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September 2nd, 2008
05:58 PM ET

Will the Iraq War be an important issue come November?

U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. John Kelly and Anbar Province Governor Maamoun Sami Rashid al-Alwani sign papers during a handover ceremony in Ramadi, Monday.

U.S. Marine Maj. Gen. John Kelly and Anbar Province Governor Maamoun Sami Rashid al-Alwani sign papers during a handover ceremony in Ramadi, Monday.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

There was more good news from Iraq over the holiday weekend. The United States military has ceded control of Anbar province, once one of the deadliest places in that country, to the Iraqi military.

American casualties continue to be way down from their peak, and there seems now to be a growing consensus that the American military is going to be able to leave that country sometime in the next couple of years.

The situation has come a long way from the darkest days when millions of Iraqis became refugees, hundreds of thousands were killed and nothing approaching political stability was anywhere on the horizon.

The oil is flowing once again from Iraq – they have an $80 billion surplus sitting in banks now, and something resembling stability is threatening to return. With the tribal animosities that go back thousands of years however, it's too soon to declare victory. But there's no doubt about it: things are looking up. As evidence of this – a recent CNN poll indicates only 18% of Americans consider the war in Iraq to be the number one issue in November's election. 48% say it's the economy.

Here’s my question to you: How important will the Iraq war be to voters come November?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Paulette from Dallas, Pa. writes:
I believe Iraq will be very important in this election. The way we got into the war, how we handled the war, Iraq building up billions of dollars while draining the American economy, and how and when we will return home are all important questions that need to be answered and accounted for by the candidates.

A. writes:
Jack, The American people must come to realize that the Iraq war is linked directly to the economy. We spend $10 billion dollars a month in Iraq! Of course the Iraq war is going to play a monumental role in this year's election.

Pam writes:
How important will the Iraq war be in the next election? Extremely important if you have a loved one fighting in it but despite the "We support our troops" bumper stickers, not so important if you don't. Sad to say.

Chris writes:
It depends. If major bad news comes out of Iraq, then the media will be sure to jump all over it and elevate Iraq as an issue. If good news comes out of Iraq, then the media most likely won't report much of anything and the main "issue" will be the economy which most Americans are concerned with regardless of their politics.

Cheryl from Rockmart, Georgia writes:
People are currently concerned about keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table for their families, which makes Iraq fall farther down on the list. It will become an issue only if more people die as a result.

Taylor writes:
Americans are increasingly aware of how the past eight years have tarnished our reputation around the world. Although the war in Iraq might not be the most important issue, the candidates’ positions on Iraq reflect the role they want America to play in the world, and that is on people's minds.


Filed under: 2008 Election • War in Iraq
soundoff (159 Responses)
  1. Joe in DE

    It is important but second level, probably will be the same at election. If the US agree with Iraq on a pull-out date, it will hurt McCain as much as it helps.

    September 2, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  2. Joe in DE

    It is important but second level, probably will be the same at election. If the US agree with Iraq on a pull-out date, it will hurt McCain as much as it helps.

    This is not a duplicate.

    September 2, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  3. Erico

    Iraq should be one of the top priorities to both Republican and Democrat voters as well as to the nominated candidates. I will definitively 'lean' my vote for the candidate, or party that will send the Iraq government "THE BILL" for the costs of that war, owed to US Taxpayers. Iraq just signed a 3 billion Oil deal with China ! Apparently there's no shortage of funds or resources in Iraq. The Iraqi government has to pay back the U.S. for getting rid of WMD Hussein and Sons.

    September 2, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  4. Kirk (Apple Valley, MN)

    Not any more. It should be, but it won't be.

    September 2, 2008 at 1:57 pm |
  5. Caroline, Hamer SC

    I should Hope so!!!!!!! It is most important to END!!!!!

    September 2, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  6. Kevin from Massachusetts

    It will depend on the state of affairs in the rest of the world at the time. Iraq is not goingto be as big an issue if Russia is still playing games tryin to rule Europe.

    September 2, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  7. kishen c.rao

    of course....it is and it should...because we poured trillions of dollars, and humans lives...yes...

    September 2, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  8. Stacy from Sunny Loudoun, VA

    Jack, Iraq is now part of the bigger issue of judgment. So while it may not be front and center, it is a supporting argument the Democrats can argue about who can make a smarter choice.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  9. John

    Jack: The Iraq War will not be a big issue, because everyone agrees we are leaving now. The more important issue is why we were in Iraq in the first place. Senator Obama believed it was the wrong war, and said so first. Senator Obama realizes the War on Terrorism is an on going process which needs to be re-focused on Afghanistan. But McCain thinks we need to stay in Iraq for 50 to 100 years. Give me a break, or better still give the United States military a break.

    John
    Alabama

    September 2, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  10. Jad in NH

    Iraq? What's Iraq? Oh, I remember. It's the war that's been gradually disappeared by the media. It should be very important, but it will be the last thing the Republicans want to discuss given the Iraqi president and even George Bush have fallen in line behind Obama.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  11. Gary of El Centro, Ca

    If there are no major changes between now and November, Iraq will have a lot less significance than it had at the beginning of the campaign season. It's all about the economy stupid!

    September 2, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  12. A Kraft Naples, FL

    it should be...however, depending on the economy it may not be as important...it is a shame that the news media and cable pundits care little about Iraq and Afghanistan and care more about Palin's daughter's pregnancy, John Edwards infidelity, and irrelevant issues

    September 2, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  13. JOE

    It will be a relevant issue because Iraq wants its freedom Bush promised to deliver. It does seem like the delivery driver though is having a hard time finding his way to that end. It is tied to our economic distress and respectability among nations throughout the world as well. Americans will have to learn to distinguish between bully diplomacy and patriotism at home so we can model it abroad.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  14. Richard Sternagel

    Iraq will be important as it will remind every one that 10 Billion a month is being spent with our tax dollars while Iraq flourishes.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  15. jabe bello

    Jack
    Iraq have been important issue and will be. Main question should be what are we looking for there. They don't want us there 90 percent of us don't to be there like Bill maher said before Bush should say we won and send our troops back home so he dosn't look so stupid. at least he can do something good before he gets kicked out of the white. and no tax money for a trip back home please he can walk back may be will teach him a lesson

    September 2, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  16. Jim, from Las Vegas

    At this point it is diminishing in importance as we hear how the Iraqis are calling for a timetable for our troop pull-out. This effectively cuts the legs out from under both candidates saying they will end the war, it's already in that process, which is a result of the U.N. mandate running out.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  17. Darlene PA

    It should be important for a very long time – we were lied to about the war, over 5,000 troops died needlessly, over 150,000 Iraq's died, our country is basically bankrupt and one candidate actually boasts about voting for the war and touts the 'surge' like its a gold medallion. It should go down in history as one of this nations darkest times.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  18. Bob S Philadelphia,PA

    Jack,

    To be honest I don't think it will be as big as it should be! I think the Ecomony will be bigger, When really Iraq is the reason our ecomoiny is the way it is.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  19. Andrew

    yes.. it was a mistake then and a mistake now. When the lies told to justify this war are proven to be lies, it will change the direction of government in this country forever.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  20. joe m

    its looking more and more like this will be less of an issue. if the progress continues and the agreement for the US to set a definite time for withdrawal, then the dems will have to step away from this issue. obama may be able to continue to tout that he opposed the war from the beginning, but his support for the plan to leave iraq last year and opposition to the surge will put into question his judgement. for mccain, he can claim he stood firm with the surge, which helped bring about all the stability today, but he cannot get away from his support of getting into the war to begin with. besides jack, haven't you heard.... its the economy stupid.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  21. Mark - Asheville, NC

    This is like asking what the price of oil will be on Nov 4th. We simply do not know.

    Obviously, if the current situation there continues and plans are still to bring the troops out soon, then Irag will not be a significant issue to the swing voters who will decide the election. If the opposite occurs then it will.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  22. JT in NYC

    It will be an even bigger issue than most people think. Just because the war is winding down, and the economy is front and center, now it will resurface when the debates begin. The whole issue on whether we should have wasted 5 years and billions of dollars instead of fighting Bin Laden and the other terrorists who attacked us, will be brought up repeatedly. It is a point Obama should hammer on repeatedly because it epitomizes how misguided Bush and McCain have been, and how costly their mistake has been.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:13 pm |
  23. Paulette Dallas PA

    I believe Iraq will be very important in this election. The way we got into the war, how we handled the war, and Iraq building up billions of dollars while draining the American economy, and how and when we will return home are all important questions that need to be answered and accounted for by the candidates.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:14 pm |
  24. BC doctor

    you bet !!

    September 2, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  25. Robert

    Jack, Iraq will ony be an issue for those that are not paying attention to what's truely dangerous, that being the Russians intention to turn off the lights in Western Europe.around January 1. The French and Germans are only just now realizing the significance of the box the Russians have them in. With the U.S. government in transition there will be no American support and the Russians know this. Iraq as an issue in American politics will desolve fairly rapidly in early 2009 in the face of a global economic meltdown for the West.

    Robert
    Fairfax, Virginia

    September 2, 2008 at 2:16 pm |
  26. Tina (Texas)

    No it is loosing its fizzle but our economy is gaing steam into putting the working middle and poor into the poor house forever. The poor should never vote for a Republican. They are not a party for the beer class instead of the champagne class.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  27. garrick

    hi jack
    yes we need our troops out of a place that dont want us their,this was Bush and McCains war let them go and defend Iraq.
    clearwater.fl

    September 2, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  28. Jim in British Columbia

    Iraq might be a dead issue, but then it depends on what Karl Rove has planned.

    The Georgia coup backfired. Perhaps something invloving the trio of Iraq, Iran and Pakistan. Or maybe India. Or...

    September 2, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  29. cy gardner

    I hope so! I hope someone runs ads to show how much we've spent, how many lives American and Iraqi have been lost. I hope someone asks where all the money in no bid contracts went. I hope someone asks why the Bush administration said Iraqi oil revenues would pay for their war and the Iraqi treasury is in surplus while we're hemorhaging money. I hope someone points out that the surge and talks about pulling out are both developments that the GOP was against before they were for them. Remember, this election is about hope. cy gardner arlington va

    September 2, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  30. Billy G in Las Vegas

    Yes Jack,

    Barack Obama and Joe Biden need to keep hammering on McCain's "100 years" AND the 10 BILLION dollar a MONTH cost of the war.

    I'm pretty sure MOST Americans are sick and tired of spending our tax money on "George and Dick's excellent adventure" when we have so many problems right here at home.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  31. Dick B

    Iraq will be like a skunk in the election. No one will pay attention unless it gets its back up.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  32. Frank from Peterborough

    Spending in Iraq is tied directly to the economy and has to be a huge consideration for everyone except the religious wackos who don't place any importance on anything other than their narrow minded scheme to control everyone's lives.

    Then of course there are the lives being ruined or lost through this invasion but then again once a person is born they lose a lot of their importance and become expendable to the tenets of the righteous right.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  33. john

    the war in Iraq

    Jack the war in Iraq will not be as important as once it had been
    Its no longer the lead story on the news (if it bleeds it leads say)
    the US is getting out of the Iraq its just a matter of when.More voters are effect more directly by other matters and have no direct or in direct involvement in Iraq but paying for it

    JOHN

    September 2, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  34. rene oh

    as long as there are troops over there the war still matters, but if we get the dems in office the sooner they will be home

    September 2, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  35. scott marshall

    I think the Iraq issue SHOULD be the most important issue of the election... but not as the issue is being framed now: "Did the surge work?" "What should we do about Iraq?"

    It seems to me that how we extricate ourselves from this dilemma is of secondary importance, and one in which the decision-making will largely be dictated by circumstances beyond our control.

    On the other hand, being sure that we elect leaders who make decisions based on reality, use our military power wisely, and would not have committed such a colossal blunder in the first place is the most important aspect of the Iraq issue, and the most important concern of the 2008 election.

    scott marshall

    September 2, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  36. Charles, Lansing, MI

    It should be a very important part because of its link to the health of the economy. The country is practically broke and all McCain can say is that the surge worked. If it worked let's get out and spend our money here. If it didn't work we should still get out.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  37. David of Alexandria VA

    As an ongoing war issue, it will be important, but not the defining item it was a few months ago. The surge seems to have worked, the administration and the Iraquis appear to be agreeing in a disengagement strategy and timetable. It hardly even makes the news anymore.

    In fact, against that backdrop, the protesters at the RNC convention looked like they should have been extras for "The Mighty Wind." They were about that relevent and about that anachronistic.

    But, how we let ourselves get into the war will still be something to be debated by those who voted for it in the face of conclusive (but flawed)evidence and those who voted against it, despite conclusive (but flawed) evidence that our national security was at stake. No one was right on this. Not even Obama.

    How do we keep that from happening again and not set ourselves up to giving away the store?

    September 2, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  38. Sean in California

    Iraq will become an issue after the election, when it becomes President Obama's problem, and the Republicans all magically become doves who are against the occupation of Iraq and the quagmire that is now all Obama's fault...and CNN will be there to report it with Wolf's breathless angst at the forefront.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  39. Kerry Diehl

    The importance of this issue has now given way to and is being overpowered by so many other pending critical issues such as the economy, healthcare, illegal’s, border protection, NAFTA and so forth.

    The other primary reason, of course, is I expect the overly biased media to still be primarily focused on debating the merits of non-essential items such as the personal lives of the candidates and their children or how well a candidate has been vetted.

    kerry diehl
    grosse ile, mi

    September 2, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  40. Brian - Trinidad

    In the privacy of the voting booth,Iraq will be the only issue influencing people's votes.Don't believe all that other nonsense about the economy,etc etc.This is America! Military strength and superiority trumps everything else!

    September 2, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  41. Jean B

    Iraq will continue to be important to a segment of the voters. Ironically, as progress in the Iraq war continues to improve, it could well turn out to be an advantage for McCain. On the other hand, if conditions take a turn for the worse, you can be sure the Obama campaign will make it front and center in their campaign talking points.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  42. Sandi AZ

    Lets hope so! We cannot turn our country around by spending 10 Billion a month in a Bush McCain War.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  43. Mark from Yuba City, CA

    It is diminishing in visibility...but the islamists and the terrorists in Iraq or Afghanistan will probably do something to put it back on the front page again. Count on it.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  44. AndyZag

    War is always an important issue; especially if you're the one taking fire!

    September 2, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  45. ajks

    Jack, it should definitely be important to the American voter. People better be thinking about whether they want their children and grandchildren in Iraq, plus about what an economic strain the war has put on our country.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  46. Mike

    Jack, It won't be as important as the economy. The Iraqis want us out, and we want out so it is just a matter of time that we leave. Unless there is a major blowup in Iraq we will be out sooner rather than later. The important point is the future of this country. The day to day lives of Americans that don't quite make that 5million a year.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  47. Jack Dempsey

    Jack From Nice, Ca. Jack I sure hope so. When the majority of the American People told the president that we wanted are troops out of Iraq, We did not ask him to win or lose the war. We told him to get them out. The word Commander in Commander and Chief means he is in charge of the military , Not the people. He is is the employee not us. When he refused to do as he was told and sent more troops to Iraq instead of withdrawing he abused his power and should have been fired for it. Both Sen. McCain And Sen. Obama should keep this in mind. For that matter so should the American People!

    September 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  48. Richard

    B.C. Canada

    Now that Iraq has some $90 billion dollar surplus while the U.S. pays all all their bills and Iraq has signed a new oil deal with China for another $3 billion and Al Maliki has demanded a scheduled withdrawl of American troops from his sovereign country it shouldn't be more important than the economy in November's election unless Israel attacks Iran before then.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  49. Steven Bradley

    Jack,
    Iraq is the biggest pork-barrel project in history. This makes the once popular (in Alaska) "bridge to nowhere" look insignificant. Iraq is also the greatest transfer of wealth in history Mr. Pickens – from taxpayers straight into private, tax-evading, war profiteers' pockets. Furthermore, T-Boone, I don't trust energy companies who can, and often do, bottle-neck supplies and later fight to de-regulate speculators.
    At least the bridge, when the political climate was right (before the leak to the press), would have created American jobs.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  50. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: You have to understand that the war in Iraq is not over in November......and we are not winning nor have we won. Soldiers are still dying and being wounded......it is going to be one of he major issues on the table when voters cast their vote in November.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  51. Karl in CA

    If there is an agreement on withdrawal timetables and progress in turning over control to the Iraqis, it will be less of an issue as it is what the American people have wanted for years and is finally (notice it's just before the election) happening. If not, it will be more important. The economy will be number one, regardless, and if everyone affect by Bush's policies that McCain wants to continue, vote democratic, the elephant is dead.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  52. K - in Indiana

    We will still have American boys/our troops in harms way in November, and we will still be spending $10 Billion each month in November and for a lot longer. So yes! it DOES matter.

    And we need to choose Sen. Obama who will get the boys home as soon as safely, and 'responsibly' possible.

    We need to let Sen. RECKLESS McCain go eat cake!

    September 2, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  53. ronnie d

    no. Senator Obama has put this question to rest. The question should be absolutely without a doubt about our nations economy. It should be about health care. It should be about jobs and mortgage payments and not about coverups. It should not be about vetting the wrong person. It should not be about a pregnant daughter. It should not be about preachers, or spins or duffesses. And oh yes, by the way. Can someone please show Senator McCain how to read from a teleprompter. I think he loses his way at times. Politics. You gotta love it. God Help us all !!!! Sorry, am I allowed to say the G word.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  54. John, Winston Salem, NC

    Absolutely! We need to know who's going to stop this waste of trillions of dollars.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  55. Greg in Cabot AR

    Not much attention is paid to Iraq unless you have a personal interest in the war. If your son/daughter, father/mother, friend or relative is involved, it is a big issue in the voting booth but there are more Americans hurting from the sour economy than spending sleepless nights waiting on the next e-mail, phone call and praying that you don’t see military uniforms headed up your sidewalk with devastating news.
    My son is completing his 20th month in Iraq and will be home this week and I count the hours until I see him home safe and count-down the days until I vote….the Iraq war is very important in my voting choice this year.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  56. Rochelle, Snellville, GA

    You Bet! Don't let this Palin Bad Parenting fool you... The war is equally important.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  57. Rose in Az

    Yes, I believe that Iraq will still be an issue in the election, perhaps not the number one issue but Iraq is not going away any time soon.
    People keep saying that Obama made the right decision but he also said if he had been in the Senate at the time of the vote he is not sure how he would have voted. By the way, look at the number of Democrats that voted for the war in Iraq. Remember what Hillary said, while the Senate was voting he was making speeches.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  58. Al, Lawrence KS

    It should be. Iraq is inexorably linked to so many other problems. Spending $10 billion a month of our tax dollars means we have less to spend on all of our other priorities. Iraq is linked to the price of oil, our economy and our standing in the world. You can't separate Iraq as a different issue.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  59. Mary Steele Yorktown VA

    Iraq will not be the main topic if our representatives don't get it together and get our 8 million unemployed job seekers into decent paying jobs.

    They MUST stop the invasion of illegals in this country so we can get OUR economy going again with LEGAL workers.

    Virginia alone spent over $349 Million in unemployment benefits for 2007, add that to what we lose in employment and sales revenue, educating illegals and the cost of other social benefits, cheap labor is not so cheap.

    Have compassion for our own that goes to bed hungry or cold, or lost their job because it was given to an illegal or guest worker.

    Mary Steele
    Yorktown VA

    September 2, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  60. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Unfortunately the media will determine what the number one issue will be, I have always thought the war, no matter what war should be the number one issue, our troops are losing their lives because they were sent in harms way by our administration. Dont you think this should be the number one issue ?

    September 2, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  61. Ann from S.C.

    The Iraqi government wants us out of there, and plans are underway for withdrawl of U.S. troops – I'm not sure where those plans stand at the moment. I appears to me that the U.S. presence in Iraq is winding down.

    The issue will still be important in November, however, because we can use past actions to predict future action. One candidate was against the war from the beginning, which shows us that in the future we would be more likely to rely on diplomacy and consensus rather than military action to solve our problems. The other candidate, on the other hand, would probably opt for the military action.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  62. Dave in MO

    Unfortunately for McCain not anymore. The fact that his surge plan is what has worked there has taken Iraq out of the news and nobody is correlating success in Iraq to McCain. What kills me Jack is some how Obama who was against the war from the beginning and voted against the surge is somehow getting credit for the success. I just don’t get it.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  63. Mike Cassidy, Cleveland, Ohio

    Any conflict with the nations' troops in harms way is important...

    This isn't competent leadership and they still don't have any goals to be met for redeploying the troops to Afganistan. There can be no victory without stated goals and time frame to complete those goals.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  64. Ryan- Champaign, IL

    If Bush has his way, we’ll all be too distracted by the new war in Iran to remember his failure in Iraq.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  65. Anna in New Mexico

    The GOP will try to minimize the Iraq War. Well, for that matter they will try to minimize anything that they are not strong on–which means everything. That is why they have no campaign except to diss Obama. The problem, however, is not the GOP. Its the American public that continues to vote for them. They saddle up with the GOP on one issue alone, be it pro life, or gun control and that governs their voting decision. Forget that the nation is in turmoil with an unwarranted war, economic crisis, increase terroristic activity, etc. It comes down to the voter and what governs their vote.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  66. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    Our government and our press continue to glorify the success (?) in Iraq

    September 2, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  67. Dave from Newberg, Oregon

    The Iraq conflict is very important! Despite efforts by Republicans to take the spotlight off of Iraq, it is dead-center of policies of George W. Bush which are suspect of dreadful decisions which we are paying for years to come. And McCain is inextricably linked to this dreadful decision which is probably why Georgia was attempted to distract one from Iraq altogether. It didn't work and Iraq is right there in the forefront of poor republican inspection! So, that is why Palen's daughter comes to the fore because something is needed to distract Iraq from the spotlight.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  68. Nick Obrenovich

    Jack:

    Yes; the Iraq war will be an important issue during the
    election because the debt reflects on how we should
    handle foreign policy in the future.
    Americans are tired of paying for a war that is draining
    our economy while we get nothing in return. They wonder
    why everyone else in the world comes first and where
    our country is going.
    We're seeing things that we couldn't see before; like
    why was it o.k. to recognize Kosovo's independence
    but wrong for Russia to do that in South Osettia? Is it
    because our 'gang' (NATO) is bigger. Is one ethnic
    majority more important than the other? We're
    wondering why we need the expense of keeping our
    troops in Korea, Japan, and Germany et al.
    Yes, the War in Iraq is important to us because it's
    something we don't need and never needed.

    September 2, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  69. Scott - Bend, OR

    The Republicans are going to spend some air time shouting about the surge and how McCain called it, but they can't do that without the Obama Biden team coming back hard. After McCain has demanded that conditions on the ground must dictate any withdrawal schedule, it has now become clear that Iraq itself has democratically decided that they DO want the US out of their country by a specific date. The more the GOP pushes on this issue the more it will highlight the fact that Obama is also right on Iraq. We want to get out and they want us out! I think Obama has this issue squared away.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  70. Raphael in New York

    Jack, at the present time most voters believe that the state of our economy takes precedence over our affairs in iraq. Now that McCain has a running mate who is well versed in the environment and has handled the economy where she was governor, our overseas commitments there will become more important should fundumentalists take control of the oil-producing countries in the middle east.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  71. Sebastien in Kamloops, B.C.

    It should be a bigger issue than it is right now; Obama should fix that.

    He needs to remind people that issue #1 is wholly dependant on it.

    Economy = Iraq.

    You will not fix the US economy with the Bush/McCain plan for Iraq.

    Just too much money being wasted in a country that wants us gone. Completely. Not anywhere within 500 miles. If you don't understand that, you don't understand fundamental extremism in the region.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  72. Joe, Clinton Ma.

    The Iraq war should be the number one thing this November. That war has cost us dearly in Men, Machine and Lives. The treatment our troops are getting is deporable. Does anyone remember the rats at Walter Reed Hospital? The Republicans have screwed this country and its people. The Economy, Energy and Food Prices all have a direct effect, because of this War. Vote the GOP out!!!

    September 2, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  73. Marie Canada

    The Iraq war should be of monumental importance as it represents a picture of things to come if McCain gets elected. Big oil still needs troops in Iraq and they'll stay there until you have an administration change.

    Then there are the future wars the wrong president may start with proven poor judgement on a whole host of issues this is a definite possibility. Oh by the way Jack did you know John McCain was POW and the surge worked.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  74. Lesley, Lighthouse Point, FL

    As long as voters remember that the war in Irac is connected directly to all the other important issues of energy, America's standing in the world, and our deficit, the war will be an issue.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  75. Steven V

    The war, the economy, the assault on our rights and health care will be on everyone's mind when they cast their vote in November. This is what I call a citizens war against the republician party and the Bush administration.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  76. Michael B, FL

    I hope it's an important issue, BECAUSE IT IS. I think people are going to start to come around and see Obama is not the one to deal with this.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  77. Connie,Evansville Indiana

    My fear is that if McCain gets in as "president" what will the excuse be to put the troops and possibly more back in Iraq. Seems to me the "good ole buddy system aka Haliburton"etc have to get their paychecks. This should be the big concern, everything looks good now, but wait and see what happens if McCain gets in.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  78. Phyllis from Rhode Island

    Jack –

    Yes.....and one of the most important ones, along with the economy.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  79. Iris in Saugatuck, MI

    There's a war in Iraq?

    September 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  80. bydesign001

    Undoubtedly, which is why America needs a soldier at the helm, not someone who is full of empty rhetoric.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  81. Jonathan, Hartford, CT

    I thought peace in Iraq was an issue two years ago in the midterm elections. Many of us voted in Democrats on the promised of peace and change. There is no peace. There is no change.

    Did you notice there is no peace candidate, Jack? Worse, yet..... there aren't many people even talking about peace. I just finished reading Richard Engel's war journal and I was emotionally paralyzed. There are still people suffering, and Americans would sooner debate teen preganacy.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  82. Len, Colorado

    Nick,

    Right on...Ditto!!!!

    September 2, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  83. J from DC

    McCain has removed the diapers off the Republican Party, exposing their astronomical incompetency, not to mention their hypocrisy on conservative family values. 4 more years of this???

    September 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  84. Ann

    It better be an issue. Besides causing grief to our soldier and Iraq families, it has put our economy in the toilet with the help of deregulation of the mortgage/banking/airline industries.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  85. Duane in Small Town MO

    Jack:
    The Iraq War is an expenditure of $10 Billion per month. It won't be front and center in the election the economy will be. What needs to happen is to set up a payment schedule for Iraq to pay the $750,000,000,000.00 they owe, with interest.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  86. odessa

    yes because american taxpayers are paying the bill since 2002..we are tired of hearing dead soliders coming home to be buried and tired of soliders being injured..it breaks my heart that every parent has to suffer to hear that their child won't be back home..the iraqis should take care of their business and the united states military leave as a.s.a.p..now the sidekick wants to start another war with iran or georgia..i am getting sick of this war game..obama and biden need to keep hitting the message," bush=mccain, more of the same!!"

    September 2, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  87. roger dowdle lockhart, tx

    As long as the anbar handover remains successful, the iraq war will continue to diminish, and in doing so will demonstrate Obama's good judgement. It wasn't until the iraqi's realised that the next pres. would be withdrawing troops, that they started taking charge. They had to out of self preservation. If you remember, Obama's position was that militarily we were succeeding, but the iraqi gov't. had no incentive to step up to rule as long as they could rely on the US to shoulder responsibility for security. Amazing what a desire for self preservation will do, isn't it?

    September 2, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  88. Paul, Columbia, SC

    America is in the Iraq forgetting process. To this day most of us don't know why we were there. It's only natural to forget tragedy and try to stay in the comfort zone. Once this war is over the campaign promises to veterans will fade too. Just wait and see.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  89. Breck

    Important yes, but not as important as the economy. I far prefer Obama on Iraq, but I can at least see why people might prefer McCain there, whereas Obama is clearly the better option for the economy, since he doesn't think it's still great like McCain seems to. The War in Iraq never should have happened and should have been ended earlier, it's a Iraqi governmental matter now, there is no threat to the US there. What really kills me is that so many people think we will be fighting terrorists in our streets if we end the War in Iraq. They could have come across the border with the illegals, but conservatives are ignoring that fundamental of our security.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  90. mitchell ,arkansaw

    mcbush wants 50 bases manned and operated by us troops in iraq. it is part of the agreement bush wants but, maliki doesn't.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  91. Tony,.......Lou, Ky.

    Its not a big deal any more Jack...........We're at the point where we've been brainwashed into thinking that nothing can be done! We invaded Iraq.....dethrowned the leader...they have their own govt now....they're making money from their oil now....! We were asked a year ago to leave......we obviously said NO....we cant under the Iraq govts wishes.
    It can only be by OUR wishes. Remember we invaded that country. Their govt doesnt tell the all mighty USA what to do! So, we just accept it.

    September 2, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  92. Jay in Texas

    What war, Jack? Listening to CNN and other major news outlets, during the Democratic Convention, one would never have known there was even a war going on, much less two of them. Thousands of protesters, including many Iraq War veterans, were in Denver but they were prevented from getting anywhere near the convention site. The major news media blacked out the many anti-war speeches and rallies that took place last week and they are doing the same thing now in Minnesota. So, the war in Iraq will only be a major issue if Congressman Kucinich's Articles of Impeachment against Bush are given the attention they deserve when Congress reconvenes this month.
    Brownwood, Texas

    September 2, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  93. mike, ohio

    We are still there aren’t we? John McCain doesn’t want to leave.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  94. james, Prescott, Michigan

    McCain will try to make it so with his pet, Joe Lieberman. They will spin it to their favor even though they have been wrong on all of the issues. They will say that they properly vetted it!

    September 2, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  95. Colleen, Charlotte, NC

    It will remain the #2 issue right after the economy which is America's #1 issue. The majority of us want out of Iraq as soon as is reasonably possible and Barry is just the guy to do the job.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  96. AJ in Illinois

    Jack, I think it will. All the Iraq talk and chatter since Obama went on his overseas foreign tour was Iraq's Prime Minister wants a timetable for US withdrawal.

    Iraq is supposed to provincial government elections in October 2008, but probably won't happen. If violence speaks because of this, then Americans will overwhelming support an exodus from Iraq, which supports Obama's position either way.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  97. Mary Johnson

    No !! "Its the economy Stupid." ..... again. and all that entails... Mary from Sarasota, FL

    September 2, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  98. ree

    I don't think so. It seems the troops will be coming home just as fast as Obama said he would do it. Now, Bush is working on getting them home.

    Right now people are debating teen pregancy more than anything else.

    Where were all these people who didn't want to go to war eight years ago or four years ago? If you were against the war, you were not American. Now, that Obama is against the war it is alright.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  99. Gerard in the Philippines

    Jack,

    The Iraq war will be an important issue this election, since we elect a President we believe would give our children a better and dignified life, and our world a brighter future.

    It serves as a moral imperative to parents to remind their kids that the ends do not justify the means, no matter how positive the end results are because lies and half-truths were–and still are– being used as excuses to bring about a desired outcome for purposes of saving egos, feeding the appetite for power, and worse–denying accountability for glaring mistakes committed.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  100. Robert in Tucson

    now that Bush has fallen in line with Obama it won't be as big a deal, but it could blow up at any time . . . so, quien sabes?

    September 2, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  101. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    It should be and Democrats should be bringing up the cost of the war because it was the Republicans and this administration that pushed it. When I say cost i'm not talking about in dollars either, i'm talking about the thousands of dead and wounded that we lost in an ill advised war.

    September 2, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  102. Sandy from Texas

    It's funny to watch the Democrats at first say "We will bring our troops home!" Now they say, "We'll have a planned withdrawal over the next 16 months." That's exactly what we have now. It won't be a key issue because I don't the Dems want to address it.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:01 pm |
  103. Kathy

    It better be!

    September 2, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  104. margaret morgan

    My Husband's and my thoughts the other day on John McCain's VP choice. The New slogan 'MCCAIN -GIDGET 2008"

    September 2, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  105. Charla Brown, DeKalb TX

    Hopefully it will be back to the level of importance that it should be, the GOP's have managed to cause enough controversy that it has fallen off the radar for now. I have to wonder if that isn't intentional, given that almost every stance Obama has taken on the Iraq War, the GOP's have eventually turned around and done themselves after saying "can't can't can't".

    September 2, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  106. Laura in Los Angeles

    It's way too late to put lipstick on this pig. Iraq and the economy are THE issues.

    As a side note, I usually listen to CNN on XM Radio in my car. I have often wanted to submit a comment but if there isn't a law about web commenting while driving, there should be. Today I'm at my desk. I love this feature (and Jack!).

    September 2, 2008 at 6:03 pm |
  107. Rose Cantu

    If that is Senator McCain's vetting process, then his V.P. Palin is surely setting a good example for American teenagers in promoting unwed teen pregnancy!

    Good Christian values!

    September 2, 2008 at 6:04 pm |
  108. Casey

    If economy is at the forefront of concerns, of course the war in Iraq is important, as it is directly impacting the economy. I do not believe that we can separate the two; when we are spending more money on a war than we are on education and social services in the United States of America, we are failing.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:11 pm |
  109. Ruth Peltier

    I know the War is important but as a 66 year old Republican I am much more interested in energy costs and and health care.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  110. Chuck B Coastal NC

    Its ironic that the Democrats have been asking for a time table for withdraw of our troops for over four years and now you see the Republicans & President Bush planning a timetable for withdraw. Bush and the GOP,swore that this would never be backed by the Republican party..... Now they(the republican party)are changing there tune.They know that they will not get elected with this being an issue,knowing that this issue is the largest contributor toward our "inflation,gas prices,and poor economy".

    September 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  111. Bettsy

    It would practically be the #1 issue alot of voters are using to decide who to vote for. I know it is for me. The decision would show how much America really cares for its solders.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  112. Pam Duzak

    How important will the Iraq war be in the next election?
    Extremely important if you have a loved one fighting in it but despite the "We support our troops" bumper stickers, not so important if you don't. Sad to say.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  113. Chris B from GA

    I think it depends on what happens over the next few months. If something "big" happens – a breakdown in Anbar, a resurgence of violence, or the capture of bin Laden could push the Iraq War back to the forefront. It could help or hurt either side depending on how they play it.

    If Americans continue to not care about the war then it hurts McCain because that's his baby, his forte. He wants to pump his his military policy in Iraq and how he's ready to take on terrorists. If the economy remains at the forefront then it's to Obama's advantage.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  114. harry

    The war, economics and social programs are all attached at the hip. When we decide on casting our vote it will be for the candidate who has the whole package!!!!

    September 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  115. Alan Caudle--Conroe Tx

    Yes the Iraq war is important. McCain fully suppots the war. We must not forget that the only reason there may be a timetable set is because the Iraq government insists on it.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  116. gary saari

    Please let me know if your computer rejects answers to your questions if someone has responded too many times in a short period of time. It appears that I have done that, as my response is not reflected on your site. This,again, is my response to your question. Quote – Unfortunately, the CNN polls which indicate that 18% of Americans consider the war in Iraq to be the number one issue in November's election and 48% say it's the economy doesn't reflect the whole issue. I'd suggest that the CNN questions should include "Do you think that the billions of tax dollars spent in Iraq affect the U.S. economy?" Another question should be "Do you think Ronald Reagan's theory of trickle down economics actually helps to create living wage jobs in the U.S., and should the government continue the tax cuts for the top 1% of the wealthiest people to achieve that goal while we're at war?" I think the Republican's ideas create major problems for our country and the world.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  117. Wendy from Denver, Colorado

    The war is still the most important issue for me come this November, as I feel that the life of all 4,000 Americans lost is of equal value to Sarah Palin's unborn grandchild.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  118. Darren - Kansas

    It is still an important issue for these reasons. First of all, it shows bad judgment by John McCain because he was one of the main advocates for getting us into this disastrous war in the first place. Also, McCain said he would not want any timetables for troop withdrawal and would instead prefer that we continue to spend 10 billion dollars per month continuing the war indefinitely.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:12 pm |
  119. Heather

    Probably not ...
    Though it will be to the thousands of Americans fighting in Iraq.

    Remember them America!

    Heather
    NS Canada

    September 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  120. Kevin

    Jack,
    It is a major issue for many years now. Why wouldn't it be this way in November ?

    Kevin, Paris.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  121. Donald Alan Williams

    Iraq is important to 4000 US families who lost loved ones, to 30,000 families whos relatives are disabled, and millions in Iraq who have died, lost loved ones, had homes destroyed, and lost their country. That makes it important to me. We have ups and downs in our economy every few decades. We don't invade and destroy another country every decade... well, at least not based on the lie of weapons of mass destruction.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  122. liberalpercy

    Important? $10 Billion a month important! Thousands of dead and wounded important! Time to get the hell out of there IMPORTANT!

    It is, however, just one issue that the GOP has lost on – health care, deficits, corruption and incompetency to mention a few.

    They're ALL important, they all need to be fixed, and John McSame is not the one to do it.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  123. Lynn Lahman

    The war is still important, but it's more important relative to Afghanistan than Iraq - as long as progress continues in Iraq and the Iraqis continue to accept additional responsibilities. There is usually more than one priority 'A' in this country at a time. Wars, economy, energy, and honesty in government - they are all critical.

    Lynn
    Phoenix

    September 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  124. Cheryl Lanham

    Rockmart, GA

    People are currently concerned about keeping a roof over their heads and food on the table for their families which makes Iraq fall farther down on the list. Iraq is an issue because the U.S. came up with a reason to be there but now can't figure out a way out.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  125. Robert

    Of course it will be important. But, not in the same way. McCain can no longer maintain his superiority on the subject. After all we have a timeline for withdrawal.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  126. Jessica, Acworth, GA

    The Bush Administration is doing exactly what Obama was saying we should have done years ago. The problem? They're doing it years, and years later. If anything, I think that the Bush Administration taking these actions will play favorably to Obama, and to anyone out there that doesn't think Obama has what it takes to be Commander In Chief. If he doesn't have what it takes, then why is Bush taking a page out of his book?

    September 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  127. Sean (California)

    There's an escalating crisis in Russia and surrounding nations, a line of hurricanes headed towards the US, and the mortgage crisis, to name a few. At this rate, the Iraq war will probably be one of the least relevant issues to most Americans by November.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  128. rush316420

    Jack,

    The American people must come to realize that the IRAQ WAR IS LINKED DIRECTLY TO THE ECONOMY! We spend 10 Billion dollars a month in Iraq! Of course the Iraq War is going to play a monumental role in this year's election. People will come to realize that this war was a mistake to get into to begin with, and that Barack Obama had the right judgement in the first place voting against the war!

    Please report this Jack! It's my first time writing to you!

    September 2, 2008 at 6:13 pm |
  129. Dorothy - Grass Valley, CA

    Seems like the situation in Iraq is changing daily and our involvement is decreasing. We know where Obama and McCain stand on the issue and, unless there is a drastic change before November, the Iraq war will take a back seat to the economy and health care, to name a few others.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  130. tom cassidy-florida

    IT the economy, healthcare, Iraq in that order but Iraq is a nice distraction from the economy, healthcare, voting record, bad judgement, Gov. Palin etc., etc.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  131. Taylor

    Americans are increasingly aware of how the past eight years have tarnished our reputation around the world. Although the war in Iraq might not be the most important issue, candidates positions on Iraq reflect the role they want America to play in the world, and that is on people's minds.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  132. John

    Come November, I think the Iraq war will be a very large issue not only because of the vast differences in the candidates foreign policies but also because of the impact the war will continue to have on the economy.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  133. Darryl Edington

    The war is all-important. I believe it is responsible for our massive debt, the failing economy, and higher gas prices. We must get out as soon as possible, and begin to restore this country to some semblence of what it was before the disasterous decision to invade Iraq.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  134. Karolyn

    Voters will no longer feel the urgency of Iraq but they should realize that the Iraq war is one reason the economy is faltering. They will vote their pocket books.

    Scottsdale, AZ

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  135. peter esquilin

    There is no question that the Iraq war will be a major factor in the election because it was this stupid war in the first place which created the serious problems in the economy and we have our esteem president too be accountable for this false war. Cant wait till he leaves.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  136. John Porter

    I think that Iraq will be a voting issue, but not the major issue. The war in Iraq has gone as planned in recent months, which makes the media not follow as closely. They don't have as much to say when they're not scrutinizing the president's decisions. This causes interest to die down, and since the economy is on the forefront of every news program, voters will have it on their minds.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  137. Norah (Boston, MA)

    Yes the Iraq war is of supreme importance in this election. The decision to take us into war and keep us in the war have not changed. They were illegal, immoral decisions and these decisions were supported by McCain. For me that is the most important issue in this election. I do not want a war hungry commander in chief- he will get us all killed.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  138. Shawn

    The Iraq War will be important to Democrats because, like their candidate, are determined to fix the situation there. The Republicans will be far less concerned because their candidate will keep things the way the are, or, potentially make it worse.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  139. Robert (Missouri)

    I know it will still be important for me. Obama had the right war plan from the beginning...don't do it.. I'm afraid that if McCain gets elected we will still be in Iraq longer than necessary. Have you also noticed that every idea that Obama comes up with regarding foreign policy is being adopted at least partially by the Bush administration?

    September 2, 2008 at 6:14 pm |
  140. geek

    Who knows what will be THE HOT BUTTON come election day.

    We are always just a sex scandal or other it bleeds it leads story away from steering the focus of the media and the electorate.

    Me I hope for some scandal to break that results in President Bush spending his post Presidential years in Richard Nixon like seclusion. I have had enough of his arrogance and ineptitude

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  141. Tim

    Jack – For me the economy has always been #1 but the war in Iraq in my view is clearly THE anchor which has drug our economy down these many years. W is too busy lining the pockets of his cronies in defense and oil indutries to worry about middle class folks like me!

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  142. Kathy Griffiths

    $10 billion dollars a month to support the occupation of a country we invaded under false pretexts? It had damned well better be an issue in the upcoming election. The only way it will continue to be is if the media does its job and keeps reminding voters that we were lied to by this administration, with John McCain in lock-step. Who cares if the surge worked or did not. We need to get out of there and worry about our own people and infrastructure.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  143. Ian (Texas)

    It'll be important enough that I won't vote for a man who intends to prematurely withdraw our troops despite the advice of his top military leaders and allow it all to unravel.

    It seems that only John McCain understands what we risk by pulling out of Iraq too early, and he gambled his political career to ensure our troops achieved victory.

    It's easy to take the popular position. It's a testament of character to do the right thing.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  144. Lulu

    Well depends on how you look at it. If you look at how the people over in Iraq are humans with family you would really care about the decision if you did not see the solders as living-breathing experiments in the world experiment ( how long U.S.A. can use excuses to fight other countries ) then you would not care.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  145. chris

    The Iraq war won't be a problem, but the Iran war that John McCain starts because he is a bubbling fool should be a concern to everyone.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  146. d smith from mississippi

    The war should be the most important issue. Since the war the economy is crashing energy cost is up its all connected. The GOP pretended to care about the gustav . i think that hurt them. americans are smarter than people think. to be so prepared for gustav after fumbling katrina proves if they really cared they could have prevented that disaster. makes you wonder if they care about the people or there own political gains. back to the war. the war cost way more money and lives than katrina, fay, rita, and gustav combined. any thing that cost america human life and money should be #1 with or without an election. i think after george bush americans should take the job of president more serious and impeach the next president if he doesnt deliver. you should ask if being president is a job or an accomplishment.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  147. Angie J

    The war will have a very low priority this November if Americans continue to remember that while the Iraqui's are swimming in money, many of us have little or no health insurance, gas continues to hover around $4.00/gallon and jobs are continuing to move out of the U.S.
    We cannot allow ourselves to be distracted by issues that will have no bearing on our every day lives
    Thank you
    Angie J
    Los Angeles, CA

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  148. Deborah /Fort Benning, GA

    War is always important. Our soldiers should never be required to commit to a mistake. They trained to support missions not mistakes. Americans hit soldiers once on the personal front and next on making their families suffer.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  149. JoAnn C in San Diego CA

    The war is still an important issue but unfortunately with McCains pick for VP I think the issues might be still up in the clouds with Palin's Pro abstince policy for teens taking the forefront over spending billions of our taxes and a continued death toll of our sons and daughters for the next 100 years.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  150. Michael Dick

    How can you distinguish between the economy and the (immoral) war in Iraq.To pay for the war without a tax hike we bartered the country to friends like China. The fact that we now have greatly diminished control over our monetary system, reduces the value of the dollar, which also makes Petroleum more expensive. The waste of our wealth on bombs and destruction has forced us to make major cuts in research and thus endangered our economic future. Our budget deficit compromises any ability to help with infrastructure and health care. Bush has destroyed our country. Impeachment? Hell, no! Trial for TREASON.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  151. Topcat

    Jack, you have drunk the kool-aid. Iraq is very important, but the American people won't look into it in enough detail to figure that out. The surge has helped of course, but the reality is all the factions have separated and walled themselves into protected enclaves (and some ethnic cleansing has taken place). When we leave (and we must) it will all fall apart and civil war will begin. The only possible solution is to divide up the oil revenues so the factions have something at stake.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:15 pm |
  152. Deb H.

    The war will always be important as long as we have our young men and women fighting,dying and being injured , however the most important issue on the minds of middle america today is the "economy stupid". Things are much worse today than they were 8 years ago and people seem at the end of their ropes.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  153. Tracey Scott

    I dont think the war will be a huge issue. I believe the main topic will be the issue of the economy and health care right here at home. Bush and Mccain have smeared the war in our faces so much and tried to scare us into believing it is the only topic up for discussion that now people are sick of hearing about it! Dont get me wrong we love our troops and want them home but we see the light now and know that there are other important things on the table. Im so over Bush and Mccain, America PLEASE wake up!!!

    September 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  154. Cathy in Vermont

    Jack, PLEASE help me understand…we are spending billions a month on a war in Iraq. Thanks to this banks are failing, the dollar is falling and more people are out of work. McCain says America can win. My question to you is “What are we going to win?”

    September 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  155. Taxmeless2

    This failing economy has put me at a disadvantage; I'm 50, unemployed and competing against young educated candidates and they're getting the McDonald jobs. You'd better believe the war is not the important issue at this time.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  156. Jacob from Valencia, California

    Every Republican mistake will matter. McCain can't catch up to Obama with the republican weights tied to his ankles.

    Just look at Rassmusen- Its something like 48% Obama to 43% McCain.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  157. Chris

    It depends. If major bad news comes out of Iraq, then the media will be sure to jump all over it and elevate Iraq as an issue. If good news comes out of Iraq then the media most likely won't report much of anything and the main "issue" will be the economy which most Americans are concerned with regardless of their politics. That is unless the media finds some other "sensational" issue to try to raise and beat to death (like this Sarah Palin story).

    Chris from Pennsylvania

    September 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  158. JT from TN

    IT'S IMPORTANT!!!!!!! It's rather we het out or stay 100 more years or we get out and restore our dignity and respect around the world.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |
  159. Karen Morris

    If the Iraq war is not important to voters in November, then people don't have their priorities in order. Our national security matters most and we need someone who has the most experience with foreign policy.

    And for those who are making comments about Sarah Palin's pregnant daughter: pretend she's your daughter and stop passing judgment. At least she didn't encourage her to have an abortion and hide it.

    September 2, 2008 at 6:16 pm |