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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:
For those of you keeping score at home, so far this year, the U.S. Government has agreed to shell out about $800 billion in loans and bailout packages. That includes everything from the $300 billion to help struggling homeowners refinance mortgages they shouldn't have gotten in the first place to the $85 billion loan Uncle Sam is extending insurance giant AIG.
Not exactly chump change…
On Tuesday, John McCain said he opposed a taxpayer bailout of AIG but changed his tune a day later, saying the government had no choice but to come to the rescue.
Barack Obama hasn't directly addressed the bailout question. But Obama contends that the anti-regulatory stance of Republicans in Congress is the reason why we're in this mess. And while his VP candidate Joe Biden said Tuesday he did not think the government should rescue AIG, the Obama-Biden camp acknowledged a day later, it had to be done to protect the economy.
Here’s my question to you: Has the growing financial crisis changed your mind about who to vote for for president?
Interested to know which ones made it on air?
I don't think so. I'm not going to panic. I think the worst thing a voter can do right now is vote the financial crisis. Right now I'm going to vote the future not the present. I hope that makes sense.
Michael from Bedford, N.Y. writes:
In 2004, when Bush ran against Kerry, he always made a special point of celebrating new home ownership. Being a realtor at that time I saw the “NINJA” loans (no income, no job, no assets) being given and I wondered how the inevitable failures would be spun. Yesterday I saw. McCain who has always been against strong government oversight for the lending business has changed his mind and is railing against the greed. What a clown!
Alexia from Seattle, Washington writes:
McCain doesn't know how many houses he owns. He wouldn't know a financial crisis if it hit him in the face. Trump endorsed him, which makes complete sense because what they have in common is neither knows how many houses they own. Because of the financial crisis, I couldn't buy a house right now if my life depended on it.
No, it will not change my vote. I'm voting “third party.” Both McCain and Obama are a part of the problem and my vote means too much to me to give to either of them. Nor do I intend to vote for any incumbents. At some point we need to clean the rascals out.
No, the financial crisis has made me more sure of my vote for Obama. And just for the record I am a 54 year-old, white female, from south Alabama who has voted Republican since my 18th birthday.
Thank God I have finally seen the light.
Mark from Pennsylvania writes:
Yes, I now want to vote for Obama twice.