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April 18th, 2008
01:51 PM ET

Winning over undecided Pennsylvania voters

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Click the Play Button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. Democratic debate hosted by ABC in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, April 16, 2008. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's crunch time in Pennsylvania. Hillary Clinton and Barack Obama are down to their last weekend of campaigning before Tuesday's primary.

And the stakes couldn't be much higher – especially for Clinton. The latest average of polls taken there shows her ahead of Obama by just 5 points, down sharply from the double-digit lead she had held for months.

Although Clinton is expected to win, the key is by how much. The Wall Street Journal reports anything less than a double-digit victory could make Obama appear more and more like the inevitable nominee. This could also trigger a flow of superdelegates into Obama's camp. On the other hand, a strong Clinton win might persuade superdelegates to at least stay neutral a while longer.

Experts say Clinton needs to win in Pennsylvania by at least 8 to 10 points in order for voters in the other upcoming states – like Indiana and North Carolina – to see it as a real victory.

A loss in Pennsylvania could be the end for Clinton, putting a lot of pressure on her to drop out. New Jersey Governor and Clinton supporter Jon Corzine says a loss would be a "door closer.” He calls it a key state because she needs to win the popular vote. Clinton aides point out they've been outspent by Obama by as much as 3-to-1 in the state and if he can't deliver, it's another sign he can't win big states.

Meanwhile, polls show that after 6 weeks of intense campaigning in Pennsylvania, about 9% of voters are still unsure who they'll support.

Here’s my question to you: In this last weekend before the Pennsylvania primary, what do Barack Obama and Hillary Clinton have to do to win over late undecided voters?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

V.J. from Oswego, Illinois writes:
Jack, If there are still undecided voters out there, they have probably voted for the wrong candidate all their lives. So do all of us a favor and stay undecided until say, next January, and let the rest of us make the decision for you. Most of us made up our minds about 19 debates ago, long before the gun-shooting, shot-tossing, bitter beer drinking, fiery words preaching, and gutter ball rolling started.

Sue from Bloomington, Indiana writes:
I'm not sure either one can win over the undecideds at this point. With Clinton's negativity and untruthfulness and the perception of the Obama 'bitter' remarks, the people who haven't made up their minds yet may just stay home, which will not be good for Clinton.

Jenny from Georgia writes:
Keep Bill and the preacher on short leashes.

Deb from Pennsylvania writes:
I am a 53-year-old white woman from Lebanon, a blue collar town in central Pa. I also own a hand gun and hunt. I would like to see Obama win here. He needs to stay in the state from now through the primary and stay on message. When people meet him, they like him. That's how he can win PA.

Bob from Pittsburgh writes:
How can anyone still be undecided? Don't they read the papers, check the internet, listen to TV, talk to their friends? Anybody that is undecided at this point shouldn't be allowed to vote.

Angela writes:
Cry.....

Bryan writes:
If either were to simply shut up for a few days, that may sway a few of those undecided voters as it would be a sign of change we could all get behind.

Andrew from Peoria, Illinois writes:
Jack, it is quite simple, really. They need to have Cheney's joke writers put something together for their next stump speech. After all, if they can make that guy look human, let alone funny...then they can work wonders for Barack or Hillary.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • Hillary Clinton
soundoff (240 Responses)
  1. Daniel, loganville Ga

    Jack when this all started I was so excited about our 2 non traditional choices for the next president of the United States, now I just want it to be over. While I support Sen. Obama I will stomach voting for Sen. Clinton because we can not have another Bush term, My family will starve.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  2. Anne/Seattle

    It's doubtful that either one can do anything to win over the undecided . The long lead up to this primary has provided plenty of exposure for both Obama and Clinton. I have a feeling that at this point the undecideds will make a last moment gut decision based on everything the candidateshave already said. If anything would make a difference, it would have to come in the form of positive ideas and statements rather than sniping.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  3. Mike from Pueblo, Colorado

    To win over undecided voters, each candidate must convince the other to stop running.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  4. James in Cape Coral, FL

    Jack,
    For Clinton, she need's to stop attacking Obama with the resolve of a republican candidate and work on becoming more believable to the American public. As for Obama, he should continue to run a clean campaign and be more proactive in quelling the Muslim discourse that is being spun on the internet about him. Follow that up with a constant reminder of where his many small campaign contributions are coming from v.s. where the Clinton campaign's few large donations are coming from and any intelligent American will see who actually represent's the change we all seek.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  5. MadPlato

    Barack needs to stop bowling and start playing basketball. Hillary needs to stay away from Dick Cheney .

    El Paso, Texas

    April 18, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  6. Mark - Asheville, NC

    While I do not know what actually matters most to PA voters in deciding between the two candidates, it seems obvious to me that what *should* matter most, is electability in November. If he or she can't beat McCain, then all their rhetoric, all their economic plans, their plans for Iraq, and their speeches in Denver will amount to nothing on January 20th, when McCain is sworn in.

    Now, I have said that I really doubt that either Clinton or Obama can beat McCain, but still, she has a tiny chance of pulling it off (if everything falls into place perfectly) while Obama has zero. Since we have been denied nominees who could clearly have won in November, it remains important for PA voters (and IN, NC, etc.) to at least think about the general election when deciding, because if we can't win that, then all other points are moot.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  7. Curtis

    Jack
    Anyone undecided now doesn’t deserve a brain. They are not using it anyway. Senator Obama needs to just keep doing what he is doing. Senator Clinton has thrown the kitchen sink and toilet bowl. She needs to resist throwing the bath tub.
    Curtis
    Oxnard, CA

    April 18, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  8. Brad, Amarillo TX.

    I can't imagine what would bring those voters to their senses. The whole Bosnian sniper fire incident should have been the last nail in her coffin. Jack, anyone who still thinks she is qualified to be president must not be paying attention. It was either a contemptuous lie, or Hillary really believed her own story. Either way how could we trust her?

    April 18, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  9. James in North Carolina

    The first candidate that would promise to force Bush and Cheney to become Ambassadors to Iraq for the next ten years, would insure their nomination.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  10. Jesse Knoxville, TN

    Obama and Clinton have been beating a dead horse with images of Rocky Balboa to convince voters "I'm the underdog." I think that image works really well for Clinton and that's why last night's debate was a double edged sword for her. Many agree that she won the debate but she also shrugged off the underdog title. Hilary beware. You might be setting yourself up for a knockout.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  11. Kevin Leo (Jonesboro, GA)

    Jack,

    I can not honestly see how Hillary could gain any new supporters given her comment and campaign methodology over the past few weeks. She is better off trying to keep whatever hold she has over her current supporters as they appear to be ready to abandon a sinking ship and join Obama's winning crusade.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  12. John Boston Ma

    Most undecided voters have already made up their mind they just did not want to answer pollster. I think that both cannot really improve but they cans still screw up and say something that might cost them a few points either way it going to end if the differential is below or at five points or if Hillary loose it.

    The Clintons are way past the graceful exit point and they will not leave of their own free will. I expect Hillary to have to be dragged away kicking and screaming in a straight jacket at the convention. But everybody else know it is over heck it been over since last month when she lost Texas. And only a major case of denial and should I add "Bitterness" have kept Hillary Clinton running for the past month.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  13. Kali, VA

    I firmly believe that there will hardly be any undecided voters left by now. Also, majority of the undecided voters would have all settled for Obama by now. Billary's negative campaign will take a toll and PA may very well be the beginning of the end for them. I'm not sure how many voters will get to know Hillary's comments about southern working class whites in 95. That may even switch Billary's voters to Obama.. Not many undecided folks out there, Jack!

    April 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  14. Joan, VA.

    Hilliary needs the media to help her out like they have Obama–also it would help her if Obama did some more whining about the questions he was asked at the last debate. If he thought that he and Hilliary shouldn't have been subjected to more background scrutiny, wait till the commercials come out made by the "swift boaters" if he gets the nomination.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  15. Ray,Dunedin,Florida

    Hey Jack,

    They should each pick a spot in the state and throw a huge BLOCK PARTY!!
    Winner takes all! The one that has the BIGGEST BLOWOUT BASH is declaired the Honorary Winner of the state!!

    PARTY ON JACK!!!!!

    Ray,Florida

    April 18, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  16. Shirley-Ohio

    Be truthful.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  17. Jon, Austin, TX

    Obama just needs to let Clinton continue all the negative attacks and spins. That will push many of the undecided voters his way.
    Hillary has to hope for a major Obama blunder. That's her only hope.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  18. J.D. - New Hampshire

    Obama says he'll review the past 8 years and decide if there has been any criminal wrongdoing by this administration. The thought of Dick Cheney in prison should sway any undecided Democrats.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  19. Harry

    Given that Pennsylvania is an old fashioned machine politics kind of state...... Well it would be who's offering the most liquor at the polling station. Why do you think Hillary has been knocking back shots, as of late. She is trying to get a sense of what the voters want.

    Harry
    Ky.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  20. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    It doesn't matter what Hillary and obama do now. People are sick and tired of their petty squabbling and just want it to be over. What started out as a promising campaign has deteriorated into a mud-slinging,childish feud that is turning off voters and increasing support for McCain. I don't know about anyone else,I'm writing in Al Gore for President. It's time to let the adults take over.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  21. Norm

    Promise one term
    then the other can go for it.....Works for me

    otherwise Ron Paul for President!

    from Massachusetts

    April 18, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  22. Kevin - Albany, NY

    If they're still undecided at this point, wouldn't that suggest that they will probably vote for either one of them in November? I can relate, since anything would be an improvement over the past 8 years. The question that brokedown my ambivalence was who would you rather see debate John McCain? Another Washington insider, or someone who will really put him on the spot?

    April 18, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  23. Mona

    How the heck are you undecided anyway? If you don't want to say Obama, then just say Hillary. It is not that hard people. Wake up!

    April 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  24. Mike from Syracuse NY

    Jack,
    If pandering to voters were an Olympic sport, Obama and Clinton would win Gold and Silver. Or is it Siver and Gold? Gee, I just can't decide! Waffling is after all a favorite Democratic activity.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  25. Taj

    They can do nothing. If they think they are doing something, it does not work. These undecided voters, if they do not know what they are getting by now are basically not smart people, they are dummies. On the day of the ballot , they will toss a coin Obama(Head), Hillary (Tail) & will be looking for McCains name on the ballot.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  26. Scott L. - Wichita, Kansas

    I think appearing on The Colbert Report was the key. But that means Clinton has a better shot, because she was actually pretty funny for once.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  27. Nuwan Sam

    What they really need to do is to convince those undecided who can truely deliver the change they talk about. That is what these people need to hear. They both have similar plans for change. Only difference I see between those two is the potential to deliver those promises. Because by all means it will be daunting task. In Texas, I voted for Hillary because I believe that Hillary has a better potential to deliver. I respect both of them for the passion they have in helping common people. But we need a president who will fight to deliver on these promises. Otherwise they merely become impressive talking points.

    Nuwan from Houston, TX

    April 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  28. Beverley, Fredricksburg Va

    Is buying gas for voters illegal? ..... I'm just saying!

    April 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  29. Liz W

    It is very difficult to say what they should do. If they come out pointing fingers at each other, dragging out negatives then they appear to be negative. It is very hard to say what the best strategy would be. They should try to home into what these undecided voters want. I feel that enough rhetoric about baggage has been thrown around. It is now time for them to come out and just lay out their policies, what they hope to accomplish, and how they plan to do this. The voters need to take a good hard look at everything, character, experience, policies and if their choice can be the republicans or not. What good will it do to give somone a primary if they cannot win the general election. The republicans will throw everything they can get their hands on, and let's face it, one our candidates has plenty of baggage and calling it silly politics just won't cut it.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  30. Haley in MD

    Jack Barack Obama just has to do what he's been doing, and that is being honest and sincere to the American people. He has to stick to the issues and avoid all these silly distractions. They care about jobs, the economy, global warming, the war, healthcare, and $5 gas!!!The American people dont care about Lapel Pin accessories.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  31. Margaret Palm Beach Florida

    Jack,

    I think they have played all their cards. It's up to the voters to decide now. I truly believe that the public can and will outsmart the media and all the so-called pollsters!

    April 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  32. Eric G

    Go on a show like the Daily Show with John Stuart the night before the primary...

    April 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  33. Sue

    Obama needs to remind voters of the reason he is running. That he's not a perfect candidate, but has the right approach to change Washington. He shd stress that he believed in the American people, and they have run his campaign and will run his whitehouse, not the the special interests, who are bank rolling Clinton's campaign.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  34. Angelo

    They need to tell the American People the Truth, only the Truth. Everything is going bad, and most people are wondering what are they going to do about it. That should be their main focus.

    Angelo, NE

    April 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  35. Connie

    Jack,
    First of all Senator Obama needs to stay in Pennsylvania until April 22nd and stay on message. I can not believe the people who have forgotten the Bosnia lie, Mark Penn lobbying while running her campaign and then Bill taking eight hundred thousand dollar's from a country that she said was not treating there people right and she opposed the trade deal. Is this not how Geo.Bush won a second term , because a lot of people over looked his lies and thumbing his nose at the American people. I think the undecided voters had better wake up and see we need to move this country forward and not stay stuck in the mud.

    Connie from Logansport,IN

    April 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  36. Renee

    Stay in the state and focus on the issues, not the attacks. Stay on message. I am suffering from campaign fatigue and ready for this to be over. I can't imagine how they feel.

    I am an Obama supporter so I think he needs to stay on his message of change. Hillary needs to show her softer side because when she's negative, her negatives go way up.

    Please let this end soon!

    April 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  37. Ben - Albany, NY

    Obama needs to not explain himself, but explain the current state of America in detail, such that the American people can understand the real problems in the status quo. Then use that channel as a vehicle for any solutions that he may have.

    Clinton needs not to fight Obama, nor does she need to stop fighting, but focus on McCain. I mean she should really go after McCain with whatever she's got in her bag. This would have a two-fold effect: unify the democratic party, and rebuild respect for campaign.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  38. Peter

    Obama's numbers seem to be stuck at 41%. If he keeps campaigning, he risks making more people bitter. He should take a break and let Hillary destroy herself like she always does.

    Peter, Kentucky

    April 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  39. James Kipler

    Hi Jack,

    What I think Hillary has to do this last week before the Pa. Primary is tell the truth. Tha might be like trying to remember when Moby Dick was a minnow. Obama, on the other hand, has to really come out strong , addressing the issues and not sticking up for himself and complaining about the last debate. To be realistic, the "fat lady" is about to sing for Hillary, and she's gained weight.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  40. sam ellis

    Barack & Hillary need to show how they will increase a new progressive majority in Congress so new laws like universal health care can be passed. Without a new majority in Congress, especially the Senate, very few meaningful laws will pass. This includes the ability to work with Republicans in Congress and find compromises that would make a difference to Americans with modest income.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  41. April in texas

    While my mind has been made up, I would go out on a limb and get back to the issues that are important to the american people. This bickering and such and bringing up old news is getting old. Sure these mudslinging fests do bring up the past as the baggage but I wish more would use the internet and do their own research rather than spending countless hours blogging here and there or just going by what happens to be on the news that day.. History is important after all and this is a historic election..

    Obama 08
    April in Austin Texas

    April 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  42. Jerry Wilson

    Hillary should continue her assault on Barack's political, and private history. Barack should find a way to convince Pennsylvania voters his bitter words, didn't mean that small town Pennsylvania voters are: superstitious biggots.

    Jerry Wilson

    April 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  43. Rob Tulsa, OK

    So how about it undecided voters? Tell us what is going on with the indecision. Or did you switch to Republican this year in protest?

    April 18, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  44. TJ

    Jack I don't believe it's solely the responsibility of Clinton or Obama to win over these voters, but they do need to EDUCATE and Inform unsure voters as much as possible while gaining their trust (not sure if Hillary can pull that one off). I also feel that undecided voters should digg deeper and research both candidates instead of relying on hearsay. They need to visit both their websites and discuss their concerns with other bloggers. Voters need to double-check the information being handed to them, so they don't walk into that voting booth being misled! Overall, both DNC candidates can only do so much to engage voters, but they do need to get them to the voting boths in order to actually win their vote.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  45. Rob, Arvada, CO

    If I were Barack Obama, I would have an all out rally-blitz in Philly one day and Pittsburgh the next. These two cities are the keys to the Ferrari, and Obama knows this. Hillary can have all the rural light blue counties she wants, but Barack is going after the big prize, Pitt and Philly. More people, more liberals, adds up to more delegates for Obama.

    April 18, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  46. Carol c.

    If I were a PA undecided voter and watched the "gang-up" which was so obvious to everyone, I would make up my mind for Obama. In spite of it being 3 to 1, he still remained presidential and tried to stay on message. I was happy to see that other people felt the same way I did when they watched the debate. Shame on Charlie Gibson–I thought he had more class than that.

    The beer drining and shots of whiskey seem to be her real personaility and I personally don't think we want to have a president representing this country and making decisions for us as short-tempered as both Clinton and McCain are! So Obama just needs to laugh it off, stay on message and trust the people inPA to not be stupid!

    Carol
    Knoxville TN

    April 18, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  47. Erin in Kalamazoo Michigan

    Jack, if the undecided of PA can't make up their minds by now, I seriously doubt there's anything the candidates can do to help them–
    maybe rock, paper, scissors?
    At least they get to vote!

    April 18, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  48. Larry, Ohio

    Jack,for Obama stop whinning! For Clinton stop being untruthful!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:00 pm |
  49. Jyothi, Mckinney, TX

    Clinton needs to stay away from Pennsylvanians and be home over this weekend. Pannsylvanians liked her better when they did not have a clear picture of her. On the other hand, Obama should expose himself more and more in Pennsylviana. Though there is not much time for more road trips, he can defnitely do more bowling and dining out in Pennsylvania. People like him better when they have a clear view of him.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  50. Velle In Halifax

    Obama will stick to the issues, Jack. That has always been his forte. Sen Obama's sincerity and vision wins the voter's trust. We want someone we can trust to "fight out fight" and damn the Washington "agenda".

    It's too late for Hillary to turn over a new leaf. That takes time she doesn't have even IF she was so inclined. But the "Clinton agenda" like the "Washington agenda" is NOT the people's agenda. That leaves Hillary "out" with McCain. Hillary doesn't listen and McCain can't hear. Same result...Obama is OUR answer.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  51. Ann, Newton, New Jersey

    A tough question. I am an Independent undecided voter and am not thrilled with anyone running this time for President. I think that is the problem with a lot of people. Eeenie, meenie, miney , mo. Press a button and hope for the best.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  52. VJ Robinson

    Jack,

    If there are still undecided voters out there, they have probably voted for the wrong candidate all their life. So do all of us a favor and stay undecided until say, next January, and let the rest of us make the decision for you. Most of us made up our minds about 19 debates ago, long before the gun-shooting, shot-tossing, bitter beer drinking, fiery words preaching, and gutter ball rolling started.

    VJ Robinson
    Oswego IL

    April 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  53. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Both Hillary and Obama have a responsibility to express unity of the democrat party to those undecided voters.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  54. Bill in PA

    Jack;
    To win Pennsylvania Senators Clinton and Obama need to appear on more incisive penetrating issue oriented debates like Wednesday's. They need to improve their choices in whiskeys and beers. They need to wear two lapel pins one with the state flag and one with Stars-and-Stripes. They need to improve their sports scores and maybe attend an auto race or two. Cheer leading our military's referring Iraq's civil war and assuring big oil's access to Iraqi oil would put them over the top so the super delegates can make a wise choice for us.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  55. Chuck in Eugene Oregon

    Jack,

    They know, they just are not telling us, and they are waiting to see if anyone steps into a real ugly pile during the next few days. It is a human thing about us that once we state an opinion, we will stick to it untill the very end (unless there is a real bad fopa). These undecided know deep down in side who they will vote for, they are just leaving themselves a way out should something come up.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  56. Amy, NY

    Obama already won the mind of the undecided voters, now he need to win their hearts! See what I'm saying?

    April 18, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  57. Bryan King

    If either were to simply shut up for a few days, that may sway a few of those undecided voters as it would be a sign of change we could all get behind.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  58. Emily

    Jack, honestly i don't think people are still undecided, i think at this point, people have an idea of who they want to vote for, so when they go to cast their ballot, they will know who to vote for.

    Obama 08

    April 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  59. JOYCE

    jack
    all obama has to do is just what he has been doing,being a clean and decent campaigher,
    hillary needs to clean her act up in order to keep her old job.
    obama picked up 3 more great endorsements today, some of which was the clintons friend and worked for bill in his turm.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  60. garrick

    hi jack
    well Obama dosent have to do anything but continue to talk about issues,but Hillary will have to stop being negative and keep Bill from talking about her mistakes and keep her records from coming out about the library and 07 taxes.
    clearwater,fl

    April 18, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  61. Mike NYC, NY

    I am a little puzzled by your phrasing which says that if Clinton doesn't win by double digits than Obama will "appear more and more like the inevitable nominee". He is the nominee, the primary is over. She cannot win the primary, and has no chance of winning the GE.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  62. Mark, Berwyn, PA

    Living in the heart of the 'critical swath' of Philly suburbia, I must say that I have met not a single person who is undecided. Everyone I speak with is firmly in one camp or the other, which leads me to assume that pollsters are only being told folks are undecided. I think PA is going to surprise the entire nation next Tuesday with a tight race and a win for Obama.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  63. Carrie, Southern Wisconsin

    Jack, Hillary is not only tarnishing Sen. Obama's image with her demeaning and mocking comments. She's tarnishing her own image and that of the Democratic party as a whole. Barack deserves better than that from her. She should save the nastiness for the opposition party.

    Barack should continue to show calmness under stress, talk about the issues and reason with people. That's what the voters want and deserve. I have no doubt that he could hold his own against the Republicans. He's been around the block a few times.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  64. DMAC in ID

    People all over would like to know what exactly they plan on doing about this housing mess that so many people got conned into with all the talk and promises of low interest rates and then they go up for the housing mkt. Also what are they going to do to get us out from under getting our wallets raped by the oil companies and get out from under the dependency of middle east oil. Then what do they plan on doing about all the imports that pay no import taxs when we have to pay to export to other countries. What is going to be done to get jobs back to the USA. Where is the money going to come from to rebuild the badly out dated infrastructure around this country. And how much are they going to be able to get started on in the first 6 months of them taking office with out waiting 4 yrs.
    These are some of the questions that should have been asked at the debates and were never touched on to any satisfaction.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  65. Chicago Bob from Illinois

    I don't think Hillary can do anything. She is already too well known. Obama still can try get his real personna and stands on issues important to voters through the smog of false rumor and distortion that is the current way our politics has been running.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  66. Bob in Pittsburgh PA

    How can anyone still be undecided? Don't they read the papers, check the internet, listen to TV, talk to their friends? Anybody that is undecided at this point shouldn't be allowed to vote – because they evidently aren't breathing and thinking!

    (I'm a former long-time, frustrated Republican who will be voting for Barack Obama – a breath of fresh air.)

    April 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  67. Eric

    Nothing, they've had 15 months and 21 debates to tell lies and promise the end of evil profits for corporations. If this is not enough time to indoctranate someone...I'd say they are not buying the kool-aid-

    April 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  68. Matt in Charleston,SC

    Jack !
    An undecided voter!
    Obviously they are not from this planet!
    They be stripped of their voter registration card!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  69. Angela

    Cry.....and that goes for Senator Obama as well.....

    April 18, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  70. Brian, Columbia, MD

    Both candidates need to act like they are the nominee, stop sniping with one another and start hammering home the differences between themselves and John McCain.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  71. Bruce St Paul MN

    By focusing on the pain and suffering of ordinary citizens, Obama is winning people over. By constanly trying to point out Obama's shortcomings, Clinton is winning voters too,.... for Obama. Whichever candidate can stay above the fray and not get caught up in the mud-slinging over the next few days will probably score the most points with undecided voters. I'm guessing that candidate will be Obama.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  72. Rose from Chicago

    Jack,
    People have to stop thinking that the 'better times' during the Clinton era were in part due to Hillary....as if she had a hand in the running of the nation back in the 90's.

    If we look at her accomplishments and have them stand alone from her husbands tenure, than Barack Obama brings more to the table and the ability to bring all of us together...and we need that bad right now.

    Rose
    Chicago

    April 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  73. Sue, Bloomington, IN

    I'm not sure either one can win over the undecideds at this point. With Clinton's negativity and untruthfulness and the perception of the Obama 'bitter' remarks; the people who haven't made up their minds yet, may just stay home which will not be good for Clinton.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  74. David Bakody

    Jack, the more the insiders try to help Hillary the more problems she has because they knew this was over way back when you first mentioned it. What is driving Hillary is the MSM (love the news it generates), McCain supporters because they see Hillary as an easy target and the biggest reason, all that spending money and state recognition.

    David
    Dartmouth NS

    April 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  75. Candie

    Jack, I can't believe anybody can be undecided at this point in the primary season. It's been 15 months of platforms, finger pointing, ads, debates and emails! If anyone is undecided now, they've been living under a rock!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  76. Brian from Seattle, WA

    Whichever can plug the hole in his/her weakness will probably be better able to woo the undecideds. Obama should spend the weekend on a whistle-stop tour of cafes, diners and town squares in order to connect individually with the voters... who knows, maybe he should even try shedding a tear at one of the stops. Hillary should probably stop the trivial attacks on Obama and instead try actually telling PA voters why they might actually want to vote for her, instead of simply voting against him.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  77. Joe St Louis, MO

    I believe they sould really listen to the voters and convince us they will do what we want.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  78. Mary M. Mansour, Fairhope AL

    They both need to remain true to themselves. In doing so, Obama will gain even more votes while Hillary will sink further into the sludge created by the blatant mudslinging aimed at her fellow Democrat.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  79. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Barack Obama has to continue to do what he has been doing, and hopefully Hillary will do the same and Obama will capture Pennsylvania easily.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  80. Troubled in Tulsa

    I am having a hard time deciding who to vote for because the candidates are talking AT and not listening TO voters like me!
    Being a public servant means they do MY will not their own agenda.

    A candidate who is not spending more time finding out what the VOTERS want than spouting their private crapola is not getting my vote.

    What I think, as a voter, as an American citizen should matter more.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  81. Susan Missouri

    The people of Pennsylvania are not going to forget Obama's rude & critical remarks to them. And, to top it off, he 'made light of it', bascially laughing in their faces. At the April 16 debates, when asked about it, he 'skipped around' answering it.

    Not only only will Pennsylvania remember Obama's cruel remarks, but the rest of America will remember too.

    We DO NOT need a president who is so critical to the people.

    Clinton For Pennsylvania!

    Clinton 08 🙂

    April 18, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  82. Melissa M in Phoenix

    This is what the candidates need to do: Focus, focus, focus. Stop with all the rhetoric and double-speak and just tell us what you plan to do about crime, the appalling increase in drug smuggling along the south western border, methamphetamine production in ordinary neighborhoods, gang violence, homelessness, lack of health care, lack of childcare, high food prices, the list goes on. As a voter, and a concerned parent, I am so tired of these debates that never really outline how our lives will get better and safer if one of these two candidates is elected. And to those of you in the media, please help these candidates focus. Ask them the tough questions so we voters can make a truly informed decision on election day.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  83. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    Not say anything idiotic or looking like a big buffoon in the media, like they have beening doing.

    C.I., New York

    April 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  84. Arnold,WV

    Obama just needs to keep things simple and don't make any more mistakes.I don't think he will win PA.If he does it's all over.He needs to keep it as close as possible.Hillary needs to not move her lips because that is the way people can tell she is lying.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  85. Jim, Cary NC

    From what I've seen in North Carolina, the undecided voters are people who haven't paid any attention to the primary so far. Sometime this weekend folks are finally going to "research the candidates" and make their vote. I think the final four days will matter more than the past six weeks.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  86. Al Fleck

    Obama can stay the course, stay honest; Clinton can't avoid using every dirty trick she can think of ,so she's done.

    Al/ Oakland, CA

    April 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  87. Mitch

    Undecided my butt. The "super" delegates are not undecided. They are fence sitting. They are going to wait until they are sure that they vote for the eventual candidate. woul not want to piss off the Clinton campaign...they will need favors from them if they win.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  88. Dave Stone

    The candidate that gets my vote will be the one that promises to pay off my mortgage, find me a good job, provide me free health care, send me more rebate checks, pay off my credit cards, give me a raise, buy me a new car, make my bed and cook my food.

    The fact that I have to attend to such things myself is shamfull. This is America. I've paid taxes all my life and still I'm being victimized by this oppressive society.

    And who's going to change the channel on my wide screen TV? Answer me that, somebody.

    Ridley Park, Pa.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  89. keffer

    Hillary claims that she is more electable than Obama; the question is why is she losing? Even if she wins 55% to 45% she will still lose. She wants people to believe that she is the only one human and who can make lying mistakes like bosnia while twisting Obama's message. We are tired of this MCcain/Clinton divisive politcs. She is becoming like MCcain who has only one story PRISONER OF WAR. We want somebody with ideas of moving the country forward and that's OBAMA.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  90. Charles in Florida

    Jack, Chucking down one more beer or shot might just do the trick. First candidate to the bar that shouts, this round's on me will win the undecided voter over.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  91. Peter from CA

    Jack, They should be invited to go on SNL tomorrow, unscripted, to play themselves and recreate the last debate. Humor, humanity and self depreciation always sways in the end. We just may end up with classic like 'strategery'.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  92. John Mayfield

    Barack simply needs to keep doing what he has been doing without, of course, any more distracting screw-ups. Hillary needs to stop trying to stop Obama and focus on being herself......well, that might not work either.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  93. Manuel C

    All those undecided voters are going to vote for Hillary. The effects of Obama's mistakes will be seen and felt on Tuesday. Even the press will be shocked. The Dems will be glad Hillary didn't pull out because if she had they'd have to recruit Edwards or Gore (or Hllary).
    You'll see.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  94. Dave from Veazie, ME

    I think they should stick to the issues and stop going negative. Undecided voters are most likely undecided because of the bad image you get when you only point to your opponents flaws and not your own strengths. To win over undecided voters they need to convince them that they have the best plans for fixing the many problems that America faces today and that they have the best chance of being able to put those plans into action. The one of them that can do that will probably win over those last minute undecideds and may even pull some votes away from their rival.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  95. Karen (Nashville, TN)

    Jack, people love to feel like they've picked a winner. The undecided voters will gravitate towards the person who presents themselves as such. Take note, candidates. No whining, excuses, sniping, or threats – or is it too late for my sage advice?

    April 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  96. Harry H. Snyder III

    This is an election the Democrats should win in a cakewalk, but as usual they are attempting to snatch defeat from the jaws of victory.

    They both have strong ties to Walmart, therefore also to unfair trade. The are both taking money from Citi Group, therefore forget regulating the banking industry, or credit card reform. both are hedging their bets on Iraq, they sound like Nixon in '68, so plan on at least four more years of war.

    I'd vote for Huey Long before I'd vote for either of these clowns...and he's dead!

    Whiting, Maine

    April 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  97. Tom, Ft Lauderdale

    Jack

    Just tell the truth, the whole truth and nothing but the truth so help them God. I will vote for the person that I beleive is honest regardless of his Agenda

    April 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  98. Denise

    If the voters would pay closer attention to how many times Obama has reversed his stance on issues and "disowned" his friends when they become politically damaging, they would see that he's full of hot air and all the pretty, prepared speeches in the world do not make a president ready to take on the job from day one.
    You may not like the Clintons as people, but remember this, you aren't looking to put your best friend or next door neighbor in office because they probably wouldn't make a good president.
    When Bill Clinton was president we weren't fighting two wars that should not have started, we didn't have a multi-trillion dollar debt, we had a balanced budget, and we had a surplus in our economy with low levels of joblessness.
    Illinois elected a senator, but got someone too busy running for president to take care of their state's needs.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  99. Ruby Coria, LA. CA.

    Jack, I think they know who they will vote for, because what eles is there to know?, unless something happens the night before the poll open. Regardless your boy won we're just wait to see by how big.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  100. Lake Hart (a Native American Writer)

    Avoid the Jacks of America.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  101. Proud canuck

    If one of them decided to come out with some policy on creating jobs for the ones that went south , they could sway the undecided.
    Stop with the personal attacks when asked a question like this . Time to help the candidates come with some real issues.
    Its for your own good and the country
    Ray Manitoba

    April 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  102. Bill, Clinton, Maryland

    Jack, if there are still undecided voters out there, then they should be offered some cool-aid. After it's all said and done, this same group of undeciders will vote for McCain in the end because the fear change card will be played over and over again.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  103. Melanie, TX

    One more point – I think the polls are missing a bunch of people who will vote for Obama. The college kids. If you don't have your own home phone, you're not getting polled. I'm 37 and don't have a home phone. I rely on my cell phone. I haven't ever been polled about anything because it's a cell phone number. Has this been brought up anywhere? That's why many of the polls are off, I think. The youth vote isn't being included!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  104. Susan, Cary, NC

    Jack

    For those who are truly undecided, they should not vote. I can understand why someone might be undecided with all the media hyping every word or sentence, Hillary has also done her best to confuse the real issue. My vote is with Obama and on May 6th he will win decisively in North Carolina.

    May I add one comment about Obama? He is not a wimp, he is an intelligent, thoughtful, gracious man the kind we should want in the White House. The media has run out of things to say (actually did months ago), have your team on the weekend, stay home this weekend!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  105. Eugene in Florida

    PENNSYLVAINA!!

    It’s your turn.

    IOWA started it and has shown the entire country the best candidate.
    The whole world is watching. The whole world knows that American is about to make a
    REAL CHANGE.

    Even the Prime Minister of England knows that America is going to break away from the past.

    PLEASE vote overwhelmingly for the leader and bring an end to the blood letting.
    Bring an end to the media circus.

    Have a family meeting. Unite and vote as a family block. United we can bring REAL CHANGE.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  106. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,
    Not saying anything idiotic or looking like a big buffoon in the media, like they have both beening doing...

    Vinnie
    C.I., New York

    April 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  107. Ian

    Can we please just end this thing now? I need at least a full month off from political coverage to reinvigorate myself before the general election. If this stuff keeps up any longer, I may end my unflinching support of Obama and throw my support behind that inmate in Idaho.

    Richmond, Va

    April 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  108. rickG

    I understand how people can be undecided. The decisions faced by the next President will be enormous and may be painful. As a democrat I have decided I just can't support Obama just because he's the nominee. I do not trust him and don't understand why so many idolize him. A one party congress and executive branch cannot avoid abuse. We never learn.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  109. Howard

    Stop bickering like to children in back of the family station wagon, pointing out the faults of the other, trying to get mom or dad (i.e the voters and super delegates) attention, they may just pull the car over and kick you two out and pick up the McCann boy.

    Howard
    Joshua Tree

    April 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  110. Judy, Kansas City, MO

    Hillary needs to campaign hard through Tuesday and I believe the Pennsylvania people will come through for her.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  111. HSK, Beaufort, SC

    Unfortunately I think the undecideds are just waiting for more negative attacks as grist for the mill instead of basing their decision on the issue differences between the two candidates.

    That being said, how can Hillary charge Obama with Elitist talk when it was reported last night on CBS Evening News after the 1995 rout of the democrats, talking about white working class voters from Camp David, Hillary said "..Screw Them, you don't owe them a thing – they are not doing anything for you and you don't need to do anything for them".

    How hypocritical this race has become.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  112. Kathleen of Illinois, formerly from Wisconsin

    Jack, What can the candidates do besides what they're doing? I'm pretty sure there are not that many undecided people as we are lead to believe from the media. It's about the issues and only the issues. Honestly, basing your decision on whether or not a candidate is wearing a flag lapel pin or has turned in their tax records is ludicrous. This country will survive whether or not their is a public release of tax records, or a flag lapel pin, or imaginary flights to other countries. What this country won't survive with is a president who can not, or will not listen to the American people and rebuild this country. While millions are without healthcare, and job loss is at an all time high, the whole global warming thing... With all due respect, if they haven't made their decision yet, then they haven't done their homework.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  113. Brian - Trinidad

    Obama has to whine more about how mean ol' Hilary is picking on him, and stop trying to be manly.Clinton has to keep picking at him so that he whines more and more and people will see that she's more of a man than him.Oh, bye-the-bye, did you see how people responded to a true savior-figure,The Pope? Makes all that fawning we see around the self-anointed Messiah Obama look as phony as a three dollar bill.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  114. Deb, Boston MA

    The biggest mistake was made when, after the Iowa caucuses, the entire rest of the country lost out on voting for anyone but these two. Sure, Edwards held on for a few states more, but the media had already buried him before New Hampshire even started. Talk about disenfranchised! The Republicans allowed their process to play out with all candidates remaining in the field for awhile, so their voters really got to choose. Democrats didn't, and in my mind that was a big mistake. I don't like either of these two. Maybe others feel the same way, and that's why they haven't made up their minds.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  115. Brandon from Nashville

    Shots of whiskey always help.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  116. Brendan, MD

    If you haven't made a decision by now, then you're an idiot. Who waits until they get into the booth? What issues are you waiting for them to clarify? There's been 21 debates between the two. Do some research, and pick your candidate already.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  117. Richard

    They have to show the voters that they really care more about solving the country's problems than they do about beating each other. This campaign, at least as it is being reported, has been ridiculous. If all of the candidates would talk more about solving problems than winning nominations and elections we would all be better off!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  118. Yemi, MD

    Kiss and say goodbye. They need to part from one another otherwise, Hilary may just well give him a blow someday. She is frustrated now... And her political clock is ticking......
    TICK! TOCK! TICK TOCK!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  119. MP-Pennsylvania

    Jack
    Obama should remind that he rose from nothing, he did not have name recognition, he went through many hardships thataverage penns go through......

    Clinton should stop mud slinging anymore beacuse she has so much baggage that will backfire her just like NAFTA, CHINA etc.

    She needs to accept that we are bitter after 25 years of bushclinton dynasty.

    Also not to get Bill around anywhere near PA. he is damaging her

    Thanks
    A middle aged bitter woman from Pennsylvania

    April 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  120. Peg Robson

    I think that the candidates have made it extremely difficult for the average american voter to decide who should get their vote. My opinion who ever convinces the people of PA that they can beat McCain is the one who gets the state. Hillary has really pushed her credibility and Obama has said absolutely nothing. So she's offended people by speaking and he's pushed people off by not having a stand on anything. So what's a good democrat supposed to do?

    April 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  121. Lori, Battle Creek, MI

    Are you kidding Jack? If they don't know by now they must not watch TV, read a newspaper or listen to NPR. The "undecideds" just don't want to admit who they are voting for.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  122. dave from philly

    Clinton has to stop the attacks on both Obama (and McCain) and stay focused on her plans for the country. Obama needs to continue his current strategy and not make any new speeches.

    The more she attacks and the more new speeches he makes, makes both of them look less presidential

    April 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  123. Roger Carter

    Jack i think the undecided are actually more decided than they let on and they have a good idea who they will vote for , i do think the polling maybe flawed a bit by the fact that so many young folks use strictly cell phones so i dont think are being polled properly and that is one of obamas stronger areas along with the black vote so i predict an upset in PA by obama, thanks for the time to give my opinion.
    Roger Carter Monmouth Illinois

    April 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  124. John in San Diego

    Both candidates need to start acting more "presidential." The voters are bitter – that's the truth – and they want a leader, one who can lead us into a more hopeful future.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  125. EZANA,EDMONTON,CANADA

    Jack first of all I have a problem with the premise of the question the so called "undecided voters"
    1 do they know there will be general election on November 2008?
    2 do they know who the candidates are?
    if the answer for this two questions is yes this is what the candidates need to do in order to win GET DR PHIL'S ENDORSEMENT

    April 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  126. Robert Solick, Leavenworth KS

    Jack – The saying has all been said; the doing has all been done. The outcome should depend upon which supporters actually show up and vote. Anyone still undecided is hopeless.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  127. sandy in Ohio

    Being undecided at this point is like saying you've just moved here from Mars. After Hillary's comment about taking swift retaliation on anyone who world attack Israel, how can you be undecided. Since most of the Middle Eastern extremists seem to benefit when the U.S. attacks anyone in that region how could anyone with any sense at all vote for her. I'm becoming very afraid that the war mongers in this country have two canidates to choose from,Clinton and McCain.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  128. RealinFlorida

    Jack,
    For Obama to win in Pennsylvania he should be nice to Hillary, perhaps even out of the way nice. I believe her supporters are more being chilvarous because she is a woman, rather than using rational judgement. They are faced with cognitive dissonance, and Obama must tap into those values by just doing something nice for her. Maybe take her out for dinner or something. I guarantee you if he were to do that, he would get many undecideds and even some of her supporters.
    As for Hillary? She's in a hole. She should just salvage what dignity, and grace, she can, and be the bigger, person who brought the Dems together in the end... by conceding of course. Holla atcha boy.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  129. Jaime

    There are no undecided voters. There are only people who are not telling you who they're voting for. If you don't know who you support by now, you've been living under a rock the last year. How many times do we have to hear the candidates stance on the same issues and their defense of the same accusations? I think the candidates need to be quiet to prevent from losing the people planning to vote for them.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  130. Deb from PA

    I am a 53 year old white woman from Lebanon- a blue collar town in central PA. I also own a hand gun and hunt. I would like to see Obama win here. Obama needs to stay in the state from now through the primaryand stay on message. When people meet him, they like him. That's how he can win PA.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  131. Bob, Frankfort, Kentucky

    Obama needs to get Bill Clinton out on the campaign trail.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  132. Robert, POLK COUNTY

    To step down and let me run for the high office

    Robert 08

    April 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  133. Chris

    Obama must evaluate and discuss Clinton's new Middle East Policy that she raised in the debate. She called for a war footing against Iran when the National Intelligence Estimate stated that Iran has stopped its nuclear weapons program. She called for a military "umbrella" in the Middle East. She called for a military alliance with the U.S. that includes monarchies, dictators, even torture regimes. This is beyond even Bush and Cheney. This is not commander in chief – this is more "chicken hawk". Obama must speak out against this reckless proposal. This will highlight his foreign policy credentials and earn him votes.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  134. Eileen

    Discuss the issues and ignore the distractions and petty insinuations. Don't insult the intelligence of Pennsylvania's voters. Don't listen to the MSM, the pollsters or the political advisers.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  135. K/VA

    Jack,
    After months of this campaign and having more than 20+ debates when everything and anything has been talked about, are we not spending too much time thinking of people who can never make up their mind? I say we focus on the more critical issues at hand and elect the president who is going to take care of real issues for real people.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  136. DAD in Hollis, NH

    I believe they have to spend all of their time in the state and give these folks what they want and need to hear. Hillary needs to build trust and let folks know they can trust her (if that is possible with her rep). Obama needs to focus on the issues and his capability to perform the role of president (not just speaking but forcing the issue of dire needed change). It may be that these folks will wait until Tuesday and vote for the best looking candidate and we all know who he is.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  137. E CT

    Does anyone see the Zogby poll today? It is neck and neck 45-44%. Why would anyone still think that Hilary might win the nomination, when she led Obama by double digit a few weeks ago?

    April 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  138. Dickson Bliss

    Barrack Obama can be liken to a loud noise that has no rythme.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  139. Charise from Brandon, Florida

    Jack, in order for the candidates to win over the undecided voters, they must talk about coming together as a party and voting for the best person to beat McCain or we are going to have potentially eight more years of Bush. God help us. Obviously Barack Obama is most likely to accomplish this.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  140. Mark Winnipeg Manitoba Canada

    Jack, Hillary started with a double digit lead and it is now down to 5% with 5 days to go. Obama needs to be quiet and let Hillary do all the talking. That should take care of the 5%.
    We can all wake up April 23 and hind out that Obama won and Hillary will be toast.
    Have a great weekend Jack
    Mark

    April 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  141. Wings, Aloha,Oregon

    Sen Omama only needs to continue telling the truth.
    Sen Clinton needs to drop her old style political knifing ways, start being truthful, try being honest with answers, go to charm school, and get an attitude adjustment in how to win voters through her own bullet points, (or is that sniper points) rather than throw rocks at her opponent to bring him down to her level, and try her best to at least present an air of integrity. That's all.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  142. Jim, Horsham, PA

    Speaking as an undecided PA voter, I can honestly say that they both have said and done things that rub me the wrong way, while, at the same time, they both have said and done things that I like.

    As I told the nice ladies who called me on behalf of each of their respective campaigns within a half hour of each other earlier this week, the things I like about both of them far outweigh their negatives. To me, this really is about who can do the better job as president, and, to be fair, I think they'd both be capable leaders.

    I think Hilary exaggerates her experience and Obama isn't specific enough. Neither of these is a deal-breaker for me in terms of getting me to choose the other one, and both of them take positions for the most part that I approve of.

    What would swing me one way or another? They've already said that neither will be the VP candidate for the other. Fine. Then tell me what post, if any, they'd nominate their opponent for. UN Ambassador for Clinton, Attorney General for Obama, either one of them for the Supreme Court...........

    April 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  143. Laura in Muncie, Indiana

    I don't think Hillary Clinton will have any trouble winning Pennsylvania but I think Obama needs to get to a few more impressionable college students and get them drinking the kool-aid.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  144. David

    Jack,

    If I were among the undecided, I would choose the candidate that explained: how he or she would reverse the falling dollar, how & when they would create new manufacturing jobs, & lastly, stop all negatives about their opponents. I want substace not rheortic.

    David, Las Vegas

    April 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  145. Ruth

    I imagine those undecided are typically white male over 50 years old. In order for Obama to win their votes, he has to somehow show that his future administration will not favor African-Americans in all social policies plus, leave enough room for gun-control especially gun laws inside private home. In order for Clint to win, she needs to focus on what she plans to do better than her husband if she becomes president, things like free trade and show her understanding and capability of managing the current economic downturn. In addition, she really needs to watch out and not exaggerate any facts in her life.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  146. anne b, toronto canada

    Hi Jack,
    Being a Canadian, I just want to say that this American election has been so exciting. I have been watching CNN everyday, and have the CNN web site on all day at work. I have learned more about American politics in the last few months then I have my whole life. I find this election so electrifying. And if a non involved Canadian feels so passionate about this election, I cant imagine how Americans must be feeling the intensity everyday...Having said that I can only believe that the undecided in Pennsylvania are feeling the pressure of which way to go, but in the end, I am sure that they will choose wisely. For what it is worth, I am a huge Obama fan, and I sincerely hope he wins the democratic nomination and then on to win the general election, because I believe that his vision will not only be good for America but Canadians will benefit too. All the best to the undecided. Good Luck!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  147. Kevin in Dallas

    With as much attention as PA's been getting the past few weeks, I would imagine that the remaining undecided voters would find either candidate acceptable. So there's really nothing either candidate can do to win them over. By now, every issue's been discussed at great length. So much so that ABC was forced to essentially make small talk with the candidates at the debate this week.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  148. Matt

    I remember back in the good old days (December /January 2007) there was a huge buzz about the democratic primaries and Obama in particular. It's just starting to drag now and old man McCain is loving every day of it as are his campaign who are getting hand fed daily with material for the fall.

    Let's get behind Obama ASAP and unite as a party!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  149. Peter Bright

    It takes a lot of gall to leave The White House as First Lady, carpetbag your way to New York, become a US Senator, with full intention the whole time to run your ego for President.

    Hopefully the electorate will, once and for all, vote to shut her up, sit her down until she retires when her term is up!

    Peter Bright
    West Bloomfield, MI

    April 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  150. Joan

    Jack, the Pennsylvania voters should realize that if Clinton wins the nomination, it means a John McCain presidency.The repubs have a lot to throw at her, her coming court appearance in California for election fraud for one. I am sure they will be rubbing their hands with glee, after all they have been relishing this moment to run against her and keep the White House.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  151. Scott

    Hi Jack,

    Obama simply needs to continue walking his positive, proactive, solution oriented talk, and Clinton needs to keep her negative, mud slinging, same old political antics up to par. This ought to be plenty to sway the undecided voters!

    Scott
    Sedona, Arizona

    April 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  152. Karen Branson MO

    Obama needs to keep on visiting various small towns, suburbs and mayone on of his famous HUGE rallies. Stay positive, stick to issues, keep his sense of humor

    for Hillary...no advice...she does what she wants to do

    Undecided? After all those debates for a year now and all the online access to websites and news articles? I guess no one will ever know about the undecided until they vote.

    Maybe the undecided you get in the polls are people who don't plan to vote anyway or are Republican voting for McCain.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  153. Tony Memphis, TN

    Undecided voters need to decide if they want somone who can reach across the aisle and work out a compromise or someone who dictates my way or the highway, or I'll destroy you... simple choice if you ask me...

    April 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  154. Mac in Truro Nova Scotia

    Clinton has to stress her qualification to be Commander in Chief due to her ability to remain calm and accept flowers and listen to a child's poem while under sniper fire.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  155. Ann. New Jersey

    At this point Jack, "Que Sera Sera (Whatever Will Be, Will Be)". The winner will be the winner and the loser will be the loser. Although if Hillary wins big we should all buckle our seatbelts and put on our headgear because we are probably in for a worse ride then we've been on in the last few months.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  156. Ron Las Vegas

    Jack,
    After all this time how can there still be undecided voters? If they don't know who they will vote for by now, they may just as well flip a coin. It will have as much reasoning behind it as any way else they could decide.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  157. Jarrett

    Both candidates could win additional voters if the cable news networks would allow viewers to hear the candidate's messages on the issues that matter. Last Wednesday's debate was a clear indication that the media is far too preoccupied with mindless bickering between the two candidates. Yet these were the issues that have been solely covered by the news media for months. I invite you to find any cable news network that has covered ANY substantive issue during this campaign. Instead you guys get off on, and in fact, encourage stories like the Bosnia sniper fire gaff and Rev. Wright's unholy rancour. Here's a thought, Jack, why not concentrate your reporting on the candidate's positions on health care, the mortgage crisis, privatization and of course, the war. Perhaps then voters can make an informed choice and hopefully improve our country's standing both domestically and abroad.

    Jarrett
    Weston, FL

    April 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  158. Maura

    Jack, maybe people (especially superdelegates) should start thinking about if they want 3 decades of American history to be dominated by 2 families...from 1988 to 2012 and beyond are we really willing to have only a Bush or a Clinton in the White House? It really is time for a change.
    Obama 08, that is the only way for a real change.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  159. j. king colorado springs

    To sway the undecided the candidates need to stay clear of the nonsense and start focusing on what matters most to American families. They need to stop the finger pointing and LEAD!

    They do not know the harm they do to the United States military and the American people when they speak about our current leaders in such negative and harsh ways. They do not know that aspiring to be a leader does not mean assailing the character and decision making of the current leadership. They need to have a much better strategy for bringing our brave military home. The issues of our time are far too important to be left to people who believe that bickering through the media and pandering for votes is the way to earn a leadership position. If they truly want to be the President of this great nation of mine then they need to do do what others have failed to do...care about our nation's well-being and LEAD!!!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  160. George Carr

    its time for Hillary to return home and stop the cheap shots she keeps taking at Mr. Obama.

    ABC debate was the worst by far and the moderators should be terminated. I am an independent and have no problem making up my mind who is the best candidate for this country. It wont be a repeat of
    the past 8 years.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  161. Sandra Ros

    Why isn't the media talking about Mc Cain's friend and spiritual guide, Rev. Hagee's comments? Giuliani's priest who molested children but was not disavowed? Or, Romney's church who discriminated against Blacks or McCain's friend, Rev Falwell who said "American had 911 coming." Rev. Hagee called the Catholic Church the "great whore" but McCain said he's proud to have his endorsement. Not to mention McCain's spiritual guide, Rev. Rod Hagee who made repulsive remarks against America. Why is this being ignored?

    Why is the focus only on Obama–unfair, as usual practices? See You Tube. Am I wrong? As Sen. Obama says we need to be part of the change and build coalitions to lift America up and not be part of the problem by distorting and slanting what people hear.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  162. Michael Hecht

    Senator Clinton would have to show me how she can win the nomination without splitting the Democrats and handing the election to McBush - we cannot afford another 4 years of this Republican madness.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  163. Reid

    I heard republicans complain about the scheming Clintons all throughout the 90's and never understood what their problem was.

    Now it's more than just republicans who see the Clintons as being scheming and manipulative.

    I switched from independent to Democrat in order to support Obama in the primaries. If he wins the nomination I'll have to take a close look at McCain's record before committing to either.

    If Hillary wins, McCain is a no brainer for President.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  164. Lou Day-Georgw

    Jack,
    The only thing obama needs to do, is offer Hillary his bathroom!
    She has consistantly thrown the sink, now she has thrown the Toilett.
    She deffinatly no longer has a pot to pee in.
    Owl Grangeville Idaho

    April 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  165. James Beasley

    Keep their personal websites going after they are President to contribute to national healthcare. Obama has raised around 120 million, Clinton around 80 million. That's 200 million dollars that could go to helping the uninsured rather than paying for negative ads against each other.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  166. Tony Griffin

    I think the problem is both candidates are identical they are both filthy rich political figures which have obviously compromised their morals and values to the point where they are owned by special interest groups (illegal immigration) even though the middleclass (not racists) rose up against this stupidity of congress telling us no we can't send them back it will cost so much cause it would be 1500 each meanwhile the idea of us spending 110000 in social services for each doesn't bother them at all. My question is why is only 9% undecided?

    April 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  167. Thomas, Pennsylvania

    Well Hillary Clinton has had the advantage with those who decide at the last minutes in most states (per exit polling) so Obama should just stay on message if he wants to keep the support he has and Clinton will most likely get the last minute deciders no matter what.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  168. Yemi, MD

    Undecideds may supernaturally convert to Superdelegates, seems thats the kind of "attention" they are seeking....

    April 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  169. fred

    all hillary has to do is open her mouth and obama will win

    April 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  170. Josh - Lansing, MI

    Time after time, the polls have shown that the longer both candidates campaign in a state, two things consistantly happen:

    Obama gains support. Clinton loses it.

    Anyone still undecided on 'who is more electable' come November would do well to remember that. With at least five months of general election campaigning, do we want a candidate who has proven to attract voters? or one that has proven to drive them away?

    I think both candidates need to keep on doing exactly what they're doing, Clinton being negative and driving away her base, and Obama talking policy and change.

    Yes we can.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  171. Travis O

    Is there an election going on?.....I just turned on the news and heard a female is running for President....I think Billary is her name ...and someone named Barak Obama (who is described as a fine fella)...also I've been told she tells lies (but that was heard on a previous broadcast I missed (wink wink)....Barak will survive all the hits....he's like me and all good Americans.....we're survivors.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  172. Bud Curtis

    To win over the undecideds by Tuesday...

    For Clinton: The Guv. is the key. Buy a 5 minute commercial and have Rendell make the best case he can for why Hillary needs to win Pennsylvania by at least 20%.

    For Obama: HOPE for the best. Stay out of San Fransisco & steer clear of rural churches and turkey shoots.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  173. Rohn

    stop talking about the other guy and start talking about their plans. details please.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  174. David from CT

    Jack, they've tried bowling, drinking, being negative and even being nice. It is time to step back and let the voters do what they need to do., decide. Too much in your face campaigning can be draining. Let the voters take the weekend and decide for themselves. I don' t think there is any last ditch effort or comical skit by either candidate that could make a difference.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  175. Average Joe

    I'm just waiting for the juggling act in this circus show

    April 18, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  176. Michael In Maine

    Jack,
    The undecided vote has decided... Ever given thought to those who believe that their vote is private and will declair themselves as "Undecided!" Unfortunately for Hillary this late undecided vote in ever previous primary have favored Obama. It will all be over soon. once PA becomes a bust for the Clintons. Ind and NC will be an Obama win in Ind and a rout In NC that's if Hillary want's to stick around for the humilation!. Stick a fork in Hillary... She's Done!!!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  177. C Watson

    Hillary had to win PA really big – well over 10% to gain substantially in the popular vote. Even if she wins by 8-10%, her chances at the popular vote become so remote, it's over.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  178. Sandi / Georgia

    For Obama he needs to keep his campaign positive. We are tired of dirty back and forth remarks from both sides. I think if Clinton can run a more honest campaign from here on out her ratings will be more favorable. There is a diverse group of voters who obviously are being loyal to there candidate but it is becoming dishearting to see our democratic party rip at each other. Clinton needs to know that she wasn't nominated queen of airing out the dirty laundry of her (democratic) opponent and that is what is making her look bad. Obama shouldn't give in to mimicing her tactics because that will only pull him down with her. Overall, I believe they have said more positive things about senator McCain than about each other. That is what we can't swallow the most.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  179. Pete from Boston

    Obama needs to emphasize that he and Michelle have always been against free trade agreements like NAFTA and the Colombian free trade agreement. Hillary has to implement her 10 point plan for winning by at least 10 points. Bill has to go into hiding in a distant state (maybe Oregon). Chelsea has to ask women to vote for Hillary.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  180. Timothy Miller

    i would vote for obama and hope hillary drops out so that we can pull the party back together, and put a democrat into the white house.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  181. R1100RT

    Obama is still gaining and will win Pennsylvania by a nose. Then it will be all over, thank goodness, and we won't have to see Ed Rendell's delusional rants on TV anymore.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  182. Diego in VA

    The undecided are doing a disservice to the democratic party and the nation if they vote for Clinton. Obama clearly has the majority popular support nationally, and is favored to do best against McCain. Clinton should not drop out, the undecided need to vote her out and let Obama concentrate on beating McCain.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  183. Alfie --- Palmdale, Cal.

    With Obama's remarks about gun-toting religious fanatics, and Hillary's inability to tell the truth, I doubt either one will do much greater than the other in PA.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  184. Bunny-Alvin, Tx

    I don't think anything that either candidate can do anything at this point that will move the undecided voters. I really believe they will just close their eyes and point. This race will go to the super delegates. I think if Obama loses by 5 to 6 points or less there will be a wave of super delegates washing towards the Obama campaign. If Clinton wins by double digits then Indiana and North Carolina will come into play. Regardless, I believe Obama will be the democratic nominee. I am not sure why Clinton has drug this out for so long. It is hard to believe that she would destroy her chance to run again in 8 years. But, she is a Clinton, it hard to know why they do anything that they do.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  185. Greg from PA

    I think it would be wise if Obama ran ads showing Bill and Hillary Clinton speaking all of their lies and smears along with the counterpoints of their own admissions of lies and missteps. The truth of their real unscrupulous nature needs to be unabashedly and continuously aired in order to convince borderline Clinton supporters, independents and undecided to wake up and get on the Obama bandwagon.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  186. Tom from Pennsylvania

    Someone mentioned the lapel pin controversy. If you read the code, a flag may not be worn as decoration on clothes. There is an exception, police and military can wear a flag on their unifrom.

    In the 60s, people were being arrested for wearing a flag.

    So what are we going to do about our President?

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  187. Vincent Yau, Knoxville, Tennessee

    As Senator Obama refuses to face Senator Clinton in any more debates, Clinton must challenge him to other competitions such as bowling to demonstrate she is the better candidate to the remaining undecided voters. Senator Obama just needs to stop talking as he seems to be his own worst enemy at this point in the election.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  188. mARGE FROM hIBBING

    I think that the people supporting obama are going to be upset with HIM when he looses the general election to McCain. And it is going to be the fault of the Democratic Party and the people who think orators who give the speech written for them would make the best president. Never mind he does not know what he is doing, what he will do, he can give a good speech. He can wave and dance on the stage. THAT's the qualifications they younger generation are zonked into believing.

    You hear slur, flame, and swift boating of Hillary Clinton and she is stronger for the crap thrown at her. Every time someone says something negative about obama he crumbles and whines like a little wimp. He blames Hillary Clinton or he says he mis-spoke he did a boneheaded thing, he was misquoted blah blah blah excuses, excuses. Just shows the character of the wimp they are choosing for president.

    All the stuff thrown at Hillary has no basis except in the trash and slime of what was started by the republicans and carried on by the good old boys. Well when obama gives the presidency to the republicans....don't think they won't all get letter after letter after letter telling them that.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  189. Tex

    Jack, there is actually a downside to throwing the kitchen sink at the other person. Hillary now has a kitchen with no sink in it. This state of affairs can hardly escape notice by most of the undecided voters, and even if she wins Pennsylvania it will probably be by only 2 or 3 percent. And then it will be raining superdelegates for Obama.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  190. Tracie Andrews

    The first thing they need to do is pray. Give the voters straight talk. Not all those watered down versions of old warnout speeches that they have given over and over in different states. Listen to the people and take questions from them no matter how touchy the subject matter may be. STOP THE MUD SLINGING. Tracie
    Macon,GA>

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  191. ponani sukumar

    People are undecided because they have not heard anything about what they would get different, from either of these two Democratic candidates, when compared to what Bush has shoved down their throats for 8 years..

    It takes a lot to convince skeptics, and other thoughtful, politically aware / astute folks even if they are simple in their thoughts.
    And dirty, back-biting, "gotcha" politics is not going to help them to arrive at a decision.

    Hopefully Obama will be able to convince the "undecideds".

    Clinton certainly cannot.
    At this stage, she acts more like an agent for McCain's McChange=no change, whereas Obama is convincingly the agent of long term "Change" for these United States of America.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  192. Jim Blasey

    It's all about the wallet or pocketbook as any oldtimer will tell you. Voters will vote for the candidate that will take care of their financial interests. How do you think Slick Willy overcame all the negatives he had to win the presidency? It was the economy stupid! Dumb slogan, but it got him elected.

    Hill Billary have tried every negative trick they can think of while most voters could give a toot about the mudslinging. The last "debate", cough, cough...was like a National Enquirer nightmare. What a waste of time for everyone.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  193. Independent from Ga

    Themselves.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  194. Luke, Ohio

    I suggest that the 9% of undecideds are still waiting to find out the difference between these two candidates beyond skin color and gender. Heck we voted here in Ohio and I'm still unaware of any policy differences between these 2 whether foreign or domestic.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  195. J.C. from Raleigh, NC

    Jack,
    Obama has to keep his sights on the point total in this 15-round fight that goes beyond the Quaker State. He has it won and doesn't need to deliver a knockout punch. He must avoid Clinton's rope-a-dope technique of going negative to wear a superior opponent out. Barack needs to keep his campaigh on its winning message: hope, change, and unity in diversity. Clinton's other strategies of headbutts and low blows in the political arena only hurt her-voters are not as simple as Hillary thinks. Her only positive strategies seem to include duck hunting stories, hoisting boilermakers and finding light-weight moderators like Charles Gibson.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  196. Jan Shilling

    Great Question Jack !

    Encourage All to Vote. Voters have short memories. I think they will vote on, “how much is left in, wallet or purse, to spend?”.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  197. sonia Lunden

    Obama does not need to do any changes. He is absolutely perfect the way He is. Hillary is not able to hide her anger and dissapointment anymore it shows. She was not able to stand on her own merit, so she chosed the road that she feels more comfortable. Her natural unethical road to do whatever she needed to to win no matter what...to smear her competitor's character, based on her previous success, when they smeard Jerry Brown's character when her husband was running against him. Jerry Brown a man ahead of his time was the best man. I often think how much better the Country would be if this extremely talented and Ethical man would have won. Obama reminds me of Jerry Brown.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  198. Greg...Omaha, NE

    If you are a democrat and undecided at this point, I'm not so sure your choice really matters to the contest. If you can't decide by now, you are most likely the type that makes one decision and wishes it were different later. On the other hand, if those undecided voters are just malcontent with both candidates and can't decide between a lying fake and a delusional idealist, that is understandable. In that case....go with what James from North Carolina said:

    "The first candidate that would promise to force Bush and Cheney to become Ambassadors to Iraq for the next ten years, would insure their nomination."

    April 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  199. Susan, Florida

    These undicided voters need to realize that Barak Obama prefers to hang around people who does not like this country of ours. What's the big deal about the Bosnia statement. So what....you couldn't have paid me to get off that plane. Pennsylvania help us out. GO HILLARY!

    April 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  200. Ray in West Chester, PA

    Well, a negative ad against Obama (not by Hillary herself) is pointing out that Obama is getting contributions from all these Exxon Mobil Oil executives despite his claims that he's not taking lobbyist money (sounds like we're back to "parsing" our words again).
    I guess the gloves are really coming off now that Hillary's on the final lap of the race..

    April 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  201. Skip from Wayne Pa

    Jack – I think Clinton's tactic is to go heavily negative before Obama can respond. I live in Pa and have received 3 phone calls from her campaign in the last 24 hours – each one saying something negative about Barack Obama. But here is the tricky part for Clinton – my ultra-conservative uncle sent me an email saying he is pulling for Obama now after hearing Clinton go negative as usual – and Obama stepping above the fray as a "true statesman". Could it be that the negative ads will finally backfire on Clinton?

    April 18, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  202. Bill Brown (Dallas, TX

    Jack,

    I'm undecided, but it is between Obama and McCain. Hillary can do nothing that is going to impress me other than give a great concession speech – and then actually support a nominee who is not herself.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  203. anita

    actually nothing... the undecided need to go fishing; they don't seem to be very interested in their future anyway.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  204. Kim from Connecticut

    As an Obama supporter, Obama must get back to the issues at hand. He needs to get back to the message on uniting Americans in order to solve the real problems that this country faces. If senator Clinton wants to stay wrapped up in her tabloid politics, let her. It makes her look like the fairy-tale spinning gossip queen she is. Shame on ABC for bolstering her efforts and sinking to the benthic ocean filters of waste that they are. They keep swirling up the muck because they are afraid of Obama, and realize his potential and improve this country is far better than the other candidates ever could.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  205. ShannonL

    The undecideds are simply not paying attention and will most likely go into the voting booth completely uninformed. They will go with name recognition, most likely Clinton, and think they are voting for Bill.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  206. Judy Beardsley

    Barack has to simply be Barack. Voters need to carefully watch Hillary. See which Hillary she is that day. If her obviously calculated messages, complete negative campaigning and outright deviousness aren't transparent to those undecided PA voters, methinks they have some kind of bias: either they simply WANT a WOMAN president, which some do, or they simply can't get onboard with the idea of a black president. The differences on issues are too close to be the deciding factor. And Barack's continuing stream of endorsements, despite the Clinton's long political history, should say a great deal about how much leading Democrats think her "experience" is worth.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  207. Michigan for Clinton

    I used to be an Obama supporter- but he has proved over the duration of this presidental race- that he is NOT the agent of change that this country needs.

    We need results: we need this country to turn around economically- we need someone to fight for Americans- and make real change on day one.
    We need Hillary Clinton. end of story.

    April 18, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  208. Liz from Lubbock

    After all that's happened if there are still people out there who haven't made up their mind there's nothing either one of the candidates can do for them.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  209. Barbara Miller Florida

    Jack
    All Pennsylvania voters have to ask themselves is this: Do you really think that Hillary is going to be able to control Bill if they are back in the white house. Nobody could control him the first time.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  210. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Obama has to just keep doing what he's doing. Hillary has to "re-find" the voice she "found" in NH that made women sympathetic to her again since she looked human. If she keeps up with the attacks on Obama, which she seems to be doing since she's obviously tone deaf (in every way), she will (at best) only win by single digits and will be seen as the loser that she has become.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  211. Betty - Corona, Ca

    The undecided are playing games. If you don't know who you are going to vote for by now, it really doesn't matter to you who gets into the office of the President. There has been enough debates and campaigning between the 2 Democratic contenders for a sound decision to be made.

    Just make a decision and let's move on with getting a Democrat into the white house!

    April 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  212. Barb

    Sorry, Jack.If there are 9% undediced, maybe a better question would be, What does the news media need to do to help those voters make an informed decision. I believe that this last debate was a shameful exercie in trivialities and a complete waste of time for the candidates and the voters. As Senator Obama correctly pointed out, it took 45 minutes for a question of substance about real issues we Americans care about, to get asked. 45 Minutes. That is pitiful. I think CNN does a masterful job of reporting political news, most of the time. But all of the news outlets treat this like a game or a sporting event. Meanwhile, people are losing their homes, men and women are dying over seas, our schools don't educate anyone, and our healthcare system is a myth. Everyone needs to do better. We are in a very critical situation. I am probably older then you...and I cannot remember a worse time for my country.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  213. Scott C

    New polling shows Clinton ahead by 1-3%.

    I think Obama really has a shot at winning on Tuesday.

    He's got a few days to go, unfortunately that gives Clinton a few more days to try and sabotage his chances of winning in Penn. and more importantly in November.

    I pray to GOD that she loses, or wins by such a small margin that she will drop out.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  214. Bryan L

    I still can't grasp how every election, after many months of campaigning, there are always groups of undecided voters. The choice between Barack/Hilary/Mccain is a clear as night and day to me. C'mon people....it's not that hard to decide.....

    April 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  215. Relle Boston

    Clinto Supporters should blame Clinton, Clinto and a lady named clinton. She is not honest and America is very smart. They want a change. Barak should speak about the issues and contnue to the presidency. He will be the only person to fight for real change in Washington.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  216. clinton supporter

    watch the debate again. Some say it wasn't a debate but either way it showed the strongest candidate. The rep. are already making ads to go against what Obama said was discussed the first 45 min so if he don't like that 45 min. how will he take the general election? He is not ready at all and it shows. THE DNC and the democrats don't really want to win.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  217. Cora, Portland, Oregon

    Hillary needs to come down with a bad case of laryngitis . . . quick!

    April 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  218. Doug Eddy

    Have a "Twister" contest in South Philly with Chubby Checker this Saturday.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  219. MartaK-Florida

    Hillary is "very comfortable in the kitchen?" REALLY? This coming from the woman who told all of America years ago that she was not at home in the kitchen baking cookies.! Yet another dishonesty from Clinton. There are so many now it's hard to keep track! I'm convinced now that if PA goes to Clinton, then that is a state of people with either no morals or no intelligence. How anyone can vote for this woman with all her stories, lies, half truths, sorta lies, lies by ommissions, etc is beyond me. The woman wouldn't know the truth if it jumped up and bit her on her more than generaous behind!

    April 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  220. Marie, sc

    Although both have participated in numerous debates, I feel that there are lingering questions about character issues with Senator Clinton that are causing people not to commit to her. Her self-admitted baggage may've been already gone through to some extent, but she is still proclaiming that her experience is solid, expansive and stellar. I see it as 'borrowed', limited, and dicey at best. I remember all the Clinton White House scandals, the notable pardons, and Hillary's almost daily grind with the press. She's just not what I would ever envision as anywhere near a great choice for president.

    By next Tuesday the voters of PA will choose to be persuaded by rehearsed tag lines and negativity, or will feel strong enough to take a chance on Obama. I hope Pennsylvanians will seriously research the two candidates and make their vote count, but I believe that the process will not be decided here.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  221. R1100RT in VA

    Hopefully, Obama will keep on message from the primaries through the general and have a substantive, respectful campaign against McCain that won't embarrass us all.

    McCain had better hope that Clinton isn't nominated because the only thing equal to the Republican slime machine is the Clinton slime machine. Anybody remember the Keating 5? Clinton will remind us all, repeatedly. Anybody notice how McCain didn't learn a thing from it over all these years? Clinton will remind us in great detail.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  222. Mike, Dillingham AK

    Most of those "undecided" are probably "mostly decided but not sharing" or they are "coin flippers" and will let fate determine their choice when they enter the voting booth. At this late date and time, nothing that Obama, Clinton, or pundit speculators and blogosphere bloviators like us will change anything. Have fun voting Pennsylvanians!

    April 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  223. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    Hillary's obviously tone deaf (in every way). She SHOULD do more of the "human" thing but it looks like she's going to keep attacking Obama with her hypocritical charge that HE'S a whiner. Too bad for the Clintons, video exists.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  224. Ron B.

    I believe Governor Rendell said it best even though it has gotten short shriff in the press: "There are constituents in PA who wont vote for a Black man, period". Now that's coming from the man at the top and somehow I haven't heard any uproar from the citizens "denouncing or rejecting" that characterization. Is that "elitist", or racist, or just plain fact?

    I'm not saying its true as I'm sure the mayor of Philly needed some white votes win however that makes my point. Why no response from the citizens?

    April 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  225. Mary Butler, Canada

    Jack,

    Since the USA is the world's leader. isn't it fair to give the world the chance to participate in voting. Last time the Americans voted, they gave tihe world two terms of Bush, and you know more than anybody else what happens to the Americans and to the whole world. The fact that the Americans are still thinking of Hillary Clinton is a very worrying sign.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  226. Suzette, Sacramento, CA

    My mind is already made up. But, perhaps one thing that might help the undecided, is to have them each tell us what they are going to do "NOW" about this Iraq mess we're in. They are both still US Senators, and both still have the opportunity to send Bush a message. From now until November, what actions are they going to take now? Such as vote against any additional expenditures for Iraq, that don't specifically provide supplies or equipment to our troops. Put an end to paying our enemies not to fight us.

    I watched the hearings and was appalled by the information that I learned about where our money is going. All they really did was restate their positions, but offered no solutions. And McCain, well I don't think he was listening at all. But, someone else said it – Congress holds the purse strings – so its time to tighten them up.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  227. Fred

    Jack..........there are few undecideds left in PA. The reason they say they are undecided to people who call or have Blogs like yours is because they enter a booth and privately select their candidate. They insist on that privately because frankly its nobodies damn business. So quit callling, pollsters and Jack, quit asking inane questions

    April 18, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  228. Claire

    This contest has been going on for way too long. Jack, if they have not made up their minds by now, they never will!

    Claire

    Houma, LA

    April 18, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  229. Look Under the Pantsuit

    Obama should brush off Clinton's bipolar attacks and focus on the inspirational/hopefilled/contentfilled message that propelled him to the front of the pack.

    Clinton cannot seem to follow a sincular train of thought for very long so Im not sure I have any good advice for her. Perhaps pick a personality and position and stick to it.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  230. lin

    In the last 20 states the undecided or people who decided on voting day went to Hillary, facts are facts just so you don't scratch your head to hard when Obama looses Jack, we know your in love with him.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  231. Paul Nichols

    They have to tell teh truth.

    Paul Nichols of San Ysidro, Ca

    April 18, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  232. Sean Blanton

    Obama needs to appear a little less academic and more down to Earth. If he uses a few more common idioms instead of his technically precise sentences he will connect better with the people and clinch the election. Hillary simply needs to be more like Obama in almost every way.

    April 18, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  233. PAT

    I believe Obama has lied a whole lot more than Hillary. In fact how many times has he changed his story on the Rev Wright comments.
    One time he didn't hear them the next time he had.

    He has been negative about HJillary from the beginning. People need to know more about him. Guess that is what campains are about. But don't blame one and not the other for being negative. He even shows how upset he is over questions he doesn't want to answer.

    April 18, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  234. Will Smith

    Clinton says that Obama is not tough enough.. well its hard to be tough on Clinton when she is not only a fellow American but also a fellow Democrat. In proper conscience you'd not kill your own brother or sister inspite of knowing they are evil. Obama demonstrated that he can attack when he released the "3am" ad within hours of Clinton's. Also Obama is also very conscious of Clinton's bag of tricks.. remember she won New Hampshire when she cried(or were they crocodile tears) for no reason( not beause Obama made her cry).
    Right now Obama is doing great .. just letting go so much negative attacks, not engaging Clinton with his own. It is the price he is paying for his Integrity and courage to stand up for what he is believing and his associations. You dont lie or throw people under the bus as and when you feel like. Reagon is considered a great president more for his Integrity and character than for his experience or knowledge

    April 18, 2008 at 6:41 pm |
  235. Tess

    Obama needs to start answering the questions that are asked. Instead of dancing around and going into a different subject. Hillary needs to continue to show her genuine side. She has had to be tough, as the first woman candidate. But her genuine side is more appealing to the public.

    April 18, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  236. Linda - Missouri

    Jack,
    No one is talking the fact that Obama will need Hillary's demos and undecideds therefore, he does not want to be so tough he can not mend the party.

    That said, Hillary has almost kept me from voting for her.

    How dumb can MSM be?

    April 18, 2008 at 6:42 pm |
  237. Alex

    I think Mr. Obama has done a great job of dividing this country further. He has reintroduced us to the black vs. white and poor vs rich divisions all over again. He will uniquely divide us to the point we won't be able to get anything done. Look at current Democratic candidates and the party state as a prelude to what is to come if he is elected. I have no love lost for Hillary, but would rather see her there than the master divider himself. There is nothing he can do to get my undecided vote. I will vote for a war hero before I vote for him. Alex from Erie.

    April 18, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  238. MartaK-Florida

    Do we really want four more years of the pundits, media, and Republicans trying to disgrace and tear down the Clintons rather than having a President who can remain focused on the very serious work that needs to be done to help return America to the great country it once was ?? Don't think all of her self-admitted baggage will not come back for a repeat performance. We can't afford such a distraction.

    April 18, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  239. DeAnna from Orange, CA

    I agree, Hillary needs the MEDIA to help her out, – just like the way they've been helping out Obama this whole campaign! It's very obvious it's been very one-sided for Obama.

    April 18, 2008 at 6:44 pm |
  240. Will Smith

    To win, Clinton should cry (or crocodile tears) like she did the day before the New Hampshire Primary.
    Obama should stay on course and reiterate his Original message of CHANGE.!!

    April 18, 2008 at 6:46 pm |