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September 18th, 2008
02:31 PM ET

Will the financial crisis change your vote in November?

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Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say. (PHOTO CREDIT: GETTY IMAGES)

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.

Watch: Cafferty: Economy and Voting?

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?

Bob writes:
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.

Bob writes:
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.

Shannon writes:
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.


Filed under: 2008 Election
soundoff (309 Responses)
  1. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    Not at all. I'm voting a straight Democratic ticket, and that won't change.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  2. Paulette Dallas PA

    I am definitely voting for Obama! This country cannot survive four more years of McSame.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  3. Darlene Phila, PA

    No, not in the least. It wouldn't matter if were rich, I would still vote for Obama. There are alot of other things regarding this country that are in ruins (like the envirnment, civil liberties, etc.) thanks to the repuglicans and mccain/palin would only make them worse.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  4. Bobby, Triangle, VA

    Hi Jack,
    No, I am a democrat and I am voting for Obama. We need a commander-in-chief who is intelligent enough to sought after the best financial advisers to help us get out of this mess we are in.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:36 pm |
  5. Barbara Stuart

    Hi Jack,
    No it will not affect my vote other than make me 200% sure a vote for Obama is right rather than 100%.

    Barbara, Michigan

    September 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  6. Jenny Rome Ga

    YES!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  7. Dick from Ohio

    I.m supposed to support the McCain Palin ticket so that those 2,5 million people making a quarter of a million annually can use their tax reduction to buy a new Lexus? I don't think so. My grandfather was proud to pay more tax as his income rose to support the country that made that possible.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  8. Malka D. Oceanside CA

    I AM NOT A FLIP FLOPPER
    I am not a Rothchild am a simple american who has held on to the belief of the Democratic Party and I believe even more today and stand with Obama from the begining and he has made it this far I am not going to desert him for anything

    September 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  9. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    No, because I have planned to vote out every incumbent since the last election. Nothing has changed.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  10. Don in Colorado

    It won't since I've already decided to vote for Obama. If I hadn't already made up my mind, however, the financial crisis would seal the deal for me to vote Democratic.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  11. Mike Smith, New Orleans LA

    No, the financial situation has not changed my vote in November. It is the sum total of deceit, deficits and destruction over the past eight years that is casting my vote. The financial situation is just another example on a long list of failures from government by the rich, for the rich.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  12. Susan Alpharetta, GA

    I haven't voted Democratic since I was 18 and am pleased to say this recovering Republican has seen the light... Yes, the financial crisis has given me a wake up call.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  13. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, President Bush and the Republican Party are responsible for the failed economy. Since McCain voted 91% of the time with Bush, then I'm voting for Obama. We don't need 4 more yrs of the same failed policies or McSame.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  14. Pat Vaughn

    Not a chance. I've known (like a great many others) where the responsibility of this long expected mess lies. For years I've stated the "only good thing about the Bush Administration was that the mortgage rates were low... and they had to be because the economy sucked so bad" since 2001. "Change" or not, Obama offers "hope" . Hope for an improved eight (8) years into our future. He has always had my vote as I had had enough of Bush and Co. (including all Congressional party line voting Republicans) since after 9-11-01... and I am an "Independent" voter.

    Pat Vaughn
    Crossville, TN

    September 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  15. Raj, Toronto

    I heard Palin and McCain speak today on CNN at noon, and all i heard were lies, and fake solutions.

    Tell me how can you drill 3 percent of the worlds oil to fill 25 percent of its consumption.

    Tell me how giving a tax break to 5 percent of the population will benefit 100 percent of the population. The truth is when the republicans talk about the people they are talking about the super rich, meaning they make above 10 million dollars.

    All lies and no substance, Palin is the most dishonest politician given how short of a time she has been on the national scene.

    What I cannot believe is that how can you continue with these policies given the condition of the country, are Americans that dumb.

    What I don't understand is the US could have spent the estimated 4 trillions dollars used in Iraq to kill Osama and what do Americans think, no its okay, no accountability is great.

    CNN should disseminate the 40 minutes I heard of pure bull at noon and give honest independent facts to discredit there claims. Every sentence was bull.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  16. Randall Arrighi

    It can be restored by electing Barack Obama the next President. I don't believe we should reward failure with another 4 years of Republican rule. It doesn’t work! It’s time to stop spending $12B a month rebuilding Iraq and use it to rebuild America. We’ve lost over 600,000 jobs this year alone and we continue to see our retirement plans dwindle and our plans for retirement fade. If we aren’t loosing our homes we just can’t sell them. I could go on forever but what’s the point. This election is the only time we can stand up and say, ENOUGH!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  17. Kevin in Boston

    Neither canidate really has a clue let alone a cure. They won't change anything but their minds. I'm taking a shiny half dollar in the booth and heads it is McCain, tails Obama. Hopefully when I'm done I'll still have 50 cents to my name.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  18. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    Yes, the financial crisis will effect my vote. One must remember that one of the primary elements that created this problem has been the Republicans consent lifting of the regulations that have guarded against this type calamity since the great depression.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  19. LaWanda from S.C.

    It really has'nt Jack
    My mind was made up long before this financial mess that we are facing today. I took into consideration the war, unemployment, foreclosures, healthcare, education, gasoline prices, food cost– do I need to say more. The choice is easy. So many things have gone wrong under the leadership of the republican retard George Bush, there's no way I will vote McCain a portrait of the same.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  20. Jayne

    The financial crisis has solidified my support for Obama. The mess we're in was created by deregulation. That deregulation was brought to you by John McCain and his financial advisor, Mr. Gramm. McCain is on record (and even on video) touting deregulation more than a dozen times. A couple of days ago, he was still a "deregulator." His sudden conversion to tough guy enforcer is politically motivated. Let's face it. He could lose tens of millions of dollars and still be a rich man. He just doesn't get it, but he's willing to say anything to get your vote.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  21. Ed Reed

    Just add it to the list, Jack. After deficits, the Iraq War, and Katrina who would have thought it could get any worse? Enough of ideology, it's time to restore pragmatism and competence to governance.

    Ed Reed
    Port Aransas, TX

    September 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  22. joe providence R.I.

    Hi jack, no it has'nt changed my vote,it inforced it. john mcain and the stright talk express is 100 % correct, when he says he dont understand nor grasp the economy.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  23. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    No, because I was going to vote for Obama anyway. However, I do believe the current financial crisis is the Republicans' fault. The fat cats on Wall Street are finally facing the reality of their greed.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  24. david

    Absolutely not. It's long been obvious McCain doesn't understand this, or any other, economic kerfuffle, even if he does have 83 Wall Street lobbyists working for his campaign.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  25. Ron

    No, both parties have no clue, by the way, where is Rev Al Sharpton and Rev Jackson through all this. Seems to me they have gone deep and quiet during the campaign.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  26. Jim

    Jack,

    Only if it somehow causes Obama to drop out of the race, in which case I'm going to cast a write-in vote for you.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  27. Rochelle, Snellville, GA

    Just like Barack Obama was right about withdrawing from Iraq within 16 months that now Bush has now adopted the right idea and then Obama was right about what we should do for AIG which eventually we had to bail them out to save our financial ends but McCain was dead against it and I could go on but to answer your question... I think my vote will remain with Barack Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  28. Asbert Williams

    Of Course Jack ! It would affect my vote in November, not another four years of George Bush bad econmic plans. Asbert Williams St Thomas

    September 18, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  29. Jackie in Dallas

    Duh, yeah?! The economy is down the tubes, we're bailing out insurance companies due to the deregulation (thanks Republicans, love your idea of trickle down!), jobs are being sent off shore in record numbers while company CEOs are lining their golden or platinum parachutes with our hard-earned money, we desperately need an energy policy (other than drill, drill, drill), and close to 1 in 4 people in this country are borderline on being able to keep their financial heads above water. We're stuck in an impossible war that we should have never started, that's costing us more per month than the entire GNP of a small company. Hmmm. Have I left any points out? Oh, yeah, one of our Presidential candidates admits he doesn't know as much about the economy as he should - after 26 years in the Senate, and his running mate left the town she was in charge of deep in the red and is up to her carefully madeup eyebrows in ethics problems.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  30. Mike, Syracuse NY

    Yes Jack. It's clear that with the deficit and all the bailouts, there will be no money to pay for Obama's promises of a middle class tax cut at the same time as starting major new programs like universal health car. The checkbook doesn't balance, and we don't need that any more.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  31. Deb n Texas

    No, it won't because I am already with the man who has a plan. Jack, I would like to know why you all are not talking about Ms. Rothchild calling the people of Pennsylvania and Ohio who like guns "REDNECKS" last night on Campbell Brown's show. She did and I thought that was very ugly of her and no one is talking about that today. UHM!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  32. BillD

    No, because I was voting for Obama anyway. If I had been deluded enough to be a McCain supporter I might be deluded enough to ignore his Hoover-esque "fundamentally strong" remark and his campaign of lies over substance. So I don't imagine those people will change their vote either. Everyone else should be swinging for Obama by now.

    BillD
    Champaign, IL

    September 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  33. David, Tampa, Fl

    So far No. I still in the Buggs Bunny camp. I haven't heard anything from any canidate, especially the two repersenting the major parties, that makes me want to support them. This isn't Fantasy Island its Nightmare on Main Street.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  34. Ethel, Key Largo

    Jack, put it this way: I'll only have enough gas on that day to drive to the polls and vote for the Obama / Biden ticket, then maybe stop and by
    a lottery ticket on the way back. By then I'll be running on fumes.

    Ethel

    September 18, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  35. Ex-Dem. for McCain

    Were so Sick of Obama lie's and Biden we could Puke!!! Don't for get that the Democrats had control of the congress for two years already and did nothing but write a open check-book for Bush. The democrats are just as much the blame for the War! Hillary voted for the War! Were not going to let Obama's lack of Leadership and job skills run this Nation into the ground. Were voting for Country frist and McCain all the way!!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  36. Katiec Pekin, IL

    No, Jack, it won't
    I have always felt Barack Obama was the right man to
    be our president.
    The financial crisis has just confirmed that.
    What the republicans have done to us and our
    country is criminal.
    Mr De-regulation is not fit to fun our once great
    nation.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  37. Bob from traverse city Michigan

    Yes It will Jack! This financial crises is the result of the Republican's Reagen era, survival of the richest, trickle down theory of economic extortion. After the Enron disaster brought to light the fact that lax regulation was allowing corporations to disguise and hide risk in the balance sheets of skeleton subsidiaries, much ado was made when regulators closed that loophole to supposedly protect investors. The Bush administration quietly eased those regulations thru administrative means (not legislative) and, here we are again! But the "foundations of our economy are still strong" because the rich are still rich!!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  38. Judith

    Hi Jack,

    No. Once Obama received the nomination I was committed to vote for him. Now I regonize it is even more important that I vote for him.

    Too bad one can't vote early and often any more.

    Judith, NYC

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  39. Gary D Rhodes

    No it hasn't.
    Some moderate investigation would determine that both big parties have used Freddie and Fannie as ATMs and left us to pay the fiddler.
    My vote will be for Bob Barr. But voting for someone other than the dominant parties takes some individual analysis, not likely to happen in this dumbed down society.
    Baaaa.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  40. Mark - Asheville, NC

    No, since I will probably not vote for President (first time in my life), it really doesn't affect my choice. As I have said, I am extremely unimpressed by both nominee's grasp of economics and finance, so the fact that we are in a grave crisis doesn't raise either of their boats. How either man will perform in office regarding this matter will depend upon whom they have as economic advisers, and we don't really know yet who these advisers will be, and how much their advice will be heeded..

    By the way, living in NC I do have the luxury of being able to not vote this time, and it won't matter a whit – McCain is 11 points ahead here right now. For once, I am glad to not be living in a swing state!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  41. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    NO – I've been Obama all the way, and that's how I'll stay.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  42. Geeta, Eden Prairie MN

    Absolutely not! It just strengthenes my belief that bringing back the policies in place in the Clinton era wrt taxes, foreign policy issues and diplomacy are crucial for going forward. That is why I am proud to support Barack Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  43. Marie Ontario

    I don't have a vote for your President but everyone world wide has a stake in it's outcome because of the interwoven economies.

    It may not be all that important to most Americans but other countries are beginning to put an emphasis on reducing their ties to the U.S. and are looking for other trading partners world wide.

    The same goes for the war in Afghanistan. I originally talked about the growing concern about half your country supporting the McCain idea of staying in Iraq and let Afghanistan go to hell in a hand basket. Since this time the Canadian government has set a firm timetable for withdrawing it's troops from Afghanistan.

    Your country's support is dwindling world wide and I would suggest maybe this should be of some concern to your voters.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  44. Linda Kay -Minnesota

    I have been and remain committed to OBama.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  45. Mike, Lorain, Ohio

    No change in my vote, I made the right choice back in May 2007 and I'm sticking with it.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  46. Lori in MI

    This financial crisis only reinforces my decision to vote for Obama. The current government got us into this mess and McCain would only continue their lead.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  47. Janice Pound

    yeh, It means I'll definitely vote for Obama. McCain's constituency caused this problem. He's been against regulating investment banks for sometime now.but, it didn't change my mind,, just re-affirmed my choice for Obama. There are 7 regulating bodies in Wash. Guess they were paid to look the other way.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  48. Bernie of Lowell, MA

    McCain still supports the laissez-faire that got us into this trouble. He'll have a lot of Cindy's beer to cry in.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  49. Vinnie Vino

    Jack,

    My vote isn't going to any of these bozoes running for President ...

    C.I., New York

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  50. Iris, GA

    No, Jack.......it only affirms my vote for Obama/Bieden.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  51. Bob S Philadelphia, PA

    Jack,

    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

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  52. Billy Hardee

    Billy Hardee
    Wilmington, NC

    Yes Sir ! We need a new direction Just look around you!!
    Banks Failing, Stock Market in a tailspin!!

    Again it goes to the Question? are you better off than you were 4 years ago!!!! Go Obama

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  53. Dawn - Lake in the Hills, IL

    Not really...fool me once shame on you, fool me twice shame on me...the writing has been on the wall for some time that we were heading into a financial crisis. Some may have choose to stick their head in the sand. I'm definitely giving the Democrats a shot at this so they are no longer stonewalled by a congress and/or president who choose to ignore the Constitution and manipulate agencies to thwart any attempt to manage our country in a respectful and honorable manner.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  54. Brian Reed, Redneck Politico,Redmond,OR

    No. It will only solidify my decision to vote for Obama. I'm tired of watching my savings dwindle, my business failing, my food and fuel
    costs rise....you know the story.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  55. Alexia - Seattle WA

    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. I do not and cannot expect that Miss Wasilla or McCain has the experience to assist the majority of Americans that are not fortunate enough to loose track of their real estate investments.

    Obama – Biden 2008-2016

    September 18, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  56. Doreen, Cornelia Georgia

    Jack,
    It ABSOLUTELY won't change it – but will reaffirm that my decision to vote Obama is the correct one!

    Doreen
    Cornelia, Georgia

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  57. Undecided Independent

    No I have decided already NOT to vote in November--I was a Hillary supporter and honestly neither of these tickets appeals to me-–McCain and Palin are too conservative and out-of-touch, and Obama and his supporters have been jerks to us Hillary-supporters ever since the primary ended so...I'll just sit back and watch the chips fall where they may...but neither guy gets my vote .
    Karen, Springfield MA

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  58. Marcy

    Nope, my vote changes every other hour and frankly I still don't have a clue as to who to vote for and this isn't helping!

    Marcy
    Mobile, AL

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  59. Jason

    No, I will still vote for Mccain.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  60. Marie

    No, it doesn't change my mind. It just reinforces my decision. I will not vote for John McCain even though I am a Republican. Deregulation created the financial mess we are in and McCain is the King of Deregulation. Now he has another false ad out about Obama raising taxes on low income families. In fact, Obama's plan will lower their taxes even more than McCains. I just do not have any respect any more for John McCain.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  61. Pete, Bristow, VA

    No, the blow-up over the last few days will not change my vote. It's been obvious for some time that the markets have been in trouble and that a lack of regulation, in addition to pure greed and incompetence at those firms at the pinnacle of American finance, were leading to a debacle. Whether it was the savings and loan collapse of several years ago, the dot-com bubble or the current crisis, big business has taken advantage of people trying to do the right thing by investing and saving, often not on their own but through the "experts." What a fiasco. It's not just that these scions of finance should lose their jobs and their golden parachutes, they should be thrown in jail for fraud. I'll be voting straight Democratic in the hopes that some serious regulation will restore some sanity (and honesty) to the system.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  62. P. Davis, St. Louis

    No, The GOP proved over the last 8 years they are the SPEND KINGS. The erosion of the surplus they were handed is completly irresponsible. If a grocery cashier said "my cash draw started with $1000, it is now empty and I still owe customers a total of $4000.00, would you hire her to be the president of the store.Hell NO!

    Why hire the GOP to do the same thing they have done over the past 8 years. They held us as 911 hostages, they commiteed armed robbery on the surplus, and told us they put country first.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  63. jon hoffman

    Jack:
    Not at all. It is Obama because he is the one with foresight to see what is coming down the pike.
    70+ years of putting economic control to protect working Americans have been thrown under the straight talk express of McGramps the deregulator. The liar liar in a diaper flops-flips-flops again.

    Jon in California

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  64. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    no.....I am an Obama supporter and happy he is running. I think he is a wise choice, careful, intelligent, calm and Biden is a super choice as a VP

    September 18, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  65. Linda Kay -Minnesota

    I feel by going back o her word she gives the appearance of having important things to hide. And sorta shoots a hole in her image as a reformer when she is acting like the crowd in the White House right now. Who wants more of that.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  66. Pat,Lexington, Ky.

    No – Obama's still my man!!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  67. T. Rodney Tatum, South Florida

    The real question should be: How much closer do we have to get to a "Greater Depression" before American's go to the polls color blind? How many trips to the soup line will you make before you admit a change in direction is required. Even an expert sailor has to yell, "jig ho" from time to time.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  68. Sandeep Uppal

    Clinton had only screwed Monica and look what they did to him. Bush Clan has screwed the entire USA and at least some parts of the world. If putting Clinton through shame is a measure of punishment, What should be done with the Bush Clan.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  69. P. Davis, St. Louis

    Correction:
    No, The GOP proved over the last 8 years they are the SPEND KINGS. The erosion of the surplus they were handed is completly irresponsible. If a grocery cashier said “my cash draw started with $1000, it is now empty and I still owe customers a total of $4000.00 in change, would you hire her to be the president of the store.Hell NO!

    Why hire the GOP to do the same thing they have done over the past 8 years. They held us as 911 hostages, they commiteed armed robbery on the surplus, and told us they put country first.

    Phyllis Davis, St. Louis MO

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  70. Marva (Oklahoma)

    Not so much for myself, but for my son and his family! He is struggling to earn a living sufficient to adequately care for his four young sons ... earning only slightly more than minimum wage, he hasn't any hope of saving money for their higher education or his retirement. Clearly, McCain/Palin don't understand the burden borne by young parents!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  71. Ken @ Charlotte

    Jack,

    No, the current crisis just confirms that I made the right choice early. Go Obama!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  72. Brad Hurt

    Yes, I will be voting for Obama, I feel he is the one who can get us out this mess that the republicans have put us in.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  73. Sam Hill, Toronto, Canada.

    The financial crisis is caused by the burden of war in Iraq which John McCain supported his republican friend, George Bush, to start. To vote for McCain is to vote for another Bush term and that means more wars and deterioration of the economy.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  74. Bodo, Ann Arbor

    McCain would fix the financial crisis by firing the SEC chairman, he announced yesterday. If only it were that simple. I suppose he would just fire Schwarzenegger if an earthquake struck California. And if the Russians should attack Alaska, would he then fire the governor? - Oops, I almost forgot, whatshername is his sidekick.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  75. NORA, Gainesville, FLORIDA

    Jack I don't need to wait until November, I made my decison a long time ago....more like when Bush was handed the election.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  76. Terry in Hanover County

    Considering McCain thinks the economy is sound, then the workers are sound, then we shouldn't sound off because everything's a figment of our imaginations and we should stop whining ... nope. Still voting for Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  77. KarenB in Polk County, Florida

    Actually it's just confirmed the decision, won't change mind...
    of the choices, McCain/Palin is our only hope.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  78. Shane Athens, GA

    Jack, I am a junior at UGA and this is the first time I've had a chance to vote in an election. I just hope when I get out of school I'll have a job and be able to work towoard gaining some financial security. Yes, sir, the financial crisis is a pivoting factor in my casting my vote. It doesn't seem sound to me to re-elect the party that got us into this mess.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  79. Sandeep Uppal

    To restore Faith in the system, we need a community organizer to do his job, but now just for a larger community, the USA.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  80. Michael Steuer, Bedford NY

    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 asets) 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!

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  81. Annie, Atlanta

    No. It's just helped me realize my instincts were right all along.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  82. Jane M, S.Orange NJ

    I was always an Obama supporter, so no the recent economic crisis will NOT change my vote.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  83. Richard, Syracuse, NY

    My mind has not changed, but my choice has been reinforced. John McCain is part of the "dump the regulators" policy of the Bush Administration and lead to this problem. Obama wants a free market with responsiblility to the people.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  84. Ryan -Galesburg, IL

    No change in my vote. Just solidifies it against the Republicans that enabled Wall St. and Washington to sell out our economy to theives and liars.

    September 18, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  85. PW, Arizona

    No. I've always thought McCain's policies would be bad for me, my community and the Great State of Arizona. Even with the heavy Republican registration in Arizona, he's not a real popular guy around here. The rest of the country should take note.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  86. Barbara Frickle

    I own a small business in Montana ( for 27 years) and there is no way the government would pay my bills if I over extended my borrowing.

    I am truly against the Government using my Tax dollars to bail out a Bunch of Wall Street Gamblers.
    Barb

    September 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  87. Nancy K.- Jackson, GA

    No. I am supporting an Obama Presidency.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  88. peter from allentown

    of course !!no answers!! weak v.p this time im lettin the chips fall on black!!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  89. Roland

    No. McCain and Palin will get my vote.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  90. Chris Ocean Grove MA

    No jack for me this crisis has been going on for a year and a half. Barak Obama and the Democrats have known about it and have tried to do something about it. The republicans just found out about it last week. When Electrcians loose thier jobs and run out of unemployment no one in the republican party even blinks an eye. It takes accountants and finacial planners on Wall Street to loose thier jobs before anyone in the GOP to notice.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  91. Jerri

    Yes,.

    Quoted from Houston Chronicle September 18, 2008

    McCain's former economic adviser is ex-Texas Sen. Phil Gramm. On December 15, 2000, hours before Congress was to leave for Christmas recess, Gramm had a 262-page amendment slipped into the appropriations bill. It forbade federal agencies to regulate the financial derivatives that greased the skids for passing along risky mortgage-backed securities to investors.

    Jerri
    League City, TX

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  92. HM - North Carolina

    The growing financial crisis has not changed my mind; it has reinforced my choice for Obama. The reason Wall St. is in this mess is due to the non-existent regulations which John McCain has been so adamantly apposed to for all these years. Can things be anymore clearer? Give me a break!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  93. frank from phoenix

    Won't change my vote. But it might change the vote of some McCain supporters if every time a bank fails Obama will target that area with ads, showing one of the zillion clips of McCain espousing his anti-regulatory rhetoric.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  94. Steven (Illinois)

    I'm a student and not really being hurt by the economy right now, but that could change once I graduate next May. I've been a supporter of Barack Obama since he decided to run for President, and I believe that he has the plan to repair our economy. My vote will not change.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  95. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    It just reinforces my already support for Obama. The republicans sold their soul for less deregulation and see where it has gotten us.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  96. Brian Anderson

    Jack, my vote has been for the big "D" from the very beginning, and it continues to remain that way. These past eight years have shown us the depth of what it means to be fiscally irresponsible, and I simply don't believe we can afford another four years as our economy, debt, and over-inflated budget bury us beneath their burden. McCain and Palin are far from the answer to our economic woes when they operate on a basis of saying one thing and doing another.

    Annandale, VA

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  97. Brad Mahoney

    Hell no. I'm staying with Obama. I think, therefore I'm a Democrat.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  98. Pat, Greenville, Ohio

    No way. I have been an Obama mama from the start.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  99. Jim Rittenhouse

    It confirms my fears and discoveries about the way Bush and the GOP have considered the financial markets as a no-lose casino – with no rules to get in the way. Tails they win, heads someone else pays for it. In Bush's history, someone else has always paid for the screwups, and McCain hit the big casino when he married an heiress. A man who has that many houses and that much money has an accountant worry about the bills.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  100. Linda in Florida

    This current financial mess just convinced me more that my vote for Barack Obama is the right one!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  101. Susan from Georgia

    No, because I have been an Obama supporter from day one!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  102. Chris Ocean Grove MA

    What's this about bugs bunny?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  103. John Massillon Ohio

    Absolutely not! The crisis this country has been in during the 8 years of the Bush and that 'renegade republican' help make up my mind a long time ago.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  104. Jean in Hays KS

    No. Have to vote for the man that was not party to this and is smart enough to fix it. McCain should have broken with his party a long time ago, like... 7 and half years ago?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  105. Mike in St. Pete Beach, Florida

    Normally I believe that the president has little control over the economy, but if the nominee says the economy's fundamentals are strong, I will not be voting for him. I cannot deal with people living in denial. McCain and Palin just need to close their eyes and go back to their happy places.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  106. kyle

    there is something wrong with the picture when I buy a Benz and my nieghbors foreclose on their home. They worked harder than I have ever seen. Just not right.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  107. veronica

    No Jack, the financial crisis will not change who I will vote for. I am a registered republican but I will be voting for Obama. I am afraid of McCain and here's why. My husband was in combat in Vietnam from 69 to 71 as a result he has PTSD and must be on medication at all times. The medication helps him to deal with the memories and the flashbacks that can occur at any time. I cannot understand why nobody in the press is looking into McCain's mental health issues. How and anyone who was in prison for over 5 years, tortured and abused daily come out of Vietnam without PTSD? And I should put this man in the WH and pray he doesn't loose it?

    Veronica,
    Milton, Florida

    September 18, 2008 at 3:06 pm |
  108. lynnej

    Not a chance because I was voting for Senator Obama in the first place. The last eight years have been rough for us.

    No health care. Choosing between paying a bill, buying gas for my mother to go to work and food.

    The only it can get any worse is that if McCain gets in.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  109. Terry of Iowa

    Enron, Worldcom, Lehman Brothers, AIG … greed on Wall Street, jobs displaced overseas … wars with know plans, no clear objectives, no end … funding to rebuild Georgia and Iraq, while New Orleans continues to struggle … unprecedented national debt and budget deficits… an energy plan designed by big oil that risk national security and our very future ... etc, etc. etc.

    No this financial crisis will not change my vote. Republicans have eroded the very foundation of our great nation through greed and corruption. As long as greed is unfettered, our economy will be in jeopardy (and if you haven’t figured it out yet, supply side economics doesn’t work), we’ll never have an energy plan for the future and we’ll never reunite to tackle all the other great problems we face. And as long as evangelicals believe they are the only ones who know God’s plan, they will be the Christian wrong. Where is the wisdom, the courage, the compassion, the mercy, the love, the hope.

    Lincoln must be spinning in his grave.

    Change is long over due!

    Obama/Biden ‘08

    September 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  110. Bert

    Yes, the financial crisis has changed my vote. John McCain talks about American Workers being the strong fundamentals of our economy, but chooses to stand aside while our jobs are being sent over seas and Senator McCain is even encouraging bringing in foreign workers to do our jobs. At least Senator Obama made a comment during his acceptance speach showing he has some understanding of the plight of the American Worker, but both parties still seem to have American Workers well below illegal aliens on their list of priorities.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  111. Jon M - Alexandria VA

    It won't change my vote, just reinforces it. McCain's campaign is being run by a lobbyist for Fannie/Freddie, who pushed for deregulation! McCain is confused what the Commerce Committee's duties are, even though he was the chair, he doesn't know that SIPC is not a regulatory (or the proper acronym) agency is silly, his buddy Phil Gramm is the king of banking deregulation, and McCain was part of the Keating 5.

    Thanks not change we can believe in. That's just more of the same.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  112. mary patitsas

    I am voting for Sen. Obama. Bush is a puppet and anyone of his wealth cannot begin to understand the plight of the middle class. The SEC chair should be fired. Why wasn't I asked to bail out AIG? Let the damn greed monsters fail.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  113. Matt in Las Vegas, NV

    When I see the ballot in November, if they don't have a (D) next to their name, they won't get my vote. Period.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  114. Barbara Frickle

    This bail out stinks and yes it does help me to make up my mind to vote for Obama
    Barb from Hardin Montana

    September 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  115. Joe in Clinton, Ma.

    No, it won't change my vote, It only reafirms it. I will never vote for a Republican again. They have proven beyond a reasonable doubt. That they are only out for themselves and couldn't care less about ordinary Americans. And after watching their pathetic demonstration in the House about Energy prices, I hope they are tossed off of Capital Hill in November.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  116. Colleen, Charlotte, NC

    It will just make me vote sooner. Maybe absentee mail in! Definitely early voting! I'm making sure my teenage boys have mail in ballots too as they are away at college.

    Obama / Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  117. mohan, Arlington

    Whoever be the next President, it will take a lot energy, time and drive to clear the economic mess we are in. Since a person who voted 90 percent with Bush is one of the choices available, I will surely choose Obama – at least he is a fresh brain, less influenced by the lobbyists... He is a young mind who can inspire people in the harder times ahead!!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  118. Kim Philly

    I'm the independent female that everyones going after. But no need because there's only one person ready for the job and that sounds like OBAMA. It's funny how MCcain (AKA BUSH) has adopted Obama's slogan, parts of his speach and now the his ideas of regulation. Why can't MCcain be creative and think for himself. I know he had to also pick Palin because he was told to by the powers that be.. but one of these days he needs to return to his old ways and get a mind of his own. But I can't wait with him for that day. So I must vote for the right person right now that can think for himself, out of the box, inside of the box, under the box and on top of the box. That person is OBAMA!!!

    Kim
    Philly

    September 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  119. Laurie in Lawrence, KS

    No. In fact, it just reinforces my commitment to the Obama/Biden ticket.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  120. Rose Dial

    I have always known I would not vote for McCain. I just never realized how utterly terrible his judgement was until his pick of Ms. Palin and his constant misrepresentations of his and Ms. Palin's Knowledge and accomplishments. Does he really think that repeating lies over and over that we will fall for this tactic again? Please Lord let not be so.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  121. S.

    Where is the Hollywood and music industry elite during the aftermath of Hurricane Ike? Not enough deaths for them? Because Texas is a former George Bush state? Oh, yes. They're busy paying $28+ K for a fundraising dinner for Obama!!! Shame on all of them. Many people lost all they owe, but there are no marathons to help these individuals.
    Why isn't CNN asking this same question?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  122. Sandi AZ

    The country is tired of the "Good ole Boys" and the cowboy image taking us down the drain! Obama may not have all the experience but he is intelligent and does not rashly speak out without pondering over the situation. We need a level headed good judgement person in the White House. Obama leads in all those attributes. Plus-–He has good old common sense with those brains!! He will surround himself with the brightest and most competant people he can find to get us out of Bush/McCain Mess.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  123. Joe in DE

    No, Iknew the economic score before this wall street insanity.

    The sitation today is a lot like 1929. Then there was little regulation and greed trumped common sense, logic, and etical behavior. We need to repeal financial deregfulation. Investment Brokers should not mix in banking.

    An bail-out should provide that Execs return any bonuses or seperation benefits recieved within the last 2 years.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  124. Kyle, DuPont WA

    Jack, I have no idea. I am a life long Republican who supported Obama until he chose Biden as his running mate and I do not buy the assertion that electing McCain is giving Bush a third term. For one thing, Cheney is out of the picture either way. Honestly, neither ticket seems to be coming up with the right answers on how to fix the current financial crisis. So, on election day, I will probably walk into the voting booth and flip a coin,..that is,..if I have one left.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  125. Larry from Georgetown, Texas

    A Simple word for you Jack; Nope. We voted for Obama in the Primaries and Causcus' in Texas and will vote for him in November.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  126. Steve K., NY

    Yes. I'm a Democrat and I'm voting Republican this year. It's the Democratic Congress that's is the blame. They control the financial health of this country. They have not done anything for this country in the last 2 years. The people are snookered by the comments I've read. They blame everything on Bush. The poor guy gets blamed for too many hurricanes in the Carrebean and for too much rain. People listen to the media too much. I predict Obama is going to win the election and 2 years from now the Republicans will get back the control of Congress, after the people start blaming everything on Obama. Four years from now I predict another Bush. Jeb Bush.
    Mark it on your calender.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  127. Joyce from SC

    Not in the least!!!! Obama/Biden have been my choice for many months. As a 70 year old white female, I do not feel we can take a chance on another Republican Administration. I don't have that many years left, but my children do.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  128. John, San Francisco, CA

    The financial crisis changed my vote back in the primary season from Obama to Ron Paul. Dr. paul seemed like the only candidate aware of how serious the problem really was at the time... nobody else was listening and its just gotten worse since then. I don't believe either of the major candidates know much about economics or how broken our country's monetary system really is.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  129. Jennifer W (Burlington, IA)

    Jack,

    My vote will not change because I had already decided to vote for Barack Obama and Joe Biden. To me, this whole situation is common sense. The last 8 years of Bush's tax cuts have not worked for America. John McCain is keeping those tax cuts and adding more for the wealthy. If it hasn't worked for the last 8 years, how could anyone possibly think that it will work for another 4 years.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  130. Mary - California

    No, the only thing that will change is that I cannot stomach either candidate for all of their trash that comes out of their mouths and therefore, I will vote for Ralph Nader!......hahaha!!!!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  131. kathleen, new york

    I'm voting to put the Democrats back in the White House. I remember back in the 1990's when they used to have that clock of the National debt going up up up. It was in Times Square, and everyone just figured that it was just going to keep getting worse and worse. No one even remembered a time when we werent in debt. And then one day it stopped. Stopped. Bill Clinton was president, and we had a surplus.

    I tell my friends who are mad the nominee isnt Hillary...if Mccain gets in, there's a 75% chance that Sarah Palin becomes the first female president. If you dont want her jumping the line, you better vote for the Democrats. And if Obama is as bad as you think he will be, everyone will say see, I told you so. Hillary 2012. She will have 4 years experience as Secretary of State or she will be America's hero for delivering universal healthcare. Either way, #45, Hillary Clinton, so vote Obama/Biden 2008.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:10 pm |
  132. Ann from S.C.

    No, I still support Obama for his prudence and his amazing intellect. McCain doesn't strike me as much of a deep thinker, and we have had eight years of an intellectual lightweight. Obama has the ability, I believe, to get to the core of our financial crisis and come up with a solution that will benefit the American people.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  133. Bill in PA

    No, I would rather we socialized medical care not AIG, Inc.
    I am not happy to have participated in giving AIG's former CEO any part of the multiple million dollar severance package which could be up to $50 million tax payer dollars paid to him for failing.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  134. Jay

    No matter what im going to vote for the best man for the job and that man is John McCain. He was a pow in Vietnam for half a decade he has 30 plus of political experience. For weeks McCain has been catching Obama in many states and if the pace keeps up John McCain will be our next president the map can be nasty to democrats as a whole.... And about the economy the way obama has been comning up with these unrealistic goals and ideas which are almost impossible to achieve. Offshore drilling equalls less foreign oil which in retrospect we control the prices ans we can invest money in alternative fuels and wind while saving billions from gasoline. Oh yeah i forgot one thing millions of illegal immigrants in this country where are you on that one obama????????

    JAY
    FLORIDA

    September 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  135. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    No! I thought Obama would be our first black president from the first time i saw him,four years ago. If elected, he will also be our first intelegent president in eight years.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  136. peggy

    I ve already made up my mind .Obama, and I will not change ,but this
    is getting more than some of us can stand! I think I will go back to the History Channel!
    Peg Tenn

    September 18, 2008 at 3:11 pm |
  137. Sandeep Uppal

    If Maverick means being rebellious, dancing to your own tune, trying to be different, not listening, then we have experienced one for 8 years. He did not listen to the WMD inspectors, did not listen to this congress for the last 2 years, did what he wanted to ( which we now call the Bush Doctrine). And look what this Maverick has done.
    The new Maverick repeats the Mantra "We have to fight" constantly, did we not have a war president before.
    We are crisis in every arena, just to name a few, Education, Homeland security, Economy, Health care, retirement programs like SS, world opinion.
    They call this economic adjustment, Nancy Pelosi put it correctly, it is Man (BUSH) made disaster.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  138. Scott in Oregon.

    I'm an independent that has been for Obama the whole time. He gave me a way to avoid voting for the Clintons at first, but over the past year I have found his focus on the economy much more reassuring than McCain's. I do, however, hope that this financial crisis will show everyone what's important and change some minds. Unless you are obsessed with the Palin show, which most Republicans are these days, then this economic crisis should wake you up.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  139. vern-anaheim,ca

    no,i'm a democrat who always votes democratic,obama 08

    September 18, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  140. Geri Britt

    I doubt that either presidential or vice presidential candidate is qualified to deal with economy. Cindy McCain would be the only one who might know how to deal with a true financial crisis due to her business experience. The financial crisis will not change my vote.

    Geri – Mead, OK

    September 18, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  141. Dan

    No it will not change.....Obama all the way.
    Question though, McCain says it's all about Country First, right? Then can someone explain why he went with Palin, who was an obvious choice to try to win Hillary voters....isn't that then more of a political choice? Not really Country First....more like McCain first.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  142. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Only if former Pres. Bill Clinton was on the ticket would I change my vote.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  143. Bob from Richmond VA

    I don't think it will change the mind of anyone who supports Obama. But if those undecided voters do a little homework into how we got into this mess in the first place, it will certainly make them rethink letting the Republicans have another stint in the White House.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  144. Billy G in Las Vegas

    my wife had already decided that the Democrates are the only hope to turn the economy around before this Wall Street meltdown. McCain's Herbert Hoover style "the economy is fundamentally strong" statement just reinforced those votes.

    why would anyone who's number one issue is the economy vote for the people whose policies caused this mess in the first place?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  145. Tommy in KENTUCKY

    JACK
    I'M BACK....... I think that there is enough blame to spread around to everybody for this financial crisis. AS far as it changing my mind NOPE it was made up early in the primarys. The following ad only confirms my opinion as to who will make a good president. " dos caras " HU??? This is what is wrong with our politicians, they open their mouth and tell things, put out ads, and without getting the truth and want people to believe them. YOU ask people to tell you what they feel, well here it is, so don't break your neck answering those responses in a professional manner, much less posting them on your BLOG if you disagree with them.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:14 pm |
  146. Jay from MD

    I'm not changing my vote... I'm voting for the only candidate that has any credibility in this election.

    McCain is now talking about reform and Wall Street and greed and it's amazing. It's amazing that this is the same Senator who supported deregulation and voted for legislation that helped to enable this current financial mess on Wall Street. Phil Gramm, the author of this disastrous financial deregulation, is now one of McCain's top advisors.

    Given all this mess, now McCain is trying to act like the agent of change. He's not an agent of change... he's a chameleon. He changes to whatever the position of the day happens to be.

    I'm voting for Obama... the only real agent of change.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  147. Diane, Barneveld, NY

    Not at all. The economy is much more important than saber-rattling and bombing some third world country so we can send billions over there to build up their country while ours falls apart. I want someone in there that actually got an education from college and has a concept of Economy 101 and doesn't change their mind about it within 24 hours.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  148. John, Winston Salem, NC

    By now, we all should already know who we're going to vote for. Are going to vote for raising taxes to the wealthy and tax cuts for the middle class? Do we want affordable healthcare and affordable education? Or do we want tax cuts to the wealthy and none for the middle class? Are we going to vote for a woman running for vice-president, who doesn't allow a clear process on her investigation? I don't think the answer should be that hard.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  149. Tom in Desoto, Tx

    No Jack it hasn't. With Bush almost doubling the national debt since 2001 and McCain promising to add another trillion dollars to the debt by making the tax cuts perminent it's obvious the republicans believe you can spend your way to prosperty. Just ask anyone in over their head with credit card debt how that strategy is working. With 2 more generations of republican thinking China will present all the IOU'S and will settle for all our land and properties.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  150. Jackie in Dallas

    Hey, ex-Dem for McCain:

    While technically both House and Senate have a Democratic majority, in the Senate that majority is 1 (when Liebermann votes Dem) and in the House it is 31 (233 Dems/202 Rep). To pass legislature, it requires more than a simple majority, and to overcome a Presidential veto, it requires a 3/4ths vote. So the Democrats don't control anything currently. Study your civics lessons again – or for the first time. You use a computer, obviously, check your facts. The Republicans have fillibustered every attempt the Democrats have tried to pass legislation - why else do you think Ted Kennedy got off his sick bed to appear?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  151. Sandeep Uppal

    Yes, it is true that the programs proposed by the candidates will have less money to implement. SO, we have to tighten our belt. reduce our expenses, cut down on eating out, cut down on use of the utilities, cut down on almost everything. & Pledge that every time we vote we vote for the for the issues & not for the candidates. We should vote for the parties History, so far GOP has failed us. May be then we may over time fix our great nation and not let the MAVERICKS mess it up for us.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:25 pm |
  152. Fred Perrotti

    My choice is and has always been barac Obama. I scrutinized both candidates very carefully 19 months ago and Sen. Mc Cain has not performed any majic tricks that have made him any more acceptable. Just trying to peddle the same old Bush refried beans that have gotten worse with age.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  153. Cindy

    I putting my money on Obama! He's for the People (working class and middle class) and McSame is more of Bush no matter how you slice it!

    McCain doesn't understand our plight- he's got money and he owns 10 houses and his wife can afford to buy herself a $300 dollors dress while Michelle bought hers for $146 dollars. You tell me who understands our plight better??? Obama of course!!!

    Hey Cafferty- why has the media killed the troopergate story? And why isn't Plain cooperating with investigators if she truly isn't hiding anything??? She can put this to rest if she has nothing to hide!!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  154. mike, ohio

    NO! the Republicans have us mired in two wars, a housing crisis and a financial crisis, the list goes on. They have been the party in charge (8 years of Bush and 6 years of a Republican ruled congress). Jack, I’ve had enough. It’s time they own up. I am voting Democratic this year!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:26 pm |
  155. E. B. - Atlanta

    You have to give it to the Repubs. They consistantly continue to do things like this, stretch the truth, hire the questionably qualified, throw haymakers of mud and whine like infants when it’s thrown back and just ignore fact checks. Then we just vote them in and expect it all to work out. It did not work in Bush’s first four, the second four have proven to be a disaster and we Americans are like Oliver Twist asking for ‘MORE, PLEASE”

    Are we going to really want that pourage this time?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  156. Lyn

    Jack ,No! if Obama elected,he will be the first black president that reinforces my commitment to him and Biden.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  157. Buster in Poughkeepsie, NY

    That’s a good question Jack. Do they allow the hopeless, penniless homeless to vote?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  158. esayas Silver Spring , Md

    The financial crisis in the capital market is the last straw that broke the camels back.....The national debt is at all time high, living cost-from gas price to grocery-is going through the roof, our influence abroad is at its lowest ever....It can't get worse than this....

    Even if i am not crazy about obama, i will not reward the party in power who drove the american economy into the ground with four more years.....ENOUGH IS ENOUGH!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  159. Don Ocala, FL.

    When I hear fellow Republicans like Sen Sam Brownback from Kansas make dumb comments on CNN like "Sara Palin is more qualified to be President than Obama because she has been a governor of a state!" I have to change my mind and vote for Obama. He is infinately smarter than McCain and Brownback combined. I trust intelligence more than lacky experience anyday!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  160. Patrick Henry, Fort Myers

    Well what I like most of McCain is his receptiveness to ideas. He clearly changed his tune after he was educated on the impact of an AIG bankruptcy on the global scale.

    That said–I admire his stance that sooner or later the Govt. checks must stop.

    There will come a time–when the taxpayers will no longer allow the government to bail out business economic failures due to understatment of risk–and cavalier management practices.

    I believe that John McCain has the integrity to stick to his guns–once that decision is made. And then to come up with options–by using experts from all parties to help find solutions.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  161. jasmine

    Absolutely! The GOP leadership has proven it will sacrifice average Americans at the alter of corporate greed. The news that a "new Trust" will be set up to take the "toxic waste" from the banks books...which means it goes onto the books of the taxpayer is just further insult. Such action would allow for securitization to start back up again, the very thing that caused this crisis. Isn't insanity defined as doing the same thing and expecting different results...McCain will promote the same failed Bush economic policies that Americans are paying dearly for today.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  162. Sterling from Oregon

    Let us not forget that this economic crisis is the climax of a 28 year old trend of deregulation dating back to Reagan's presidency and even continuing, in the financial markets, under Clinton. Obama's proposed $150 billion dollar investment in renewable energy is looking more like The New Deal 2. McCain's answer to our woes, punish corporate greed. Hello, greed is capitalism's main ingredient! If McCain wants to punish corporate greed he'd have to shut down every business in America. Throughout history, the Republicans take surpluses and turn them into deficits and financial crisis' and the Democrats have to come clean up the mess. Obama 08'.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  163. John

    The recent financial status hasn't changed my mind on the decision that I'm going to make for this country,however it have made me realize that the government is going to do what needs to be done matter what. Come on people we are in a 20 trillion dollar debt from this war and I be mad if my kids have to pay for something the "old boys" club decided upon in a staff meeting. I'm just shocked that it didn't happen in 2003. The economy would be doing better by now.... and not in 2015!!!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  164. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    NO. It took 50 years to screw up this country, not just 8. Every elected official has had a hand in it since the 60s. Until I hear some real fixes, and not glib 'sound bites' from either candidate, I remain undecided, unimpressed and absolutely disgusted with what I am supposed to choose from. 50 years of overfed corporate puppets have taken a huge toll on us all.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  165. Sue, NYC, NY

    No Jack, this crisis has not. While deplorable, it is only one of the broken eggs in the Republican/Bush/McCain basket.

    I voted in the primary and will vote in the General for the wisest, most intelligent and balanced person to lead us through and out of this mess we're in - Senator Barack Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  166. Greg, Hamilton Ontario

    You guys are missing some questions. What if companies like AIG and others made the decisions they made based on the fact that Bush would bail them out when told to? Watching the GOP sence Palin showed up I have noticed they have started copying Obama points of view and nobody has even noticed. I would think the fix is in, Sarah and that old guy will be elected and America will fall apart and bring all it's freinds down too.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  167. Robin of Fort Lauderdale, FL

    Ok someone pls explain to me how the Democrats being in Congress for only 2 years caused all this mess? This type of major catastrophe did not start 2 years ago.
    And no I am not changing my mind I was and will always be voting for Obama

    September 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  168. Vi

    Jack: Absolutely No. I have been and will continue to be an Obama supporter. He shows excellent judgement and intelligence in all that he does. The way he has run his campaign for so long – indicates to me that he will take care of America the same way. I hope America wakes up to the fact that 'trigger-happy' McCain and 'pistol-packing Palin will be more years of Bush. Do you really want more of the same. Obama is my man !!!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  169. Pennie Johnson Boyce,La.

    No. I have a lot of faith on Barack Obama,Bill Clinton..he'll be back..and Joe Biden.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  170. BOB in Michigan

    No Jack my vote is firmly with Obama. The republicans have throughly messed this country up in all the forms of governement. They should all be forced to lose their homes and live on peanuts like most people do.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  171. Enida from Boston

    It doesn't change my vote, it solidifies it.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  172. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    Yes. Originally I was going to vote for Obama, then I decided McCain was who we needed after the whole Russia-Georgia thing, but in the middle of this crisis, neither one has really struck me as caring very much, so my vote will go to Mickey Mouse, as he seems to be doing very well from a monetary standpoint.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  173. AspenFreePress

    The string of Wall Street bailouts has shown me that our duly-elected Federal government and corporate American are one and the same. I considered voting for McCain/Palin, but when they abandoned their conservative views to support the Bush Administration bailouts, I realized that they, too, were only puppets seeking, in effect, a third term for President Bush.
    Sterling Greenwood
    Aspen Free Press

    September 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  174. Cheryl

    Nope. Obama is right! McCain is soooooo wrong!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  175. Enida from Boston

    It doesn't change my vote, it solidifies it. Obama & Biden '08

    September 18, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  176. Richard Green

    Jack,
    I believe more firmly than ever before that we need to elect Sen. Obama. I think that he has the intelligence to understand the problems and the good judgement to choose the proper actions.

    Richard Green
    San Clemente, Cal

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  177. JD in NC

    All it has done is confirm my decision to vote for Obama. McCain tried to hide his ignorance of economic issues by claiming he was talking about American workers. This is just as absurd, because we've outsourced so much work, or devalued it with illegal workers. Pandering is not insight.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  178. Audrey Fryer

    Gosh I hear they are now proposing a creation of an RTC for all the bad risks of the investment banks and the commercial banks. (Kinda like erasing all their bad loans) (same bailout as the savings and loan crisis) but noone has even thought of creating an RTC for the foreclosed mortgage holders. All of the McCain, Bush & Company plan is for the "corporate" holders and to hell with the average american. Who has been for the average American this whole election cycle as well as when he was a community organizer?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  179. Hubert Bertrand

    JACK I can't vote! I don't trust anyone on the ballot. They where in the senate when all this was going on, I don't even trust the (POPE) anymore

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  180. Tina (Fort Worth)

    I always vote Democratic but what has my backside livid is why has Nancy Pelosi and Harry Reid sat on their thumbs about the falling crisis on Wall Street? They need to be booted out of office. We need some one with balls who can stand up to Bush in his remaining days.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  181. Carlos Harrisburg PA

    Hello Jack.
    Well no it hasn't change my mind. I have seeing and read Obama's take on a lot of problems that this county and the solutions he is offering. I like what I see and read. But with Mcsane all I see is cry and complain about Obama. Obama / Biden 08/12

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  182. Larry - Santa Monica, CA

    Gilded mavericks and hockey mom's with Permanent Funds don't need no stinkin' regulation. Retirees like me do! I'm part of the ocean of white hauir that's voting for Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  183. Raoul - Lake City, SC

    Not at all. It only made me even more eager to hit the voting booth on November 4th and drag everyone I can get my hands on their to vote for Barack Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  184. Cindy in Grass Valley, CA

    No, I will still vote for Obama. The recent financial crisis simply highlights that McCain's economic policy of "Deregulate & Rescue" is obviously not a good strategy.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  185. Cynthia

    No Jack it won't – it only makes me wish I could cast some extras for Senator Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  186. Donald, Canton, NC

    There is no way come hell or high water I will vote Republican in this election and let them continue to screw up the economy.

    After all, it was John McCain and four other Democrat Senators, known as the Keating 5, that used their influence to stall federal investigators and led to the savings and loan fiasco under Bush 41.

    Now we have Phil Graham as McCain chief economic strategist who says' the American people are whinners, and it was he and his wife that gutted the laws in the 90's that lead to massive deregualtion that has contributed heavily to the ongoing messes - from ENRON to the Fannie Mae, Freedie MAC, Lehman Brothers, AIG, etc. fiascos at the taxpayer expense.

    At the rate its going their may not be a viable economy left for either candidate come Jan 2009. We may be purchasing goods with foreign currency either from China or the Middle East since they are the ones we are borrowing from or have the huge cash reserves to pump into this economy.

    Does anyone wonder what the ultimate price will be?????

    September 18, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  187. Ron in Indiana

    Absolutely not. I decided a long time ago I was voting for Obama and the financial crisis only solidifies my support for him.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  188. Daryl

    If we want a black president there is only one choice- right?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  189. Diane, NC

    I'm sticking with Obama/Biden and praying the people who are undecided with open their eyes and ears and trust Obama! He can't fix everything right away but he and Biden can certainly get us moving in the right direction!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  190. J. Weidenbach NYC

    I have not changed my mind, but I hope millions of Republicans will change theirs.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  191. brett mullins Phoenix,Az

    The United States went through this in the 80's and 90's and here we are again . Wake up people and see who is paying for this . Is de-regulation a great thing ?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  192. KCLaw

    Man, that's a good one Jack. I am a Republican who is fed up to the gills with Dubya, John McCain, Phil Gramm and the rest of the phonies who convinced us that deregulation would grow the economy, and that the government was a hinderance to a free market economy, yet now howl for taxpayer funded bailouts for the "40,000" thieves of Wall Street. And the bone thrown to us taxpayers who get to pay for this fiasco? Oh, we'll "remove" the CEOs and the Boards of these companies. Oh yawn. What about criminal prosecution and restitution?! Why not demand that the assets go to the American taxpayers as compensation for this mess? Yeah sure.
    My problem is that Sen. Obama, although I believe him and his party to be less culpable in this mess, perhaps with the exception of Sen Biden and corporate and banking buddies and relatives, still has not sold me on the idea that he can take drastic steps to clean up the Super Fund site otherwise known as Washington.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  193. bydesign001

    No Lou, it just re-inforces my determination not to vote for Obama or Biden. I am not one for on the job training of our commander and chief.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  194. Tom

    No, I will still vote for OBAMA/BIDEN. As a matter of fact it reinforced my decision. The Republican Party brought nohing but hardships on the American people. They shoud shut this party down for being destructive to the US Constitution. Our enemies are right next to us. The Republican Party has nearly destroyed the United States and four more years will do the job.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  195. Jes (State College, PA)

    Jack, the economy has been in a downward free fall before this crisis on wallstreet. The Bush Administration's policy of deregulation has only brought us closer to a depression. He can no longer blame this crisis on the previous administration. He has only himself to blame. The democrats and Bill Clinton helped bring us out of the failed policies of the first President Bush and I will be voting for Barack Obama to help bring us out of the failed policies of the current President Bush.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  196. pete in hamilton ont

    if you are a republican and are satisfied with the economy going down the toilet then you should stick with the current party. if you are a republican who has a mind of their own and can recognise what a total disaster your party has been over the past 8 years, with no end in sight, i would applaud your responsible attitude to vote for change, vote for obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  197. Christian voter

    Hello Jack,

    Accroding to the bible men cannot answer to women. I was going to vote for Mccain until he selected sarah as his running mate. I would suggest to christians out there to not vote for mccain or just vote for obama. His choice of Palin made it very clear to me as a christian that mccain does not care about our vote.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  198. MIchael Bembry Toledo

    How can anybody with half a brain choose the McCain ticket? They are now supporting many things that they have historically opposed, while the Obama ticket is still saying the same things they have been saying for 2 years. Obama laid out what his plan is, and hasn't changed.
    Folks, we can't afford McCain/Palin.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  199. Joe in Coopersburg, PA

    McCain's solution to fire the SEC chairman show's how out of touch he is with the complexity of the financial crisis. Up until today, I was debating who to vote for. But now I see he's just trying to sound tough and take the magic bullet approach to solve a problem that requires real thinking. This sounds a lot like other Republican magic bullet approaches that have gotten us in so much trouble lately (and I'm a Republican!)

    September 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  200. Chris, Thousand Oaks Ca

    No. I made up my mind when obama announced his candidacy. Wake up, America! Our country must be taken back from these liars, cheters, thieves and radical fundamentalists.
    But Jack, why doesn't the media point out McSame's history in the Keating Five, during the S and L crisis in the 80's?

    Obama/ Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  201. Larry, Providence, RI

    I will vote for Obama in the hope that he will get us out of this "NIGHTMARE" created by Bush/Cheney and the entire Republican Congress who were in charge for most of the last 8 years.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  202. Allen Lanai, Hawaii

    I am not going to vote for a Democrat regardless of the economy. I do not understand why the government keeps bailing these companies out. During the course of American history many big companies have had to close their doors. Railroad companies, large banks, shipping conglomerates to name a few. That is part of the business cycle. Companies with bad business plans, paying their managers way to much and those that make bad investments should not be kept afloat on tax payer monies. Let the capitalist system adjust the markets. Sound companies will stay around and get stronger!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  203. Randall in Lancaster, PA

    As the penultimate capstone of failure to Bush's presidency, this crisis has marred the reputation of his party and his associates to an extent that I cannot, in all good conscience, vote for McCain.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  204. Dot Olszewski

    Has anyone noticed that John McCain cannot speak to his followers without notes – he reads them directly -but then he shows signs of senility every day – I recognize them because I too am in my 70's and see the signs of slippage into dotage in my friends and myself. I am so frightened that he will lose it while in office – I would like him to take the test for alzheimers before we go much deeper into this election.
    Just think – we could be left with the bridge to nowhere in the white house if that proves to be happening to him now.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  205. Republican in NC

    I would love to leave a comment on this topic but it appears that the mccafferty blog is for democrats in deep with obama. I have left comments here in the past and they are never posted. mccafferty only wants kool aid drinking dems in the tank for nobama to post comments. enjoy your kool aid.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  206. Jer-- Illinois

    No, I was always going to vote for Obama.
    Follow the market ,it goes up and it goes down.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  207. Reg Atlanta, GA

    No it has not. I am voting for McCain. While McCain has admitted he does not understand the economy his policies are better than those proposed by Obama at this time. We need more public sector jobs in the US. While I do not want to cut corporate taxes it is a way to prevent more companies from going overseas and a start to draw companies back from abroad. I wish there was a better choice for the US economy but we are stuck with these two.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  208. Cassie, NC

    Jack,

    I have been waiting for days now to hear McCain purpose something to fix it not the same old stump speech. I am trying to stay in the middle but I am leaning more Obama because McCain and Palin just ain't giving us any solutions to the problems we face. McCain better start giving solutions not same old same old stuff or he will lose this election.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  209. James From Chicgo

    McCain and Palin WILL protect the rich, but what bout us middle class
    that live paycheck to paycheck. Palin and McCain are the same as
    Bush. They got us into this mess and now Obama has to clean
    up after them. This is like a circus and the three main clowns are
    Bush, McCain and Palin.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:41 pm |
  210. Jan Illinois

    Not changing my vote Jack, Im a war hater and if we ever get our noses out of other peoples business, our financial status will improve dramatically.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  211. White Middle Aged Woman

    Where do we sign up to start impeachment process of Palin/MaCain ticket?
    Yes, I got it correct it is called the Palin/MaCain ticket.

    Like Obama, I am thinking ahead, Just in case the breakfast coffee gets spiked with drugs that will let people throw all Judgement out the window on Nov 4th.
    I was in line 1st, so get behind me!
    Thank you

    September 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  212. Amanda-Port Angeles, WA

    It only assures me that I am making the right choice by voting for Obama. Is there any other responsible choice?

    September 18, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  213. steve

    jack,

    washington has little to do with this.

    all markets have a "tipping point," and adjust themselves, look no further than oil prices when consumers got tired of paying high gas prices.

    the current housing issue has more to do with borrowers making poor decisions. 94% of americans who want a job have one. if you can't pay your bills, get a second, third or forth job – don't blame the so called "predatory" lenders. i'm not a mccain fan, but will vote republican again for the simple fact obama has no executuve (read management) experience and hasn't said anything of substance in 19 months.

    pc something tells me this will not make it on tv. oh well, the truth can be painful to some.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  214. Jason

    I would say so. Being relatively conservative, from Arizona & strong believer in reforming Washington I really liked McCain 8 years ago. Even during the recent primaries I was undecided. The current economic situation is one of many things that has surprisingly shoved my opinion to the left of center. The McCain who is running for President is not the McCain I thought I knew. His healthcare plan is a disaster, his choice of V.P. shows a complete lack of judgment and pandering to the kind of Republicans who give conservatism a bad name and the way he is running his “Straight Talk” Campaign is a sad joke with these ridiculously inaccurate attack ads, smearmails, fudged polls etc.. I really hope America is not half as dumb as the McCain Campaign thinks.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  215. Susan - TX

    The election is all about leadership qualities. McCain and Palin are caught several times as consistant liars, so what is left? There is absolutely nothing will change my mind. I am all for Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  216. steve in nashville

    By no means.In fact it makes me even that much more conviced that obama is the only choice. mcdummy knows nothing about the economy.He even said that earlier this year. now all of a sudden he acts like he has a clue. people need to take the blinders off and realize he will say or do anything to be elected. This country's economy want withstand another republican. Oh by the way mccain uses the same bus company as bush.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  217. ajks

    No, I picked the right guy first-–OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  218. Liz in CA

    I'm a registered Repub but will vote for Sen. Obama. Way too many things about Sen. McCain and Gov. Palin seem disingenuous. And more of that we simply cannot tolerate. God help us get through the amount of it that we're currently experiencing.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  219. Lesa from Jackson TN

    No Jack,

    I was an Obama supporter from the start and I'll continue to be an Obama supporter in the end. So this financial crisis just made my support a little bit more stronger. I think Bush has really messed things up for McCain.

    Lesa, Jackson TN

    September 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  220. *CW*

    I agree with Matt.... if it aint got a 'D'.. it aint got my vote....

    come to think of it... I saw a picture of the white house on TV the other day.. maybe I should have ran for VP...

    September 18, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  221. Stewart

    Nope, just reinforce it. Eight years of Presidential incompetence, Cheney hell bent on preserving a 'unitary executive" for a President who only success is cutting brush, a Party that refuses to admit its mistakes and shortcomings, with all that I was convinced four years ago that Obama was our man. .. Oh, and I am a capitalist, a real one.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  222. Conor in Chicago

    This event has simply re-enforced my support of the Democratic ticket. When the chief economic advisor to McCain, Phil Grahm, is the guy actually responsible for the de-regulation that is largely responsible for this meltdown (by writing the legislation) I find it hard to believe that people will not realize that Obama is the lesser of two evils in this election.

    One should consider that the regulations that were appealed prevented this type of meltdown for almost 70 years. After they were repealed it only took 8 for a meltdown.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  223. Lou in Buffalo, NY

    No. I am an Independant who leans left. We need a change in this country, period. John McCain is a phony, who will say and do anything to get elected. McCain will make this situation much much worse. it's time to give the other party a chance to govern.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  224. Jon Buder

    With McCain stating he is no expert on the economy, and obviously the Congress is no expert on regulating the economy. I welcome a change right now – I am just waiting for the CEOs, CFOs and CIOs of the recently bailed-out financial and insurance institutions to announce their severance packages. Perhaps all executive salaries should be reflective of their actual success. If they get more than a nickle, I am voting for change.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  225. Lewis

    Jack,

    Yes my vote has changed I have voted with the GOP my entire life, but this is where I get off the GOP train and onto the train of hope. I really wanted to support John McCain for President but my wallet just can't afford four more years of Bush economics.

    God save America

    September 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  226. Sue/PA

    Jack,

    NOPE........already voting for Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  227. Paul

    No Jack this country is upside down and out of control thanks to 8 years of this administration. How long will it take to fix who knows but we need to try and if Americans put their minds to it they can do anything. Lets all hope we get the change we need.
    Paul
    Round Rock, Texas

    September 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  228. Spencer from VA

    No. I know John McSame is out of touch with reality and doesn't know much about the economy. He said so himself. I'd vote for the Harvard grad over the Naval Acadamy's 894 student out 899 anyday. That's just common sense.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  229. john ..... marlton nj

    No it hasn't changed my mind. Other than selecting "none of the above" I'll still have to pick from GI Joe or Robin Hood.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  230. Toni Boutwell, Myrtle Beach SC

    No, it only reinforced my coviction that Obama is the only one I could trust. Old "no change" Mccain would just grab Bush's shovel and dig us in deeper.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:47 pm |
  231. Jan (Texas)

    The financial crisis reinforces my decision to vote for McCain. Obama wouldn't even know where to begin. Sorry Jack...I'lm standing with Lady Rothschild and Donald Trump on leadership experience. I have not changed my mind.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  232. Ted, Beaverton, OR

    The taxpayers now own 80% of the AIG loan, with an 11% interest rate, is that bad? 85 billion still represents only 2 months worth of spending in Iraq. Why not bailout the automakers too....building cars that get 50 mpg and represents 60% of their production within 2 years could be mandated in the loan. Also a $100.000 surtax on autos with more than 150 HP. Remember when Chrysler got their loan in the late 70's early 80's they paid back their loan 7 years early. What's worse.

    Here's what's worse... any numbskull who votes to continue the same Bush policies because they believe the lies that John McCain is different.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  233. Bennie

    The financial crisis has ensured that I will show up and cast my vote. If we don't change our current financial downslide we may be relieved of the luxury of having a country to worry about. In order to put "Country First"...how about...using "Common Sense First!"

    September 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  234. David in Atlanta

    My vote has always been for Obama!

    September 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  235. Paula

    I was already voting for Obama – my mind hasn't changed. Just wish I could vote TODAY so the political ads were almost over.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  236. Joyce

    No.....I am a democrat that voted for Kerry because I thought he was the most qualified candidate. Now I will vote for McCain because I know he is the most qualified candidate.

    September 18, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  237. Perelle in Iraq

    Well like the old saying goes... You get what you pay for, so the next time we as a nation go to the polls to vote for Bush and.... Oh I mean McCain and Palin please keep this in mind, YOU GET WHAT YOU PAY FOR!

    September 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  238. Bill Campbell

    Jack, put down that Kool-Aid. Vote for your Country 1st. Though I disagree with you 90% of the time, I enjoy you and Wolf as it gives me great insight as to what objections conservatives face.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  239. Taylor

    No, it has not but it has given me confidence in my pick selection of Obama. Mr McCain has "flipped flopped" so many times I don't think he knows what the issue is! Scary!

    September 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  240. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    In reality, we don't get much of a choice for candidates. Politicians, by nature, are not financial wizards or economic beacons of light. They are pre-selected and pre-packaged, then presented to us in the hopes that the "sucker value" of the American public will kick in and one of either party's hand-picked corporate lackeys will get in and lull us into thinking we actually accomplished something. I'll vote for Obama only because he is the lesser of two evils.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  241. Louise

    I will continue to support McCain as he will do the right thing based on his personal character and courage.
    Obama on the other hand doublespeaks funding his "change."
    How in the world will he give the common worker a raise intended to pay for college, health insurance, and their mortgage which they did not qualify for? Show me the money!

    September 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  242. Adam - Fort Worth

    Jack,

    I'm only 26 and possibly naive, but it seems so clear to me that electing John McCain would be like letting the fox into the chicken coup. What would have happened if we had opened Social Security to private investment? I would like to see McCain explain to all Americans who lost money in their 401K how they have also lost their Social Security safety net as well. Can you answer that, Jack? He would have to explain this to me before I would ever consider voting for him.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  243. Sam, North Carolina

    No, nothing has changed. This country is still in a mess and I want new leadership in the Whitehouse. Sorry, that isn't McCain. I used to like the guy, but now I see him for his true colors. I guess that's what happens when you hang around with the wrong crowd (him, not me).

    And as far as experience goes, George Bush was a businessman and a governor (of a big state with plenty of people and issues), and look at the mess he created. Just when you think things can't get worse, it does. How much destruction can one man wreak on this country? Can we end his term on Nov 5 and just go ahead and put the new guy in then? I mean, we'll pay George until January (just like we do big CEOs)...it would be worth it to get him out of there and cut our losses. Come on George, take one for the team. We've been taking them for you for 8 years.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:44 pm |
  244. Martin Lara

    Yes it does. I have always felt this election had to be about getting our economy back on track. The crisis on Monday only served as a big kick in the head to wake up ALL of America who has been lullabyed into a trance for the last couple of months. Obama has always talked about the economy while McCain has done everything to distract from the real issues. I mean c'mon, complaining for about a week about lipstick on a pig??? Even after it was proven that McCain said it more times than Obama?? Here's the question I would like answered, Since the oil companies have been reporting record profits and also receiving huge tax credits in the process, how many new jobs were created in the oil industry as a result of this profit? And, how many more were hired compared to years where profits were low? That should help answer whether or not job creation really does happen when the wealthy get all the breaks.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  245. Ray(Lockhart,TX)

    The fat cats (with big Bush and future McCain-Palin) tax cuts are coming out of the woodwork looking to protect their domain. Why?
    Because Obama-Biden will raise takes for those bloated citizens who ship American jobs overseas and leave hard working American's
    unemployed and desparate. Already one of the most desparate of the privileged the Donald (Trump) has endorsed McCain to protect his
    tax breaks for the Rich and Famous. Regulate these cats and save our economy. To Bush and Cheney....Hi Ho Hi Ho it's off to jail you should go.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  246. Luke

    Yes, I used to support McCain, until I heard him say he didn't know much about economy and, heard him tell America the fundamentals of our economy were sound and , I lost all respect for him when he felt the need to explain what he meant by that, as if I don't understand English.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  247. Dan in Waukegan

    Since Regan the little guy has been getting stomped on. Clinton was better, but keep in mind, that surplus was only projected, we were still in red ink up to our ears. Bush gave it back to us even though it wasn't really there. Now the red ink is well over our heads. I for one will not change my vote. I saw it coming. Mc Cain says he wants Government off the peoples backs and you see where it has gotten us. I think if you exchange the word PEOPLES for CORPORATIONS you get the real meaning of what he's saying.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  248. Jeremy

    No. The "economic crisis" was not developed by McCain or Bush. Using this time for political gain is outrageous. Obama is naive if he thinks that raising taxes on companies and employers will increase pay and jobs.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:46 pm |
  249. Don (NH)

    You bet Jack. When saving five bucks on a purchase is important to me, spending a billion or so seems to nothing for our government. We need fiscal responsibility and the Republicans have shown me they don't care. I can't see McCain who thinks 5 million a year is middle class doing any better.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  250. terry

    I say get rid of them both vote for Jack Cafferty go jack go

    September 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  251. Pat Tomas

    I was raised a Republican, changed to Democrate, never voted for Bush, either one of them and no I have not changed my vote. I support Obama. I believe in his policies and issues. Who agreed to borrow money from China to send to Georgia? I did Not. Look around us. I was a supporter of Al Gore, still am and pray my state of Florida does not screw up our votes like the last two elections. Thank you.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  252. Ralph, Corpus Christi

    Won't change my vote, only now my plan is to vote early and more often.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  253. NanaPat, Bradenton Fla

    As an Independent voter I made my choice 19 months ago it was and still is Barack Obama..

    September 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  254. S N Long

    I have voted republican ever since I have been eligible to vote beginning with President Reagan. This time around I will NOT vote for Herbert Hoover, I mean John McCain and that sexy librairian...

    September 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  255. Greg Randolph

    The answer is no. No because I've intended on voting for Obama from the start and all John McCain and Sarah Palin have done over the past several weeks is lie and show an ineptitude that is by all appearances even greater than Bush/Cheney.

    The Republicans brought out the term flip/flop in 2004 against John Kerry. McCain has taken that to new heights. I sincerely feel that neither candidate (McCain or Palin) is qualified to lead this country. America sits at the crossroads and we're looking for the answer. The answer is not 4-8 more years of the same ole "Bush Doctrine".

    If people who were previously going to vote for McCain or were sitting on the fence haven't had their mind changed over the past week, they never will, and I lose more faith in this once great country.

    Respectfully,
    Greg Randolph

    September 18, 2008 at 4:47 pm |
  256. larry King Live

    I am Voting for the best Idiot Obama..... what a freaking country we have only 2 people we can choose from...and think the idiot is better

    September 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  257. Shaen

    The average person doesn't understand the financial markets. Frankly, McCain and Obama don't either. Unfortunately the media will focus on political rhetoric and fingerpointing instead of finding the truth. As for the election, I doubt it will be influenced by the facts.

    Shaen
    Arkansas

    September 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  258. Richard Turk, Jr. California

    What financial crisis? You mean the ill legal aliens Obama's promising new handouts to if they continue to come on up from Mexico, in from Korea and/or southeast Asia? If that's what you're talking about Jack, the answer is NO!!! I'm still voting for McCain because he as furious about that garbage as I am. Me? I'd put every ill legal immigrant and everyone on welfare to work on a chain gang.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  259. Michael Governa

    No. I made up my mind early in 2001 when Bush wiped out the surplus left to him by giving massive tax breaks to the top 1% of the country. I'm not surprised at the current state of affairs given the way this administration has conducted itself. That 10 billion a month in Iraq had to come from somewhere and the dismantling of the regulatory systems in real estate & banking certainly didn't help either. Long before Obama spoke of the "every man for himself" attitude of the Republicans, I was telling my friends that the neocons want to turn this country into Deadwood of the late 1800s.

    Mike Governa,
    Marlton NJ

    September 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  260. Trude San Luis Obispo, CA

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    September 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  261. R. Harrison, Griffin GA

    Jack

    No. I am fairly intelligent unlike a lot of my Republican counterparts. Things have been getting bad for a while and the Bush administration has not appeared to care to anything about it. I plan to vote Democratic–Hillary, Obama, or whomever. It is time that our highest office should be put in the hands of people who care about middle-class American. It appears for the past 25 years, the Republican party only cared about the our richer friends, the top two-percent of income earners. And, Bush and Cheney have bleed this country dry in more ways than one.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  262. shawn

    no, because it didnt take a meltdown of wallstreet to see the country is in trouble under the good ol boy watch!

    September 18, 2008 at 4:48 pm |
  263. perry jones

    No i still have feel that McCain is the best person forthe job and he has the best second in the game McCain all the way

    perry jones
    council bluffs iowa

    September 18, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  264. Joyce Smidt

    The market meltdown is evidence we need to replace the Republican Administration in the White House.

    It is good it happened now, before the election.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  265. Pat Tomas

    Pat Tomas, Port Richey, Florida/Straight ticket Democrate

    September 18, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  266. Sean Lewis

    my views haven't change, McCain's 'shoot from the hip and sort the bodies out later' decision making is often wrong and as President could be lethal.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  267. Femalady

    John MShame is very sad! No, the market drop will not change my vote. It always was and it will always be for Obama! I do not know if anyone has the best answer for the economy but I believe that Obama will actually look for the best people and advisors for the job. MCshame will only look for the tired old politicians and advisors that have been there for years. Heaven help us if he looks for someone new and fresh....Look at Palin debaucle! UGH! Denton, Texas

    September 18, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  268. Mary

    No it did not change my vote, but made me realize that Obama is even more right for our country than McCain who knows nothing about the economy. It's too late to hire a panel to "study" it. Deregulation was wrong in the first place. McCain is out of step. Someone wrote something that made me pause. It's November 2008, would you vote for Palin as president? McCain is not tempered, in many ways impulsive and waffles. McCain far from the "most qualified" candidate.

    September 18, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  269. Matt

    It only cements my vote more– McCain's grasping at straws and has 100% changed his message to suit the election on this issue, plus he's claiming he'd fire the Commissioner of the SEC and the President actually CAN'T do that.

    He's desperate and will say anything. I don't want that kind of person in office.

    Plus, um, The KEATING FIVE?!?!

    September 18, 2008 at 4:49 pm |
  270. Unshrub

    No, as a CPA who did audits during the Savings and Loan crisis of the the 80's and became familar with McCain and the Keating 5 back then, I would not vote someone like that into office. While the Democrats and republicans are guilty of failure to stop deregulation, it has been the republicans who have led the way.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  271. Darryl Johnson

    ABSOLUTELY, in these trouble times, we need a proven leader who has experience and in my opinion that's John McCain/Sarah Palin. And I'm predicting that they will win in November, real change is coming to Washington and the United States

    September 18, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  272. PJ, Boone, Iowa

    No, Jack, it doesn't change my mind. It has only strengthened my resolve. I am still voting a straight Democratic ballot. The Bush League and it's cronies, (including the Republicans who controled both Congressional houses the first six years of this disasterous administration), let this happen by deregulation and non-oversight.
    As a pastor, I believe people need regulation and oversight. In my shop, Regulation and Oversight is called the Ten Commandments, the Golden Rule, the Greatest Commandment(s), and Christian Accountability. Evert human and every human institution needs Regulation and Oversight to thrive. If we don't have that, we end up looking like AIG.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  273. Jim Higgins

    My vote stays the same. After feeling that the GOP has betrayed its base I feel that the GOP should be burned to the ground, the field sown with salt and stones-then do it again to be sure they got the point! My breaking point was the Dubai World Ports affair and realizing that we have been led down the garden path.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  274. Nurul Aman

    Sure it will! Why? The answer is very simple and crystal clear. This mess in the financial market was caused by the wrong tax-cut policy of George Bush in 2003 and the subsequent interest rate hike policy by Alan Greenspan that brought the meltdown of housing market. On the top of that, the republican surrogates and big lobbyists mismanaged these financial institutions without earning their big fat compensations. The deregulation implemented by Bush administration and supported by Sen. McCain, gave these incompetent CEOs and managers a free ride to destroy the financial stability of the shareholders. Now Sen. McCain is talking about the regulation! What a shameful flip-flop to get the votes. With my conscience mind and patriotism for this country, I will never vote for Sen. McCain. Like the doctrine of Bush, McCain’s idea is outdated, distorted and unfit for the prosperity and equality for the 21st century America.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  275. (Judge) John R. Stewart

    Many of we out here in voter land have seen this coming for 7 years. One only has to look at the growth of the National Debt; the decline of the dollar agaiinst the Euro; the trade inbalance; the rise in the cost of a barrel of oil; the incrfease of a gallon of gasoline; the increase in mortgage forclosures; the rising interest paid every year to service the debt; the stagnation of the stock market since 1/20/01 and one can see the direction we are going. I urge people people to read Menken's article in the Baltimore Sun, July 1920 and draw your own conclusion. Judge Stewart

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  276. Jason

    Obama has had my vote since day one, and that won't change. Only now I'm even more sure of that decision. McCain and followers are absoloutely delusional. Their stuck on the hear no evil, speak no evil, see no evil, fantasy land of politics. They repeat the same rhetoric to themselves so much that they actually start to believe it.

    McCain is completely out of touch with ordinary Americans. We don't need another four years of the Bush doctrine on foreign policy, domestic issues, and the economy. It's time for change.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  277. Carlos

    Not sure. I'm still leaning toward Obama. Lately, though, I've been asking (1) Who's been in control of the Congress since 2006, (2) Why did we [Democrats] allow the bail outs? (3) Aren't we supposed to look out for the middle class? Perhaps we're better off without a President!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  278. yvonne

    Ex-Dem for McCain: Don't know where you get your information, but I think this country has already been run into the ground by the Republicans. Can't go anywhere but up from here unless of course you still have your head in the sand.

    I'm voting for change! Obama/Biden 2008

    September 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  279. cbk16

    Obama may have been a interesting choice, but it is now better to have a more secure person running things.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  280. Bill Schwartz

    Spending money you don't have usually comes back to bite you. And that's exactly what's happening to this cock-eyed administration. Go to war, cut taxes. Bail out companies, ask for the tax cuts to be permanent. This administration's answer to every problem is cut taxes. And J. McCain is right there demanding that the Bush tax cuts be made permanent. I'm only surprised that the John Kerry flip-flopping of the last election hasn't tarred McCain. Well, we still have a few months left and McCain has plenty of flip-flopping issues left.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  281. Dmitriy

    This makes me lean toward McCain more - Obama's checkbook doesn't balance (lower taxes AND lots of new programs?).... and democrats do have control of congress, and little to show for it.
    I haven't decided yet, if Obama comes up with a plan I believe can work, my vote will change. As of now, McCains plan is not as glittery, but has fewer holes.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:51 pm |
  282. GK

    The ironic thing is. It does not look like the 8 years have been bad to Obama or McCane... Obama made 4.2 million last year. Oh yeah, they feel our pain. Sheesh what a joke. Can anyone answer who Obama's financial strat. is and his bio? Obama nor Biden said anything about what they would do about AIG – as he called in his ad American Insurance Group WRONG-> Amerinca International Group. McCain at least said something sort of 🙂

    September 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  283. Kristina L. Dudley, Boston

    The financial crisis has made me more determined than ever to vote for Obama and against McCain. It is going to take someone with new ideas to fix this situation. Someone with a vision of the future. It's going to take regulation of both the mortgage industry and the insurance industry and someone with an eye for changes that affect the majority of Americans and not just the upper class elite.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  284. roslyn

    not at all, obama all the way.......by the way i just read what donald trump said on larry king last night, and i think he is a prick!!!!!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  285. Fred Rezai

    These folks had their chances for the past 8 years. We need new blood and just can not afford this mess which will effect us, our childern, and our grand childern.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  286. Vote for Quality

    It MUST matter now ! Yes – leaders must have the quality and ingenuity to solve a very very complex economic situation that America is in now. Middle class gets it , upper class gets it , black, white , latino every one get it ... In spite of all respect for Senator McCain i'm amazed why he does NOT gets it . God Bless America !! God Bless Obama-Biden !

    September 18, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  287. Scott Jeffries

    I am very tempted to vote for Obama and straight ticket democrat. I am a recovering republican and am disappointed with all the GOP choices from the top to the bottom!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  288. S White Utah

    Yes I am tired of McCains 7 houses and his excuses. Obama here I come....

    September 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  289. Bill

    No, I'm still voting for McCain. I refuse to drink the Koolaid that the Obama camp is handling out. We don't need a Marxist in office unless the democrats are hell bent on confiscating all assets for redistribution. If you vote for Obama, you sure should be voting to oust the democrats in congress, as they are just as much to blame as Bush.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  290. Kevin

    I was going to vote for Obama before the decline this week, and I will still vote for Obama and Biden. Unfortunately in this wonderful country we live in some people will vote for John McCain and Sarah Palin against their own best interest. The middle class of this country (which keeps it going), has been beaten mercilessly by the current Republican Administration while John McCain was an active participant and benefited greatly from the 8 years. John McCain has never done anything in his 20 plus years in the Senate to help the little guy and he won't do anything to help the little guy if elected President.
    If people in the USA don't wake up soon and start voting for the candidate who will change things then we are destined to become just like the former Soviet Union. A page in history just like the Roman Empire. Wake up America and vote for real change this time and not just another shallow promise with no follow through.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:53 pm |
  291. Keith C

    No – If I vote with my wallet I let every thing and ANY thing into the whitehouse. Obama and Biden have no clue!!! There is no President or any one person that an starighten this mess out. Remember it was a Democratic Congress that passed all of the legislation that allowed this mess. I am very patriotic!!! BUT I do NOT think the rich should pay more taxes. They should be paying the exact same as everyone else. IF the poor pay 10% – the rich should pay 10%. If you are Christian or Muslim you will see this taught by God in tithing. It is fair and right.
    For those of you that think the Republicans have a "Good Ole' Boy" system" – Look at the Democrats... Kennedy for one. They have ALL lost touch with reality!!! Even Obama – He made 4.2 million last year. Palin is in touch and in focus. I just wish we had a George Washington to vote on... Until then – It is the Newest person on the block. Palin/McCain all the way!!!
    Some of you morons would blame a sick child on Bush... Get real! The man took us from a time period where we were sweeping every attack aside as just another criminal to a time where we are not attacked at all. He has been wrong on some things but so was Clinton. No one is perfect – I would rather vote for an old guy with character and principles than a young wise crack that you can't figure out where he stands and what he believes.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  292. Joan B.

    More than ever, I will be strong in my support of Barack Obama. His honest and intelligent leadership is desperately needed as we deal with this economic fiasco. It's ludicrous that McCain is trying to separate himself from the Republican "support business and its excesses at all costs" philosophy....after all, he is his party's nominee!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  293. Juliana L'Heureux

    My vote has always been in favor of providing health care to America's 45 milliion uninsured and in opposition to tax breaks for the rich. Our nation's economic turmoil today is a surge effect of too many Republican years in charge. It looks to me like taxpayers are going to have socialized banking in America before we see socialized medicine. My vote in clearly in favor of supporting the "We" in "We the People".

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  294. Julie

    In the beginning, I was for McCain. I endorsed him on my blog and supported him during the primaries. Then, he starts kissing up to the radical right, picks a nobody from Alaska as his running mate and runs a campaign that is so full of lies and half-truths that Karl Rove has bad talked it. I had to change my mind and go back on my blog to support Obama. Now, I'm actually scared that McCain might win this and I'll be even worse off four years from now.

    I'm, also, very grateful that when I refinanced, I didn't borrow more than I needed and I didn't get myself in over my head like some people have done. I might not have much, but I know even with the crisis, I'll have my house.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  295. Fred

    No! Redistirution of wealth has never worked to fix any economy so I will never vote for those who want to do it!
    By the way, Obama says he wants it to be possible for every American to succeed, however, you should reign in your success so you don't make over 249,999. because if you do, he will start sharing your success with others many of whom do not pay any taxes now. Have big dreams but not too big! It all makes sense somehow I guess if you come from the right mind set. I probably need re training.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  296. Tony

    What the hell do you guys have against me? You never post my comments.................

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  297. Jerry

    No change McCain all the way. You dems are idiots and do not understand how Obama will raise taxes making things worse. The dem congress is just as much or more to blame for this, they have done zero since getting in in 06'. Oh by the way it was under Clinton that all this started with many of the dems like Harry " I need a brain" Reid voting for all of it. Also, for you ignorant dems out there that think you need a tax break. I make $210k a year between me and my wife. She is a physician assistant, I am a military pilot for the past 19 years, I have been to Iraq several times. Yet I paid $42k in federal taxes last year. I am not rich, I am paying so much taxes it is silly. I paid more taxes by percentage than that a$$hole Barack and his prissy wife did last year. Nuff' said.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:54 pm |
  298. Phillipa

    During this election season I have focused on the candidate who I believed had the best economic plan for this country. I chose Obama and my vote is still for Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  299. Eddie

    No, I was always going to vote for Obama.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  300. R. Harrison, Griffin GA

    To Jan from Texas....

    The only reason Trump is endorsing McCain is because he is in that $250,000 and over crowd that will be taxed. Obama is not changing anything. He is just going back to the tax rates and brackets used pre-George W. Bush administrations. So, unless you are in that income bracket, this does not include you. Plus, I admire Trump's financial abilities, however, he is given to telling lies for his benefit. He would love for middle class America to vote for John McCain because in the end, he will benefit.

    Experience in some things is mandatory. I don't think any amount of experience will make you ready to deal with the position of President of the U.S. It's does take intelligence, character, initiative, taking responsibility, judgement, oratory abilities, and a host of other traits.

    The WORLD is looking at us. And, thanks to the internet, they are privy to postings on these blogs, in addition to, newspaper articles, 24-hour news shows, like CNN. Our neighbors to the north are constantly commenting about our two candidates. What do you think that they think of all the lies and flip-flopping that is going on in McCain's campaign? After Bush lied to get us in Iraq, do you think they would trust anything that comes out of McCain's mouth after seeing how he runs his campaign. I wouldn't. McCain/Palin are a joke and a disappointment to me, as an American. And, Palin has been harping on transparency in government, and, on the flip side of that–she refuses to cooperate in the trooper-gate investigation. Shame on them...since they have no shame.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  301. judy

    I'm staying with McCain/Palin and, in fact, voting for all Republicans. The Democratic Congress has got to go.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  302. Wally

    Some moron at CNN will probably delete this message because it does not agree with their bias.

    According to the logic displayed above Bush should be a genus after the market went up today. The market go up a down. Companies come an go. Government should make the markets fair, but try to control everything. Remember that the like of Harry Reid and Nancy Poleosi can't even get a vote together on important issue. Is this the kind of "Change" anyone can believe in?

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  303. Edith.WV

    Nope...still voting for Obama. Funny, I have always been the one who said..."better the devil you know...."..not anymore!! And voting outside the parties really doesn't help anyone, folks.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  304. Mike of Illinois

    I know you wont post this but I just had to say, I sit here watching CNN the official voice of the Democrat party and Dis-information News promoter of Mr. Obama. and wonder why you think I am stupid. I have had Barack Obama as my State Senator and my US Senator, the only thing I know he has "changed" in his personal address with the help of a crooks wife who will be pardoned by the governor of Illinois, oh yes a democrat. Now Barack talks about McCain and his years of being a good old boy in DC. News flash, Binden has seniority on McCain as a DC old boy! Is there anything else you guys want to blame the Republican Party for? How about an alien cover-up I'm sure you could push that. OBamas slogan should say “Change that is the only thing you will have left in your pocket after I am elected"!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  305. beevee, MIcigan

    The financial crisis only made me more strongly support Obama ticket. I don't think another 4 years McCain administration that vows to continue Bush policies is going to help us get any better economically. We need change and I am afraid that McCain is not an agent of change. He is a relic.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  306. K

    Can anyone on this board state exactly how either candidate plans to fix the mess? I have yet to hear anything of substance from either and I am more confused than ever!

    September 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  307. Free Thinker

    Remember, the republican controlled congress acting in concert with the insurance lobbyists got the entire industry deregulated in 1999 with a Veto proof vote. Economists back then were even saying that some day in the future the tax payer was going to get screwed with what came of it and here we are! An unregulated free market does not work. Greed cannot police itself and under that doctrine capitalism will eat itself. There have to be rules that make sense and let the market figure everything else out.

    September 18, 2008 at 5:56 pm |
  308. wanbligi

    Jack:

    Eight years is enough and I'm sticking with Obama/Biden 08. McCain/Palin would be the same Bush agenda which we figured out by now is a disaster.

    Obama/Biden 08

    September 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm |
  309. Ron, NYC

    It seams like even the media is out of touch with the financial problems the average American had for a long time.
    Wall Street is for the few real influential people and I’m sure these financial crises will change loyalties. I guess it looks like a storm in a cup for me

    September 18, 2008 at 5:57 pm |