverty level concerns and struggles. AND a candidate who's NOT for playing the playing the political game for special interests to cater for big business.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  333. Mark

    I trust Hillary, especially after she announced her detailed economy plan today. She has the most experience and will be the best candidate to get the economy back on track.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  334. Amanda

    I believe an Obama / Ewards ticket (in that order) would be our best hope. I just don't trust Hillary as far as I can throw her. Obama is young, energetic and has a great deal of moral integrity. He has also served in the community before, I think he understands the plight of the working guy more than Hillary. Edwards is a fighter and he would serve Obama well as VP.

    Hillary is all about her own ego - even when she "cries" on TV - everything about her campaign is strategically planned. If she wins it will be because she bulldozed her way to the top - and I am sick of spoiled brats leading our country.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  335. Monroe

    The only one that understands the actual issues is Ron Paul, the other candidates never address specific issues within the economic crisis because they do not understand what is going on.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:19 pm |
  336. bill, NC

    Ron Paul is the only candidate promoting a historically sound monetary policy in this election> Sadly, he doesn't stand a chance in todays media driven election process. It is sad that most pundits and no polotician are willing to discuss the real solutions to our fiscal problems and admit to the american people the severity of the pain we will all feel in the process The longer we wait the worse the pain will be. Buckle your seatbelt Jack!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  337. Hal

    None of the above. No new ideas here. Give the voters a referendum system and we would offer solutions and decide for ourselves how to fix this mess.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  338. Jonathan Diehl

    I'm a little divided. I seem to recall that under Bill's presidency, we had a surplus after he left office, so maybe Hillary would follow some of the same measures to correct our current situation. On the other hand, I'm thinking Barrack would bring a fresh approach that may actually get something done before the lobbyists get him, though I'm sure they're hard at work even as we speak.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  339. meri

    The candidates that are ready to raise the income cap to help with the problem and the one that will pass legislation forbidding raiding trust revenue, whether social security or highway.

    I believe Obama has indicated that he would be willing to raise the income cap. It has never made sense (to anyone but the wealthy) why a worker that has earnings under the cap gets taxed on every income dollar whereas the wealthy wind up only paying on the percentage up to the cap in other words they get an exemption, in more than one way. like a lot of income that gets favorable treatment like capital gains.

    Also Jack you can help....stop calling these "entitlements", we've paid into them while working and we continue by paying a premium in the case of medicare. My husband died ten days after turning 65 and I qualify on my own work records- you never hear about all that dough that is paid in that people never live long enoiugh to receive any benefits.

    meri

    meri

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  340. tom anderson

    jack the only one is ron paul the rest of the pack is totally worthless

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  341. Darren

    John Edwards is the only candidate fighting for the middle class, and the only candidate ready and willing to turn our upside-down economy right side up again. Edwards doesn't just complain about the economy, he has come up with well thought-out solutions that can work, and has figured out how to fund them without taxing the middle class to death.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  342. Rich , Fairview Texas

    Of course America has put the Economy first. We have been awoken every day to the Iraq war and put to bed with it getting and going nowhere for 5 years. We can't see it can't touch it and can't smell it but we can the fading dollar. Our Economy is what feeds us and clothes us and not very well lately. Every time I pull up to a gas pump and fill the tank of my Hybrid car that gets 60 miles to the gallon I still cringe at what it cots me. The Bearings on my electric meter had to be replaced because of over use and under funding and even TXU has gone to misreading it to make more money and bill me for more then I used by 1000 Kilowatt hours. it seems like it is open season on the consumer and every company out their has its hand out and its leg lifted up to pee on us. Any candidate that can show me a clear way out of this quagmire gets my vote and so far the only one doing that Is Giuiliani's.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  343. Steve

    Ron Paul is the only candidate who will make any changes that actually benefit people on the middle and lower rungs of the economic ladder.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  344. erica

    hillary clinton is the person who can best take care of the Economy. Note she is the only person in the last debate to talk about the economy. Every body else seems to dodge the bullet where the economy is concerned.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  345. Carol Konis

    John Edwards has been talking about the plight of the middle class and the economy all along. The problem is that the only people who seem to listen to him are Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton who then parrot back a watered down version of what he says. He is also the only agent of change who actually provides specificity to what that change should be.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  346. Perri

    I believe that Obama will be the best for our economy. His thoughts and ideas are going to be life changing, he himself offers more change then any other candidate. The other candidates strike me as people who can't show change and neither do they offer it. If the candidates can't propose change, then how are we going to trust them with this major economy crisis?

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  347. Bob Curtis

    After watching the debates and examining the candidates, I find that Congressman Ron Paul seems to have the firmest grasp on economics. Not only does Dr. Paul appear to know what he is talking about, but he is not afraid to say what many politicians wish would just go away. Our Economy is facing a recession, caused largely by loose credit practices and the declining value of the Dollar, caused largely by the unchecked adjustment of interest rates by the Fed, and the unbalanced influx of "new money" into our Economy. I feel that Dr. Paul is the only candidate willing to speak out on the behalf of the American people, even if the unpopularity he generates does not win him votes. Dr. Paul gives me hope for our nation, our future, and our economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  348. Bill

    Ron Paul seems to be the only candidate who understands the economy works and is willing to discuss the harsh realities. It's the war stupid! This war is a sieve on this economy. The question that has not been asked to the other candidates is how exactly will they fund this war AND improve the economy without raising taxes? Cafferty, do you think the $592 million dollar embassy that we just built in Iraq has hurt or helped our economy?

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  349. Andrew

    There is one candidate that has been talking about this eventual economic decline since Nixon. His name is Ron Paul. Ever since the Federal Reserve has been allowed to operate in secrecy, inflation has skyrocketed, fuel prices have skyrocketed and we have gone through booms and busts due to artificially manipulated interest rates. Spending has gotten out off control and we have candidates talking about universal health care on one side and expanding a trillion dollar war on the other side. My more people ridicule Dr. Paul's understanding of how the system works, the more I feel we are doomed for another great depression.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  350. Kim

    Jack,
    I'd trust Ron Paul more than any of the others. It's only because he doesn't quite fit the image and speaks truths that are uncomfortable for many to hear that he isn't looked at seriously enough by the electorate to have a real chance. America has a hard time handling the truth.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  351. Hesham Belal

    RON PAUL!!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  352. Paul

    McCain is the only Senator running that had no "EARMARKS" last year. Clinton has one of the highest "earmark" ratios Obama has the respect of the only other no earmark Senator Coburn.
    Until Congress learns what a balance budget is the economy can not get better.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  353. Linda Corrigan

    MITT ROMNEY IS THE MAN FOR THE JOB TO FIX THE ECONOMY OF COURSE!!!! HE IS THE MOST INTELLIGENT, EDUCATED, HONEST, AND FORTHRIGHT AND HAS THE MOST EXPERIENCE!!! HE HAS A LAW DEGREE AND MBA FROM HARVARD AND AN UNMATCHED RECORD OF SUCCESS!!!! WHY ISN'T THAT TALKED ABOUT. john mccain graduated 3rd from the bottom in his Navy class. Why doesn't someone ask him how many illegals work for his wife's family brewery!!!??? THAT'S WHY HE WANTS AMNESTY!!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  354. Tony

    Nobody but Hillary. Obama is just talking the talk. Experience counts in every job in this world. I want someone who has actually performed something and come out with flying colors. Hillary will get my vote when the time comes for the election in VA. My mind is simply made up. Thanks.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  355. Lynn Meier

    Jack,

    I believe that John Edwards is the not only the most capable, but the one candidate who will do everything in his power to make it happen and help improve our barely-breathing economy. I believe in Edwards and will vote for him.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  356. Kevin

    I believe that Ron Paul has a good view on the economy....and would be a help. However he doesn't have the support to get into the white house and win.

    So...The definite choice then becomes MITT ROMNEY. He is the candidate with the experience needed to bring our economy out of it's slump and build it once again. I have no doubt that he would drastically change our country for the better!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  357. Jill

    Hillary Clinton is the only candidate who has mentioned the "R" word, which she spoke about at last Saturday's Democratic debate. Even while, shock, shock, the current administration poo poo'd it. Well, it looks like she may not only be right, but she has already unveiled an economic stimulus package to address our fragile economy. It appears she has the foresight, the judgment and the solutions to address the many, many problems this country faces.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  358. chris k

    None of the candidates have shown a viable and reasonable means of dealing with the economy. Republicans think you can cut taxes, and not cut spending (can we say California?). Well, that hasn't proven to work. Democrats have a tendency to raise taxes in order to finance gov't expenditures. Well, that hasn't worked either. We all think we have the answer. The truth is, if we did have the answer we'd be doing it already. Let's begin by accepting personal responsibility for our own house ... both personally, and governmentally.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  359. Ray Columbus Ohio

    Jack,

    There is no doubt that anyone with any basic level of intelligence could only answer by saying that Ron Paul is the man!!! Take a look at all the debatesand past voting records of all the candidates. Now consider the actual results of all those who currently call themselves our leaders and ask yourself if they have produced any truthful and honest fixes to date. Again, we all know that Ron Paul is the only one who can produce the needed results because he is a true leader with actual integrity to battle the crooks. Also, have everyone look at the following website to confirm all the facts they will ever need to know nesara.us This is only for true americans not the helpless sheep that follow the current politicians.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:20 pm |
  360. Ned

    Hillary Clinton, of course. Come on, Jack, don't you listen to the polls?

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  361. bob

    Ron Paul makes the most sense. And it is easy , the trillion dollar endless war spending is bringing the economy down.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  362. ARMANDO LOPEZ

    Of all the candidates, Ron Paul is the best choice. Of course, if Arnold could run, he would be my choice. Cut the spending and cut the taxes, or at least don't raise them. If you want to use a park, pay for it. Same for anything else. User fees is the way to go Don't ask: What can you do for me. Rather ask: What can I do for myself. and if you can't pay for it. don't do it.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  363. carl

    the economy to me be being a self employed person seems like the real fairytale..the bubble is about to burst and the only ones that will react are the ones that lose it all and thats when its to late..they are useing their plastic like everythings is ok and lulled into the false sense of security that its going to get better and that makes us FEEL good..
    .We have to cut spending on big ticket items like the war and stop being the global police and bring the money home to the people who deserve that hard earned money...Ron Paul might not be a charismatic speaker but his message should is strong and he never waivered or flip flopped on his views for change.His message should shake the people enough to wake up to the real world before the bubble burst...for a better America! ...Carl

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  364. Cody

    Ron Paul Jack!
    I think Ron Paul is the best candidate to handle the economy.
    We are in a dark time in our country economically and politically, Ron Paul is the answer.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  365. Stephen May

    Jack,
    This question has one answer and one answer only. That answer is Rep. Ron Paul. In the debates he clearly shows that he is a "Master of the Economy". When he speaks his rivals look completely lost on stage, like second graders in a college quantum physics class. He is comfortable enough to talk openly about these issues out in the open, and he has applied them in his home congressional district of TX. So much so that he is able to return a portion of his budget back to the Treasury Department every year. Just imagine it that was the case for our federal government.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  366. Kenneth C. McCoy

    Dear Mr. Cafferty, John Edwards is the only candidate that truly cares about our economy. He is the only one with the fortitude to do what has to be done against those that are only motivated by greed, and have no thoughts for the american. All the others simply talk about it in general terms, nothing specific so they won't ever have to actually do anything that might not be politically beneficial for them.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  367. JIMBO

    It's obvious, RON PAUL! Did you see that farce of a focus group on Fox last night where, for some odd reason, Fred Thompson was being prostituted as the person who was supposed to win South Carolina, while Ron Paul was castigated as the worst candidate by an operatic and most importantly, choreagraphed announcement, when asked, by the Focus Group MC. What a Sham! I guess this is all being set up so that Guiliani looks like a genius, since he goes into Florida at a time when most other candidates have a primary under their belt (except PAUL!) and voila, he'll be on par with each of them. Magic!

    I'm glad Ron Paul didn't sit down with Hannity and that monster Colmes! At the same time, I do wish he would have sat down with them so the airwaves would hear Paul mention how we need to get rid of the IRS and the Federal Reserve!!!!

    He would be the only one to get us out of this mess and I'm seriously so so so so SAD that he probably won't be elected, since it's obvious, the powers control too much! We're all screwed. Please, Aliens, send us some kind of super man! LOL

    For Paul, I'll go on the list. So, NSA, I'm all yours.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  368. Alice Forister

    It seems that some folks have forgotten what life was like during the Clinton era. Our economy was strong, our budget got balanced, and life got better for most of us. We could afford food and clothing, and we could take a trip in our automobiles without taking out a loan to buy gasoline.

    Hillary Clinton was a part of that presidency, and has not forgotten the policies and principles that made this country strong. If elected, I think she will work diligently to turn this country around.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  369. Chris A.

    Any of the democratic! The republicans are stupid enough to believe free trade is great for our economy while it is costing us trillions and this administration has borrowed more money than all the other presidents combined most of it coming from communist China.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  370. Carlos

    Romney or Huckabee. Certainly not a TAX and SPEND liberal like the Democrats would do.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  371. Rob Locascio, Hamilton, GA

    Jack,
    What about the elective wars. How about replacing Bush's policy of "Premptive Strike."
    Generations will bear the burden of our presidents reckless "Bomb now ask questions later" foreign policy.

    Rob Locascio
    Hamilton, GA

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  372. David A. Morse, Stoneham, MA

    Jack,

    John Edwards is the ONLY candidate with a Populist message. I think he wants to fight for the Middle Class so long forgotten by Washington. People who claim he is insincere because he's rich, should remember that RFK was a Populist in 1968, and he was on his way to the Nomination when he was killed.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  373. Thomas Powers

    Hey Rich,

    Nobody else is cutting down other candidates. Why are you? At least Ron Paul doesn't dress in drag.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  374. marilyn cook

    HILLARY HAS MORE EXPERIENCE AS A SENATOR AND A PLAN FOR THE ECONOMY..IF SHE CAN GET THE MEN TO WORK WITH HER AND NOT AGAINST HER.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  375. Therese

    With fewer Americans being able to afford skyrocketing healthcare costs under the floundering economy of this awful administration, John Edwards offers the best answers and the steadiest leadership role. He's put his money where his mouth is by founding and financing a health care center in North Carolina for the needy. What other candidate has done that? He lives his message.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  376. Herb

    Ron Paul is the only candidate that has addressed this issue. The mainstream media is trying its best to ignore his message. They can't handle the truth.

    Herb
    Georgia

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  377. Connie Talcott Smith

    Which presidential candidate is most capable of dealing with problems in our economy? That's easy: Dr. Ron Paul. His congressional face-off with Ben Bernanke says it all. It is easy to see who is the teacher and who is the student. Unfortunately, the student is controlling our money and he has a lot to learn! As far a "get real" program goes... it is easy to see a methodical approach to reducing taxes and government: just Google "Bills Introduced by Ron Paul" and you have a reasoned program for bringing government and the economy into line. Voters need to listen to common sense, not rhetoric from the politicians. Dr Paul is the ONLY candidate who thoroughly understands WHAT changes need to be made and HOW to make them. It's all on the record.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  378. Frank

    Jack;
    The one who gets us out of Iraq.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  379. Deborah in Missouri

    We're still running things more like a feudal system than a democracy when it comes to the economy.

    I like that John Edwards will do something about the corporations and big money interests that control our campaigns and our federal (and local) government.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  380. Larkins

    Ron Paul is the only man that has a clearly defined goal to handle the economy. The only one who wants us to return to the gold standard. I trust him to balance our budget and to actually cut spending and not just talk about it.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  381. Karl

    With no hesitation, Ron Paul. We need a limited government. We need a president that will lower, if not pay off the national debt. We need to end this wasteful war in Iraq. This country needs a true change, and that change can only come from Ron Paul.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  382. Dan Nechodom

    " U.S. government debt has had the highest rating possible (triple-A) since it was first rated a hundred years ago in 1917"

    Jack, I have to give you a bad time about this: I don't know what candidate can truly do the best job with our economy, but I hope it's one who knows that 1917 wasn't a hundred years ago! I do hope, of course, that it's someone wise enough to surround himself, or herself, with informed people who can make non-biased, dispassionate decisions in the midst of difficult times.

    Dan, math teacher
    Dayton, WA

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  383. kevin

    DR. RON PAUL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    who else is there?

    January 11, 2008 at 6:21 pm |
  384. Annalee

    It is very clear and quite evident to me. Mitt Romney has the ability to deal with all the struggles going on in our economy. It should be a red flag to people when canidates act out. Meaning, when things are going there way they get frusterated and show it throught there temper. ie Paul, McCain as well as Clinton. I hope our american people are smart in their voting because whomever becomes president will make changes that will truley have a great impact on if this nation will push forward or fall back even more. Mitt will push us forward!!

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  385. Angie

    A democrat! Because the republicans, no matter how you look at it, are friends with big businesses, and gave power to the OIL COMPANIES, UTILITY COMPANIES (raising the rates every single year, while taking jobs OUT OF AMERICA. But they began taking jobs out of AMERICA IN THE EARLY 70s' with the China Trade Agreement and also in the early 70's they changed the rules of engagement with foreign trade with the REPUBLICANs' foreign trade agreement. In fact everytime a Republican gets back into the white house since, they keep UPPING THE ANTE against the American Worker and I am sick of it. WAKE UP AMERICA, YOU'VE BEEN HAD. And I will just have to keep yelling it everytime I post here and on other message boards. (like the message boards on abcnews.com)

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  386. Nate

    Jack,

    There is only one candidate that understands the root of our economic problems, and has addressed it from the very beginning. Ron Paul offers a solution to curb inflation; stop sending the hard-earned incomes of the American people overseas to finance nation-building, and prevent the government from printing money to pay debts. Other candidates are beginning to parrot Ron Paul and talk of inflation, but they don't understand it, and offer no solution to fix it.

    Nate
    Northumberland, PA

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  387. gerard kortyna

    The candidate I trust most with the ecomony, is the one who decided to enter politics after studying economics. This person also happens to be the only one who agrees with the 61% of Americans who believe that we are already in a recession - Ron Paul.

    Oh! Never mind. He doesn't count.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  388. Judy

    Jack – Ron Paul is the only candidate that understands monetary policy.
    He is the only one who is willing to discuss the real reasons why we are in the economic mess that we are in and he has solutions for it. Just look today the Dow is down on credit fears – we have investment firms borrowing from the Chinese – gold and oil are at all time highs and our dollar is now worth less than the Canadian dollar. People need to hear and listen to Ron Paul – He is the only one who can fix this economy.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  389. David

    John Edwards.

    He will roll back the Bush tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, is the ONLY democrat promising to have ALL troops out of Iraq within a year, and he will fight for the average American- not the big corporations and special interests. He has been a fighter for the middle class his entire life, is not afraid of a confrontation with republicans or lobbyists, and has the experience and leadership needed to solve the devestating economic recession this president has created.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  390. Scott

    Ron Paul is head and shoulders above the rest of the Republican candidates. His knowledge of economic theory, and willingness to embrace reality, are the most important factors in a candidate on an economic basis.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  391. J. Andrew Morrison

    Jack,

    It's interesting that Moody's sees a threat to the Credit rating of the American Government, and then immediately blames the threat on increases in people receiving medicare over the next few decades and a phantom problem with Social Security solvency.

    John Edwards would stop not only the fiscal and physical bleeding that we are suffering in Iraq (which would allow for Billions in savings or spending on Americans) but also has a proposal that would take hundreds of millions a year out of the costs of medicare (by reducing the overall costs of medical care through removing various middlemen).

    It seems clear that every other candidate is simply looking to avoid these issues, while Edwards is offering solutions which will immediately reduce the deficit and decrease the need for much future spending.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  392. Pat B

    John Edwards. He understands that we've outsourced our entire manufacturing base, increased productivity without raising wages and given obscene bonuses to the Bush cronies who have gotten us into this mess.
    The New Deal (NOT WWII) got us out of the last great depression. We need a President who will fight for a living wage and tax those who have benefited so obscenely from current practices. I'm voting for John...he's the only one who gives a damn and the only one not beholden to lobbyists and special interests.
    Unfotunately, he's also the one that the corporate media fears the most.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  393. Lee

    The reason the economy is in such bad shape, has to do with outrageous spending the republicans are doing and will continue with another republican president. All they do is talk about continuing the war, with no plans to get us out of the war. With all of the money being sent to Iraq there is very little chance we can pay for anything else, end the war.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  394. mark in marshall tx

    None. The economy will self correct. When it does the person in office will take and get all the credit. When the economy goes into recession the person in office gets the blame regardless of his policies. Truth is the President's policies have very little effect on what the economy does. The economy can't be at its peak all the time. Never has never will. Recession come and go just like the good times. Let's just hope that this recession doesn't last as long as the war that Pres.Bush declared "Mission Accomplished", how long ago.

    January 11, 2008 at 6:22 pm |
  395. Tracey

    The media has tried to make Paul look senile. And everyone who follws along without KNOWING WHAT PAUL IS LIKE IS AN IDIOT!!!

    Ron Paul is the smartest one up there!!

    I know economics and RON PAUL IS THE ONLY ONE THAT KNOWS WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT!!!

    January 13, 2008 at 12:50 pm |
  396. Karen

    I know you are tired of hearing about Ron Paul. I just want you to know that I am doing my best to promote CNN for its "fair" coverage. I am currently waiting for some new domains to configure so I can express my preference of news channels.

    I cannot help but question why a candidate who gets such ratings, would not have more exposure. However, I do appreciate the tidbits that CNN gives us, and I do think the CNN coverage of Ron Paul has been some of the most positive I have seen. For that I am thankful. I especially appreciate the Situation Room's coverage of the controversial newsletters

    When I campaign, I try to encourage people to vote for the candidate of their choice, but to learn as much as they can. Please keep up your fair coverage.

    In the last election, the media talked a lot about voter apathy, you have to admite that Dr. Paul has cured a lot of apathy!

    PS Cafferty, you aren't hard on the eyes like those unFOXY guys.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:34 am |
  397. Karen

    Ron Paul.

    No, I am not a SpamBot.

    You might not always agree with him, but you can trust him to justify and explain his positions. And you can trust him to stand his ground, he is as solid as concrete and too stubborn to move. I would find it comforting to have a leader who makes it easy to understand the responsibilities of being an American. Like a parent who makes it very clear what the boundaries are. Yes, that would make us a better nation.

    I believe everyone should vote for who they believe in, but don't write someone off without educating yourself. The one thing I love most about Ron Paul is the education. Watching one of his CDs is an education none of us should miss.

    Thank you Cafferty for giving us mention. One thing you can be sure of, Ron Paul is a ratings getter, especially if its good news.

    Sorry for any misspells, my middle aged eyes have trouble with 10pt font.

    January 14, 2008 at 3:49 am |
  398. Ron, Amsterdam

    Clinton obviously. The national economy is unlike a city's economy. Being selfstudied gives you little practice to run world's largest economy. Running a succesfull company is somewhat different than a country's economy. Clinton is a proven choice. She brings along the knowledge and expierience to change things for the better. And does this country needs change! In more than one respect.

    January 14, 2008 at 4:49 am |
  399. Matt

    RON PAUL! He is a strict fiscal conservative and wants a philisophical change in our government away from the welfare state that people have depending on for years. Ron Paul will not build artificial economic bubbles just to have them come crashing down over a period of time.

    January 14, 2008 at 6:02 am |
  400. butch chailland

    things were prettry good during the Clinton years then we voted for change.
    look what we got g.w. lets give Hillary the purse strings.

    January 14, 2008 at 6:58 am |
  401. George

    It's not in our constitution to have a copresidency of any kind, not to mention a disfunctional husband and wife team. Bill C. made a shambles of the economy. There is no evidence that Hillary would do better. In fact, based on her record, she's a tax and spender. The combo (and it would be) would be a true disaster.
    Who's the best for the economy? Not the correct question. Who would do the least harm is more appropriate.
    Whoever is the most hands off and most tax relaxing has the best bet.

    January 14, 2008 at 7:49 am |
  402. Joe Ramirez II

    Either Hillary Clinton or John Edwards would be great with the economy. None of the Republicans are any good for the economy. Republicans want to privatize social security and ut taxes for the rich. The Democrats represent the interests of the average middle class citizens,

    January 14, 2008 at 7:50 am |
  403. richard payne

    Jack the only way to get this country and economy back to where it needs to be is to make our on steel again it's not impossible, when we out sourced our steel in the 60's thats when all our troubles begin.

    January 14, 2008 at 7:55 am |
  404. Michael Fowowe

    Hillary Clinton of course, she is the most qualified for the job.

    January 14, 2008 at 8:30 am |
  405. Josh Scanlon

    Jack,

    I believe that the importance of this election is so great, that any candidate for president at this point will have so much pressure from the American public, after being elected, that they will be forced to make great changes for all issues that are currently hurting Americans ( Economy/War/Etc.) Whether you have so called "experience" or you jump on the "change" bandwagon, the American Public will be extremely critical of your every move, because America will not survive with another George Bush. Period.

    Josh
    Virginia

    January 14, 2008 at 8:39 am |
  406. Don (Canada)

    Jack
    I live in Canada, but follow the american elections with great interest. From where I sit, I see that Ron Paul has great support everywhere but from the media.The man seems like a straight shooter who only wants to follow the constitution that americans live by. From reading the responses to your question, it is apparent that Dr. Paul is by far the most popular choice (90%). Why does this not reflect in the media. The more I hear it said, the more I believe that there are many in america who are scared of the truth, and so it is simply easier to hide your head in the sand and ignore the responsibility of electing competent leaders.
    Good luck Ron Paul

    January 14, 2008 at 8:39 am |
  407. Cheryl

    HILLARY CLINTON!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!! Just look at the records and accomplishments. But I am sure that old Jack will not read this comment because he is biased against women!

    January 14, 2008 at 9:10 am |
  408. Mike Ryan

    Jack:

    I can't imagine any candidate that has not managed a major budgit being the best budgit manager. That elliminates everyone but Romney, Giuliani and Huckabee. Off these, Giuliani managed the New York City budgit for 8 years and it was, by far, the largest, most complex and the most difficult to control of the three. In addition, Giuliani seems to have made the most significant positive changes. The edge goes to Giuliani.

    Mike

    January 14, 2008 at 9:12 am |
  409. James Cooke

    Jack:

    Ron Paul has a plan to deal with the economy. So why don't you and rest of the media talk about it so the average voter hear about it?

    January 14, 2008 at 9:16 am |
  410. diana paul

    I trust hillary clinton with the economy, she is the only candidate talking about the issues that affect the american people while Obama is focused on bill clinton fairy tale remark by implanting race in the campaign. This approach will back fire and Obama has just lost my vote for being so petty by suggesting that bill clinton is using the race card. Votes do not like this and people who has not make up their minds will be turned off by the way the obama campaign is spinning this issue.

    January 14, 2008 at 9:17 am |
  411. Sandy in Chicago

    Jack:

    I certainly hope that Hillary doesn't need any Black votes in November after
    she clarifies her way to the nomination. I'll vote republican and suffer thru another
    four years rather than reward her for lying on Obama.
    Note to Hillary:
    I personally heard both you and Bill the first time-no clarification needed.

    Sandy in Chicago

    January 14, 2008 at 9:54 am |
  412. Herman - Va

    Of all the Commentary Concerning racist comments made by the Clintons I have yet to here anyone bring up Hilary's " Spade (work) " {buzzword} comment which I believe was the first shot fired in New Hampsire after the debate. I am sure all the networks have video of this. Of all the slight references to race that the Clintons have made this was the one that bolted me from my seat. I guess this was the free pass that Bill Clinton was refering to, only the racial insult came from Mrs. Clinton .

    I have great faith in Jack Cafferty because he has never seemed to shy away from the truth, never-the-less I will send a copy of this comment to all other news stations and any blogs that I can get on just in case. I can't believe you guys much less anyone missed this one.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:03 am |
  413. roger

    None! How many years have the people heard the words and look at what we get.Our freedom is only what they decide,allow us,not what the people want. Look at all your polling? Give us back our country and rights we chose,not for you liars,crooks on the state/fed/hill level. No more of this harden burden of property tax! Goverment is starting or has been like dictators they tell us and make their rule of law.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:13 am |
  414. Nick Bruemmer

    My opinion is that Hilary is a clone of Bush and if elected, she will follow the agenda that lying SOB has been doing. She will increase the troops, and keep the insurrection going until she gets out of office.
    She cares less abount anybody but herself and Bush's cronies (big Business etc).
    She had proven that time and again during her campaign speeches.
    What really got me angry is the way she tried to block the caucus in Nevada. She is doing the exact same thing that bush did against Gore and Kerry.
    Heed my words and do not consider her as a presidential nomini.
    There are two good candidates available (Obama & Edwards).

    January 14, 2008 at 10:31 am |
  415. Brad Weaver

    Jack,

    I hear alot of cadidates talking about change, but very little about the state of this economy. However I believe that John Edwards is a person that would put America first again. He seems to understand the struggles of every day people. I don't think it is just lip service, he stands to alienate people in his own family if he does not produce.
    This is the most important issue facing this country, all other issues hinge on it.

    Brad Weaver
    Rexburg, Idaho

    January 14, 2008 at 10:40 am |
  416. Greg

    I see a lot of support for Ron Paul here, I guess that none of the posted comments here came from Iowa or New Hampshire voters! Only a couple of idiots that stood up for for Hillary and Obama, the two dumbest candidates that I know of!

    Wake up America!

    January 14, 2008 at 10:42 am |
  417. Attacks by the Establishment

    Ron Paul. Perhaps if Giuliani and others would listen to Paul every once in a while instead of being so scared he might catch on in this country then they would be able to manage to pay their employees with some good advice from Dr. Paul.

    Ron Paul would win hands down if the children of this country were taught the Constitution and the principles our Founding Fathers developed instead of the socialist and neo-con crap they are brainwashed with today! That is why when Paul tries to explain economic policy to the other candidates they all stare at him with glazed eyes, they do not have a clue and may I say do not give a darn!

    Without someone like Ron Paul running this country you can expect the SOS!

    January 14, 2008 at 10:47 am |
  418. troy borresen

    NO BRAINER!

    RON PAUL!

    He's the only one that addresses the "Perfect Storm" that's coming. The rest are puppets that as a high school grad, don't have a clue how these guys get to where they are. I have a better handle on this economy than these frauds

    Godspeed!

    January 14, 2008 at 10:52 am |
  419. Diane

    A Democrat for sure. Republicans only want to spend and borrow and
    spend some more.

    January 14, 2008 at 10:59 am |
  420. Morris Mathisen

    Why is no one talking about the country is bankrupt and the price of gas, about $1.00 is due to the devalue of the dollar and it will continue to devalue. The price of gas could be $4.00 or $5.00 within a year or two. We bring into the country about 90 of what we consume and all of it will continue to go up for the same reason. What is the answer? No one running for office brings up the question or has any answer.

    In 2 to 4 years we are to pay back about 51 trillion dollars there is no way. The drop in housing value will cut city and state tax income 1/2 trillion to 1 trillion dollars a year. The total federal tax income will be need just to cover the interest on the national debt in 2 to 4 years and nothing for military and all the other items paid for by the government, social security, medcare, schooling, you name it.

    Please ask the question what will the country do????

    January 14, 2008 at 11:08 am |
  421. Mike

    Jack,
    Let's see... Democrats want free health care for millions of Americans. The only way I see them achieveing that is to raise taxes. If they even decide to try immigration reform what were the $'s they were coming up with before? I think I heard somewhere in the neighborhood of a Trillion. And how would they expect to pay for that, raise taxes once again. So I don't think the Democrats can really cut spending only increase it, anytime you make the Federal Government resposible for programs the tax payers are going to pay for it. And we all know how well the Federal Government runs programs.
    The Republicans have a couple of people I believe could make a change....personally I think Romney or Huckabee could make the changes needed they are the only ones I have heard that are going to downsize Washington. Ron Paul says all the right things about government spending but on a global stage they just aren't rational. So I guess you will weigh the lesser of to evils before voting....I'm going to need a bigger scale.

    Mike
    Bettendorf, Iowa

    January 14, 2008 at 11:19 am |
  422. Tom

    SIMPLY PUT – HILLARY IS THE BEST FOR THE ECONOMY!!

    January 14, 2008 at 11:28 am |
  423. Robert

    Jack,

    There is only candidate I truely think has the education, motivation, ability, common sense and heart to fix the ailing US economy, you guessed it – Ron Paul!

    January 14, 2008 at 11:35 am |
  424. daybyday

    Hi Jack!

    I am taking a chance on you! My comments are related to the Republican candidates.

    Who would you rather have in a time of economic crisis? A person who has two years of education at a tiny Baptist college in Arkansas and work as a Baptist preacher in a tiny Arkansas town or a person with an MBA and a law degree from Harvard and years of experience saving failing companies? Or do you think a person who grew up outside the country but who has practiced law here can make the economy work? Who is better able to bring back American jobs? A person whose primary credentials are serving in Congress or a person who has demonstrated skill and success with foreign trade issues? I hope our country can cast aside bigotry and elect the only candidate who has the potential to take on the complex problems facing our economy. In my opinion that is Governor Romney.

    January 14, 2008 at 11:36 am |
  425. Pamela

    IN GOD WE TRUST-think about that. When the treasury department planted that phrase on the U.S. currency, where they thinking about a spiritual message or did they just leave the periods out between the G (gold), O (oil) and the D (drugs).

    I'm not sure to whom I would trust, as those seeking the Presidential nomination refuse to discuss the main issues, dance around with their half hearted answers and the news networks continue to treat the people of this nation as STUPID by only reporting the nit picking between Presidential runners.

    Let's get real ok, the economy is bad, but it's going to get a lot worse. Corporations in America are going to continue to ship jobs overseas, because it's cheaper, oil is going to cost ten times more, because the countries overseas are using much more, while oil is being depleted, at the rate the world is using it, it won't last forever, unless, of course we find a new area in the world with oil deposits. Of course I think they've been found, you only have to look at the nations that end in stan, to begin to understand why we are in the middle east today.

    And then we have the corporations who's top dogs are raking in millions, look the names up, you can link them all to PAST presidential cabnites, wall street and major banks and trusts. Remember the Savings and Loans scandal, plenty of links to the bush administration. But that's not even the biggest bomb shell yet, I'd like to know where all these corporations have billions of dollars to pay, play and invest with are coming from. Especially when the economy is in the state its in. The only unmarketable product that can produce the kind of cash that we see flowing into the stock market comes from drugs.

    So you tell me, is this nation putting it's trust into God, or into Gold, oil and drugs.
    Once I hear the Presidential runners comment on the real issues, maybe I'll see one worthy of my vote.

    January 14, 2008 at 11:40 am |
  426. Dan

    Hillary Clinton is the only candidate with a compriehensive, realistic, aggressive plan to reinvigorate our economy. She's shown her command of the issues in each debate, and her determination to get the job done. I didn't start out as a Hillary fan, but i've become one.

    Obama is good, but his performances in the debates didn't inspire me. He talked a lot, but said very little. Broad speaches about hope are nice, but we need more... We need forceful, considerate action to fix our problems, not just hope.

    Idealy, Clinton and Obama should get together! What we need is unity. They'd be unstopable! With her as president, we could change the world for the better...and with Obama as Vice President, he would get the experience he needs to become the great leader he might someday become...but Obama isn't ready now, for the challenges that are waiting... Just because Bush did a lot of damage to the Republicans, don't count them out! I'm sure they will all pounce on the future President on her/ his first day in office... we need some one who can handle that pressure.

    January 14, 2008 at 11:41 am |
  427. Tamara Daniel

    Hillary, of course. She was part of the campaign that first coined the phrase 'it's the economy, stupid'! And look at the marvelous record of the Clinton adminstration on the economy – from job creation to budget balancing. And I'd love to see her bring Rubin back as Treasury Secretary – his essays on NPR show he's still one of the most sane common sense voices on the economy in this couttry.

    You can't trust a Republican on the economy...never have and never will. I wouldn't trust this crop of phonies and whack jobs as far as I could throw the old Mike Huckabee.

    January 14, 2008 at 12:06 pm |
  428. Charissa

    Placing responsibility for the economy on the shoulders of the next president is foolish. 80% of the president's job is foreign policy and as the Head of State, his charge of office ought to extend only as far as Article II of the constitution allows; that is to say he has power to command the military, fill positions in the Cabinet, etc., and recommend to Congress such improvements as he believes are necessary for the well-being of the nation, however, domestic policy (including foreign trade, borrowing money, establishing laws, coining money, regulating the value thereof, etc.) is the purview of Congress. Instead of placing the weight of economic change or growth on the president's shoulders, we ought to expect greater things from our Congress. They are charged with forming domestic policy for the good of the nation and although at times (frequently, in some cases) we find ourselves frustrated with the lack of movement in that august body, we cannot delude ourselves into thinking that a vote for a particular candidate for president will in any way change our economic situation. You're asking the wrong question.

    January 14, 2008 at 12:08 pm |
  429. mike wisneski

    At this point I can,t make a decision on who would best get this country on it,s feet, We need jobs ,better pay, rebuilding all parts of the counrty, Didn,t most of the canidates have a chance to do this and look at what we have now. So where do we go now ?Who hasn,t got ties with the big companies,lobbyists ?So, somebody convince me here on the comments response, Are all the canidates the same?

    January 14, 2008 at 12:09 pm |
  430. Christy Springfield, TN

    Jack,
    They have all had their hands in the cookie jar at one time or another, but let's be realistic here. Sen. Obama has grasped the young voters. His appeal is based on his age and his well spoken ways. Not his short lived 6 years of service.

    The only clear choice here is Hillary. She has the experience and know how when it comes to the real issues at hand. From the economy, global warming, our overwhelming dependence on foreign oil to foreign policies, she has the right answers.

    I am so sick of her critics that say she is stone cold and when she shows some emotion, she's a whiner. I have seen grown men in the spotlight, REP & DEM crying and whining. What is wrong with showing some human emotion. We are humans, right???

    Everyone is talking about "CHANGE". The only change Obama can bring to the White House, is inexperience. In a country that has been dominated by men since the beginning, what better way to prove the wanting of change by electing the first woman president???

    Hillary, an iron fist in a velvet glove.

    January 14, 2008 at 12:37 pm |
  431. Roger Kirchofer

    What a wondeful idea for a president!

    Some of us in the United States seems to be tossed not only on the issues, but whether to vote for a Black president or a women.

    Why not find a good honest Black woman candidate under the Independent Party. Like Condelisa Rice. She is honest, is great on foreign affairs, no first hand about poeple seeking in to other

    countrie's borders only to really disrupt and destroy the country, and knows what it's like to grow in poverty.

    Wow! if there was ever a candidate i could vote for i think it would be her. Depending on her platform of course.

    Roger Kirchofer,
    Hagaman, New York

    January 14, 2008 at 12:39 pm |
  432. mike

    If you want the democrates to win the election,try edwards/ obama, It will take the voters both in the south and north voting to beat the republicans,these two can keep jobs here in the u.s.start new job programs. . mike

    January 14, 2008 at 12:54 pm |
  433. JC Topeka, KS

    One Republican that has had enough.

    First off we need to look at what put us here. The mentality of the "no tax and spend" the "trickle down economics" concept failed for a real President that being Reagan and it sure has failed for the great pretendor, Bush. My Republican party has all but ruined the economy. That's right, I as a Republican place the blame of the state of the nation right on the shoulders of my party. We have let the American people down and have failed in ever promise we have ever made, but is sure did sound good. The concept that big buisness is interested and capable of ethical behavior with the good of the nation as a top priority is a joke. To top this off we have two unfinanced wars on going with absolutely no plan from the administration as to how to pay for them or what victory conditions are so that our forces can be brought home. We have ignored the domestic agenda, the nation's interstructure and played on the fears of the American people. Don't even get me going on the so called Foreign Policies of this administration.

    Let's who was the President last time we had a balanced budget, a spending surplus, real job growth, a national energy policy that seemed to work and a government that appeared to be in place for the American voters rather than Corporate America? I think the name was Clinton, and while Bill is not the canidate, I can not help but believe that some of his policies and programs were bounced off of Hillary.

    At one time I though I could support Obama, no more, he has disappointed to greatly. Viable canidates are Edwards, Clinton, Obama and McCain. I am a veteran and I can no longer support McCain. So that leaves me with Edwards and Clinton.

    This Republican is casting a vote for Clinton 08.

    January 14, 2008 at 1:11 pm |
  434. Chris Brownrigg

    There is a lot of excitement about the possibility to elect the first female or African American President. I’ll be really excited if America is able to elect an honest President. Not perfect just Honest! Maybe another Eisenhower.

    Chris
    Kelowna, BC
    Canada

    January 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  435. neil

    Why doesn't someone address the issue that if this President hadn't lied us into a bogus war and used those war funds for Social Security and Medicare, his legacy would have been that of a hero. Instead, he leaves as the worst President of modern times.

    January 14, 2008 at 1:33 pm |
  436. June Fredman

    Hillary Clinton’s distortion of Barack Obama’s stirring reference to John F. Kennedy and Martin Luther King as examples par excellence of the role hope plays in human progress is worthy only of a Karl Rove or George Bush. One must dismiss the prospect of her not being intelligent enough to get Obama’s point, so the only explanation available is deliberate and downright meanness calculated to mislead the public. We’ve had enough of that for the past seven years.

    It is the offer of hope held out to young and old alike that inspires them to act in a way guaranteed to set in motion those measures needed to make its object a hard and fast reality. Without the vision and tireless efforts of King, there never would have been a Civil Rights Act for Lyndon Johnson to finally sign into law. Put another and compelling way, Obama’s message is that of the poet Robert Browning: “Ah, but a man’s reach should exceed his grasp / Else what’s a heaven for?” When there is no reach, there is never a grasp.

    (P.S. For anyone who's into demographics, I'm 73, White and female!!

    January 14, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  437. Frank/Virginia

    Has anyone thought that a vote for repob. is a vote for George W.Bush
    3rd term.He should stay on as long as it takes and to hell with them.

    January 14, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  438. Gloria Rodriguez

    Jack, I enjoy watching CNN and I love to hear your comments because I think you are very fair. However, sometimes it really upsets me how the Media consistently promotes Obama and beats on HiIlary. America needs a President who has wisdom and experience and will get us out of the horrendous mess we are in. And the only qualifying one is Hillary Clinton. We already voted for a candidate for President who had no experience and/or wisdom but was "likable" (President Bush). We cannot afford another President like him.

    I am not anti-Obama. In fact I like him very much. I also like Edwards and voted for him during the primaries on the last election for President. However, when I found out HIllary was going to run I thanked the lord that we were finally getting a candidate for President that will straighten this country out as President Bill Clinton did. She is wise, experienced, knowledgeable, and sensitive to the working class, hence this is the person we need for the next President of the United States.

    January 14, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  439. Lance

    Jack,
    The only one qualified to deal with the economy is Ron Paul, because he is the only one who is truly interested in cutting spending. He is also the only one who seems to understand that this debt we're accumulating is due to borrowing money from other countries. It's going to be pretty difficult to toughen trade restrictions because of inferior products when they're holding the purse strings. See how long that last with a Hillary, Barack or McCain in office.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  440. Richard

    Hi Jack,
    Your question which candidate do you trust with the economy?
    None all the presidential candidates are all a bunch of "Baboons' they tell you all the good stuff while campaigning and do the exact opposite when they get elected, wake-up America.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  441. Michael Clouse

    Who would I trust most in this bad economy? Let's see–It would have to be the candidate that I feel has lived more on the mean streets with the rest of us. That always comes up Obama.

    January 14, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  442. Keith Mann

    Jack, if this poll was an election Ron Paul, would be elected president by reading all the posts here. Everybody's consensuses is that Ron Paul is a clear winner. But of course, you and Mr. Dobbs will not bring us up on your TV show. The economy is the most important thing right! The only one that is talking about is Ron Paul. But of course the media does not talk about, Ron Paul. So why even ask ? I'm watching Lou Dobbs special right now, eight o'clock talk about the economy right now I bet you're bottom dollar they will not say word about Ron Paul ? And talk about Huckabee, who steal lines from Ron Paul Mr. Dobbs and your so-called experts talk about the other politicians is a perfect example of how the media censors. The truth! And that includes you and your network. You're just as guilty as Fox news!

    January 15, 2008 at 8:13 pm |
  443. Jamie

    Jack,

    That's an easy one...NONE OF THE ABOVE!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    Jamie

    January 16, 2008 at 10:41 am |