FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
The tsunami of voters to the polls looks like it will continue to sweep through states like Pennsylvania, North Carolina and Indiana.
In fact, more than a half a million people are either newly registered or have switched their registrations so they can weigh in on the Democratic primaries in those 3 states.
This shouldn't come as much of a surprise when you consider the tremendous interest generated by the race between Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama. Record voter registration and turnouts – particularly on the Democratic side – are what we've been seeing all along since the Iowa caucuses.
In Pennsylvania, where only registered Democrats can vote next Tuesday, more than 300,000 people have completed new registrations or switched to vote Democrat since the first of the year.
North Carolina, whose May 6th primary is open to Democrats and unaffiliated voters, has at least 122,000 people who are newly registered. And there could be even more new voters since a "same-day registration" law there lets people register and vote early between April 17th and May 3rd.
As for Indiana, its primary also on May 6th is open to all voters, and about 150,000 new ones have signed up since January 1st.
One expert on voting trends tells The Boston Globe that all this interest in the primary season quote "is an indication that we're going to see a very high turnout rate in the general election, perhaps as high as we haven't seen in a century in American politics."
But others question whether all the excitement will last and if new voters will remain engaged in politics after this presidential election.
Here’s my question to you: How does your interest in the 2008 elections compare to past elections?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
Olga from Ontario writes:
This race between the Democrats is so exciting and it’s good to see the young people getting involved. Obama has instilled this and I think it’s a good thing for the country. My husband and I can't wait to get home to click on CNN to watch what has taken place all day. I agree with the other Canadian comments: if Obma doesn't win, we would love to have him in our county.
Mabel from Georgia writes:
This is the most interesting election in my lifetime. The non-issue becomes an issue and the graft that is done goes away with the next news headline. We never visit the storyline for any length of time. We have people making excuses for why they do not like the black guy. Saturday Night Live makes fun of them all. There is never a dull moment.
Jack, Your question makes me think about one of my favorite bumper stickers: "If you're not outraged, you're not paying attention!" I would hope everyone's engaged! I'm an ardent Obama supporter ... "bitter" about what the Bush administration has done to our country and "clinging" to the ideals of this nation. I have to believe that there are better days ahead!
R.C. from Philadelphia writes:
At the age of 28, this is only the third presidential election I have had the privilege to vote in. After the blunder in 2000 and the weak Democratic presidential candidate in 2004, this is a very important election to me, so I have been paying close attention.
Joe from St. Louis, Missouri writes:
I am in this to stop the lunatic Republicans. I hope to see jobs for Americans again. That is how your parents were able to raise you.
I hope my vote will keep the whiskey-drinking, bullet-dodging and pantsuit-wearing princess out of the most important office in the world. Things are bad enough as it is.
NEVER have I been so interested in politics–we never had a candidate that was not Washington establishment before! For the first time I feel like our candidate "gets it".
I actually have CNN eyestrain and even record your blog when I am going to be away from the TV. Does that answer your question?
My interest in this election is top notch. I understand the process of primaries & the election much better. Very much interested to vote to get rid of the Republicans. This country needs to slip into prosperity.
It's more a matter of deja vu. In some elections (1964, 1976, 1992, 1996) I knew without a doubt that Dems would win, and my interest level was at a peak. In others (1972, 1980, 1984) it was plain that Dems could not win under any circumstances, so I was detached. In the third group (1968, 1988, 2004) it was sheer frustration because Dems were clearly nominating someone who could NOT win, and we are about to do it again! Yet I am interested but in a different way: we are going to lose, and it will be morbidly fascinating to see how it plays out.
The same. I have always been involved with past elections as well. However, I feel that this election is destroying the strength of the Democratic Party, which really concerns me.
I wish Senator Clinton would drop out so we can move forward.
Jack, I have always been interested in the elections starting with the election of Jack Kennedy in which I was not old enough to vote. I am more interested this year because I think the voters have some tough decisions to make. They let themselves be led around by the Republicans with the talk of gay marriage and abortion and lost sight of the real issues facing this country and look where we are today. I want to believe that the U.S. citizens will wake up before we all are standing in bread lines and sleeping on the streets. How can we continue to tell the rest of the world how they should govern themselves when we have made such a mess at home and abroad.
How does my interest in the 2008 elections compare to past elections? That's simple, Jack. I never heard of you before, and now I find myself posting comments on your blog on almost a daily basis. If I were you, I'd thank God that this is an exciting race because your ratings, popularity, and book sales have probably never been higher. I just hope you appreciate that!
Its is a lot more interesting that elections I have voted in since 1972. I think the main reason is retired and really have time to listen to everyone speak out. I finally have the time to compare it to the other elections and just as they were before you can see the canidates change as the primarys go from state to state. Its funny how they start out saying one thing and end up saying something totally different. But what I have learned from it all is the realization that no matter what race, gender or political preference; they are only politicians and their goal is to get elected, and that will never change.
On a scale of 1 to 10; 2004 was about a 5 and this one is a 10. We need a true leader that can bring us out of the abyss of the past 20 years of Bush's and Clinton's tactics and decency. NAFTA, IRAQ, scandals in the White House, global warming issues, immigration, lies and more lies, Bosnia sniper fire, housing issues, credit card interest rates, China is buying us, Social Security; these things must change if we expect to leave this country to our kids and grandkids in decent shape.
While I've always been interested in elections and have campaigned for Nixon (blame my parents–I was 10 yrs. old!) LBJ, Frank Church, McGovern, etc., this tops them all.
Also, as a high school teacher, I have never in 25 years of teaching seen so much interest–not ever.
We're all for Obama, of course. And we will not be denied:)
I've put heavy man-hours into every election since I turned 18 ... 36 years ago. That includes the mid-term elections many voters conveniently forget about. The candidates change ... the issues evolve. My interest level does not.
I had more interest in the 2004 election, since I felt the decision to invade Iraq was a huge mistake; however, I think the rest of the country now agrees we need to take our country back from this cabal.
Port Aransas, TX
Always Interested. Always vote. I have often voted for the loser-not this time. The democrats need and will win in November.
It DOES seem that the 18 year olds are highly motivated to vote this year. I haven't noticed that in the past.
I was plugged in in 2004 and was so angry when Bush was reelected. Now I am so plugged in that not only do I follow the election daily because of Candidate Obama , but this Independent voter has actually donated money to a presidential campaign for the first time in my life . I will volunteer in Florida to work for the general campaign if Obama is the Democratic nominee.
Yes We Can
This is the first primary election I've participated in after over 30 years of voting for President, as it's the first primary election that has the chance of providing a candidate from both parties that I would consider voting for in the general election. Competition is good, Jack!
There were elections before this year?
Seriously,I've always been interested, but you wouldn't be able to tell by my voting record... I registered to vote this year for the first time.
Obama gets some credit, but he's right to say Bush gets some too; the past 7 years have showed me that it really does matter whose in the White House.
I think I might be 'addicted'. Does that answer your question?
Seriously, in the beginning, I thought we had three candidates of integrity. Now, I think there is one candidate – Obama.
McSameDrain – I am really losing any respect for him and actually, getting downright frightened with all of his slip ups. I worry about his age. He is an American hero, just not presidential material at this age.
Don't even get me started with Hillary. I fume anymore. What a chameleon. Listen to what Obama is saying. A few weeks ago, SHE campaigned on the premise people were losing hope and becoming angry.
And now she calls him elitest. Unreal.
Her and Bill have cost taxpayers almost as much of the other two living ex-presidents in presidential retirement benefits.
The retirement allowance through the end of this year will be nearly $8 million, compared to $5.5 million for George H. W. Bush’s and $4 million for Jimmy Carter’s during the same period.
As taxpayers, when are we going to wake up and realize the Clintons could almost be downright evil – and we just let them get by with it.
Sandy in NE
I was never really interested in past elections, however, this election is history in the making. I have never been this excited about an election before. Hillary, with her old style politicis and her flowery rhetoric, and Obama, and individual who can provide this nation with a firm and new sense of direction. There is no excitement anywhere in the world, short of war, to match the excitement of the the 2008 American presidential campaign........and to think we are engaged in both.
I'm much more interested in the primaries this time around than I've ever been but I've always been highly interested in the general election.
No more nor no less than in elections past. I have always been politically active since I could first vote.
I believe people might be more apt to vote if we would abolish the electoral college and rely solely on the popular vote. Even though I have voted in every election since I turned 21 in 1968, my vote for president has only counted once. I lived in Michigan at the time and that state went for Lyndon Johnson.
I never have voted in 45 years until this year. This was the first year I ever registered to vote. So far I have been called for Jury Duty ( That has never happened before) and I have been disillusioned by the rotten candidates. There is no up side to voting. Half of the people will be delighted with the candidate that wins and the other half will not be so happy. In about 3 years all the voters will be forming a lynch mob because of their disappointment in the one that got elected. Anyone that votes and expects change is a wasting their time. They are all politicians. They all make promises they can't possibly keep and are spending our money trying to keep those promises. They are just setting us all up for failure with their lofty ideas and no way to achieve them.
Hi Jack – I've always been interested in politics but never like this. I'm absolutely fired up – actually, I have been since W. was re-elected in 2004. I am so sick of him and just haven't been able to wait till we had some choices. So I guess I have to credit Bush with some of my enthusiasm cause I know he won't be back!! YAY!!
Interest is more now than ever and all due to Barack Obama. I know one thing if for some unknown reason the United States doesn't want Barack for President he should run for office in Canada we could use a person like him here for a refreshing change.
This is a watershed election, the future truely is now. If you are a citizen of this country and you are not inerested in this election you have either been living under a rock for the last 8 years or you are a Bush apologists and are happy with the status quo. Or economy is failing, are troops are fighting in the middle of a civil war, our climate is changing faster then anyone anticipated, we are losing quaity jobs to overseas sweatshops, Millions upon millions can't afford health care and thats just for starters. Do I have a higher than normal interest in this election, your damn right I do.
I think people are tired of having a government that does as it likes such as the Bush administration and want a saying in this country future. They don't want policies shoved down their throats. A change is coming.
I am a 67 year old woman who has voted in every presidential election since I was 21. This year is probably the most important election in our history since we have a candidate who has connections with pure evil. I shudder to think what will happen if Barack Obama gets elected. Just Can't Happen.
This election is crucial to our survival as a free nation. I hope everyone is paying attention to the underlying spirit of this man and will cast their vote for Hillary Rodham Clinton.
As a Yellow Dog Democrat, I have been interested in politics from high school and college on. However, I can say that this is the most exciting and unusual election since 1960 when John F. Kennedy won. Maybe this year's one is even more exciting than the 1960 one. I watch CNN every night and appreciate your excellent coverage of Politics '08. Thanks Jack (and I believe you are for my candidate Barack Obama).
I was somewhat interested in the 2000-2004 elections. I became interested in this election in February 2008 while listening to Sen. Obama give a victory speech after winning one of the primaries.
I searched the web for his site and began reading everthing about him. I thought to myself, finally! Someone with integrity. Since that time, I have witnessed him admit to being wrong, humble himself and get back on focus.
Admission of being wrong is something politicians do not do.
There is something very genuine, very special about Barack Obama.
This country needs him more than they know.
In past elections, one theiving, coniving, disingenious, self-interested grifter was pretty much the same as the other. My interest, my ONLY interest in this election is founded on hope. For the first time probably 4 decades, I'm seeing ONE who may have the courage, undaunting energy, stalwart integrity, and vision to attempt to stem the escalating spiral corruption betrayal by insensitive, self-promoting, greedy, lying, cowardly, and downright stupid egomaniacs that attempt to "govern" what was once the greatest Democracy in the World!
Barack Obama will have his hands full, but any other choice will continue the ever-increasing spiral of destruction that has the US circling the drain.
The interest in this election has served to educate the American public about the brokenness of our government, our political process but more importantly, about the "quality" of individuals we elect. The longer this Democratic primary goes on, the more we discover about the candidates, the deeper the worry becomes about the future of America. Please, isn't there a SUPER, SUPER delegate out there with the courage to stop this self-serving drama.
My interest is much higher now than ever before and I'm 58. However, should Hillary steal the nomination and run against McCain, you'll probably see a drastic drop in your numbers...so don't count the ducks yet.
Hillary didn't create the new jobs for New York that she promised as senator, she voted for the war in Iraq instead of carefully thinking about it, everyone around her is for free-trade deals which makes her opposition very suspicious...I see not much difference of Hillary or McCain. The same old politician stuff that's gotten us into the wrong war and tearing up our economy. The same old lobbying and big business payouts. Hillary and McCain are more alike than most think.
Never in my life have I been more involved in the election process than I am right now. I'm a 43 year old white male who is a veteran and former Republican. I am now an independent who for the 1st time may actually be helping elect a presidential candidate I not only support, but believe in due to his message, not his party! I've become actively involved in blogs, newsgroups, campaign websites, and all things CNN. Thanks to you and the best damn political team on TV and the web.
Your question should be asked to the media... it seems this year the media coverage has been 5 times the usual... I think politcs is getting more buzz because of the writer's strike and the lack of nightly TV shows... Americans have to get their fix of drama!!!
My interest in this election season has increased 10 fold for elections past. I wonder why?
`Bitter in Ga and voting for Obama`
There was a writer's strike on tv this year...there was nothing else to watch but these two going at it. Funny thing is that the race for the nomination has turned out to be a pretty entertaining show. At the very least, they have saved us from reruns!
What an opportunity! A once in a lifetime opportunity to vote for a person like Barack Obama. I'm as fired up as I have ever been. After living 19 years in Rhodesia (now Zimbabwe), 19 years in Israel, and now 20 years in the United States – and after being a politically active citizen in each country, this is the first time in my life that I am this fired up. I wrote on "twitter" this morning: "I go to sleep hoping for an Obama Presidency, and wake up thinking about it. I guess it's my way of praying."
I am as excited as I can be and have the audacity to hope!
The same. I always look at the resume, which few people do including the media. Then I make my decision. I'm proud to say that I never voted for George W. Bush or his father.
I probably haven't been this interested in decades, as I want to see change. Maintaining the status quo, does not bring out new voters either.
Change is what is driving this election and the incumbents need to be very wary of their total constituencies. While everyone is watching the presidential race, another big section of our government is up for grabs, as well.
I get the sense that Hillary and McCain represent the status quo.
As a college student on the verge of graduating, I have taken a great interest in the 2008 election. I met Sen. Obama at a town hall event in Gary and he is passionate about every single person in this country. I can't say the same for Hillary who has been to every city in Northwest Indiana except for Gary and John McCain who won't even send a lock of hair to the city limits. If the two actually came to Gary, they would understand where the "bitter" comments came from.
This is the first election where I've put my money where my mouth is. I've donated to Obama and I've donated my time. Times are too uncertain and scary to not care about this election. I guess I'm just to 'bitter' to risk Clinton or McCain winning the white house this time.
Well this is the first year ever I have done more than vote for the lesser of the choices. This year I finally felt good that I was actually voting FOR a canidate. Its also the first time I ever donated to a campaign and I will admit I never check the box on my tax return for the presidental election simply because I cant afford it. If Obama doesnt win, I will crawl back in my hole like the groundhog and wait until this election is over.
April in Austin Texas
I am 51 years old and have always voted , but i have never been excited about it until now. Obama has brought millions of new voters into the process , young , old , and even hardcore Republicans like my 73 year old sister that stated with tears rolling down her face ; for the second time in my life i will be voting Democrat , and i will proudly cast my vote for a great American " Barck Obama".
He is the real deal.
In the early part of the campaign my interest was far higher than it has ever been – but as the campaign has turned into a mud slinging contest, my interest has waned. I'm tired of hearing about preachers and snipers, I want to hear what the candidates are going to do about the economy and the war.
I think I will become interested again after Hillary finally bows out and we get the opportunity to hear McCain and Obama debate the issues.
I'm very interested in the 2008 election... to a point. There's a sand bar out there in presidential politics that still exists, where egos muscle in and discussions of common sense issues take a back seat to what's hot or what's popular. This election may have the largest turnout in decades for our country, but in the end, it's still just politics.
Too bad the democrats have selected two real losers who are about to kill each other off, having forsaken all the proven statesmen who were in the race earlier. Shame on you!!
Just imagine what this country will be like in a couple of years with either of them in the White House. This country will be totally divided where the government can't get any support from either side. They are both very negative about the US (bad judgment) and have already divided the democrat party.
Sorry to burst the enthusiasm bubble, but when was the last time a political candidate lived up to the hype?
I feel desperately sorry for all these Obama supporters, especially the young first time voters, who've been duped into believing that he's some kind of Messiah who's going to solve all our problems.
His message of hope is a cruel and false panacea. We're being exploited by just another opportunist politician.
Jack..........Ive always been interested in voting. My problem has been that I cant tell the difference in any of the candidates, except McCain will let more troops die to secure Iraq instead of his own country. Then again, none of the candidates will secure our country regardless of the war! Fortunately for the president, the congress makes and passes laws in this country. Since they cant agree on anything vital to our security, healthcare, or anything else, what difference does it make who's the next bafoon, I mean President?
The vast majority of the new voters are coming in because of Obama - neither Clinton nor McCain have attracted a new voter under age 35 within the last decade.
McCain and Clinton are simply different sides of the same coin, and nothing will change under either of them. Hillary will flounder around with healthcare and achieve no results, just like she did with HillaryCare in the 1990s, and McCain will run the war just as before.
Only Obama offers Americans the chance for real change, which is why he has electrified the electorate.
I have been casting my vote since Ronald Reagan, and have always been intensly interested in the choices for the highest office. I think the real reason voters are turning out in record numbers, is much like the reason U.S. flags sold out everywhere shortly after 9-11. Too many people nowdays need a kick in the pants to be patriotic. Some want to make sure Republicans lose the White house. Some just want to make history by voting in a black or female. Too many people in the past have complained about our nation, without casting a single vote to change it. Coffee was brewed, and alot of people have finally waken up to smell it. Hopefully the trend will continue.
I am one who would have voted for 'none of the above' in most of the previous elections. This one will be different. I hope Obama gets the nomination but will vote for the Democrat in any event. If John McSame gets elected I will seriously consider moving to Canada.
This is election is an addiction to me. I spend more time watching news and following the candidates than I have in my life. I am one of those that want to see a new direction and a breath of fresh air away from the old politics of the past. I would love to see this presidential campaign transend into a new house and senate also.
Never before in history has race, gender, and age been a factor in a
Presidental election. It's sort of like playing the Trifecta in horse racing. This campaign keeps you on the edge of your seat , especially when you can't believe what spills out of their mouths. Watching these candidates is 100% better than the soap operas.
I would call this election season the most interesting one I have ever seen in my 59 years. I have always followed the elections closely, but I have never had a candidate inspire me like Barack Obama. I hope that the news I'm hearing that Carter and Gore are trying to encourage Hillary to go ahead and drop out now is true. Nothing could make me happier!
I've been highly interested this year because of the economy,war, Social Security, Veterans Benefits, education , high gasoline prices, and the knowledge that if another Republican gets into office, the whole country will certainly disintegrate just like the Soviet Union. Common Sense and change are what are needed in D.C. and I can only see one candidate who has the "audacity and hope" to do it.
I'm very interested in this election, but only as much as the previous Presidential campaign. Just as then, I am VERY concerned about the course for this country. If we must suffer another four years of the Bushie legacy, it may take decades for us to recover.
Please, America, vote with a heart and a mind to make this better for ALL of us...and not only for the ultra-rich and "military-industrial complex/" (Not my words...there Ike's.)
This is the first time in my life that I am glued to the tube and monitor at work. This election is the first time I can really appreciate the views and why I voted for whom. I think that Obama brings about a great deal of electricty for change and I am hoping that he will be the President. Hillary would have been good but after really and carelully looking at her views, Bill in still in the White House and we don't need that kind of Presidency. Bill has done his term and share of bad for the goods so let Hillary and Bill go enjoy themselves while Obama make this a better country.
This election is of particular importance to me because we will be getting rid of the biggest fool that ever hit the big time.
I've always been very interested in the presidential races, but this year is unlike no other in my memory. It is like a live reality TV soap opera, with memorable actors.
Hillary is by far the most dramatic. She adds some levity because the viewers never know for sure which mood she will portray: an angry lady who feels that she alone can right all the wrongs in the world; a tearful, lady seeking sympathy; or a teller of dramatic "tall tales" hoping to sway viewers because of her bravery. She'll never win an Emmy because she simply is not a good actress.
Her husband and our former president is the most passionate, especially when he shows great indignation that someone else might win the nomination, and he and his wife may have to retreat.
Barrack to many viewers is the hero because he strives to tell it "like it is" and "how it was." He's a cinch for some award.
Finally, there is McCain, who shouldn't have been cast. He is simply too boring and repetitive.
Hopefully, this soap opera will have a happy ending!
I am a farily young voter and so this is really the first primary I remember. That being said, it's been very exciting and has gotten me interested in politics although with that comes much frustration. I hope that with whatever happens, the standard types of politics moves towards honesty and policy and not double talk.
Obama '08 – A new face in washington
I've never followed politics before this year. The closest thing to following politics for me was watching the series "The West Wing" or the movie "Dave". This year I've followed cable news and blogs every day. I can name every CNN reporter and anchor. I've even had a comment read on air by Jack Cafferty! I've watched online videos of speeches. I've even donated to a campaign.... Barack Obama's.
So my interest in 2008 Elections is infinitely higher than prior elections. And if the nomination is stolen from Obama, it will be my last.
I wasn't old enough to vote when JFK was running, but he made me wish I could. I watched his press conferences and really became interested in politics. This is the first election since then that has reignited that passion.
Some are new voters and some are mischievous republicans planning to vote in a way to perpetuate the race. I hope that most are new voters and will vote for Obama so that we can get on with the election.
Hillary needs to drop out for the good of us all.
Jack, you and Jeffrey Toobin were being interviewed when the story broke about Barack Obama's ill-chosen remarks in California concerning the "bitterness" of small-town residents in PA and similar areas. You both dismissed his comments as not only inconsequential but essentially correct. Nice call. You guys need to get out more, instead of having FEMA's reaction after Katrina. Polls show Obama went from a dead heat with Hillary in PA then to her now having a 20-point lead. I am interested in this campaign largely because of the pandering and arrogance by both the candidates and the media. By the way, another network or two sized up the damage, something you by now hopefully have recognized, more accurately and promptly.
I have not really been as engaged as I have in any previous election. For the first time I feel hope that we can move away from the divisiveness in Washington and across the country.
I am 46 and have voted in every Presidential election since 1980. This is the first election where I have actively donated and volunteered for a candidate. I do feel that if the right candidate is elected we can get rid of some of the partisan politics. I get so sick of the Red vs. Blue states and don't think we are accomplishing anything. I am also very sick of this war of which I was never in favor of. As the Democratic election for the nominee wanes on, I do find that I am getting fatigued at some of the tactics but look forward to June 3.
Hopeful in GA!
I have always been involved in politics, but this time is very different. This time I am not voting for the least worst of the bad choices available. This time I am voting FOR the best candidate and with enthusiasm and I'm donating money and my volunteer time. I am supporting Barack Obama. This time we have a candidate we can get behind and who will to tell us the truth and who wants to bring us along to do the hard work to come to bring this nation we love back to greatness. Bush has made an incredible mess. We have to have a president who can inspire us all to help with the cleanup. I want my country back. I am fired up!!
Lets us be realistic 90% of new voters want to vote because of OBAMA, this time around is the people chance they want CHANGE tired of the same old politics in washington they want to CHANGE the business
This is the first election I've been able to vote in and I never thought I'd be this interested in politics. The election has captured my interest and as demonstrated by so many people on this and many other blogs, people have an emotional investment in the candidates.
I'm more interested in the 2008 elections than any previous elections. Af first it was because I was excited about the Democrats taking the White House. Then I was excited about having two strong candidates. Now, unfortunately, my interest has become like a morbid fascination with a highway accident, tuning in every day to see what sort of nasty comments have been made and who has been bloodied the most today.
Jack, I'm used to one party blaming the other for our problems, and here the GOP is supposed to be taking a beating for Bush's blunders - not unusual from past elections, such as 1968 when the Democrats were blamed for our problems in Vietnam. What does interest me is watching an African-American and a woman vie for the highest position in our country.
You said it Don from Ontario!!!!!!!!
Sen. Obama is really an inspiration. I have never seen so many young people, so inspired and hyped up to cast their vote. He is responsible for their "YES WE CAN" attitude. I have watched some of the videos in schools in America, and I am amazed at the way Sen. Obama has been able to get these young people to accept responsibility!
Sandy I agree with you, I too have become "addicted" I watch CNN almost all day now, except when they keep milking Sen Obama's misrepresentations for all they are worth. When this happens I just switch to another channel.
I read these blogs daily and even leave some comments. Americans this man "Barack Obama" will turn things around for ALL Americans.
"YES HE CAN"
I'm more interested in the current elections because I think Americans are ready to do what's best for the country despite ideology. We've tired of red state/ blue state nonsense.
Barack Obama has kept this election from being business as usual and a choice between two insiders who won't change a thing in our national govt. I've been more excited than I've been since 40 years ago, when Bobby Kennedy gave me the same kind of hope for change.
My interest is very high, but for an unusual reasons. I usually angst over which candidate to vote for – I'm an independent and have voted for every presidential winner since Nixon. My streak ended when I voted for Kerry. I have no angst this time because I will not vote for either Dem candidate. But my interest is high because it's like watching a train wreck in slow motion – fascinating stuff!
My interest in the elections this year is electrifying. Barack Obama has generated a wave that is threatening to sweep through the country like the tsunami that you aptly titled it. His message does not just sound refreshing but gives hope to every body that America is still a land of dreams and that your dreams can carry you as far as you are willing to believe. Since I qualified to vote, I have never missed voting out of duty, but this time, I am excited and can't wait for November and that is because of the effect that Baracks message and personality has had this election year. He is like a breath of fresh air in a tainted, lack-luster, and unfaithful polity. Also important is the fact that the current state of the Union has raised awareness to what is at stake and defeated complacency. People are eager to take back our collective destiny rubbished by politicians who cling unto politics as usual to the detriment of our welfare.
I'm a lifelong Democrat who votes not for party but for the individual candidate. Most of the time, that means mostly Democrats.
More people are interested and more people are registered and will vote because we are feeling a desperate need to heal our country. So much has gone wrong. So much of what is happening in our country and in our world is tearing us apart. So much is at stake for us, our children, our grandchildren, and all the others yet to be....
We need a change, a better direction than the course we are on. McCain doesn't offer it. Clinton doesn't offer it. My hope is riding with Obama. And, if something really bad comes to light about him that impacts my willingness to continue to support him, my vote will be for "None of the Above."
My interest in the upcoming election for a new President of the United States has never been greater. The reason for this new found interest is two fold. First, never has our country been in such dire straits and in need for substantial change: Veterans being denied healthcare and homeless, millions of people losing their homes, gas prices so high soon we will not be able to afford to get to work, etc. etc. Secondly, we have never had a candidate who truly wants to serve for the good of ALL Americans, i.e. Barack Obama. Despite Hillary's, McCain's, and the spin Doctors' unwillingness to admit Barack's words simply did not come across as articulately as they normally do, I believe in hope and I believe that hope brings change. This is the first election I have ever been able to take part in where my vote will not be against a candidate, but a vote for a candidate.
St Johnsbury, Vermont
Jack I've been watching elections on tv since the early 50's when I was a little kid and over the years my interest in politics deepened. But as I've followed this election, I realize I've never been drawn in to such a degree as I am with this one. I feel it's because of the lack of leardership and the demagoguery over the last eight years and that we have a black American and a woman as candidates this time. It's fascinating to watch it unforld in spite of the fact that rit eally is running on far too long. My dearest hope is that all the new voters will remain involved in elections to come.
That's as simple as asking how George Bush compares to past Presidents. When thing's are going well in America people have a tendency to let the cards fall where they may. But when our lives are being directly affected by the strategic blunders of our elected officials we tend to come out in masses to let our frustrations be known. So bring on November cause I'm ready to start firing some of these greedy, no good, do-nothings. This time a single vote can change everything.
I've been a news junkie for 30 years and enjoy the political years. What's new this time around is it's a real hoot! Don't drop out Hillary, we're having too much fun!
This year is by far much more more important as this fine nation has been in the bowels of politics for far too long. This is the first year since Kennedy that I believe that we actually have someone who not only wants change, but will succeed in getting the job done. We the people need Obama to take over and undo the damage done over the last 24 years of the Clinton/Bush era. McCain would be a mistake and we all know we cant trust Hillary with even the smallest task without some back-biting deal to go along with it.
The only one we can trust with the future of this country is Obama. God help us if we get anything less.
This will be the second time I will be able to vote in a national election. I wanted very badly to vote in 2000, but was just shy of 18. In 2004, I wasn't interested at all, but voted for Kerry just because I didn't want Bush coming back. This time around, I find myself checking these blogs several times a day and watching the news at night keeping up with what is happening. Although my interest has waned in the last couple of weeks because of information overload (9+ month primary season is just too long), I'm still devoting a lot more time to following this election than any other I've voted in.
I find campaign the 2008 fascinating.
I am riveted, nay, addicted to cable,web,
and XM radio election coverage.
I contributed to a campaign for the first time ever!
It's Obama or bust!
Previous elections do not even compare. I normally go in and vote for the lesser of two evils in the Democratic election and am done with it. But, this year I have watched the whole process unfold and must say I excited that we have someone running who is not a part of the old Washington set.
Jack, not since John F Kennedy, have I been more interested in the
comming election as I am now. The fact that Obama and possibily Clinton and the fact that our country is less respected than ever. The Dollar has gone down the tubes and all Bush can think of is getting more of our men and women killed which is easy for him since he has none over there. McCain is great veteran but I have not seen or heard of any of his son being over there so it's easy to see why he would want to stay. Thats why we need him and Hillary at home.
I am a regular CNN watcher now becuase of this race.
Obama first caught my attention because he tells the truth as much as he is able under the circumstances compared to his rival. Even at his most negative he doesn't come close to the vicousness of her campaign's attacks from which he recovers for the most part.
She might have made it if she hadn't gone so negative because she's so strong. America needs an Obama right now.
Jack: I am so tired of hearing your same old sour whine. You take everything negative about "your man" Obama and spin it to the positive. Barak Obama is only what the media has made him out to be. Look alittle closer and I don't think you'll like what you see – a reverse racist and a snob. Other than Lou Dobbs, you all at CNN are "Hillary Bashers". What's your problem – can't stand to see a strong woman without becoming intimidated and thinking she's a (b)witch?! I hope you read this – all you seem to read are positive comments about Obama and negative comments about my girl Hillary. What's this, the "boys club"?
I have been on the Obama party everysince he first ran for office in Illinois and then for
senator from Illinois and now I am hopeful he will be our next president. He and his family are average people like me and my family and friends and I am sure he will look out for us. Hillary is old time politics and withall their ewalth theydo not know how the rest of us struggle to just live,eat and pay our medical bills and pills. Lets have a new face in Washington, one who looks out for we average people. Pat Moore,Harvard, Illinois
I am finally captivated, interested and filled with hope. I find myself listening to you and other commentators or your caliber and I find myself rising of my couch clapping, and shouting yes!
It is like a good thriller with a bright and hopeful ending.
David Abdalla, Washington DC
. . . .If the republicans' "Operation Chaos" is in play, I can't wait for it
to backfire on them so that they can bow to Hillary Clinton as president.
It's an addiction.
I have never been this excited about an election in my life. It is a historical event, that I can't contain my enthusiasm! I eat and sleep politics. I can't wait to have my chance to vote!
I talk politics everyday, I watch CNN everyday, I'm on CNN's website everyday. I'm addicted!!
I remember watching the conventions as a child in the 50's and 60's and I have always voted, but this is the first election since JFK that has stirred my heart. I am so proud of the younger generations and I pray that those over 60 do not forget that when they were that age they made the right decision and they should now let the younger generations take the lead for the future of this country.
Jack, my interest is increasing because of Sen. Barack Obama! Finally we have a politician who is not afraid to "tell it like it is." We may not like what Obama has to say;but he has the Strength OF HIS COVICTIONS!
Although I've voted I hadn't volunteered to work for an election for many years until this year. Throughout my life I've heard people lament "Why vote? Nothing ever changes." And even though people are angry and frustrated, they feel hopeless that their government will ever do anything for them.
We have a huge difference in the candidates this year: two candidates who say "Vote for me and I'll work hard for you in Washington" and one bright voice who says "I can't do this on my own, I need your help: When you help me win this election you and I can change Washington together." It's a new message, new era.
from a white over-50 woman from a small town in Indiana
I have voted in every election since 1975.I have shown more interest in this election than any other.I think that people are "Bitter" and looking for change ,hence the record turnouts.If any kind of poll was done I would bet the vast majority of these democrats are Obama backers.As a registered Republican I will probably vote for him in Nov,but never a Clinton...
This election , finally has one candidate that truly cares about the people. (Barack Obama). As for the comments he made on last friday, he was right on. Hillary act as if the blue- collar workers in Pa is the only people that is suffering. If all the candidates down through the years had the guts Obama had ,we may not would have a president now, that should be brought up on treason. As for Hillary , I am so glad she was put in her place this morning by the steel workers.It was all a political trick anyway
I care about every election and have voted in every election from 1960. this election is more important because if we do not change the direction that our country is going we will become a failed nation or be over taken by another country.please don't say that this connot happen because the roman empire was the greatest of ther time but they failed and were taken over.Question for Jack - Why before each primary the media comes up with some bitter news about obama or sheds a tear for HILLARY(the water is still flowing from New Hampshire). Oh, Hillary Shot a duck but In don't hear fowl words about her. I know that is where she heard the snipper fire???
Jack.......This elitist garbage that Billary is spuing. How can someone making in excess of 100million be possibly in touch with common man. How can she possibly feel the pain of no house, no home, no job and no food. Yes we are damned bitter.A perfect example of "let them eat cake"
My interest has quadrupled! We cannot have another 8 years as we have already had with Bush. We need CHANGE, a new START. And that is not going to happen with another Republican in office.
United we stand, divided we fall
Jack, i just have one sentence for you, i don't go to the movies anymore as i use to, i just stay home and watch cnn.
This is the most consuming election since I have been voting because of the fact that our country is in the worst condition ever. Most Americans are really hurting and desperate to make changes as quickly as possible. I have never had it so hard financially so it is of vital importance to elect someone who will be best qualified to clean up all the mess Bush has made of our economy.
Three things are responsible: 1. The great dissatisfaction with Bush. 2. The close Democratc primary race. 3. Obama generating some response from theyoung and other who do not usually vote.
One rather insignificant pollster has shown a 20% lead of Clinton over Obama in PA. Two other more well known pollsters are showing a six point spread. Nationwide Obama is carrying his highest lead over Clinton – 10%. Obama's remarks about "Bitter" Americans and what he clearly meant by those remarks are much more in touch with real America then his opponents and their supporters care to admit.
Obama has brought something to politics that has not been seen in awhile!
Hope for change in a country in dire need of a saviour!
Mr. Cafferty, I have voted by absentee ballot my entire military career. This election is the first election in that I'm totally engaged and very much interested in its outcome. I watch every news channel most of the day and contribute to the blogs on anything Obama! They will without a doubt have two new medical addictions to treat when this election is over, one for Obamamania and one Obamapobia.
I think over the last few elections, many have not participated or made a true educated decision in the voting process. Those many now realize that poor voting decisions (or lack there of) will have a dynamic effect on all Americans and now see that on a personal level. In Maryland, our governor entered his first term with a 60% approval rating and that now hovers in the 30s. Buyers' remorse or the regret in not voting drives the public's awareness and involvemnt in the political arena both locally and nationally.
The voter registration numbers are very impressive, but what's even more impressive is the actual voter turnout.
The Clinton/McCain crowds don't understand that the game has changed. They're still campaigning like it's the 90s and you don't have to appeal to the general public, just 50% + 1 of the people you are not able to discourage from voting with your negative campaigning.
These are the people who say Obama can't win. And will still be saying it as he is sworn in on Jan. 20, 2009.
to get g. bush out and to keep another clinton from disgracing the office is very important.
Compared to elections back to 1959 when I first could vote, they are about the same. The biggest difference is that dirt can now flow at cyber speeds. Accusations and denials of wrong word choices can now be sent out via the internet in nano seconds. I bet Al Gore is mad as hell for electioneers using his invention for such chicanery.
BTW, If Hillary wins PA by only 1% she will consider it a "Huckadate" (Huckabee style mandate) to take a further beating in NC.
I think if your an American you could'nt help but have more interest in this election then any other. It could be the year for the first women,first black,or a young person as president everyone should be excited about that.
When I was a graduate student at Arizona State, Walter Cronkite came to my school to speak. This was shortly before we headed into the war in Afghanistan, and he said something that has stuck with me. He said, "It's not that Americans have a right to know what's going on; we have a duty to know." In other words, our system of government is dependent upon the awareness of the citizens of this country.
Before then, I didn't much care about voting. I had before, but my choices weren't as informed as they should have been. Since then, my level of attention has been raised.
Jack, I just can't understand why the Obama supporters don't want the very best person for president. Do you? Obama has already shown his true colors. They are yellow.He won't admit to his lies,instead blames others, mostly the great Hillary, who is the very best choice to lead the country. We have already had a president that
doesn't know what he is doing. Surely they don't want another one.
Well, Jack, it's interesting reading the usual airhead comments on this election. The voters who are coming into the process because of Obama are the worst of all. They bad-mouth Hillary and the country like this is the brink of the dark ages and we are destined for disaster. There have been other difficult times in our nation's history and we made it through without the whining you hear on these blogs. I hope all these new voters stay involved, but, when their guy doesn't win, or he falls short of their expectations in office, they'll probably just drop out again.
People don't take the time to register and vote in a primary unless they are motivated. It will be a record turnout especially if Obama is nominated. Unless the dem candidate shoots him/herself in the head, the GOP is toast this year. I think John McCain is a decent, honorable guy who will be crushed under his choice to align himself with Bush's policies and continued "lets make it up as we go" stratagies in Iraq. We Americans may have been sleeping for the last few years but given the economy, the war and corruption only the most die-hard neo-cons will want to stay this course.
Watching everyone get excited now, after Bush has screwed everything up, is like watching a Rancher close the gate after the horse is gone. Where were you folks when we could have prevented this damage from happening? Was it the Iraq War, the endless lies, the giveaway of the treasury to the Rich, the environmental destruction, the Massive Deficits or the Shredding of the Constitution that woke you up? I guess I should be grateful that you have an interest in prevent a 3rd Bush term, but I wonder if we can recover from your indifference.
Jack, I'm excited about these elections. When it is all over, we'll have to make sure we start candidates running in 2009 for the 2012 elections, so americans don't go through the terrible political withdraw of not having candidates run.... – Jim Barton Malta, NY
Interested, are you kidding me? Jack, permit me to consider your question the biggest mistatement since Hilary Clinton's Bonia sniper saga. This is the only country in the world where people preach about things they clearly know is non sense but do so all the same just for heck of it.
It about time we do everything within our reach to rollback the craziness of the Bushed – Cheneyed policies and the only way we can do that is by electing Senator Obama as our president. Lets' quit this crapy snipering among fellow Dems and start thinking about inovative ways to put this derailed America back on track.
I have always voted, but I have been complacent. I thought that no president could really hurt us too badly. After all, we have three branches of goverment. Checks and balances.A free press. What happened? U.S. attorneys were ordered to influence elections, congress caved in on every issue because they couldn't handle being called unpatriotic, The president turned out to be part of a larger movement that has its own secret agenda. And the voters? We voted against our own interests for people that we don't agree with. Again. This time I hope everyone votes. Twice.
This is the first time since I have been old enough to vote that George Bush isn't on the ballot. Although I voted in the last two presidential elections, I was very detached from the process because I knew, as a Texan, my vote didn't exactly mean alot. This year, though, I really feel like every vote counts, and I have thrown my support so whole-heartedly behind my candidate that I can't wait to cast a vote for him in November!
I didn't realize until last weekend that I really am bitter with the McCain/Clinton Beltway system. We need to start over, so to speak, and the best way is to replace the current Washington mind set with a government that really is of the people, by the people and for the people, not of the lobbyists, by corporate America and for the wealthy.
the only time i ever voted was for ross perot,because of his message of change.with obama,i have a reason to vote again.i think the new and first-time voters,have mostly come out for obama ,because we're bitter,bitter,bitter....
nothing like totally incompetent government at all levels to get the voters attention, Jack.
time to throw out every incumbent in every office at every level in November. as for those elections that have no incumbent running, like this years Presidental race, we can at least switch parties as that will have a greater chance of change.
This very well may be the first election in my lifetime that does not have a Bush or a Clinton on the ticket, so yes there is more excitement for this election than I have felt for others, but the excitement is for change; change this country very desperately needs.
This race between the Democrats is so exciting – and good to see the young people getting involved. Obama has instilled this and I think its a good thing for the country. My husband and I can't wait to get home to click on CNN to watch what has taken place all day. I agree with the other Canadian comments – if Obma doesn't win – we would love to have him in our county.
My interest is intense. The first time I saw Ralph Reed on tv years ago, the hair on the back of my neck stood up. If these people got powerful enough, we were in trouble. Now, for the first time since then, I have hope that "we the people" finally came to our senses.
This is the most interesting Election in my lifetime. The non issue becomes an issue and the graft that is done goes away with the next news headline. We never visit the storyline for any length of time.
We have people making excuses for why they do not like the Black guy. Saturday Night Live makes fun of them all.
There is never a dull moment. I read a guy's comment that Obama is an elitist, not because of money but because of a state of mind he has!
I guess I better change my state of mind.For the first time a once poor single parent mixed black/white child is considered an Elitist? This is really interesting. It has become somewhat hilarious! I wonder will he be able to get a cab in New York?
I have voted since I became of age. I always vote but this year it seems to be really important. We need a change. We have had men and we have seen what they do and sometimes what they failed to do. There have been some great presidents and there have been a few that weren't so great. But we have never had a women. We need a change in the way Washington is handle. Go Hill
At the age of 28, this is only the third Presidential election I have had the privilege to vote in. After the blunder in 2000 and the weak democratic Presidential candidate in 2004, this is a very important election to me, so I have been paying close attention.
Jack, for a person born outside of the US, I was proud to vote for the first time in my life in the primaries. I've been so addicted to the election news so much so that as soon as I get home from work, my kids turn their games off and flip the channel to CNN. I'm dying to watch a debate between Obama and McCain. I bet Sen McCain will not measure up. Apart from the war in Iraq, he'll not be able to debate on any other issues facing Americans.
i hope my vote will keep the beer drinking, bullet dodging and pantsuit wearing princess out of the most important office in the world.things are bad enough as it is.
Well Jack, I am fascinated by the 2007-2008 campaign because Obama is a new face in town, he adds a new twist to the same old rhetoric, which is rather refreshing in itself. Plus I enjoy CNN's coverage of this election, including you Jack. But! The only thing I can tell that's different from these Senators standing on the steps of the Capitol building and the Senators standing on the steps of the Forum in Rome 2000 years ago, is the microphone and TV cameras in front of their faces. You would have thought that after two millineums they would have burned the same old speeches, or at least fired or hung the speech writer by now. As far as I can tell there isn't much difference between Nero and our last three presidents, or whomever becomes the president elect.
Now we are see Obama in a true light. 1st was his wifes comments, and then came Rev Wright, now this. When is America going to open thier eyes to this person and tell him to go to hell?
I have protested the clinton's since i was 12 years old so i don't think we will not separate ourselves from polotics.
I am a baby boomer, was raised in a democratic family (who would have chosen charles mansion over mother Theresa if he ran as a dem.), and I could never understand why they chose any party. I started paying attention to politics in the Kennedy/Nixon campaigns. Since then, this is the first election, with the possible exception of Perot, where I haven't heard "I voted for X because he was the lesser of two evils. McCzin is thee typical Rep., Hrc is the typical Dem. and Obama represents a change to change politics aswe know it. McCain is clueless as far as foreign affairs and the economy are considered, and HC has lied so many times you can't believe anything she says. As far as the question of "are voters bitter", the answer would have to be found in the record turnouts that Obama has triggered. If it was just McCain and HRC, the turn out would probably not even be as high as the last two elections.
Like night from day, Jack! This time we have a real voice and a real choice. In the bad old days, it was two white guys cut from the same time-honored political cloth toting the same baggage. What's happening now we just LOVE!
Jack, Obama made an estute observation that there are people who are frustrated and feel abandoded by their government. Hillary's (and McCain's) ingnorantly equating all gun ownership to responsible hunters is, at best, absurd. If she really believes that only responsible hunters own guns, she might want to ask Bill exactly what the FBI was doing at Ruby Ridge, Idaho.
If Hillary (and McCain) can't see that just because these "bitter" people exist does not mean that Obama feels that all gun owners, or all people in small towns, are bitter, then maybe they are unable to recognize the complexities in a way we need a president to be able to do.
I always said my vote did not count, but for the first time in my 38years of voting I feel my vote counts and I will be able to reach my country's leader and get a real answer from someone who has not yet been "Washington corrupted". Change God knows is what we need right.
I'm down here in Texas and I'm bitter. I'm bitter over the fact that we have a notorious liar runner for president who chronically misspeaks with impunity. But when the other tells us the truth we castigate him. Old Jack is right, 'we can't handle the truth.'
Jack, after enduring and witnessing the past 7 1/2 years of Bush's systematic demolition of this country, always voting the best qualifed candidate, but never actively engaged in any candidate's campaign. This country needs the blunt trama force of Barack Obama's "uncomfortable" truths about our country's general health. Yes, I am "bitter", but more importantly I am engaged, and feeling much better knowing we have a candidate that "gets" it. Oh, by the way, thanks for asking Jack.
I would like to know? what did Clinton mean when she was saying
the big speaches and the big crowds about Obama.
She was talking about some of the American People that attended
his ralley. so she can't talk about Obama making a mistake and if
I am not mistakeing I though I herd her say the REAL Mens will vote
for her. in one of her speaches.
This one is far more important. We stand on the edge of something big or someone who feels she is entitled to be the next leader. I only hope that the b**ch loses PA. so she will GO AWAY!!
No, the poeple who want to vote for Obama will vote for him anyway and the same for Clinton. Its the media who keeps blowing these stories up over and over again. Clinton needs to let it go as well and have the faith that she say she has to win...or did she Miss speak that too!
Although I've always been interested in elections, this is the one that has made my whole family want to talk about politics. They are tired of hypocrisy – it is time for walk and talk to match. So far, Obama has our trust more than the others. He admits his mistakes and doesn't try to continually tear down his opponents. In other words, he doesn't "bear false witness"!
You're doing great, Jack. Maybe it won't stay ugly out there!
This is the first time in my adult life that I have been so excited about politics. The only thing that so disappointing this time around is how the media is blowing up and making everything the candidates say such a big deal. I do not find what Obama said offensive – I am from a small town in Georgia & yes, we are frustrated and feel that the gov. have forgot about us & only care about themselves. What Obama has said is a good thing because it's finally getting the attention of the big dogs in Washington. Go Obama – we love you and deserve to be the demo. nominee.
Jack, after Bush who would be ready to vote?., four years ago everyone just gave up (we had Kerry) oh lord., this year we have ??? no one, but it's better then Bush.
Jack, it doesn't compare. I had never even heard of a Super delagate until this election. I didn't watch CNN 24/7 like I do now. I mean, it's changed my lifestyle, at least temporarily. The garden will just have to wait.
If Obama doesn't win, at least I can thank him for getting me interested in the political process of picking a President.
God Bless him!
I woke up when the Supreme Court stopped the count in Florida in 2000. I watch news reports, read newspapers, online blogs, etc. to educate myself. No longer will I trust what our president or congressmen/women say.
And just to let you know, I was not offended by what Senator Obama said. He was right. He was being honest. Good lord, I am so sick and tired of the way our government officials treat us like we're morons. I use to be a Hillary supporter, but am disappointed and angered by her "Karl Rove" tactics. I hope Senator Obama wins the nomination and the presidency. Lets give him a chance to fix our world that the Bush Administration wrecked.
I have been more involved this year then any other year. I attended my first caucus and have been paying closer attention to the race. In a way i kinda of regret it due to the back forth nit picking and the pointless attacks on each other but I still want to see someone actually take this country forward to a better place. I still have hope that it can be done but its going to take everyone to get it done and to actually want to get it done. If the candidates cant stick to the issues and talking about themselves rather then each other then our country will never get better and we will forever be divided. Mite as well put a FOR SALE sign on the white house lawn.
Jack – I'm a 72 year old from Illinois whose first vote for President was Eisenhower.
For the first time ever my husband and I requested a Democratic ballot to vote in the Ill primary so that we could vote for Obama. This country has a chance to have a class act for a president after the likes of Bill and Hillary Clinton and George W. Bush in the White House. Let's don't lose this opportunity. CHILL HILL! CHILL Bill! Go Obama!!!!!!
This is the first time in my adult life that I have been so excited about politics. The only thing thats so disappointing this time around is how the media is blowing up and making everything the candidates say such a big deal. I do not find what Obama said offensive – I am from a small town in Georgia & yes, we are frustrated and feel that the gov. have forgot about us & only care about themselves. What Obama has said is a good thing because it's finally getting the attention of the big dogs in Washington. Go Obama – we love you and you deserve to be the demo. nominee.
Hello Jack. I believe Obama's comments were, for the most part, accurate. The verbiage could havce, possibly been better phrased. However, speaking as one of millions of common folk, my friends, co-workers and many others I've had the pleasure of knowing are quite frustrated. Many of us are not being served. In my humble opinion, it seems that our country is leaving many folks out. Corporations and the very wealthy continue to thrive while the poor continue to be left out. We, in the middle class, bear the burden of mismanagement while the wealthiest of Americans contribute very little in comparisons to their considerable incomes. It's difficult to understand how someone earning more than a $100 million within the last ten years can honestly call someone an elitist. The notion is absurd.
My interest ion elections has remained the same since I came of age to vote .
I started out as a democrat and switched to republican, now independent and that is where I will stay.
I have had a keen interest in the serious business of voting and electing our government.
My interest is as keen as it was in 2000.
I typically voted against a candidate... for the First time I am voting for a Candidate... OBAMA!
this election means alot this time after what has been in the white house for these last 7yrs,Jan cant come soon enough.this Rep party has been the worst in history,and we should never forget the Bush/Chenney house,beleive me its not the house that jack built (but it is the House that Bush/Chenney destroyed)
It's not excitement, Jack...it's the first time that it has been interesting in years. You are right, the political system is now on the stairmaster and our heart is pumping. If we are voting, we are winning. Our history tells us it is true. Thank God for America and the right to have all this disagreement and the right to vote for it.
I am a voter of 40 years
Have had the same voting status, this year I may switch to republican if Obama is on the ballot. He is not one to be trusted.
I haven't been this excited about an election since John F Kennedy ran for office.
have always voted – but never before have I canvassed door to door, made phone calls, organize events and the list goes on and on. Obama has brought a hope and excitement that I have never felt before in my 59 years.
I am immensley interested in the 08 election.With the candidates going to bars and calling people bitter,it is a flat out laugh.
I think that the American voters want their country back. The thunderous sound that you are hearing is people that realize the country can't do a third W term. Go Dems.
I'll stay interested, I'm always interested in politics. But I have to admit is pretty scary to think that a new majority of people are interested and registering in this primary/general election. James Fennimore Cooper said "The disposition of all power is to abuses, nor does it at all mend the matter that its possessors are a majority. " Can Obama and all his newly signed supporters of a "change they can believe in".. change that? I doubt it...even the best of them apparently mis-speaks.
Many Canadians are watching the pending election and the candidates who will face off in this event with great interest.
Its outcome will undoubtably have a ripple effect on this country, hence my personal hope the US citizenry will think before casting that all important Ballot.
In terms of preference, for the short term, I believe McCain would suit best, followed by Clinton, and lastly Obama.
If one were to keep a scorecard on the promises of these three, I can't see Obama possibly being able to implement everything he is promising to the American people in even two terms let alone one. And if he is hammering Bush for his spending sprees, take a moment and put a price tag on what Obama keeps promising...... Makes Bush look Scrooge hisself.
The man is but a windbag, leeching on the average americans' desperate need for stability. CNN needs to be asking this smooth talker much tougher questions........ a simple "how will you do that, and where will you get the money" would be a good and responsible start on your network's behalf.
It starts with you Cafferty
How he is even in the race is a mystery
I have voted in every election since 1992 including local races
but this election I have had the most interest since 1992
there are two people I can vote for instead of voting against someone.
I have seen more debates, watched more coverage than I have combined
in 16 years.
I was totally dismayed with national politics until Obama came onto the scene. If it weren't for him being in the race, I wouldn't even be voting in November. Either Clinton or McCain will just be the same old corrupt Washington politics and I won't even waste my time going to the polling place to vote for either of them. I'll just go out in my backyard, shoot my gun at cans, and duck sniper fire instead.
If the Clintons buy there way in your going to see alot of no show new voters. Then you will see Bitter
How do I feel? I'm mad as hell and I won't take it any more! I just registered as a Democrat for the first time in my life. Obama all the way.
Goldwater, I mean McBush, can jump off a bridge.
I was a registered Independent in Pennsylvania until about a month ago when I finally registered for the party I sympathize most with, the Democratic Party. I swore I would never go partisan, but this election has changed my mind. The party has turned into a battleground of its own, and I cannot sit back unheard while only the party voters have a say in who is very likely to become our next president.
As a member of the grass roots movement that lowered voting age to 18 in the 70s, I have always been interested in politics. I've never missed an election. That said, I haven't been able to get my adult children interested in the process. Thank god for Obama. All three of my children are now registered to vote.
I am a 38 yr old lower middle class woman from pa. I have to say that Obama's bitter remarks enrage me, not because of what he said but because I am a angry american. My stepson is in Iraq, thousands of lives have been lost on a war that should never have taken place in the first place . Thousands of people are loosing there homes. Gas is up to 3.30 a gallon and Bush has no idea how much it is. Americans are struggling. In small towns and in big towns all over america, and yes we are "Bitter" . I wait till the day my husband gets that telephone call saying that his son has been killed in action. I have had enough clintons in the white house, and I am not ready for Mccain(4 more years of Bush) Obama offers change something we as americans need . Maybe then we can stop being so "Bitter".
My interest in this years election is very serious in that not in a very long time, Americans can regain our faith in a President who will regain America's respect around the world and hope a home for the futrure of our children and this great nation.
Willie Fields Jr
Jordan you are wrong. I will not vote for an individual that has lied to the public for years – I have never missed a presidential vote, but I will not be able to vote for Hillary (and this comes from someone that voted for Bill twice).
It certainly doesn't surprise me with this turnout. You can thanks Geo. Bush for it. He's got things so screwed up. People are coming out in droves to vote and be sure we don't get another rep. in the white house. So no be too quick to credit Hillary or Obama for this Tsunami !
My highest interest in voting EVER! No one should be afraid to vote for the one person who can make change happen-Barack Obama.
Jack, This is the first year that I have been so involved in a presidential campaign. I have been voting since 18 years of age, but this year not only have I become involved in a local campaign in Va., but am in the process of hopefully being selected as a delegate for our state convention. Change is a coming. Thank God for that.
Jack, I'm 18 years old and this is the first time I've ever been interested in Politics. I could have cared less who was running back then. I've learned more about Politics and the government now than I have in my Government Economy class. We have a chance to vote for a female or African-American and that happens to intrigue a lot of people. Who knew it would grasp my interests?
This election compared to those of past years is very exciting: A WOMAN IS RUNNING FOR THE FIRST TIME, AN AFRICAN-AMERICAN IS RUNNING FOR THE FIRST TIME. The issues seem to be of a more serious nation than in years past; the economy( food prices, gasoline prices, housing, healthcare issues) we are in a war we should never have been involved in ( poor judgement call on the part of the Bush Administration.
Yes, I will stay involved after the election, You Bet!!!!
Velda, Madisonville, Ky.
Jack, I have not voted since I was first registered at age 21 when I voted for Richard Nixon just because my parents did. Then was traumatized by Watergate. Barack Obama inspired me to get involved again. I love the message this man is sharing about coming together to make needed changes happen in our government. I would say my interest has soared with Obama's campaign.
Jack: I'm way too bitter to pay any atention to this year's presidential election. Besides, Dancing With the Stars is on tonight and it's a wide open field.
East Northport, New York
Well, not to tell my age, but I am 46 years old and this is the first time I have been so in-tuned and excited about an election. No one really cared during the Clinton years b/c he really did not have an exciting opponent (at least to my best recollection). I am getting a little sick of all the hoopla. I also hope that all the newly generated interest does not wain once we get to the general election. Hills is really working my nerves and the media but it is still exciting. I run home everyday to watch CNN/MSNBC. The people on FOX are A BUNCH OF IDIOTS!!
Who cares if people are interested? Swing states are all that matter and if you don't live in one you might as well stay home. You vote means nothing.
For the last seven years, Bush has had a tin ear; voters if they are bittter, and I'm beyond being bitter, are desparate for change in the leadership in D.C., interest is highest ever because this is a truly perilous time and one can have a lottery-player's chance of winning.
It wont hurt Obama much. trying to paint Obama as an elitist will not work. The man was raised by a single mother, his father left him, he lived off food stamps while living with his mom. The only way he could go to college was to have high grades to get a scholarship and he did so, and worked in poor neighborhoods with steel plant workers and churches for $12,000 a year minimum wage salary. He managed to pay of his tuition debt leftover debt that his scholorship did not pay for five years ago . this is not a life of an elitist.
I am so bitter and angry that I think is is extremely important that I vote for Obama.
Enthusiasm is much higher with this election. Its turned into a sweet and sour feeling though. I'm almost sick to my stomach seeing Hillary on TV and thinking there is any chance Americans want to hire such a cut-throat say-anything-to-get-elected candidate. Although the enthusiam is there, it could turn sour very quickly.
My interest in the election is overwhelming and will remain so for the rest of my life, thanks to Mr. Barack Obama. I have not witnessed such a profound spirit on our national scene since I was a kid watching my folks all excited about the civil rights movement. Now I know why they voted for every election, big and small to the day they died. All of the issues I have thought about, all of the things that I wished candidates stood for and would openly say have been said by this man. He has opened debates so wide that other politicians are now telling us to not believe in "speeches". Go figure. I will vote. Everyone I know will vote. Young folks who have never been interested in politics before will vote. This Nation is stirred up.
The prediction of a large turnout in November will probably be true. But it will not be because of the Obama and Clinton (although that has a lot to do with it) - it will be because of America's dissatisfaction with the Bush administration and the war in Iraq.
I have voted every four years for the last 39 years. I have never been able to vote FOR someone until this year. Until now it's always been against the other guy. Can't wait for May AND November when I can vote for someone with ideals, who doesn't act or talk like a politician. Barack you rock!
well jack it sounds to me that the republicans are trying too have the same impact in Penn. as they did in Fl.in 2000. wehave all seen how that has worked out,have'nt we?
I'm in the same age group as you Jack, and I've never been more involved in an election. The disasterous policies of the past and the grimness of America's future demand that the populace become more involved. Now lets just hope that they don't screw up and put pillars of the past back into the White House for more of the same. For all of our sakes, I hope they give Obama their support.
I was really inspired by Senator Oboma and have many of the same beliefs. From my prespective he is the only electable candidate.
Jack, I'm a 50 year old white male from Georgia. I've voted republican most of my life.
At least the last 20 years. I'm voting for Barrack Obama if he is the Democrat elected.
I think his bitter comment was taken out of context.
If he is not the canidate. I will not vote for Clinton or McCain, because
they are still just the same.
Same ole bull, different day.
I've never felt more involved in any other election becase Blacks were never encouraged to be involved as in this election. As long as the candidates were always White, they never pandered to us per se because they just assumed Blacks would vote Democratic as they were bred to do. Republicans just never seemed to care so we voted Democratic just as we were bred to do.
Now, it's a whole new ball game. Everybody wants our votes now and we can pick and choose who we want to give it to. That is a first for me in 64 years and I'm taking advantage of it. I love it!
Jack, the elimination of apathy and the revitalization of the "American voter" will be Bush's biggest contribution to "democracy" and will also be the "legacy" he so badly wants.
Jack, I live in a small town called Greenville, OH.
I've been following this election since January and am addicted to it. I can't wait to come home from work to watch CNN and MSNBC (no Fox news).
I must say I've never been this excited reading and watching politics. I can't vote. I'm Indonesian. Of course, I'm rooting for Obama to win.
Jack, I am hopelessly hooked on the race between Obama and Clintion. I am a woman and I find myself surfing between cable channels just for news on my favorite, Obama. I am also extremely well versed on issues. I am now uniquely aware of how the media can help fan the flames on and issue or smother it.
when i was young it seemed like you always voted the way you parents did. i may self voted during the elections but never sweemed to get into the canidates like this years. this year the race is even splitting the way family members think.
it is really good to see the way more people are finallly getting involved with the goverments and hopfully the way it will be run. it is also great to see younger voters interested in their country.
don't forget this election is gonn make history this year,none to soon.
Are you kidding? Its like asking me what the difference is in sitting on the couch watching television, and running a marathon.
I am 36 years old and this will be the first time I will vote in a presidential race. Before this year, I could have cared less...I wasn't involved in anything political, because it was always some corrupt rich white man versus some other not-as-corrupt rich white man...
Now I know you, Wolf, Candy Crowley, Donna Brazile, Anderson Cooper like you were old family friends. I find myself yelling at you guys, the television, calling friends and having great debates about the candidates. I must admit I have developed a bit of a addiction to all of this. How exciting.
If other years were a 6 out of 10, this year would be a 37! I feel like this year's Democratic Primary race IS the general election. Once this is over, it's all down hill. McCain could put a speed addicted kid with ADHD to sleep. We have to get our kicks now...there's nothing entertaining about watching a well-spoken, motivating, candidate for change beating up a poor, defenseless, mumbling old man. Well, maybe the VP debates will be exciting....maybe...
This campaign is better than any sitcom, talk show, or movie on TV. I love every nasty word, every promise, every lie, and it gets better and better all the time. In all my adult years and I am 77, I can't remember a worse president, more abysmal administration than we have had for the past seven years. This coming election will be the most watched event probably in the history of this country. "Put the blame on George boys, put the blame on George."
I am much more interested, haved donated the maximum, worked a couple of candidate events - had never done that before.
Seven plus years of Bush/Cheney is part of the reason. But most importantly I would love to have Barack Obama as president. If Hillary Clinton wins the nomination, I will have to vote for Nader.
You idiots!!! Bush has done nothing but line his pockets with gas prices and his other president, Cheney, is doing the same. They know their time is over. Screw the Republican party. They do nothing but run up deficits and line the pockets of the rich since the Reagan years. Their messiah Reagan was nothing but a elitist and a puppet. He grew the deficit more than anyone in his time. The Grand ole Party is the most elitist party and they are not someone to call the kettle black. I would call to defunct the Republican Party and replace it with an independent party.
The Republican Party wants a two class society: Rich and Poor!!!!
I am a retired and inspired voter who changed from a registered Republican for years to a Democrat because I was frustrated and disgusted with the "same old politics" election cycle after election cycle. I read Barack Obama's book, The Audacity of Hope" and listened to many speeches and "sound bites" fed to us by the media for months. Senator Obama did inspire me to think of the future with hope and a sense that he is a uniter for all Americans. It is not a coincidence that thousands of voters are ready to switch parties and unite with Obama to bring about change " from the ground up, block by block, and state by state".
Jack,I vote in exery election I can it's my right tthat was given to me through the Bill of Rights by our forefathers,I feel sorry for those that have had the same right that i've had and not taken advantage of it.If you don't vote don't complain you don't have the right, VOTE so you can complain like the rest of us.
Jack, My interest in this election can be sumed up in one word and three statements. That word is Change! The statements are a) my family can't avoid groceries b) due to the high cost of gas I can't avoid to go anywhere c) I can't avoid to travel because the majority of the planes are broke and I don't have the money to afford a ticket anyhow. If there aren't some changes soon the new fashion will be suspenders holding up a barrel , a tent for a house, and bicycles and skates for transportation. Stephanie/houston
I think it is really sad that up to now only 50% of eligible voters actually vote in the presidential elections. It takes a really horrible administration like our present one to finally wake people up. We have the power to elect good people to office. The republicans have sold out to the corporations and kicked the working people to the side of the road.
If everybody registered and voted , we could have politicians that care for the people again. Only 25% of all potential voters vote republican.
I think we need to make voting mandatory. They do just that in some democratic countries and things seem to run a lot smoother!
A government of the people, by the people , and for the people!!! That is how our political framers planned it.
I haven't been so excited about an election since 1960, when I was a 20-year-old Navy wife with a new baby. We had lots of young friends who, like us, were so excited about the possibility of JFK getting elected president.
I had an "young adult slumber party" on election night, we all brought our babies in bassinets plus sleeping bags (and of course popcorn and beer) and we stayed up all night watching the returns. I'll never forget how we hugged, cried and celebrated when Kennedy won.
Bet there are a lot of new, young voters who will do the same thing next November, staying up all night for the exciting news that Barack Obama will be our next President.
They don't have to worry, he's even better than Kennedy and there is no way Obama will not win-it will be such a landslide that they won't have to stay up all night, come to think of it.
Despite the fact that i'm not even eligible to vote, this galvanizing election process has me spending more of my leisure time reading your blogs, than reading my messages on myspace. It startles me how Hillary desperately uses anything negative of Obama to receive a vote.
I used to be a registered Republican. In fact, my first jobs out of college were for Senator Mike DeWine on Capitol Hill and then as an aide for GOPAC (I left that job after the female staffers were asked if we wanted to brush Newt Gingrich's hair before a major speech, ick!). I have since seen the light, and now realize that the GOP is completely out of touch with reality. I jumped at the chance to change my registration in Oregon so that I am able to vote for Obama in the primary and in the general election. I am not alone. Almost everyone I know who was not registered Democrat in Oregon has changed their party affiliation to vote for Obama. I am quite certain this election has changed a lot of us younger voters minds about politics and Washington, DC, in general. Those of us in our 20s and 30s are in extreme debt from college loans, credit card debt. cost of living expenses that outweigh the increasingly low salaries and a horrible job market, have now seen the light. Our parents' generation is still living comfortably, while we struggle to get any piece of the so-called American Dream. This younger generation is now more engaged than ever, and that has been reflected at the polls so far - and I believe this will continue when Obama is elected in November.
I am over 50 and a life-long Democrat. I have always voted and followed politics; however, this is the first election that I've ever donated to a campaign, gone to a political rally, and placed a bumper sticker on my car. I even had three letters in support of my candidate published in newspapers. So, wondering who has got me so enthused??? Barack Obama, of course!
I am very interested in this election, but, for different reasons, no more so than previously. My interest was keen in the past two in hopes defeat what might be the worst President in US history. The bar couldn't be lower, so I'm anxious to elect someone to change our course and our image world-wide. I imagine that the high Democrat turnout results from the two very good candidates they are putting forward. But the high turnout is somewhat inflated by the large number of Republican cross-overs (especially in Ohio) voting for Hillary Clinton. This serves the dual purpose of dividing the Democrats and supporting their preferred opponent. It strikes me as exceedingly odd that the news media hardly makes mention of this.
As I have said before, just put me in that LazyBoy and keep
the TV on 24/7 right up until Nov. 4, 2008.
I have voted for every Republican Nominee since 1964. I will vote for Barack Obama in 08. The entrench establishment no longer hears nor understands the daily difficulties encountered by the average middle class tax payer. Every politician say they know "what is best for the American people", but never deliver on their promises. Barack's "bitter" statement clearly shows that Washington does NOT understand the pain in local communities. His remarks are on target, no matter how disturbing it is to the elitest.
The last election I was excited about was when I was a young girl and my parents were voting for John F. Kennedy. Now it is Barack Obama. This guy is amazing. I am electrified.
President Bush says that he wants history to judge the quality of his presidency, and it will. Unfortunately for Bush history, like most of the world wont approve. I consider myself an informed person but after the last seven years I'm taking it personally. In 2008 America will be "all in" and i like to know what I'm betting on
This election has changed my way of thinking about politics, and has me changing parties, I have always voted Republician, but the appeal of Barack Obama, his message and manner in which he conducts his campaign is like a breath of fresh air, and I don't understand the news casters that say he has never done anything, like that Hannity Guy on Fox asking people in the street to name something that Barack Obama has done, well me and my friends tried the same thing (soon to be on you tube) only asked them to name something Hillary Clinton has done, just wait until you hear the comments, it will surprise you to say the least. Bottom line here is most of my friends that support Obama do so because he is just very likeable, I think most people vote for someone they like, and experience is secondary, we don't really care if they are ready on day oney, that's a losing slogan to run on and probably the main reason Clinton is losing. It is obvious to me that Clinton cares about herself more than anything else, and if she was not married to Bill ?, He is the only claim to fame that she has, and I do believe she is about to destroy the Democartic Party, swell, I change parties just in time, OH WELL !
This election reminds me more of American Idol. Dog and pony show. There's an idea! Why don't the candidates appear on American Idol, each singing their own praises and let the viewers decide. Save a ton of money. Besides, I'd love to hear Simon's opinion.
I have been a life long registered "independent" voter in the state of PA since I became eligible to vote in the 1972 general election. Because my state's primary is so late in April, it did not affect me as much as this primary has. Ususally, by this time, the two major parties have their candidate lined up and my prefence for a candidate did not matter. Since I'm not permitted to vote in the primary as an Independent, the lateness of our state's primary did not concern me; but because PA may very well play a huge decision in who will actually become the democratic candidate, I have taken the time to change my registration to "democrat" in order to have a voice...for a change.
I have never been more interested in an election than this one- there are many lives at stake here. I just hope people will not make the same stupid mistakes they made the last 2 elections and tell the Republicans to go away.
Losing interest everyday because of the coverage. Clinton claims that Obama is an elitist and this is all we hear for days, nothing about any real issues. If I recall correctly when Clinton released her and Bill's income returns she made the following statement (paraphrased), "we didn't make any real money until after leaving the White House". Bill made either $300 – 400K as president (plus benefits), I am guessing this salary would put someone in the top 5% of earners in the country.
I found Hillarys statement to be incredibly rude ( I guess this week I should call it "elitist") and show that she is completely out of touch with the common person.
Jack, I have been a registered Democrat for 28 years, but this will be the first time I will vote for a Democrat in the presidential election. Thats assuming Barack Obama is the nominee. If not, I will vote for Ralph Nader.
My interest is higher because the stakes are higher. We have reached breaking points in our economy, the deficit, the wars, our military, and confidence in our elected officials. The past two presidential elections were won by handfuls of votes, and we have seen the disastrous consequences.
I'm watching the Pennsylvania Primary with great interest. I first voted for Reagan and have voted Republican since. But I'm following the Dem race intently and hoping the Dem voters will put Obama on the November ticket.(I should have switched parties and voted myself) Otherwise, I'm staying home. Clinton and McCain = more of the same establishment, corporate trampling of the middle and lower classes. By the way, as a PA small towner, Obama's comments (bitter, guns, religion) were spot on – and shouldn't it be us small towner's that determine whether they were offensive?
I'm sick and tired of the Republican Agenda. It has cost all the hard working people dearly. I had 37 years and my husband had 40 years when both of our companys moved out last year and took our retirement insurance with them. The Democrat's have always put the working class people first. Having a Democratic President is not enough, we need to also give them the support they need in the house and senate. Both Candidates in the Democratic race will accomplish this only if people get out the vote for house and the Senate to support them. The people realise this and that is why the increase in registrations
Jack, I may be only 20, but I see my country slipping away into a dark hour, foreclosures, high prices for gas, food, education, healthcare. Older generations may not think my generation is listening, but we are a strong voice who will show how much we do care. Americas youth is out in force for two people who speak to use knowing that we will change this election, and believe me we will.
We are the difference!
Jack,Elitist , out of touch with the people,that would be the media,McCain, Clinton. Barack spoke the truth. I am a 75 tearold white working class female,from Pittsburgh PA.Talk about much ado about nothing,
This is the first presidential election I have felt a strong interest in because finally there is a candidate I really believe in–Barak Obama. How much do I care? Enough to make campaign contributions for the first time in my 30 years of voting age.
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