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November 4th, 2008
01:32 PM ET

What issue is most important to you?

 Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

Click the play button to see what Jack and our viewers had to say.

FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

A lot can change in politics in a year. Just think about it. Last year at this time, the race for the White House looked entirely different. John McCain was far from being the front-runner on the Republican side. And Barack who? Senator Hillary Clinton and former V.P. candidate John Edwards had to be considered the odds on favorites for the Democrats.

And, of course, most of us had never even heard of Sarah Palin.

Different issues held different weight with voters and candidates too. In late August of last year, a CNN poll found that 31 percent of voters saw the war in Iraq as the top issue facing America, while 23 percent said it was the economy. Health care came in at 17 percent and terrorism at 10 percent.

Watch: Cafferty: Most important issue?

Flash-forward to this fall and everything has changed. In a CNN poll released Sunday, more than half of voters listed the economy as the top issue - 57 percent– followed by health care and the war in Iraq, tied for second at 13 percent each. Just 11 percent felt terrorism was the top issue.

Here’s my question to you: What single issue was most important to you?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?


Rich from Minot, North Dakota writes:

The economy, with justice for the middle class! John McCain couldn't even say the word “middle class.” A middle class tax cut is redistribution of wealth but the tax cuts for the rich, wasn't? Grandpa didn't fool me!

Jim from Kansas writes:
The war in Iraq was the only issue that got me out to vote. I feel that Obama will bring the troops home a little sooner than McCain.

Elle from Pullman, Washington writes:
Health care, hands-down. I run a small business and support my family of four. We had to search for our own health care and I can tell you for certain, our health care system stinks. My whole family is healthy with no "pre-existing conditions", non-smokers, etc. and our premiums are ridiculous, even with higher deductibles.

Ralph writes:
The economy is a very important issue. However, getting the current, inept Bush-Cheney-Rumsfeld-Rice administration into the history books was foremost on my mind. John McCain is a good man, and I have respect for him. However, his affiliation with the mess we now have moved my vote to Obama-Biden.

Scott from Wichita, Kansas writes:
The war on terror. We've seen very little economic impact out here– house prices went up, and Iraq is looking better than ever. Now we need to concentrate on how well the sanctions and diplomacy have worked so far in North Korea, and use those lessons on the other state sponsors of terror. We also need to re-focus on Afghanistan. The market will recover, it always does.

Ryan fom Indiana writes:
I think all of our financial woes begin and will hopefully end with an ultimate end to the war in Iraq. The war has dragged down our financial system, elevated the gas prices and created nothing but headaches and heartaches to every tax paying American. I hope to see some progress and to see a great percentage of our troops home by the end of next year.


Filed under: 2008 Election • Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (747 Responses)
  1. Marieth, Chicago

    While the economy is very important to me, I have a son who is in the military. The war is what is most important to me. Senator Obama says he will end the war. George Bush didn't have a plan past catching Saddam Hussein. Thank goodness, the Bush years are finally almost over.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:34 pm |
  2. Jen Powers

    Hello,

    While waiting in line to vote this morning the people working the polls were handing out sample ballots and several were hanging on the walls where the lines formed. After the long wait I had practically memorized the ballot and was ready to vote. When it was my turn I almost filled in the wrong bubble for the presidential candidate because even though everything else was exactly the same on the three page ballot, the names of John McCain and Barack Obama were switched around on the actual ballot. So on the sample Obama was 2nd from the top and McCain was 2nd from the bottom, but on the actual ballot McCain was second from the top while Obama was second from the bottom. No other candidates were switched- everything else on the ballot was exactly the same as the sample. This is a form of voting fraud and it should be addressed. Especially in an election where people are waiting in record lines, these kinds of tricks are meant to take advantage of the weary, elderly, and maybe distracted voters who were worried about being late to work because they stood in line for 2 hours to vote this morning! There are probably many more sneaky situations than this, but I thought I should address it since it bothered me so much this morning.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:36 pm |
  3. Curtis from California

    The Iraq war. It has so many implications whether personal, economic or general ramifications for the future. We need to go back to a President who understands the basic Golden Rule. This has been completely lost and is really the hallmark of what a Rove/Limbaugh/Bush Republican is. They are the complete opposite of the Golden Rule. It will be so nice to have a President who lives in the real world.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:37 pm |
  4. Sue -Idaho

    Electing Obama/Biden. We must take our country back, it's imperative, everything else pails.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:38 pm |
  5. Ken in NC

    Economy and the hopes you will still find things to keep us smiling and laughing about now that this election is coming to an end. Laughter is good for the soul and you and politicians provide for good quality laughter and lots of it.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  6. vern-anaheim,ca

    jack,the most important issue to me like most people is the economy,it is the most important issue of all and by the way who said "it"s the economy stupid"

    November 4, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  7. Carol c.

    Absolutely the economy! If Palin/McCain and their sidekicks Joe the Plumber and Elisabeth Hasselback would actually get out in the world they would quit criticizing community organizers. Bless these people who see and hear devastating stories. Our churches community food bank is working overtime as are all of us who care to meet a portion of the needs of these people. They don't just need help at Thanksgiving and Christmas. When Obama gets some jobs going, we will see a country with pride again!

    Knoxvile, TN

    November 4, 2008 at 1:39 pm |
  8. Charles R. Sanders

    It is time this country did something about the voting problem. The system is outrageous!! Slot machines are more durable and dependable then our voting machines. What machines are seldom ever broken, as compared to their frequency of use? What machine is everyone familiar with? What machines are already in place to meet the demand? What machines are just about every where? What possible tabulating system is already in place? My solution, ATM Machines!!!!!!!! Issue all eligible, qualified, registered voters a special hologram ID voting card. These machines would be programmed to display a special voting screen for that particular state’s candidates and issues up for consideration. To use the card, the user enters his or her PIN number into the ATM Machine (social security number or any other number issued by that state as the card’s PIN number). Once this card and PIN number is used in that election, it can not be accepted in the voting system again until the next valid election for that state where registered. Tabulation would be handled by the self contained system network and forwarded to that particular state’s voting regulatory body and simultaneously to a Federal regulatory commission. The only human intervention would be to receive and announce the results. Tabulation would be quick and practically tamper proof.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:40 pm |
  9. Bob D, Morristown, NJ

    I consider energy and environment to be two sides of the same issue, and this issue will have the greatest impact on our descendants. Anything that reduces the combustion of hydrocarbons, or makes the combustion more efficient reduces the quantity of greenhouse gasses entering the atmosphere.

    If global warming, and energy shortages threaten lives by reducing arable and habitable land, potable water supplies, food and other requirements of life, violent conflict on earth is likely to reach unprecedented levels

    November 4, 2008 at 1:45 pm |
  10. Kathryn, AZ

    The Economy, the economy, the economy. A solid and healthy economy is the indicator of the functioning of a nation and affects us all. It affects jobs, debt, education, health care, defense spending everything. Without an strong economy a nation like this can not function. Advice to the Palin and McCain. Run on issues not on negative ads. For a long time they thought Americans are stupid and go along with the line. Well, we woke up this time.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  11. Jim, Columbus OH

    jack, one of the most important things riding on this election is the renewed respect that america will garner in the international community should Barack Obama be elected president. we desperately need the support and respect of our international allies. bush has alienated a vast majority of the global community with eight years of abysmal foriegn policy and an embarrassing proud display of anti-intellectualism. when obama is elected tonight americans can once again be proud of themselves and their place in the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  12. Terry from North Carolina

    Jack
    Its a toss up, as I am a Vietnam Veteran, bringing the troops home and getting everyone out of harms way is just as important as fixing the economic mess we are in.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:46 pm |
  13. Aaron from Ohio

    Jack,

    The Supreme Court. The President's term lasts either 4 or 8 years. A Supreme Court pick can last a generation. This election is too important for our country. Conservative policies have failed. The country is just finishing up a disasterous swing to the right. Let the pendulum swing back.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  14. Peri W.

    Healthcare. I'm in the never never world of being too poor to be able to afford health insurance and too wealthy to be eligible for a government program. The insurance companies cherry pick their clientele and older people with any medical history – like me – are priced out of the market. It isn't right.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  15. Anne/Seattle

    Americans feeling that there is hope for us as individuals and as a nation. Hope that we regain a sense of national purpose and pride. Hope that during the next four years Obama will be able to promote our national health, both emotional and physical. We need to come together again with respect for one another and the willigness care about one another. Hope that can turn political ideas and ideals into a stronger and more involved electorate.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:47 pm |
  16. Crystal

    My most important issue is the environment. I cannot believe the complete lack of foresight and urgency that has taken place. We need to take care of the planet because that will help take care of us...

    Crystal
    28 yrs old
    Green Bay, WI

    November 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  17. V. from Chester Virginia

    Simple Jack. They should learn how to speak English. Our President has butchered the English Language for 8 Years and I'll be happy when we have someone that actually knows a thing of to about "not getting fooled again".

    November 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  18. Kathleen Ennis

    They are all so important! But if I had to pick the top reason:

    Electing a bright, articulate leader who can help the United States earn the respect of foreign countries. I'm so tried of feeling embarrassed and ashamed by the polices, actions, and attitudes of our government.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:48 pm |
  19. A.K. from Nashville, TN

    Jack, I am 20 years old, and the economy has been the most important thing to me. Young voters are worried about our futures, and we don't appreciate how so much debt is being thrown into the laps of our generation!

    A.K.
    Nashville, TN

    November 4, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  20. Sabrina from Mississippi

    The economy is the most important issue for me. You have people that are being laid off. People are scared to spend money because they do not know if they will be next. All the greed that these large cooperations have taken advantage of over the years have been brought to a head. It is time to stop making the rich richer like John McCain wnats to do, instead it is time for the middle class and the poor to feel a sense of relief.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  21. jerrry

    I hope the new President and Congress will make a commitment to the American people to put petty partisanship aside and work together to get our economy going again, develop better relations with other countries and above all, quit spending more money than is brought in.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:49 pm |
  22. george c paree

    The placing of the public money into hands of someone who hasnt worked for it is wrong .The peop[le of america who for one reason or another havnt had chance to compete for it can be a good a reason to the help then might fit proper use of tax payers money .But except for these reasons any thing else is stealing . by government stealing is one reason this country was frought for by forefathers. george cparee anderson in.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  23. Joyce Richards

    After witnessing 9-11 from my office windows in NY, then witnessing the abuse of power by Bush in killing so many thousands in a misconceived and expensive war...
    I say its the WAR that has been my biggest issue. When Obama wins, I will finally find some needed closure to 9-11 wounds, as well as the wounds of war. I have felt that Bush should have been impeached for war crimes... but now finally through the will of WE VOTERS, he and his kind will be OUT and HOPE IS IN!
    Finally, I will feel healed from 9-11 and the oh so wrong... Bush Doctrine!

    November 4, 2008 at 1:51 pm |
  24. Jenny Rome Ga

    Jack,
    The economy is the most important. It drives everything else.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  25. Gary - Woodhaven, Michigan

    The single greatest issue was how we are to bring people together. Not only Americans but the World.

    No matter our individual beliefs, thoughts, and differences it is having leaders who understand that these contradictions of what makes us human is also what makes us strong.

    The single most effective means in coming together is finding common purpose through our compromises, and only one candidate spoke of this, the other chose to try to use our differences to strike fear.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  26. Yasmine

    Its a fact that Democratic campain is extremely organized and very well conducted under the leadership of Senator Obama. Republican campain as we all know was run very poorly under MaCain. Don't you think this is enough evidence to identify leadership qualilties of these two guys?? This gives us a preview as to how America will be, Organized or DisOrganized.

    Yasmine
    Ottawa, Ontario, Canada

    P.S. Jack, you are a straight shooter, love you for that.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:52 pm |
  27. John in Arizona

    Jack, I voted early for Obama, and very simply put, the overriding issue for me was our future. Obama is the embodiment of our country's hope for a better future in so many ways.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:53 pm |
  28. John

    Jack: The economy is the most important issue for myself and my family. Our son just got a job in his degree field, and we are afraid if the company down sizes he will be the first to go out the door. We have an annuity for our retirement which might be effected badly. The economy has been going down over a year, while George W. Bush sat on his hands.

    John
    Alabama

    November 4, 2008 at 1:54 pm |
  29. Pat Hampton

    The most important issue for me is health insurance. I am now employed and have been for about two years. Before that my husband and I paid a large sum of money for health insurance that did not cover anything that had to do with our pre-existing illness. So in order to get coverage, I had to get it through my employment. The 5000.00 that McCain is giving could not buy me insurance at the Dollar General Store. I pay about 2500.00 a year insurance deduction and the company picks up $13,000.00 for health and other related benefits. So McCain is so for out of touch when it comes to just every day living for just people that are trying to make it from day to day with no extras, just the necessities.

    Pat
    Chattanooga, Tennessee.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  30. Sigrid, Albuquerque, NM

    The Economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:55 pm |
  31. mac from traverse city Michigan

    Jack the most important issue to me is the candidate. His intelligence, demeanor under pressure, and humility are the qualities that will determine if he/she will be excellent. Iraq, the economy, and a general hostility towards all things conservative republican have at various times been the "most" important, and an overwhelming desire to see certain talking radio heads severly dissapointed has been important too. But first and foremost on this, the most important day in any democracy is the character of the man who will face these problems and the ones headed our way that we don't even know about yet.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  32. Kim, Dodge City, Kansas

    The economy would appear to be a significant factor, but for me the real issue was getting rid of a Republican dynasty that has brought this country to it's knees. I am hoping that Obama can repeal or reverse a lot of the damage done by the Bush administration.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  33. Tim on Long Island

    The most important issue by far is the economy. The answer to every other question hinges on the strength of our financial situation. Iraq, the war on terror, border security, education, health care and all the rest are moot points without a stable economy. Now that the most socialistic regime in American history has redistributed a bucket full of our combined wealth, no president can do a thing without securing and dare I hope revolutionizing the financial system.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  34. Val from Dumfries, VA

    My top priority –even before McCain selected his VP running mate was the economy. Many Americans could see the crisis coming long ago. However, my priority today is to ensure that Sarah Palin is as far away as possible from the presidency. For myself, (and undoubtedly many others,) I want people running this country who are brilliant - who can speak of topics that concern the world in a responsible and intellectual way. The world views the U.S. in a far different light than they did eight years ago. Haven't we evolved as a nation away from the "good ole' boy" " I pat your back, you pat mine" mentality yet????? When Bush won/stole the office a second term, I was disillusioned with our intelligence and strength as a nation who would stand for what is "right and fair." Hopefully, more of us have awakened now and we can envision the bigger picture and not just one or two conservative issues as our focal point in choosing a responsible, adept leader.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:56 pm |
  35. Nancy from New Jersey

    Restoring our relationships with other countries is why I voted for Obama. I also have more faith in him as far as healthcare reform goes. As a nurse of too many years than I care to note, I can tell you first hand that our profit before patients health system is indeed broken. We need to take big business out of the equation in hospitals, pharmaceuticals and insurance companies and start doing the right thing for patients!

    November 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  36. Tony-Bourbonnais, IL

    The most important factor is, well, me. What is this candidate going to do for me, my family and my neighbors.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  37. sheila mannix

    Get out of Iraq, as the Iraqi people want us to ,leaving a small," Nato Force", in place, bringing the troops home ,along with the "Ten Billion $/month, to spend on are own homeland.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  38. Jade Alexis

    HOPE for a better Future was the single most important issue of this campaign (& why I am voting for Barack Obama)! Without Hope that things will get better, they WON'T get better. The economy, wars, health care, energy...none of that would matter if we didn't believe, or weren't inspired, that we could change our situations. Obama's campaign reignited that Hope within me & now I am ready to do my part in getting America back on the her right path.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  39. joanne

    Whats important to me is Health care,I don't feel health care ought to bunched up at tehe xpense of the american people,nor on enery or coal, this whol thing has gotten to me.
    I think the true important thing is"can you protect the americans agaist another attack"?Can you stand up or will you hide?thats what I want want to know, not about coal and etc they've been babbling about.Health care yes,I don't want my taxes raised or health care tampered with,But I have not heard on say"when push coems to shove we will stand up and fight for america if another attack happens.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:58 pm |
  40. Richard, Enoch, Utah

    Jack, I would have to say health care and then the economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  41. Greg in Cabot AR

    I hate to sound like a broken record BUT our message to the politicians is: ”It’s Still the economy, Stupid” We ain’t falling for the same old rhetoric and send you worthless bums back to Washington. As screwed up as this economy is now, EVERYONE that is being elected this year is being put on notice: …Results or Replacement!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  42. douglas in minnesota

    Jack - the economy is the main issue. But lets face it, the other major issues - health care, war-on-terror, immigration, foreign affairs, national security, and education - all affect the economy, in some way; and vise versa. There is no easy quick- fix for any of these; nor can there be a "fix-one-at-a-time" strategy. It's going to be a long, slow, painful process to address all of these issues. And we will have to make some difficult, short-term decisions and sacrifices, in order to achieve acceptable, long term results. While nothing is going to magically change tomorrow morning; at least we can all begin to hope again.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  43. Frank in Schaumburg, Illinois

    The most important issue to me was totally ducked by both parties: Fiscal Responsibility. Regardless of who wins the presidency, I think many voters will become jaded over the next 12 to 24 months, once they see that the new president cannot possibly deliver on all his billions of dollars worth of election promises. Why? The U.S. Treasury is in the red by trillions of dollars. What will be the source of all these new billions of dollars? Wake up, America. The two major political parties have misled you yet again! They suckered you into buying an empty "hope" for "change," knowing full well that our huge national debt will crush any real hope of improving our nation. Next time, send a message and vote for a third party.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  44. Judy, Exeter, Calif,

    First and foremost as always is the economy (stupid). Everything this capitalist country does revolves around it's economy. The morality of the war in Iraq and it's impact on our economic health are also of great concern to me. The sooner we are out of Iraq the better.

    November 4, 2008 at 1:59 pm |
  45. richard a. winkler

    The economy, part of which would be to bring all of our troops home.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:00 pm |
  46. Anita

    I would like to have an honest government, from the President on down to our Congress and Senate. We have such dishonesty and no trust in our current and past goverment. If they would govern as they should have, we would not be in this mess today. I can only hope this will change but it will be an up hill battle to restore our trust. If this could happen most of us would have no issues!
    Thanks, Anita

    November 4, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  47. Michael "C" Lorton, Virginia

    Jack: The economy. A vote for Obama will increase the velocity of the economy. Rich people will sell and buy assets like it's going out of style. This is good for everyone. And they'll pay taxes on the sales, which will reduce this year's deficit, which now stands at eleven quintillion-bazillion-annjillian dollars.

    If you vote for McCain, rich people will sit on their assets. And the economy will continue to just lie there like a special business extra playing a corpse.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  48. Brian Becker

    Healthcare. I haven't been to the doctor in three years because I just can't afford it. Its a shame that we spend three times as much on healthcare as most industrialized nations but can't seem to get everyone covered.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:01 pm |
  49. John in Santa Barbara, CA

    Health care. If we lock down health care, then Social Security will be out of reach for those who seek to put an end to it. These are bricks in a wall that protect our citizens. The economy is important but honestly we cannot fix it up or down, we can only bail it out.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  50. Faith from Milford, Massachusetts

    All issues are important to me – the war that won't end, the economy, health care, to name a few. But the most overwhelming "issue" to me was finding someone with leadership. We haven't had a President the knew how to be a leader, how to inspire a nation, how to really make you proud to be an American since JFK.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  51. Gregory

    The Economy Stupid...

    November 4, 2008 at 2:02 pm |
  52. Jim from Chicago

    Jack, I was recently laid off from work because of the poor economy, and am struggling to pay for my health insurance. Take your pick!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  53. Judith

    Hi Jack,

    It's the environment.

    Right now it only affects the economy. Ten years from now it will drive the economy.

    We are, as the saying goes, up to choice on this issue. We are also out on limb and sawing the branch off.

    What will we do next?

    Regards,
    Judith, NYC

    November 4, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  54. Anna - Santa Teresa, NM

    A united nation.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:03 pm |
  55. Gigi in Alabama

    The economy was definitely the most important issue for me. After that, I would have to say the unwarranted war in Iraq. They are both intertwined since we are spending so much of our resources, both human and monetary, in Iraq.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  56. ajks

    ECONOMY

    November 4, 2008 at 2:04 pm |
  57. gerry

    A strong, sound American civilization built upon values, perseverance and vision, leading the way to a safer, happier world.

    I will pra for Barak each and every day.

    Gerry

    November 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  58. Jimmy Meredith

    Jack,

    Recently here in Lexington there was an effigy depicting Senator Obama in a horrible manner. Jack I want everyone to know out there that these two young men don’t represent me or my community here in Lexington, KY. I’m a 37 year old, college educated white mail. I was a Hillary Clinton supporter, but during the primary Obama won me over. After listening and watching Senator Obama for two years I really believe he wants to do something great. Just that hope alone has been missing in America for so long. That is what people miss so much about Reagan and JFK. They inspired people to do better or to be better and made them believe that they would do their best. He isn’t ordinary but remarkable and we presently live in a time which in my estimation requires someone extraordinary as Mr. Obama. He’s a once in a lifetime man.

    Sincerely,

    Jim Meredith
    Lexington, KY

    November 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  59. Anne from Vero Beach, FL

    Getting out of Iraq! Our country has been drained financially and emotionally by this war that never should have been started in the first place. It has had a negative effect on absolutely everything and we need to get the hell out.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:05 pm |
  60. Precious Coker

    Recreating the American dream!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  61. Bill, Las Vegas, NV

    The biggest issue for me is that all of the virtues and ideals that this country was founded on and stands for be renewed. We have strayed so markedly in the last eight years. I want a president that will restore our country's standing as the world leader and as a model of democracy. I want a president that I can be proud to hear speak on the world stage...not one that I cringe in fear each time they speak to the world. Mr. Obama is the candidate that understands that we now live in a different world; one that requires nuance and diplomacy and a steady hand.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  62. jay r lum

    for me the issue now becomes twofold and neither issue depends on who wins this race #1 how will my president mend the damage he has caused in his run to become the president of the people of the usa #2 how will either man change really change the way the government throws our money around god help the man who wins and god help the american people we elected him

    November 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  63. Jan Davis, Knoxville, TN

    Although the economy is extremely important, I feel an end to the War in Iraq is my major issue. It is of course tied to the economy. Think what we could do with all the money being spent over there. I trust Obama to get us out of there ASAP. Thanks Jack for your great coverage of Election 2008, the most exciting election since 1960!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  64. bill

    Jack, the most important issue to me is that people exercise their right to vote. After the democratic primary was over a lot of the so-called Hillary Clinton supporters stated that they would not cast votes because their candidate didn't make it to the big dance. I am an American citizen subject to American laws as well as everyone else in my community but we are not eligble to vote for president because we live in the U.S. Virgin Islands. So I would just like to say. Don't be a sap. Spend the time and state your mind. You don't miss the privledge until it's gone.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:06 pm |
  65. Meg Ulmes

    Jack–
    The single most important issue was removing as many Republicans from office as possible. To me, the Bush Administration and the Republicans who have supported his efforts and policies are to blame for our serious economic problems, the war in Iraq, the division among Americans, and the erosion of our position in the world. With that said, the Democrats need an opportunity to do better: improve our economy, end the war in Iraq and return the focus to fighting the real enemy in Afghanistan, bring Americans together again, and improve our reputation with the rest of the world. The Republicans have had their eight years–look at where we are.

    Troy, Ohio

    November 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  66. Cookie in DE

    Without a doubt, the economy. It's my hope that it becomes the primary focus of the next president, because no other issue will affect our nation more in the near future.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  67. JImmy in California

    Economy and the hopes you will still find things to keep us smiling and laughing about now that this election is coming to an end. Laughter is good for the soul and you and politicians provide for good quality laughter and lots of it.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  68. Al in Tacoma

    I am voting because I long to feel like an American once again, in my own country.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:07 pm |
  69. Leslie Caroline

    Economy and soaring unemployment rate. Also, what about a "main street" bailout because it is obvious "wall street" just does not get it.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  70. Nancy in Duck, NC

    HOPE...and the restoration of American values such as social justice, equality, and liberty. Barak Obama is the transformational leader we so badly need.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:08 pm |
  71. L.

    I am pro life and oppose gay marriage. However, I support Obama for 3 major reasons: 1) His health care policies, 2)Economy and 3) Race. In addition, Mccain does not go all the way to support the social values that republicans usually do.

    Pullman, Washington State

    November 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  72. Bill Davis

    Energy independence (without the drill, baby drill). Most of the burdens on our society can be traced to our dependence on foreign oil and fossil fuels.

    Bill Davis
    Champaign, IL

    November 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  73. Karl in CA

    It's basically the economy but that is affected by all the other issues, be it health care, my social security check and pension, the too many wars, our status in the world and eight years of the disastrous joke we call our government that has gotten us where we are today. The Republicans didn't seem to offer any organized solutions to our problems and appear to be only capable of continuing the current bombastic review.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  74. Jessica, Gladwin MI

    To me I see every day what happens when people lose their jobs, not just in my small town, but when my mother and I are watching the news (CNN). I see how that one thing in their life affects everything else, but most of all their family. I have known too many people who have lost their job to people overseas, or just because of the financial crisis, not just in the U.S. but also in Canada. My uncle lives in Canada and has worked for the same company for almost thirty years, and while he was on sick leave, got bought out. Fortunatly his wife's pention will kick in this next year, I just hope that today people realize that our country, the United States of America, needs to wake up and see that unless we make a change, our country won't get better...it's only going to get worse! That's why I have helped make calls, and knock on doors for the Obama-Biden campaign! They ARE the change we need...and hopefully get!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:09 pm |
  75. Terence

    Ending the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan and bringing our troops home alive. They were sent by there Bush to control the oil so the oil companies get richer then they are now.
    Vietnam Vet 66,67
    Terry Gaffney
    Piscatawy, NJ

    November 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  76. Cheryl, Westfield, MA

    Without a doubt the economy, the economy, the economy. Eight years of "trickle down economics" has resulted in unprecedented financial disaster. I am dumbfounded that there are those out there that will vote for four more years of it! Perhaps they should replace their elephant with the lemming......

    November 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  77. Carey Lenn

    My issue isn't the economy, security or even health care. I just want a President that has the intellectual vigor to comprehend the complexity of our world and articulate a vision of how we move forward on the multiplicity of issues in front of us. Barak Obama. Not just the one, the only one.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:10 pm |
  78. Robert O'Dor

    Jack,
    I go back to Barack Obama's key note speech at the 2004 Democratic National Covention. " Its not red states or blue states......its the United States"....... If there has been anytime in history to end the political divide and work together it is now, this above anything, will have a true meaning of actually getting something accomplished in Washington. Mr. Obama needs to "transcend" politics as usual and bring this country together !

    Robert – Fort Lauderdale, FL

    November 4, 2008 at 2:11 pm |
  79. Roy - IL

    The status of our country in the world will influence the economy, will influence foreigh relations, and will influence cooperation on environmental issues......bolstering our tarnished image in the world is most important...the last 8 years have lowered our image abroad immeasureably.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  80. Anj in CA

    Competence. The issues are meaningless without a steady, intelligent way to solve them. Obama has those traits; McCain does not.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  81. Jerry Carinci

    The most important issue to me is restoring the way people around the world view America.......It may appear, and i hope, that we have finally arrived as a people to the place that we've talked about for over 40 years...

    November 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  82. Raul G. Barletta

    I predict that Senator Barack Obama will become the next President of the United States with Joe Biden as Vice President (5 million plus in popular vote, with Electoral College votes of 278 to the 338 Carl Rove’s prediction). I am proud to have voted for him because he embodies, as the great 19th century poet Victor Hugo once said, the power of an idea whose time has come: restoring American prestige in the world, helping the middle class and those in need, and the end of absurd divisions on race, gender, red-blue States, and rural versus city dwellers. This will lead to a more united of the always great United States of America. I believe that John Mc Cain and Sarah Palin will also graciously contribute to these ends with vigor after the election is over.

    Raul, Lincoln, Nebraska

    November 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  83. David, Las Vegas

    Faith in the future. We need to believe & have patience that our pleathera of problems can become opportunities for our newly elected officials to work together to lead America back to the forefront as an example to be emulated. "Just do it".
    David

    November 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  84. Marty

    The economy and the wars are very important to me and they seem to be tied together in a way that will require a lot of work to solve them. Our new President and our new Congress will need to work together by compromising and coming up with logical and smart decisions. It would be nice to see them worry more about doing whats right than being right for once.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:12 pm |
  85. Bernie from Tarpon Springs, FL

    Jack,

    The single most important issue to me is the reputation of the US throughout the world. The last 8 years, under the so called "leadership" of the Bush crew, the US has taken a major hit to it's reputation. We were looked up to by most of the world. The Iraq War has solidified an opinion in much of the world that we are bully's that could care less what the rest of the world thinks. Abu Graib and Gitmo have taken away our moral authority in the world. No matter who is elected, the toughest job he will have, the economy notwithstanding, will be to try and rebuild our reputation throughout the world as a fair and compassionate society.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  86. Stevie Coyle

    The defeat of Sarah Palin is by far most important issue to me. The irony of her selection as Vice Presidential candidate is that her fan base doesn't' even recognize how badly they have been insulted by their own Republican leaders, who figure that ignorant people will vote for ignorant people. Smart people and ignorant people alike should value smarts over sympatico.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  87. Jack Toledo, Ohio

    Jack, The single most compelling issue for me was policy change; fundamental change; social, economic, international etc.
    The large turn-out suggests that we, the people, are being more accurately and adequately heard. Such sweeping change will be a long, messy, and painful process; that will undoubtedly incite the best and the worst in our leaders.

    May our Gods bless us.

    Jack Toledo, Ohio

    November 4, 2008 at 2:15 pm |
  88. joe providence R.I.

    Hi jack, I just want a president that cares, thinks and leads with the heart, intelligence and strenth, to make the best decisions for all americans, on all of the issues. something we have been lacking for the last eight years. today I voted for barrack obama because I think he is the best candidate to unite and lead this country. joe the voter!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  89. Martin

    Leaving IRAQ

    November 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  90. Paula in the middle of America--Illinois

    The most important issue to me, is to see the end of divided politics.
    I want to see Democrats and Replublicans, work together to return the United States to an country of true freedom and true integrity. All the other problems and issues can be worked out, if as Americans, we set aside our differances and work toward goals of fiscal responsiility, energy efficiency, and a world view, where the United States becomes the moral leader of the world. It can happen, we can do it!!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  91. Steve of Hohenwald TN.

    Intelligence!!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:18 pm |
  92. Zenobio

    The reporting of the election has become the main issue and divide for me. The election will solve a great debate regarding the Media bias as presented by Right Wing conservatives. If the polls have been untruthfully altered by the "gotcha media" as claimed, then the truth shall set us free and the Republicans will have their victory. But, if Obama wins, then it proves there was no conspiracy and the media has done its job in accurately reporting this historical event. Hopefully, the followers of the Fox news nut cases will realize they have been duped, or, conversely, there will be vindication if McCain wins and Fox news personalities will be proven the smartest of us all... let's see what the result is and then we will know.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:19 pm |
  93. Jerry from Monroe Co., WV

    The character of the the person we are selecting to lead this nation through the greatest trials we have faced since the Great Depression.
    Obama's message of hope and change we can all participate in has lit a tinder box that has ignighted a firestorm of hope instead of hopelessness and faith in the power of the people to take back our government from corporate control. Corporate greed is not good any more. The American dream will not only be possible but promoted by our government. By morning, we will all be free at last from corporate control of America.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:20 pm |
  94. Philip from Toronto

    Health care!!!!
    Hasn't it dawned on you that Health care is so expensive that ONLY the Government can afford to bring it to you?
    Look at Sweden/Finland/Germany/France/Iceland and even Canada all have universal health care for it's citizens.
    America has the most expensive health care in the world and still ranks 26th by the W.H.O. in taking care of its citizens.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  95. Cindy, CA

    The economy is primary, coupled with the US global reputation, plus the ending of the Iraq war.

    It is also important to me that our President be intelligent, diplomatic, and a 'President of, by, & for the People.' I see Sen. Obama as the most qualified candidate to lead this nation, as well as a President that the entire world will respect and admire; a President who embodies the unique characteristics to inspire, unite, and transform. Senator Obama has shown himself to be an exceptional leader, with a superior plan, and the potential for greatness.

    I want a President that makes me proud to be an American, and it is why I voted Obama/Biden this morning

    November 4, 2008 at 2:21 pm |
  96. Sandy from Bradenton, FL

    Competence, Jack. Competence has been sorely lacking in not only our president, but in virtually all aspects of our lives. That's why everything is going to hell in a handcart. When I see NATIONAL news stations (more than one, I might add) saying "Vote '08" and instead of putting an apostrophe, they put a single quote mark before the 08.......well, competence, Jack. Plain, old-fashioned competence is what we need. From the guy putting mustard on my Big Mac to the guy in the Oval Office. . . to the guy inspecting cranes, to the guy inspecting bridges. Maybe that's the problem-too many "guys" and not enough women.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  97. Jim

    Jack,

    It has to be the economy just now. Obama will need to address not just the current crisis but also what allowed that crisis to happen. Imposing prudent regulations on lending and investments and corporate behavior is not socialist. It simply recognizes that raw, unbridled capitalism is a mean dog-eat-dog economic process that ultimately benefits the few and hurts the many. With some simple, common-sense regulations, American capitalism can be the model for the world, the economic system that grows to the benefit of all.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    November 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  98. Art in Virginia

    The economy, but the crisis we're in is the result of the relationships between big business and government. Oil is why we're in Iraq, fast profits for bankers is why there's a mortgage crisis, and shipping jobs overseas is why the USA is turning into a third world country, Obama said it best " A ten trillion dollar debt, and nothing to show for it." Just as there is a separation of church and state, there needs to be a separation of business and state. We need a government for the people.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  99. Donna Colorado Springs,Co

    The economy, of course. Our lives revolve around it and when it sucks, like it does now, it's a little frightening. I really hope it improves quickly.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  100. John in Rohnert Park

    I want to know if there are really Aliens at Area 54 !!!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:22 pm |
  101. Judie from St. Augustine, Fl.

    Jack,
    The most important issue is that we elect a President that is qualified to lead this country. That one being Obama! The rest will fall into place one day at a time.
    Judie
    St. Augustine, Fl

    November 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  102. Shernel, Guyana, South America

    I am an outsider looking in at the American policies and the way Americans react to the campaigns and the 2008 elections. And what worrying me is the way Americans portray their ignorance to issues and then they run into countries which they have no need to be stating that they should have democracy. Bush, McCain and Palin are making a mockery of the citizens of USA and around the world with their ignorance which is presently being led by a Warmonger.
    I do hope America can heal from all the ills Bush and affliates created.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  103. Hylan Givot, Chicago, IL

    Jack,

    My main issue which may not be an iisue at all to some is our standing in the world Ithink it is important that we re-establish ourselves in the eyes of the world ...

    November 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  104. mitchell ,arkansaw

    the ending of the iraq war, and our moral standing in the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  105. Hugh coldwar vet ~ California

    Saving billions of dollars of our tax dollars is most important to me. That means to get the heck out of Iraq and use that money here at home–we a big enough crisis right here in America.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  106. Jerry Foster - Johns Creek GA

    The most important issue for me is the regaining of respect and confidence. We as a people have lost respect for one another and consequently we have lost the respect of the entire world. We have become a nation that is focused on the me factor. Samuel Clemens years ago wrote an essay on the two Americas. His observations would be accurate today. We are an Imperialistic force in the world, a bully spreading a Presidential Doctrine that proclaims all of the countries in the world must be a democracy or we will destroy you. Despite our good intentions and phenomenal generosity, we have become a major embarrassment in the world. I want the respect back, I want citizens to take responsibility for their own actions, I want a country that works to raise the level of care and comfort to the poor working classes, not focused just on improving the living conditions of the middle class. I want people of intelligence to use their God given ability to contribute to society and not to focus solely on personal gain. I want a country that honestly and earnestly treats others as they would like to be treated. I want my country BACK.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:23 pm |
  107. Christine, Belmont, CA

    The future. That's what this election is about. The economy, health care, national security are all important issues, but how we govern ourselves and how we interact with the world in the future are key to our success. We can no longer tolerate a government that focuses on special interests or the wealthy with disregard for everyone else. We need a government that understands that "we the people" extends far beyond the beltway.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:24 pm |
  108. Tina (Texas)

    There is really no single issue. I want a better economy for all Americans, an America that is once the great nation we once were and the main reason I voted was to vote this pack of liars out of office. I want a fresh slate. We all have to learn at a new job and one that has experience some times is so set in his/her ways they won't listen to reason and sure don't want to change.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  109. Elaina

    Hi Jack,

    I think Obama has nailed my priorities exactly as I see them. Finally a president who thinks like me and one I can be proud of. Makes me want to run for an office...Meanwhile, I will energize myself to support him and our country like I never have before. An I'm retired from US Navy with 21 years of service and never felt this gung-ho about service!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:25 pm |
  110. JERRY, Illinois

    As a senior its the economy first and second end that God awful
    war in iraq. I'm so tired of the Republicans using the word
    terrorist ,like its a scare tactic ,and why they will lose this election.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  111. Liz in Towson, MD

    While the general idea of "social issues" has often been at the top of my list, my choice this year is for the person who is just plain smarter. That, my dear Jack, is Barack Obama.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  112. Mike Smith, New Orleans

    I believe America's biggest problem right now is the polarization between it's citizens with regard to politics, income levels, and ethnicities. We need a leader who can bring Americans back to the reality of the common ground for the common good.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  113. kate

    A decent, sensible human being in the White House who will deal respectfully with other world leaders. What a nice change that would be! Maybe I can even travel to Europe again without being hassled!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  114. Marilynn

    It is definitely the Economy. It has a multiplier effect on all the other issues while it intertwines them.
    Solving the economy will help get country on track, an enable whom ever is president to work on health care and going green in this country.

    Marilynn Chester NY

    November 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  115. Cori from Colorado

    Jack, I think many issues are important. But the top 3 for me are the economy, health care and ending the war. Money drives all of these issues, and ending the war will help the economy and provide us with money we can put towards health care. Besides, when our Veterans return from the war, they'll be coming home looking for jobs in our state of economic depression, and will be needing health care. It's a vicious circle! Obama is the one who will help get America back on the right path.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  116. Pat- Texas

    Jack

    It is important to me that we put the past eight years behind us and move forward with a President Obama who leads with hope instead of fear.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:26 pm |
  117. Frank, Canada

    That this time, every votes are really counted...

    November 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  118. Amber Abrams

    Every issue this election was important to me, but the one thing that I followed more carefully than others was the economy. I think that this is the best time for whoever becomes president to stand up and do something with the stock market and with Wall Street and our failing economy, because I believe this issue means the most to Americans right now. Nobody wants to lose their houses or their jobs, and more than we want a Democrat or a Republican in office, I think everyone can agree that we want someone who is going to tell the truth and stand by their word, doing whats best for the American people.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  119. Janis, Lafayette, IN

    The war in Iraq and Afghanistan is of the highest priority because of the way the Bush administration ignored the rules of engagement. Our reasons for being in Iraq no longer serve any purpose for our country except to denegrade us to the point of disdain by the rest of the world. We must bring our combat troops home from Iraq and reinforce the exsisting troops in Afghanistan so that they may bring down the true culprits of the attack on America and of our allies. I find it insulting and dishonorable to those who lost their lives at the Pentagon and the WTC and in Pennsylvania, as well as our international neighbors, to allow their attackers to continue their assault of terror throughout the world without appropriate retaliation. We have lost too many soldiers from that time to this and still have no resolution to the terrorist threat throughout the world. We must heal our world image. We will recover from the financial crisis and other internal issues, but we may never recover from this international threat of terrorism.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  120. Andrew

    The economy is by far the most important issue. It underpins our way of life and our security in every respect. The next administration must initiate significant infrastructure and energy technology programs, among others that we need to be globally competitive and restore jobs.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  121. T J

    Getting rid of all the Republicans that voted with Bush and helped create this mess..

    November 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  122. Amy

    All the "policy" issues pale in comparison to the need for a LEADER with both VISION and COMPETENCE. In this election Obama has displayed both qualities consistently. McCain, and his republican cohorts, have shown neither. The status quo is simply not working for very many Americans right now–we must move forward in new directions and redevelop the qualities that have made America exceptional

    November 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  123. Beth Bangert, IN

    That one is easy......A JOB!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:27 pm |
  124. Raymond

    The war is very important. If we stay in these places and a situation happens else where, we will not be able to respond. That is why, I like Obama over McCain. Wtih Obama the war may end, and the troops will come home. With McCain the war will continue, and the troops will stay. There is no true winner in war, and we will not be able to change their minds by fighting. Diplomacy will always work over force, and in the end, we all win.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:28 pm |
  125. Bill the machinist, Quarryville, Pennsylvania

    Jack there are so many to choose from like Health Care, Social Security, education, but the first two I think that needs to be taken care of right away before you can think about anything else, is the economy and the two wars we're fighting.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:29 pm |
  126. Ryan from Indiana

    There are so many important issues right now but I think all of our financial woes begin and will hopefully end with an ultimate end to the war in Iraq. The war has dragged down our financial system, elevated the gas prices and created nothing but headaches and heartaches to every tax paying American. I hope to see some progress and to see a great percentage of our troops home by the end of next year.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:30 pm |
  127. Dick B

    I always vote for the candidate that promises "me" the most. This keeps my decision making simple and rewards me for my lack of interest or concern for anyone or anything except myself.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:31 pm |
  128. Stan from Rockville, MD

    Having a leader who has a vision, who respects our intelligence and values our differences.

    It's also been very impressive to see how Senator Obama took the job of running for office seriously enough to manage his team efficiently, fairly and incredibly effectively – without prejudice, rancor or panic.

    I haven't had this much fun or enthusiasm in a national election since '60.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  129. Jeff, WA State

    The most imporant issue to me is to have a president who can put two sentences together without stumbling or sounding dumber than a 5th grader.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  130. carol in Oregon

    Frank from Illinois - has hit the nail on the head.
    My issue was experience which the people also threw out the window.
    When we "the people" stop wanting something for nothing we will be better off. The people wanted first to bring the troops home, then the economy stupid became the cry, someone who could move them, inspire, bring hope and change etc., ect., ect.... It's "all about me" is the real issue or cry. Our I.Q is about as low as it can get.

    Lets look back in Twleve to twenty-four months and see how much that was promised has been delivered. AND who's paying for it. Or we can do as we always do whine.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:32 pm |
  131. Michael - Minnesota

    "It's Education, stupid!"

    November 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  132. Ann from S.C.

    The most important issue to me is the ability of the president to bring all the fragments of our country together – political, racial, economic, spiritual – and unite us in a way that enables us to keep our own identities while respecting views that differ from our own.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  133. Michael Morales

    The most single important issue to me is ensuring Sarah Palin will never EVER hold any higher office. Oh yeah, that and the economy and the two wars I guess.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  134. william fitzwater

    From a humerous perspective . In San Francisco there is measure R . I hope it passes. However I would also include the 105th congress to the propased name change.

    As far as every one is concerned Obama fro persident. And prop 8 and prop 4 and prop 1 in california.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:33 pm |
  135. Mertis

    Jack, what's most important to me is to have a smart, pragmatic, leader again. I've been saying this to alot of folks lately.

    I am sick of being lead, managed, supervised by the DUMB GUY. I want the SMART GUY leading the United States out of the mess we are in. So I just voted for Senator Obama. You know, "That One."

    November 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  136. Dave in MO

    Taxes! If Obama wins were all screwed. What is it 250k, 200k, 150k, or 120k? Obama and his definition for the rich changes daily.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  137. Valerie

    The issue of greatest concern to me is the stability and liquidity of the US government. Without this, the confidence of our citizenry and the global financial markets will continue to be weak with huge economic consequences for all of us. We must have financial stability to finance health care, renewable energy enterprises, and other programs that ensure our long term national security.

    I look to our administration for the legitimate and responsible domestic supervision of the Treasury, the Federal Reserve, the banking system and the enforcement of an equitable income tax system. I think the elimination of the Carried Interest loophole for the fat cats on Wall Street, the tying of Social Security benefits to an individual's income to restrict eligibility, and the elimination of the Section 199 tax benefit inclusion for the oil and gas industries are critical areas of lost revenue that need to be addressed.

    Our financial instability has had negative reverberations around the globe and lowered our stature and respect. Our historically overly-generous financial assistance programs need to be addressed and re-examined as well.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  138. Robin

    Hi Jake,

    The 3 most important issues to me are the economy, ending the war in Iraq, and energy independence through renewable energy sources.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:34 pm |
  139. kenneth gloster

    Hi Jack! of course the economy over-shadows every major issue, but to me, I am anxious to see the after effects of a black man being elected president. This country has had a long dark past and hopefully, if O' bama is indeed elected, we can make the first step towards closing that chapter in the history book of America. Maybe, just maybe, we can all come to the agreement that no matter what a person's color or ethnic heritage, the fact remains that each of us are through and through human beings. It will truly be a great day in America if what has been for so long called a dream becomes our everyday reality. I believe that God will bless America.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:35 pm |
  140. Paul S. Columbia, SC

    Even though I am one of the 40% non-tax paying citizens, I am anxious to start getting government checks from Mr. Obamas redistribution of wealth programs. I hope I get enough extra money to take a tropical cruise every year and buy a hot tub. Obama 08.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  141. Alabama Angel

    I know you're looking for an issue like "the economy" or "the war" or "healthcare". The most important issue to me is HOPE - I wanted to feel hope for our nation again, that we will resume our place in the world and feel pride as a people. That was taken from us by the current administration. And given that sense of optimism that we've missed, that hope, the other issues will fall into place.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  142. Heather, GA

    Clean energy. It will go a long way toward solving the wealth of problems our country faces.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  143. obama fan-nashville,tn

    it makes no sense how desperate mccain is and thats the kind of leader you want, someone who will do or say anything to get what he wants if mccain gets elected the only change there is gonna be is from bad to worse, and also tell cindy when obama gets elected she is gonna have to change johns diaper

    November 4, 2008 at 2:37 pm |
  144. Daniel Ambrose

    Jack –

    The economy, simply said. Secondly, electing someone that is qualified in which some other media outlets have suggested that a certain candidate isn't because of the color of their skin. The idiots at the other network have made a sensation of trying to convince millions of Americans that he is not qualified and it appears that "H" from the H&C show on that other network has went to great lengths to make his point. The thing is once Barrack Obama becomes president, I'm sure he will spend the next four years of discrediting him. This country is dire need of change and Barrack Obama gives us just that.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:38 pm |
  145. Dennis, Cleveland ,Ohio

    A PRESIDENT of the USA who's #1 PRIORITY is the People of the USA!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  146. Michael Fermanich, Marinette, Wisconsin

    Jack, After Obama gets elected it will be important to the voters who voted against Obama to understand that there will be no room for arrogance and ignorance and neglection like it was grandstanded by the Bush Administration. Yes we are all equal citizens of the United States with very different views and opionions. We are all brothers and sisters for democracy.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  147. Beartrack Truckee,CA

    Probably the war. Most of the mess we are in is because of the fraud of how Bush got us into it. The debt, the fall of America's standing in the world community, the sleaze and corruption of the "military industrial complex, and even the hateful divide it caused among the people.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:39 pm |
  148. athena, MI

    Most important issue? HUMANITY, Jack. Obama will restore our global admiration. He will reach across "countries". No more cocky Politicians!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  149. Winton from Alaska

    The single most important issue was the economy. A close second was the issue of tax cuts. McCain promised tax cuts but we all know those will only go to millionaires. He would retain the 'status quo' as far as middle class taxes go. Obama promised tax cuts for the middle class which is what we need. The trickle down 'Reaganomics' that McCain believes in just doesn't work. Nothing really trickles down and if it does it is just that, just a trickle.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  150. Sarah Louise

    Setting a time frame to end the wars we are in. The economy will bounce back as it always does but the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan won't end themselves.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:40 pm |
  151. Byron

    Iraq is an old dealt with issue. I would like to see people educate themselves on that issue.
    If people want to pay attention to what is happening, look at Pakistan or Afghanistan. Look at what each candidate has said their course of action may be in dealing with these places.
    Also, in the same area people should pay attention to how Iran and Israel interact... now that is a saga that may star WWIII.

    Also I think people need to take into account that the US is financially at risk. I am not old enough to know how or what the government did in the past, and maybe they will come up with some trick to fix the current problems, but it seems to me that the US is financially obligated to countries that may not have our best interests at hand.

    My question to the candidates would have been. If Israel attacks Iran, or if Iran attacked Israel (the latter seems more unlikely to me in the immediate future but maybe it's 50/50 the long term) then Obviously the US would be drawn in on the side of Israel. Next Russia may start to openly support Iran... then what?, what does China do? I think the US has an Ally with India, but who knows. and what about all the European countries? what happens to all the Money some of these countries have tied up with the US? what do the candidates see as a good way to keep this whole situation from happening (ie,, how to keep a lease on Israel and Iran)

    November 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  152. robert sulzer

    there isn't one single issue, because what has effected one has effected all. when will everyone realize that if one problem isn't dealt with the rest of the problems become greater.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  153. Dennis Chappel Oklahoma

    Comming up with a way to stop the lobbyist from running the country into the ground. They are the force that stops this country from fixing the problems of this country.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  154. Phil P. in NJ

    Jack, The Economy without question. Obama's plan for 5 million "green jobs" and his tax break proposal for the middle class making under 250K/yr not to mention his calm demeanor under fire convinced me Obama is the one.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  155. David,San Bernardino,CA.

    Get us the hell out of Iraq and Afghanistan!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:41 pm |
  156. Kevin ...................Boston

    I really do not want the absolute power of a Democratic Presiodent with a philabuster proof Congress and Senate. This "stacked deck" will only bring about more government, more taxes, more red tape, and will make our lifes more miserable. That to me trumps the economy, security, healthcare, etc.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  157. Maggie Muggins From Selwyn

    John McCain in his speeches stated numerous times he wouldn't be tested as President he would be testing other countries.

    This has scared the daylights out of the rest of the world as it sure comes across as more aggression and bullying from the U.S. without much of a chance for peaceful relations.

    While it might not be that important to most Americans but the world is sure hoping the voters choose intelligence over idiocy like they've done in the past couple of elections and the same clear choice is available today.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  158. Diane Glasser

    Health Care!! I am a nurse who is still active in nursing even after working 42 years full-time. My specialty is Pediatrics and NICU. I see what happens when newborns and children do not get proper healthcare coverage. It is America's future we are gambling with. If the young do not have a good healthy start they will become only followers not leaders. Our healthcare system is turning our children into future chronically ill adults who will have wasted their most productive years being treated for preventable illnesses.
    Let us work toward preventing illness and diseases instead of wasting our own precious resources that could be put to better use. It will save us money, and make Americans stronger leaders in our future world.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:42 pm |
  159. Raphael in New York

    Jack, the littering on the street - it really is the economy, but ask a stupid question, get a stupid answer.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  160. Jim, Kansas

    The war in Iraq was the only issue that got me out to vote. I feel that Obama will bring the troups home a little sooner than McCain.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  161. wally Ruehmann las vegas nv

    no more lies and scare tactics, and holding those that commit these wrongs accountable for there actions. to show we mean business, once Bush and Chaney step out of office jan 20th they must be put under arrest for committing war crimes, that cost thousands of lives and trillion"s. of dollars . period...no if's and "s or butt's. to let them off the hook, would mean we are all as guilty as them for not doing what is right and just.....

    November 4, 2008 at 2:43 pm |
  162. Tony from Torrington

    Our national security is the most important issue. Most people remember the attacks on the World Trade Center in 1998 and 2001, killing nearly 3,000 on 9/11/01. Another attack could be more devestating killing hundreds of thousands. Until that attack comes, other issues will be more important to most people, but after that attack, it will become the most important issue for all of us, especially those who will lose loved ones. Let's see what we do about it then under a new administration.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  163. Ray, Florida

    Jack,

    I want to feel proud of my president again!
    No matter who wins tonight.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  164. Marilyn from Louisiana

    Having a President that has vision and will be open and truthful to the American people. The most important (3) items are:

    1. Ending the war;
    2. The financial condition of the United States; and
    3. Health care.

    I am very impressed how Obama managed his people through this process. However, I am very concerned until the votes are counted.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  165. Marge in New Port Richey, Florida

    Surprisingly, it wasn't so much a particular issue but the way that Obama conducted himself throughout the past 2 years. I never saw him get riled or upset or angry but rather he was cool, calm and collected at all times. He surrounded himself with bright people who made good decisions regarding his campaign and when he didn't know something, he consulted experts rather than bluff his way through. He was always prepared and never got caught off guard. He will never embarrass our country and I will be extremely proud to have him represent us throughout the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  166. Dave Robson, Pawleys Island, SC

    Hi Jack; Here is something we all should think about.

    If a black man and a black woman had McCain’s and Palen’s records respectively including education ( nearly last in class) military (crashing planes) and work, would they have even made it through the primaries?

    November 4, 2008 at 2:44 pm |
  167. AndyZag Fairfax, VA

    How to deport 20+ million illegals. Should we contract the White House Travel Staff or are they still fired after Hillary's tantrum? If there is any type of amnesty, any shortcut to becoming a legal citizen, I swear by all that is Holy I will get all of the people in Europe and Asia that have waited for years and hit the government of the United States with the biggest class action lawsuit ever! Hispanics are not the only people trying to enter the United States.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:45 pm |
  168. John, Wheaton, MN

    Getting rid of George Bush and his croneys is the most important issue for me. The way Bush has taken the law into his own hands, while our relations around the world suffer, young women and men die in Iraq, and the middle class wonder where the next economic disaster will wipe us out, has infuriated me. We need someone who will respect the law, have compassion on the people, and provide real leadership!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  169. Yvonne, Michigan

    There are several issues that are most important to me, as we as a country find ourselves in the midst of a fire storm of turmoil, uncertainty and civil unrest abroad. To begin, the President must possess and demonstrate integrity, intellect and character becoming of the office of The President of the United States. We have seen what happens when we as a country are asleep at the voting booth and ignore these qualities in a candidate. Where the person stands on the issues that are having the greatest impact on the nation – The economy, Iraq and healthcare. Their ability to articulate a clear and concise solution to the looming problems that now plague this country but most importantly someone who wants the job and doesn't need the job. These are most important to me.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  170. Elle from Pullman, WA

    Health Care, hands-down.
    I run a small business and support my family of four. We had to search for our own health care and I can tell you for certain, our health care system STINKS. My whole family is healthy with no "pre-existing conditions", non-smokers, etc. and our premiums are ridiculous, even with higher deductibles. I had to pay for the birth of my last baby completely out of pocket. Our healthcare company doesn't cover preventive care for my children (which to me seems odd? Prevent now and we stay healthy longer, right?), so if any of us get sick, it's almost as if HAVING health care coverage doesn't even matter. We pay for everything anyway.
    This has been the #1 issue for me from the beginning and Obama's plan makes much more sense for my family than McCain, so he's got my vote today.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  171. Vi

    Jack: The economy and health care. I do have medicare and supplemental coverage, but it is costing me a fortune to keep it – the premiums are so high. I just do not want to see John McCain or Sarah Palin again – their negative advertising and slimy rallies have become too much for me to swallow. It is time for Barack Obama and Joe Biden to bring America back home to all of us with the respect we deserve.. God Bless Obama and Biden. Good Luck – we need you both.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  172. Rich McCabe

    The Middle Class tax cut isthe most important issue. This will create some improvement of disposable income for the majority ot our citizens wit some consistancy. Creating more financial purchasing transactions and savings opportunities while returning the higher tax rates to pay for it. Improvment in disposable income will allow business to return to rehiring and expansion to end the recessionand all will pay taxes creating revenue to help pay down our debt . This is not socialism but a return to sound economic tax policy.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:46 pm |
  173. karen-phoenix

    I'm a 64 year old republican in AZ and totally disgusted with the viel robo calls I received!!!! Yes, I voted for Obama/Biden!!
    The republican party is a mess!!! It has become the party of the radical right wing evangelicals and skinheads. NO ONE has any kind of education!!! Obama is a magnum cum laudi graduate in foreign affairs and finnance and a masters(magnum also) in constitutional law!!! AND HE worked his way up from an average middle class family! Biden the same. This is what the republicans need to look for! Someone who is EDUCATED, smart and middle America!!! NOT born with a silver spoon and millions!!! Forign affairs, finnance and restoring our constitution will get us out of this mess we are in and give us a better world opinion!!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  174. John Pellegrino

    You people at CNN will really be happy when this used car salesman
    Obama gets in. You are typical American voters that elected that other guy ,four years ago. You really go for that line this guy is selling,just like sheep. God Bless America, someday We might get a good President

    November 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  175. LM from Fayetteville, NC

    The economic standing of our great country ................ which involves the Iraq War, the stock market, the bail-out of the Republicans and their friends, the strength of our banks, the status of the real estate problems with the worth of homes and the enormous foreclosure problems, the solvency of our large cities, the price of gas, the price of food, and on-and on – – – – – – AND WHATEVER ELSE WILL COME UP TO BITE US FINANCIALLY.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:47 pm |
  176. Jim in Washington

    Honesty Jack just honesty.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  177. Kathy from Chicago

    Jack,

    I use to think I was a conservative but then Hurricane Katrina came along and I saw what our government did not do. Then the economy. I have been watching Obama for awhile.This country needs a change that I believe this man can bring. Our country is in a mess. I am so looking forward to tonight, a new day tomorrow and a new CHANGE for our country.

    Kathy

    November 4, 2008 at 2:48 pm |
  178. Terrence , NC

    Jack, the first and most pressing issue is leadership of our country. I am so tired of the arrogance, the manipulation of the public, and the constant failure of government policy at our expense. I do not want my children to fight in a foolish war, nor do I want to pay for it. I do not want to pay for a government bailout of large corporations and their CEO's golden parachutes nor shoulder the an unfair burden taxes. Enough is enough. Fool me once shame on you...Fool me twice shame on me.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  179. Ayyub Ad Deen Springfield MA

    The most important issue for me is Palestine, so when I heard Barack Obama say that no one has suffered more than the Palistinian people, I had hope that at the least a real chance would be given to the Palesinian people to get their land back and their lives back. LONG LIVE PALESTINE!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  180. Lois Bovingdon Camp

    Jack -
    While domestic issues are certainly important, I believe the over-
    riding issue is international relationships. Statesmanship. Obama
    has it; McCain's mind-set is 'us and them'.
    Lois Camp
    Mountain Brook, Al

    November 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  181. Charla in De Kalb, Texas

    Healthcare is my personal issue. I work for a privately owned not-for-profit EMS provider. (Ambulance service). 80% of the patients we carry to the ER are for non-emergency issues that could be easily treated by a physician or clinic, but these people can't go because they either aren't insured or do not have the deductible/co-pay, cannot qualify for Medicare/Medicaid, and they have no other choice. So they take the ambulance to the already overcrowded ER for guaranteed treatment. For our services we rarely see payment, which in turn causes there to be little or no payraise at the end of the year and little capital for improvement of our service, which in turn again forces us to raise the charges for the insured patients hundreds of dollars to make up for those who are unable to pay. Even under a universal healthcare system, if our rates were reduced to a mandated minimum, the guaranteed payment for our services per trip would put our company in the black every single year. I'm sure the effect would be the same for all medical providers.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  182. Andrew

    the most important issue to me is to remove the regime that has screwed everything up. I rarely use words like every as they include so much, but I do mean it here

    November 4, 2008 at 2:49 pm |
  183. Hashim In Indiana

    Jack...

    My #1 issue this election was that there BE another Morning In America...a morning under the leadership of President Barack Obama.

    America IS back, Jack.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:50 pm |
  184. Debora I from Nauvoo, IL

    All your issues are important but what drew me to Barak Obama was his insistence on inclusion. I am sick to death of vicious people trying to tell me that I am not really an American. I am tired of religious fanatics who believe their faith is the only true faith, and that their ways are the ways of God. We Americans believe in freedom of speech and belief for ourselves, not the right to tell everyone else what to think or believe. Our greatness as a nation comes from the strength of our differences added together, to make us one nation.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  185. Tom in Desoto, TX

    The economy. Only Obama can do that. McCain is on record saying he doesn't know much about economics.... This is the same reason that people who are, unfortunately, blind are not allowed to have a driver's license.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  186. Dave, Brooklyn, NY

    There is no single issue for me. If you have to say just one it would be no less than the survival of the United States as we have known it prior to 2000. That means getting out of sensless wars, not bailing out billionaires, fixing the economy, bringing back real well paying jobs and getting a decent healthcare system in place. Did I leave anything out? Oh yes, prosecute all the criminals and traitors in the Bush administration to the fullest extent of the law, with life terms and firing squads – still too good for what the did to the country that I love.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:51 pm |
  187. Jim/Greensboro

    My main issue was honesty and integrity. For once in my lifetime (I am 62), I would like to embrace politicians that tell us the truth. This election process was no different. Both candidates will distort the truth in the future and Amercan loses, again. Am I wrong?

    November 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  188. Howard M. Bolingbrook IL

    Getting the economy back on track and getting our troops out of Iraq.
    Then Health care for all.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  189. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Developing clean energy would solve a lot of our problems right now. Unemployment is rising, energy costs are rising, the temperature of the Earth is rising. Clean energy would create new jobs, lower energy costs, cut back on pollution, and who knows, if we invaded Iraq for oil, clean energy could even end that war. Fortunately, both candidates are for it, I hope they're not blowing smoke.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:52 pm |
  190. Scott - Wichita, Kansas

    The war on terror. We've seen very little economic impact out here, house prices went up, and Iraq is looking better than ever. Now we need to concentrate on how well the sanctions and diplomacy have worked so far in North Korea, and use those lessons on the other state sponsers of terror. We also need to re-focus on Afghanistan. The market will recover, it always does. What America needs to do is turn off the TV's and start seeing the world by themselves and not through the foggy, apocalyptic lens of the media.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  191. Kim - Blair, Nebraska

    The economy is a huge issue to most. The war, healthcare issues, government corruption all contribute to the mess with the economy.

    A tangled web indeed!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:53 pm |
  192. James in San Diego

    Ending years of Darkness and Hopelessness under Republican rule.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  193. nelson

    The E-C-O-N-O-M-Y !!! We are broke and without money "the
    fat lady" won't even sing.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  194. AndyZag Fairfax, VA

    The most important issue Part II. Find out how much George W. Bush has borrowed from other countries. I have heard and read figures from 20 Trillion to 40 trillion. Where in the Constitution of the United States does it give the head of the Executive Branch the power to commit to these loans? Can Bush be tried and executed for treason? He has singlehandedly destroyed our country and forced us into debtor nation status.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  195. Kevin in Dallas, TX

    Developing clean energy would solve a lot of our problems right now. Unemployment is rising, energy costs are rising, the temperature of the Earth is rising. Clean energy would create new jobs, lower energy costs, cut back on pollution, and who knows, if we invaded Iraq for oil, clean energy could even end that war. Fortunately, both candidates are for it, I hope they're not blowing smoke.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:54 pm |
  196. Jack Goode

    Not only do you have voting machines that do not allow for a recount and are vulnerable to tampering but it looks like you let the voters in the West know how the voters in East have voted before they cast their votes. It's no wonder you get stuck with the Bush and Nixon Presidents. It's unbelievable and scary because you guys have most of the WMDs and we are right next door.

    Jack, Penticton, Canada–250 809-7263

    November 4, 2008 at 2:55 pm |
  197. Susan Pittsburgh, PA

    So many issues – healthcare, the economy, jobs..all at the top of my list. But Senator Obama gave me hope that we could work together to solve all the issues. The hope and inspiration is why I voted for him. He speaks from his heart. You don't get that very often. I truly believe he will change the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:56 pm |
  198. Melanie in IA

    The economy and the war are tied as most important to me. Stop spending all of this money on Iraq, lets spend the money repairing our collapsing bridges and deteriorating roads. This would put millions of dollars back into the US economy into the hands of the middle class construction worker. Lets give trickle up a try.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  199. Janice Illinois

    Our beloved soldiers, I want them home yesterday and I want no more war with anybody for any reaason ever.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  200. V.K. Raman

    Economy is my priority. Job creation is no.1 in the priority.

    At 72 years John McCain did not learn the basic lesson how to moisten the envelope at the voting booth. He licked to moisten. What kind of message is he passing on to the younger generation by licking the envelope. Those who are counting the ballots in Arizona must wash their hands before and after to avoid spreading of bacteria. Cindy also followed her husband in this. Shameful!

    November 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  201. JD in NC

    To be honest, I'm not a one-issue voter. Things are to tough and complicated these days to let myself be manipulated by one issue, regardless of how passionate I am about it. I voted based on who has demonstrated the most leadership these past 2 years. I loved McCain eight years ago, but he's given up his convictions to the Rove-campaign machine. Obama, on the other hand, came out of nowhere and didn't just play the game, he changed it. That kind of vision matters to me.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:57 pm |
  202. Lynn

    My number one issue is that our elected members of goverment stop listening to the lobbists and start listing to US!!!!.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  203. Doris Ewing

    Dear Jack,
    As we await the election results our family is also waiting for a new grand daughter to be born. The issues most people have named are very important but I think the future of our county in the world was on the ballot today. It is the young who the election will effect, the ones who may not have to go to war, the ones who may choose to serve in the Peace Corps, the ones who see Barrack Obama as a role model, the ones who will choose to give instead of take, the ones who may choose to make this world a better place! God Bless and Protect America and freedom..

    November 4, 2008 at 2:58 pm |
  204. Christine, Baltimore

    The economy is top of mind. My pocketbook is part of everything I do each. But, who are we as a nation when our husbands, brothers, sons and daughters are far away fighting an unjust war in Iraq and that isn't our main concern? Mr. President, whoever you may be come tonight, end the war in Iraq! We owe it to our troops, their families and the American electorate.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  205. Sonoran Desert DT

    Iraq+ Economy. The wasteful GOP and neocon spending and fiscal irresponsibiltiy has created these 2 combined gaping wounds in our national infrastructure. This has radically compromised our nation and its security. You can't exercise a "borrow and waste" form of governance forever like Bush and his rupperstamp GOP congress did and think that there would never be a price to be paid.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  206. Theresa in the Bahamas

    Jack, I live in the Bahamas and we have a saying here that when americans blow their nose we catch a cold, so the most important thing for us is the ecomomy, we have confidence in Barack Obama once he is elected, he will select the right team to bring us out of this hold that George of the Jungle has created.

    November 4, 2008 at 2:59 pm |
  207. Landor Maiar from Sweden

    Environment. It´s the biggest issue for me. Frankly i feel US is a bit behind and would like to see some change.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  208. Hope in Dallas Texas

    not having mccain elected!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  209. Babbs Cazadero, CA

    The most important issue is the economy. Whichever candidate wins will have a big mess to clean up, and today I voted for the man who I trust will deal with it most effectively. America is such a great nation; we just need some brilliant leadership right now and Obama is the man for the job.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  210. Norah of Ocala, FL

    Jack, the most important issue to me is the removal of anyone remotely resembling any member of the Bush-Cheney regime. We've had eight years of stupid and corrupt and I'm sick of it.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:01 pm |
  211. Terry of Iowa

    Energy, to be specific, energy independence and renewable energy investment; it is the single issue that drives most all others.

    Economy with lower fuel costs & new jobs

    National Security, simply by being independent and making the Middle East less relevant

    Environment; reduction of green house gasses

    Healthcare; reduction of CO2 and other harmful pollutions into the environment

    But I voted for Barack Obama for better reasons. He's visionary, he's inspiring, he’s a uniter, he’s intelligent, he’s calculating and thoughtful, he’s everything we have lacked these last eight years and what I just don’t see in John McCain.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:02 pm |
  212. Helloamerica

    Economy is most important. My husband and I are retired and our 401k has taken a major hit. We were in very conservative mutual funds, stocks and cds.

    Second, we need to reunite our country. We can not have this us against them mentallity. We are all real Americans, from our big cities to our small rural areas. Those that are Republican, Democrats, and Independents need to be considered "Americans".

    November 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  213. Dennis North Carolina

    The fate of our country in the future both in economy and war.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  214. Natalie

    Today I overheard an elderly gentleman talking about Medicaid and how it doesn't cover all expenses and I started to cry. Health care is the most important issue for all ages. We can't have a healthy economy or nation without national health care. It's a right!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:03 pm |
  215. Justin

    To be honest, I’m not a one-issue voter. Things are to tough and complicated these days to let myself be manipulated by one issue, regardless of how passionate I am about it. I voted based on who has demonstrated the most leadership these past 2 years. I loved McCain eight years ago, but he’s given up his convictions to the Rove-campaign machine. Obama, on the other hand, came out of nowhere and didn’t just play the game, he changed it. That kind of vision matters to me.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:04 pm |
  216. Sharon, King George VA

    After a lifetime of following my military husband, moving around the country and working in different professional jobs, I realize the importance of equal pay for equal work. Because I am a female and "my husband has a job" I was always paid less than my male counterparts. I could complain and loose my job or suck it up–maybe the Democrats will get it right on this issue. Hope springs eternal.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  217. voter in Kansas

    Issues are interconnected, aren"t they? Global warming/clean energy is the most important issue on the planet. Iraq war is still a major issue for me. The economy comes in a close third. The disgraceful medical system ties for third. They are all important for peace, for survival, and for justice.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  218. Don (Ottawa)

    Jack; while domestic issues, foreign policy, the economy, education, security, health care, two wars, bailouts, meltdowns and energy dependency are all important, it's responsibile leadership that is most important. When morality is replaced by greed and corruption, all manner of problems follow, as we have seen.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  219. Chuck in Sheboygan, WI.

    Restoring our good image with the rest of the world is number one in my mind. If people didn't hate us so much we wouldn't have to spend billions of dollars on extremely questionable military actions, we wouldn't have terrorists trying to kill us at every opportunity, and we could instead concentrate on energy issues, health-care issues, education issues and social security issues.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:05 pm |
  220. Fred T. Black/Detroit

    Rebuilding America's economy. Not by bank and financial institution bailouts, but by programs that put Americans back to work. That is an economic stimulus package.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:07 pm |
  221. Charlie (Bethpage, NY)

    For me, it is to make America a respected leader in the world again. The economy is cyclical..and will come back strong...but respect and being a leader in the world is something that will require lots of work and a different course of action than we have seen over the past 8 years.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:08 pm |
  222. Susan in Ohio

    Being a 60-year-old white woman, universal health care for all Americans is my personal top issue. I know Obama will deliver that to us.

    But that aside, I am so proud that American is FINALLY putting its money where its mouth is by (hopefully) electing the first African-American to the presidency. It is not just a great day for people of color, but for all of us!!!

    Susan v.
    Mansfield, Ohio

    November 4, 2008 at 3:09 pm |
  223. Kath Fort Myers, Fl

    Restoring unity, credibility and some element of trust to our government and to our standing in the world. This begins with our president. If we can begin with this, I think the other issues will become managable.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  224. Terri Jacobson

    Jack, the most important thing to me is the chance for our country to regain the self-respect and the international standing that we deserve and that we have had in the past.. When the American people work together, with good leadership, we can and will solve the problems of the economy, energy, Iraq, and all the other things we have on our plate. We again can be the shining city on the hill. The whold world is watching.

    Terri
    Cincinnati

    November 4, 2008 at 3:12 pm |
  225. Maurice - Two Rivers, WI

    Fix my 401K.

    Maurice
    Two Rivers, WI

    November 4, 2008 at 3:13 pm |
  226. Cathy in FLORIDA for Obama

    The WAR in Iraq

    We are spending, at least, $10 BILLION Dollars a Month in Iraq, when we could be using that to fund our schools, pave our roads, give our Teachers a Raise, etc.

    Besides, WAR IS NOT PRO-LIFE!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:15 pm |
  227. Linda G.

    Having a president who has integrity, smarts, and compassion for others. If we can have that, everything else will fall into place.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:16 pm |
  228. Allen L. Wenger

    Getting as many Republicans out of office as possible.

    Allen
    Mountain Home ID

    November 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  229. JoLynn in Illinois

    Hi Jack,

    The most important issue is electing a president with the intelligence to be able to listen, learn, and lead in a way that brings our country back to being a country that represents integrity, freedom, and opportunity for all. Hopefully, Barack Obama can straighten out the mess that President Bush has made out our reputation, our economy, and our constitution.
    President Obama has one of the toughest jobs facing him since any president since FDR. Let's hope that he can bring this country back to what it was previous to 2000 and can be in the future.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  230. FRESHLOOK

    The economy is most important to me. Obama stated in specific terms what he would do as President to turn things around.

    All I hear from the Mcain camp is "We will win the election " as well as a lot of hard mudslinging at Obama on the Tv and internet.. No specific terms on how he plans to turn the economy around. As a Bush follower Mcain does not strike me as a leader of men. There are plenty of good men who served this country and were hurt in conflict. That does not make them leader material.

    With regards to Sara Palin– Anyone who can not remember what magazines she reads or believes that Russians are flying over Alaska should have her head examined. Her press interviews confirm that fact.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  231. Alan, Buxton Maine

    The most important issue to me was and is honesty and integrity in our government. With those qualities I would have confidence that all other problems would be addressed effectively. The last eight years have been a nightmare. I just hope the Democrats do not follow the same path of destruction that the Republicans have chosen.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  232. Peter Fern Park, Fla.

    Some states have a winner-take-all electoral vote. Some states apportion their electoral votes according to who won how much.
    However it's done should be the same accross the board. If we can't go to popular vote I would like to see approtioned votes. It would more accurately reflect the popular vote.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  233. Jeff

    The #1 issue on my mind is marriage and family. If we don’t protect the American family from the forces that are threatening to destroy it, nothing else is going to matter. You can throw all the trillions of dollars you want at our problems, but the root of almost every one of our problems is the same: the sorry state of our citizens.

    Fix the American family, and you fix the American people. Fix the American people, and you fix America.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:18 pm |
  234. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Jack, it is all about intelligence to me: Intelligence to handle crisis in the economy, in foreign affairs and domestic tragedy when it happens at home. During the onset of the fiscal crisis, Senator McCain proved that he lacked the intelligence to deal with the Wall Street issues, while Senator Obama took the time to understand it and asked questions to subject matter experts before laying out any positions. Hence, my wife and I both voted for Senator Obama in 2008.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:19 pm |
  235. normivey

    The most important issue for me is getting a president with some morals, sense and ideas. After that, energy. The strategies for addressing our energy needs will adress so many of our other needs as well–the economy, our global standing, climate change, the wars. Today matters.

    Norm in Columbia, SC

    November 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  236. Don (Ottawa)

    The most important issue is having a government that is of the people, by the people and for the people.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  237. Susan Reynolds

    The most important issue for me was the character of the man. After eight years suffering from a lack of intelligence in the Oval office, I wanted the candidate who displayed the most intelligence and integrity. We need a brilliant president who has the kind of global view that Bill Clinton possesses, and Barack Obama met all of my expectations in that regard. He is brilliant and inspired and compassionate and a visionary. America is very lucky that he has been bold enough, and brave enough, to step forward to serve our country. He has the ability to truly bring us all together and to marshal our talent. I hope he seizes the moment and inspires all Americans to once again ask what we can do for our country. Having someone we can greatly admire will be such a breath of fresh air. Thank you Barack Obama, thank you, thank you, thank you!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:20 pm |
  238. Kerry-Ann

    Healthcare is the most important thing to me right now followed by the economy. My husband has a chronic illness and without health insurance we would not be able to afford his medications that cost over $500 monthly. Universal healthcare is needed!! Canada has it, why not America? Its a shame that we live in the wealthiest country in the world and millions of its citizens are without healthcare. Change and a new direction is needed!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  239. Murf, Jackson, NJ

    Ending the war.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  240. Siraj

    The most important issue is to have an Intelligent president. This is far more important than any other issues. An intelligent president will use his brains to make good decisions for our country. You need someone who can listen, weigh the consequences and make decisions that unites us with the rest of the world. I travel a lot and I've seen how we've been portrayed negatively around the world. We cannot have another four years of Bush policies!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  241. Alex Harris

    The Economy by far seems to be the biggest impacting factor here in the United States. Let's face fact, the war is far removed from our land. Sure, it has it's effects, just ask the families of the military members involved, but even then there is still a sense of detatchment in the air. How can we solve another nations problems if we turn a blind eye to the problems of our own nation? Perhaps we bit off more than we can chew?

    November 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  242. Jackie in Dallas

    As always, the economy. Without a viable economy, healthcare issues, security issues, all other issues are impossible to deal with.

    Most important goal of the new President, whoever he may be, working with not only economic experts here in the US, but around the world, to resolve to worldwide economy troubles. We cannot remain isolationists...there is too much interconnectivity between Europe, Asia, South America, Africa, and all population centers around the world for a problem in the economic world to remain local.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  243. Dee in Florida

    Since my husband has been out of work for about 5 months, and since we are spending our savings just to maintain, of course the economy is the [rimary issue.

    The Republicans have done NOTHING for us, and we are tire of not having a slice of the pie!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:21 pm |
  244. Barb New Port Richey Fl

    The most important issue to me is that finally, Americans have said "enough" and are turning out in mass to exercise their right to vote. Now; maybe, just maybe we can once again lead by example and restore the respect we have lost.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  245. W B in Las Vegas

    Jack,

    "it's the economy, stupid" because without a strong economy nothing ELSE can be done. it effects our ability to PAY for our national security, social programs, rebuilding infrastructure and the very value of our money.

    it ALL starts with a strong American economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:22 pm |
  246. Louise L.Gallone

    Jack, what concerns me now is being able to hold an election without so many irregularities: malfunctioning machines, overcrowded polling places, challenges to a rightful voter's status, etc.etc.

    Louise IN

    November 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  247. Kevin Lunenburg MA.

    It's hard to pick out one thing but I think that we need to restore the image of America as a leader in the world after 8 years of a terrible foriegn policy. We need a domestic policy that gives us working stiffs a fair chance. I don't want much just an even shot at supporting my family. The drug companies and oil companies can take care of themselves. I'd like to see a governance by leadership not intimidation. We don't need "freedom fries" or "for us or against us". Lastly I like to see a president that is intelligent. We tried the other way and look what that got us.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:23 pm |
  248. Tim Covey Clyde, Oh

    I think the economics issue is probably the most important, people can barely live on the way its running right now, and McCain hasn't really said how he is gonna change it at all? Give me a break, at least one of the candidates care about the middle class

    November 4, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  249. Lavine

    Hi Jack,
    Although there hasn't been much discussion...EDUCATION and the disparities between public schools in certain regions is the most important issue to me. Yes the economy, war, healthcare are important, howevr there is no future or hope for these issues if we do not address the hopelessness in our schools systems for the disenfrancised.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:24 pm |
  250. Tyne from Boulder, Colorado

    The economy is obviously important to us all, but I think that it is important to look to our foreign affairs because our interaction with the world impacts our economy at home. We need to end the war in Iraq, gain energy independence, and patch up our forein relations before we can really fix what's hurt at home.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  251. Deborah in Florida

    Dignity
    We have allowed ourselves to be portrayed to the world as selfish, uneducated, and bullish by the leaders we elected to represent us on the world stage. We need to bring dignity back into our leadership roles and get back to the place where we can be proud to say "I am an American." With the right people at the helm such problems as education, health care and the economy will be addressed by a bipartisan "what's best for the country" mindset. I hope the electorates get it this time, WE'RE the ones in charge and unless you offer dignity, respect for your fellow man and fiscal responsibility you will be sent home swiftly at the first opportunity. WE are the shareholders now, we get it and we're not going to forget it, now we are in the process of selecting our CEO to protect our interests, our children, our community and most of all OUR FUTURE.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:27 pm |
  252. jim (FL)

    I know most people are saying the economy, healthcare, the war etc. but integrity is the most important issue to me. With integrity, I believe all the other issues are covered. Gobama!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:28 pm |
  253. Susan from Georgia

    The most important issue today is to elect Barack Obama and Joe Biden!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  254. Doug in Minneapolis

    The single issue most important to me is change. Change from the "totalitarian" rule we have suffered from in the last 8 years. It nearly destroyed all we stand for as Americans. Obama promises that kind of change, McCain never could quite figure out where he stood.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:29 pm |
  255. Cori from Colorado

    An issue annoying me is this: I don't want to hear anything more about that annoying "Joe the Plumber". He's not rich, he's not even a licensed plumber for goodness sake!!! He is just as poor as me, and I can't understand why he wouldn't want tax relief, or want to see poor Americans get the help they need!

    He's voting for someone who's going to give the rich tax cuts, and condemn the poor. He's so feeble minded that he's actually taken the bait, hook line and sinker! Joe is such a joke. I'm so SICK AND TIRED of seeing his face on T.V. and seeing the McPalin campaign drag him everywhere. He's not running for president, so who cares!!!! Get him off TV!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  256. Doug in New Mexico

    To tell the truth, I am concerned that no matter who wins the election and by how much that the country is split and angry. There have been, and continues to be lots of just plaint vituperation and nasty spite and hate on various blogs. Bush, Hillary, McCain and Palin have taken things to new heights and I don't think that we are going to recover from it soon. It is just too bad. If we can't get it together then we will just lose the country.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  257. alix ny

    The Economy, and making sure Obama/ Biden get elected.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  258. April P.

    Being a military wife, if you asked me 3 months ago, I would have said Iraq. Now though with the reality of my husband not re-enlisting, we are about to venture out of our "military bubble" for the first time in our marriage. The current situation with the economy scares me about our future. If McCain is elected I don't know if I trust our future and our children's future, in the hands of Mcain and his joke of a VP pick. Obama I feel, is our only hope.
    Ramstein AB Germany

    November 4, 2008 at 3:30 pm |
  259. John Vann

    I am an African-American male, 70 years old, born in Arkansas, raised in Illinois and grew up in New York. I am employed as a Maintenance Controller and I earn over $125,000.00 a year. I have traveled to Africa, Europe and Asia. I am proud to be an American. I am called a Black Man, I am a Black Man and I am going to stay a Black Man. It is time to get over the race issue. Grow up America. Its time to really change.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  260. IrishCal

    Hi Jack –

    The Iraq War is number one on my list. Actually, it's the only thing on my list – along with electing Senator Obama, of course!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  261. Adie Boudreau

    Hi Jack, I still have a 2 quest. I. Where is Palin's new granbaby? Isn't it time forit to be born?????? 2. Whatis her attitude on "Don't Ask-Don't Tell-DADT?? She is so anti everything, esp, gays. It could be a gay Med Teck that saves her son's life, then what.?? Think it would change her biased view of the kids in military. I was an Air Force RN in Vietnam and I KNOW!!!!! Addie, Beaumont,, CA

    November 4, 2008 at 3:31 pm |
  262. The Egan Morley Family

    For the past 21 months, our little family have been staying up to watch the results of the primaries and now the time has finally come to watch the election. If Obama is elected, our faith in the US as the land of hope will be re-ignited. As the excitement mounts, we hope that our little 3 year old son will grow up in a world free of war, which acknowledges difference and where he can achieve his potential. The Bush years have tarnished the US, a vote for the type of change Obama is pushing could be its redemption.

    The Egan Morley Family
    Cork, Ireland

    November 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  263. Greg Spence

    It's not that simple Jack, I want the package deal! I want to reverse the entire course of following policies that we know don't work. I want a fair taxation and a balanced budget Amendment. I want a plan for retiring our long-term debt. I just want a government that addresses the real issues with real answers. I think that will do more to bolster our economy more than all the MBAs at Harvard. I know it's a lot, but it's a package deal and I want the whole package!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  264. Mansfield Kimbro

    Jack, I voted earlier today in San Carlos, Ca, no ID needed, no long lines, no hassles on a machine that provided a paper copy. After hearing and seeing all the hassles that my family in Ohio and Florida constantly go through, it is my belief that the systems are set up for failure, to keep Democratic vote down. We should have a national uniform standards/machines that all states can use, making this, the most important responsibility of the citizenry easier!

    Also, spending time at the Obama campaign headquarters, some would be amazed at the diversity and excitement of people volunteering to call battle ground states. There should be no way, Obama can lose this election??? Mansfield

    November 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  265. Fidel from AZ

    Jack, with a strong economy, the country can again be the leader in the world, can sustain its humanitarian effort globally and maintain its homeland defense.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  266. Rex in Portland, Ore.

    By far and away the most important issue in this election is getting rid of the thieves, liars, and incompetence in the executivve branch of the government. That means the Bush administration, if I haven't made my point. No sense in replacing it with McCain, either, as he is more of the same.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  267. David Oh

    No election can ever be distilled into just one issue – there are simply too many problems at any given time. What this election should be about is electing the most qualified, capable leaders who we can trust to understand complex issues and make the right choices for us rather than choosing candidates who proudly proclaim "we're average and mediocre like you, vote for us." That's how we ended up with the current President, remember?

    David
    New York, NY

    November 4, 2008 at 3:32 pm |
  268. Doris/St. Louis, MO

    The sad and illegal war in Iraq is most important to me! I made this same statement in 2003!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  269. Marla from Florida

    The most important issue for me is the economy. I have watched my income slip away over the last eight years. I also have seen many small businesses go out. It was not do to high taxes because many of them did not make the money to hardly make a living for themselves. They watched their businesses dry up as more and more people became unemployed. The only candidate for president even talking about doing anything is Obama. McCain has been on the tax speech. Who cares what your taxes are when you do not have a job? I sure don't want to watch the rich get another hand out from the government while I watch the working class men and women of my town close up their businesses. The Republican policies did not save their business, their policies helped weaken the families who tried to live their dream . I have been alive too long to watch the cycles between the Republican free enterprise system and the Democrats focus on job creation and communities. I will take the democrats everytime. I like having a job and I have always done better with them in office.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  270. Jeanine

    Trusting our government again. We have been lied to for so long that it will take some time to build the trust we need in our leaders. With Obama, I feel he will build that trust with the "little people" like me, much faster than McCain could.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:33 pm |
  271. David Osborne

    OIL !!!! What's to happen to the price??? ...starting tomorrow?

    November 4, 2008 at 3:34 pm |
  272. Conor in Chicago

    Top issue for me? Palin. Pure and simple. No Palin. We've had enough problems with Bush these last 8 years the last thing I want to do is follow that up with is a VP and potential President who thinks dinosaurs were here 4,000 years ago.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  273. Andrew from Los Angeles

    The important issue to me is seeing Americans take an interest in their governance. After years and years of slumping turnout and rising voter apathy, it's a relief to see lines at polling places and millions of people voting early. No matter how elated or frustrated I may be after the results are in, I can at least take a little pride in the fact that, for once, Americans care.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:35 pm |
  274. Dan in Tucson

    The war in iraq or should I call it The Greed in Iraq. We can't afford the lives, money, or distraction anymore. This was not a big campaign issue, but it should have been since the war was the ultimate cause for all our troubles today. It is very clear that McCain, or should I call him McWar would not change anything. He claims we need to win the war. Win what from who? The Iraqi people and government are not our enemies. Never have been. Lets stop getting into other countries pockets. And please stay out of mine.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  275. Janice, Aberdeen, SD

    Restoring the integrity of the Presidency. We've literally had a "king" president who thought the Constitution was optional for him.

    We can't make progress on anything without a government that is open and has integrity to follow the rule of law – not make up the rule of law as they go.

    And by the way -....I know that early polling from our most conservative nursing home that always votes Republican here in Aberdeen, SD, that they have split 50/50 for Obama/McCain.

    If that's the way things are shaping up with the older folks on the prairie – McCain McSame will have a long night!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  276. Tom - Las Vegas, Nevada

    Labor, it goes along with economics but is a separate issue. The tables have been tilted against the working men and women in this country for too long. It's time for that to change so that we can rebuild the middle class once again.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  277. lynnej

    The most important thing for me is a tie for two things, healthcare and the need for the United States Government to continue meddling in other country's business.

    There is no need for this to be the richest country in the world and people can't have adequate access for healthcare. That is life. If you don't get healthcare, you die.

    Learn to respect other countries. Stop going over there and trying to tell them what to do. You're not going to get those folks to do stuff by bullying, talking down and meddling. You don't have to agree with everything they do, but you have to respect them.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:36 pm |
  278. Paula (Indiana)

    I want someone to finally committ to ending the war (occupation) of Iraq. If we'd stop spending so much on a no-win war, we'd have the resources to invest in our own country.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  279. Bill from Medford, NJ

    Nationally, it was probably one of the ones you named, Jack, so much has happened in the past year I actually don't remember now.

    Personally, though, back then it was the same issue as the one I addressed in the voting booth this morning: electing a Democratic president and supporting or building the Democratic majorities in Congress.

    Some issues stand the test of time.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:37 pm |
  280. Frances Ann

    We need a complete u-turn from where the Republicans has taken our country these past 8 years. We need a President that is truly intellectual,knows how to listen and will be honest with us. We can't get anything done to restore our country until we vote someone like this in. The only one that fits the bill is Obama.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  281. Marie Canada

    Well Jack if you had a law that stated to run for President you have to take an IQ test and at least measure up to normal. Had this been in place prior to 2000 you would likely be in much better shape then you are today.

    The other great aspect of this kind of law would be not having to put up with Sara Palin for the past couple of months as she would never pass the test.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:38 pm |
  282. Gil from El Cerrito, CA

    In this campaign, the single most important issue to me is the economy. Particularly the non-regulation of the financial markets and the banking sector. A close second is healthcare. Three fourths of our society is un-insured or under insured. In this category I should include the impending Social Security disaster.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  283. Omar Subotic (Texas)

    Jack,

    Most import issue for me right now personally is, Sarah Palin going back to Alaska and staying there.

    You think she can see the white house from there??

    November 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  284. Mark Cherr Hill, NJ

    I am a conservative by nature but the last 7 years the conservative position has been taken over by a set of Republicans that favor large corporations – not the small business owners. The tax structure has all turned around and with contibutions to FICA, the Republicans have lost me. Economics now drive me to the Democrats. I don't believe it will much better with Obama but at least he is intelligent and has his concentration in improving the situation in the U.S. and not some large corporations' pockets.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  285. Ron in Oregon

    For me, it's integrity. The US has lost it's integrity in the world, politicians have lost integrity among the voters, our once solid financial system has lost integrity to and for all of us. We were once the most valued and respected country on the face of the earth. We can be again.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  286. Geoffrey Feldman in Lowell, MA

    You know what? All of them. Economy, Energy, Health care, Education, Drop one out of the equation and the others fall apart. We have to get it all done. I guess the big issue for me is the well being of the American People.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:39 pm |
  287. leroy

    My issue is about sarah palin, she makes comments about how she has made Alaska better, have her try running detriot, or chicago. A city that do not have the resource, an Alaska have, nor do Alaska have the crime, poverty those citys have. So have her work with issues like those, before she start claiming how great she is.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  288. Page Sausman

    Civil Liberties achieved: Gay Marriage legalized across the map and overturn Don't Ask Don't Tell.
    Page in Boise,Idaho

    November 4, 2008 at 3:40 pm |
  289. Ken-Long Island

    The single most important issue to me was the tone of political dialogue in this country. Bush ran as a "compassionate conservative," but it wasn't long before he retrenched as a Neo-Conservative and deepened the schism between the right and the left. Republicans are fond of saying that America is a center-right country. I don't know what figures they are looking at. Maybe tonight may change their perspective. But the lurch to the left is undeniable and the principle reason is the Republicans themselves. They abandoned their own principles, bankrupted the country and now the government has become the provider of last resort. The "Fairness Doctrine" is the most significant piece of legislation the new government can pass, eliminating the one sided pandering to racism, hate and fear. Two-sided arguments conducted in a civil tone is a way out of this mess, and Barak Obama is the perfect leader to put this into effect.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  290. Louise from Fl

    The right to life is the most important issue to me. I still had to vote across party lines. I just pray that Obama will put funds into education of birth control and abstinence since he is pro-choice. What a country we have. When the issues that most affect the heart have to be put on the back burner because the pro-life candidate is unacceptable. I hope I am not too nieve to believe Obama is the right choice in benefiting our children when he is president.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  291. Terri, Canada

    If I may say so, it would seem that getting your federal election system standardized so everybody is on the same page and free of all the rogue fingers that seem to be able to get at it. It's being done in other countries, so there's no reason the people of the US can't have a bit more control.

    It's far too important.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  292. Bob H Rockford, Mi.

    I don't have a single issue, all the issues are important to me. I vote for the person who seems to understand them, and has the best plan to deal with the issues.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  293. Docb

    Jack,

    My greatest concern is that the Obama administration will not get a chance to reassure the American people before another crisis occurs!!
    Whether manufactured by wingnuts or neocons or on the world stage!

    The fear of some of my more moderate repub friends is that they will lose everything with an Obama admin.

    He has a calm non-needy demeanor that is wise inthe extreme but frightening because of it's unusual properites.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  294. Stephanie, Alabama

    Jack,
    While the economy is a definate issue for me , the longer this race has gone on the more I realize that the world view of the United States is also high in my book. It seems to me that we have spent the last eight years swaggering about telling the world how great we are while at the same time neglecting everything that really makes us strong. We have used bully tactics to attack other countries at the same time we squander our own most precious commodity..our young people and their education. I have hope and faith that Barack Obama can help us achieve a whole new global perspective and win back some of the support and respect that we have lost in recent years.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:42 pm |
  295. Pat,Clearwater Florida

    To have a fair and legit election just once, since 2000. The
    Republicans should be rounded up for their devious tricks.
    Removing legit voters, calling robot calls for election day
    change Nov 5. We really need Joe the plumber to flush
    these folks out of office. Nver mind a plunger!!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  296. Harvey Miller

    The most important issue to me was that we again have somebody with intellectual curiosity and intellectual depth heading our government. We have had an overdose of arrogance and swagger and look what it has gotten us.
    Tustin, Michigan

    November 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  297. Wanda

    Hay Jack, Great Job BTY!

    Employment! The government has gone rouge and bailed out the thieves and left us who have always worked high and dry.

    I have lived in the same home for 20 years and now its threatened, due to Allen Greenspan "I made a mistake"! answer!!!!!

    You've got to be kidding me!

    Congress went on vacation and let the IE expire but keeps giving $$ to AGI>85 billion then 38 billion and now another 20 billion.
    Government is rewarding failure!

    What i find interesting is no one got fired!

    How does that work exactly ?

    I get laid off because of incompetence, plunder, destruction of the investment industry –
    I lose survival money,
    and AGI & Congress

    go on a VACATION!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:43 pm |
  298. Philip from Toronto

    Socialism!!!
    Now that the economy has been studied to death and the vast majority of america's citizens have figured out that being rich is a private club and they are not invited, it is time for REAL Changes in the U.S. Capitalism has worked pretty good for the capitalists but for the 50% of Americans still earning under $500.00 a week a dose of european socialism would improve their lives immeasureably. Ask the Swedes, Danes,Germans or even the French if they live better or worse than Americans, the answer might surprise you.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  299. Mary Pat in California

    Most important to me is International standing and self respect of our own Government. This has been a disgrace to travel with... never thought I would live to see the day that I would not wear an American Flag on my lapel when traveling abroad. We are not Diplomats traveling in a protective crowd but a old couple just doing our retirement dreams, hassled at bed and bath breakfast rooms, and in hotel lobbies.
    Avoided and ignored in Cruise dining rooms.
    You cannot be a world leader if you have no respect.
    And if you TV moderators would stop pointing out skin color differences
    many, many Americans would not even be aware. Shame on you, this is 2008 for goodness sake

    November 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  300. Bill in PA

    Jack,
    Easy question: S E C U R I T Y ; financial, job, health, safe bridges, legislators able to cooperate on behalf of us, the tax paying voters.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  301. Liz, FL

    They are so many important issues hurting americans today it's too long to mention. What I can say is, women across america are going to shave their privates in support of the election, meaning no more bush!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  302. Teasha, Florida

    It's the economy, stupid. No offense Jack.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:44 pm |
  303. Emma, San Jose, CA

    I am very concerned about the economic crisis. I think it is clos´ly connected to the cost of the Iraq war, which never should have happened.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  304. Lee

    The most important issue to me is election fraud.

    We have whistleblower computer programmers who have testified before Congress, voting machine repair techs who have come clean...and the man who supposedly threw the election for Karl Rove testifying in closed court yesterday...and yet nothing substantial is being done or, in most cases, even being reported on mainstream news.

    If the American vote is rigged, nothing else really matters because we, as citizens, don't have a say at all.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:45 pm |
  305. Munnabhai, Herndon, VA

    That Bush-Cheney needed to be punished for their incompetence and insincerity, and that the GOP had to be punished for giving us Bush-Cheney.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  306. Sue

    Whenever anyone says they are considering just not voting, I tell them I have three words for them - "The Supreme Court". With several justices getting older and thinking of retiring, we must stop the lurch to the right that is already in progress. Balance is what it's all about.

    Sue
    Palm Coast FL

    November 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  307. Rob CA

    1) I want my son-in-law and our wonderful military out of Iraq. 2) Our broken economy. A host of other issues are immediately behind those. My heart is full of an odd combination of hope and fear today.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:46 pm |
  308. John D Campe

    Gov. Palin says she likes being the underdog. In canine circlers, isn't the underdog usually the b****?

    November 4, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  309. Barbara Barton Cherry Hill,NJ Area

    Keeping a job, although I just had a B'Day and I'm old enough to retire I've got to work, SS is not enough. I work in Manhattan as a contractor for a global bank. Any how I'd be bored being home.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:48 pm |
  310. Barbara Barton Cherry Hill,NJ Area

    Jobs and the cost for goods

    November 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  311. warren frazier

    The economy is most important to me and my family. The american people are tired of being laughed at ! Warren The Welder (Michigan)

    November 4, 2008 at 3:49 pm |
  312. Jay in Texas

    The most important issue for me is electing leaders who will return our government based solidly on Constitutional principles. This includes no more illegal, undeclared wars, treating healthcare as a national security issue, and prosecuting elected officials who have broken the law and who have shredded the ultimate law of our nation – our Constitution.
    Brownwood, Texas

    November 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  313. Jean from Fort Lauderdale

    It's the economy. What's going to happen to my 401k?

    November 4, 2008 at 3:50 pm |
  314. Sarah, 22 -Illinois

    We just need a leader. Someone that will ensure that my generation isn't the one footing the bill for the poor judgement(s) of this adminstration. I want to live in a country where I know my future children will have the best education in the world, where I know me and my future spouse will have secure jobs in an economy that's stable and be able to retire when we're 65, and I want to know that if my future children choose to enlist and defend their country that they won't be getting sent somewhere for the absolutely wrong reasons. Basically, this country needs to get flipped on its ear, and in my opinion Barack Obama is the one to get that process started. It'll be a tough 4 years, and he might not get everything done in one term, but it's a start.

    Sarah, 22, Illinois

    November 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  315. Amanda

    Jack, the most important issue to me is America's standing in the world. Bush trashed it and the next President will have the job of putting it back together. Obama has a running start, McCain fumbled the ball and can't seem to find it.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  316. JIM

    My Buddy Jack Cafferty: The most important issue to me is Illegal immigrationa and Border Security.. This issue was ignored in the debates and by the news media. The economy was fourth in priority for me. Going back in history wnen the economy was in serious trouble from 1977-1981 under Jimmy Carter. Yes Jack Cafferty Jimmy carter was a democrat. I compared the economy then to now and find that the economy is not that bad. One example under Jimmy Carter mortgage rates was 24% now it is about 6%. Which do you think is better?

    November 4, 2008 at 3:51 pm |
  317. Tony (Michigan)

    Jack,
    The well being of America as a whole is the most important issue.
    I hate when the media asks this question as it assumes that most voters have a one track mind. Most of these issues you mentioned are related and they will all have to be addressed. It goes without saying that anyone who looks at one issue only is not looking at the big picture.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  318. CaroleK in FL

    In the words of that great diplomat, James Carvelle, "It's the economy, Stupid." Down here in the "Sunshine State," the clouds of recession seemd to hit with hurricane force winds: flat real estate market, businesses going under, high unemployment coupled with high fuel costs, food costs. I'm not "joe the Plumber" nor "Joe the Millionaire" I'm "Joe in the Middle."

    November 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  319. Jen, California

    The most important issue in this election – my children's future. I'm voting for the kids.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  320. andrea from MA

    the economy has been an important issue for me. my state is trying to repeal the state's income tax and if that happened the poor like me would be very hurt in the pocketbook because the legislature would increase use taxes like sales tax, excise tax on cars, car registration's etc. and my small ssi disability check would become a moot point !!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  321. Axl in Iowa

    I'm a gun clinger. Obama's a gun grabber. And GOD's got nuthin' to do with it.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:52 pm |
  322. Gregg

    Jobs! Jobs! Jobs!, we have lost so many jobs Jack, due to a failing economy, businesses are closing left and right, due to the economy, and John McCain says he can fix this? where was he the last eight years, when it began to decline? where was the Maverick that went against his own party to get things done? now all of a sudden, he can give America there jobs back, Jack, i believe that, like i believe John McCain can find Bin Laden, John McCain is 4 more years of Bush, and how anyone can vote for this man in this time of a near depression is beyond me, Republicans had eight years to do something, they failed, it is time for REAL CHANGE!! Obama // Biden 08

    November 4, 2008 at 3:53 pm |
  323. susan from Idaho

    It's a toss up between my finacial security and the war in the middle east. Thanx Bush cheney and Mccain

    November 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  324. I. B., Rocky Mount, North Carolina

    "It's the economy stupid."

    November 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  325. Wayne Hawkins Ben Lomaond, CA

    Regaining moral leadership and the respect and cooperation of other countries in the world. If we have learned nothing else over the last seven years it should be that the world has changed and we can no longer do as we please with little or no concern as to what other countries think. We really do live in a global economy and we will not long servive as the great nation we are if we continue to thumb are noses at the opinions and concerns of the rest of the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  326. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Health care

    November 4, 2008 at 3:54 pm |
  327. Joe in VA

    For me , it is energy independence. This issue drives everything; our cost of living, the economy, our ability to develop new jobs in this country, dependency on unstable external sources, negative balance of payments, etc, etc. Ultimately, it is more important to our national security than Iraq or Afganistan because if we were energy independent, we'd be much less intertwined in that volitile region.

    Chatham, VA
    Joe in VA

    November 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  328. Nellie

    I just watched Joe the Plumber on CNN,,, His new name should be Joe the Dumber... OMG how sad, if that is what McCain BIG story was. GO Obamaaaaaaaaaaa

    November 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  329. Sue

    I can't vote for someone just because of one issue. I pray Obama will come out on top and I hope he wins big. He is better in all areas, period. Yes even us democrats pray
    Sue
    St. Charles Mo

    November 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  330. Bud Goldfinger

    Jack, the most important issue to me was Iraq! As a former WWII Infantry Officer, I, like McCain can talk from experience. Like McCain, it doesn't make me qualified to be President.
    I scares me that McCain seems like he is itching to show the POWER of the USA should there be any spot in the world that needs a lesson in Democracy.

    You talk before you shoot!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:55 pm |
  331. Dan from Kitchener

    It is now quite evident the lack of intelligence within your current administration has proven itself to be very detrimental to America.

    The lack of intelligence among some of the electorate should also be of great concern as they continue to gravitate to supporting those exhibiting the same characteristics when it comes to electing a President.

    Let's hope in today's election intelligence will prevail.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  332. Robert Kornhauser

    The single most important issue has become reversing the across-the-board trends in the US that have seen jobs lost, the economy tank, the "wars" that we supposedly won drag on and on and most importantly restoring the world's perception that we are, in fact, a great, honest and respectable world leader.

    Robert Kornhauser
    Charleston, SC

    November 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  333. Prophecy, Los Angeles, California

    Never doubt the Bible again... It is really happening here and now:

    .. “And in the land shall rise the son of Cain” From the north The Deceiver[Palin] a known Beast of false witness, will take the mark of Cain.
    Together they seek to spread fear and invoke hate among the refugees of sin.
    In their quest for power they will ignore the light of truth shining on the deeds and words they proclaim.
    But take heart, for throughout the land the seekers of light shall rise up and not be fooled. With their strength, the mark [Cain] will be cleansed from the earth and no longer hold power to sway the blind.

    Can I get an amen...? :)

    November 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  334. Steve Tenney

    Jack,

    The economy is the dominating issue in this Election, and will ultimately carry Obama to the White House. Today is history, and earmarks an era for change.

    Also, Jack, if you, Wolf, and the Gang need a break during commercials, switch for a minute over to QVC. QVC is running exclusive footage of Laura Bush and Michelle Obama going drape shopping.

    -Steve Tenney,
    Phoenix, Arizona

    November 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  335. Nina

    I just wonder how long this country will continue to put up with the voting issues that seem to keep popping up in whatever key states are needed each election for the Republicans?

    November 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  336. Frank - Pearland TX

    THE ECONOMY. My 401k has shrunk to nearly 50% of its value. My projected retirement is delayed because I have no clue if my accounts will recover. Second...Healthcare.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  337. Kevin L. / Omaha, NE

    Jobs Baby Jobs! If I'm handling mine, a rich cat getting his doesn't bother me. Being able to pay my bills, eat, get care when I'm ill or injured, save for my retirement, and live day to day with future plans for my family, ie; college for my kids. History proves the GOP doesn't care about people like me but the rich cats. I thought I was part of the US family too! But I'm being treated like that "Red Headed Step Child"...forgoten!
    Thanks for the time Jack...you're the best!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:56 pm |
  338. George from Tennessee

    As a service connected veteran, my concern is for every person who serves in our armed forces and puts themselves at risk, whether they're actively engaged in combat or support functions and their families. I have no major complaint regarding the level of services I receive, but I know there are many who are not so fortunate. Before a service member is released from activity duty, there should be a more comprehensive screening process to determine whether or not a veteran is physically and emotionally equiped do deal with life outside the military. And, whether they leave or decide to make it a career, they should be evaluated on a periodic basis...perhaps every two years.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:57 pm |
  339. Pat

    This is an observation: JOE the plumber...is a racist...just a little observation...

    November 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  340. Chad

    Jack, its the Economy.

    ?Question...Why does CNN keep running the Rev. Wright commercial over & over & over again when cutting to a break? Funny, just last week CNN turned down the Obama infomercial, yet has no problem accepting McCain ad money...right up to the last minute, on the last day of voting?

    I guess we see who CNN endorses...

    November 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  341. Ed - Eagan , Minnesota

    Hi Jack,

    The single biggest issue that affected my vote is the Economy.

    McCain doesn't have a clue what to do to get this country back on track.

    Obama on the other hand has proven he is a very intelligent individual and has shown through-out his campaign that he's been able to draw support from both sides of the aisle.

    Obama will prove to be the best President this country has ever had Democrat or Republican.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:58 pm |
  342. NANCY , Grand Ledge MI

    Health care is most important to me. I"m too young for medicare, and don't have coverage through my employer. I can't afford to go to the doctor, and can't afford my prescriptions, but I'm at the age where I need them! More so every year. Things start going downhill after fifty!!

    November 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  343. Ed from Durango, Colorado

    My single issue is that the awareness and intelligence of the people this country must be raised so that people can actually exhibit some critical thinking. The demagoguery exhibited by the attack adds and outright boldfaced lies were over the top. And that fact that so many folks buy into this garbage is astounding and sad. It is time that the people start getting out from in front of their TV sets and quit watching sports and soaps and begin to pay attention to the world they live in.

    November 4, 2008 at 3:59 pm |
  344. stephen kittery, me.

    jack the single most important issue, lets bring our men and women home period, everything else is secondary.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  345. Amy

    For me it is a crucial time to start regaining our freedoms. The Bush administration has eroded them to some degreee, and the social policies of Sarah Palin would do a number on our personal freedoms. I am sick and tired of social conservatives talking about "getting government off our backs." Look in the mirror when you say it!

    Amy in Minnetonka, MN

    November 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  346. Steve Peach - Indiana

    It's simple Jack, the economy. While I'm against abortion and same sex marriage, I'm also a moderate Democrat who is deeply concerned with the fact that we're borrowing money from China to finance our war in the Middle East. We're in debt up to our ears thanks to George Bush. If we aren't careful we'll all be speaking Chinese because that will be the new language of the USC (United States of China). I'm not joking Jack, this could happen if we're not careful.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  347. L.M.,Arizona

    The issue I care about most is the two to four wars we have going on if Obama wins I don't want them to be Obama's wars. If McCain wins they will be our wars and maybe not just four.

    L.M.Lee,Arizona

    November 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  348. Bob in Georgia

    Restoring INTEGRITY to the office of the President after 8 years of lies, calling other Countries "Evil", and the general disregard for anyone or anything for which you do not agree. With this "issue" of leadership solved, all the others will fall in line.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  349. Jennifer Crump

    Globally, I think the economy is the most pressing issue however, as a Canadian, I am very worried about the spectre of an administration whose academic preparation is obviously lacking as evidenced by the potential VP's inability to speak with any degree of articulation or the most rudimentary grammar. Would this not be perceived by foreign governments as a person who cannot represent the interests of the U.S.? We always worry when Americans don't even know the name of the Canadian Prime Minister!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:00 pm |
  350. Willow, Iowa

    First, the economy, second, health care, and third, getting Iraq finished and Afghanistan corrected.

    Willow, the nurse.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  351. Fran of Huntington, NY

    "If you have made a mistake. cut your losses as quickly as possible." The biggest mistake of this country, the Iraq war, by the worst President of this country, is my issue. The loss of American and Iraqi lives is a crime Bush is getting away with, he should have been impeached. "Mistakes are a fact of life, it is the response to the error that counts", and I believe Sen Obama, hopefully President Obama, has the best response to a mistake he would have never made.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  352. Joe in Fl

    Bush and his cronies did nothing to improve the USA in any catagory you may wish to review. It leaves a heavy burden on whoever is elected to get this country on the right track again and I don't believe any Republican is up to the challenge.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  353. JAG

    It's not "Joe the Plummer", "Lipstick on Pigs", "the Mac is Back" Let's get real it's bringing the soldiers home from a senseless war that's costing a fortune. The economy is key.
    I want a President who is cool headed and thoughtful on all issues. It's great to see the involvement of the people and the crowds Obama is drwaing.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:01 pm |
  354. Pete, Fla.

    Energy independence. The economy will work itself out no matter who gets elected. The war will end soon and will be a relative success. Our environment, however, is in bad condition and I think we need to better respect it.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  355. Darren

    Ending the illegal occupation in Iraq. More American's died for Bush's lies than on September 11, 2001.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:02 pm |
  356. David Keenan

    To get this country back on its feet at home and restore credibility abroad and only one man can do that – Barack Obama.

    Then, a glass of champagne and a long, long sleep!!

    David, Westborough, MA

    November 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  357. Daragh Monahan, Dublin, Ireland

    Management! Demonstrating to the world the ability to act and behave like a superpower should. Up to now, it's been leaderless nonsense.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:03 pm |
  358. Jerry from Jacksonville

    Getting the mean, hateful, and lying republicans out of office and they claim to be christians, give me a damn break, they are getting to be just plain sorry. Also I hope the democrats in office throw Lieberman to the dogs, I wouldn't give him a position on any committee other than the one that overlooks the toilets in the senate chambers.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  359. Tom Acworth, Ga

    We have so many problems, let's just see if we can get America back to being America. Then,with time, we can fix the rest.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  360. john/ma

    jack ,who was it that said "it's the economy stupid"

    November 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  361. Christy (Louisville, Kentucky)

    As a graduate student, the economy is the most important issue in my life. I'm concerned that, once I graduate, that I may not be able to find a job, especially with the fact that the student loans will soon after be due. I want to be able to own my own home in the near future, and right now, I have serious doubts about whether or not that will be possible.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:04 pm |
  362. Jenny from Nanuet, New York

    The makeup of the Supreme Court is the most important issue to me. If McCain somehow wins, he'll almost definitely make it a conservative Supreme Court and all decisions can ultimately end up in their hands.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  363. Cliff, Front Royal,VA

    National Defense and Foreign Policy followed by balance taxation without excessive wealth distribution.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  364. Lorenzo, Lawrenceville, GA

    Well the economy hasn't effected me as much as it has other Americans. So the most important issue to me is the War in Iraq. I hate the fact that Bin Laden is still on the loose and it seems like we're not interested in catching him anymore. I think that continuing the War in Iraq will only make it easier for Al-Qaeda to regroup and train more terrorists. If they haven't already. So I'm ready for an Obama presidency, so we can finally capture Bin Laden.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  365. Kevin

    Its definetly the economy , but this war has to end also . 10 billion a month , when the Iraqi's dont want us there . Lets take care of our defenses at home and our own people . Kevin in PA

    November 4, 2008 at 4:05 pm |
  366. J

    Government for the people.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  367. Adam

    Electing a president that will bring confidence to our country and the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  368. Kerry

    The single most important issue I think all Americans want is for the government to be what it was intended by our forefathers and that is for the people, by the people.

    The Republicans have become real liberals spending our tax dollars or spreading the wealth around; however you want to say it on a needless war and catering to the lobbyists and their gifts for big corporations.

    The Democrats have become the conservatives if only to try to preserve our world and rape it as in the elimination of the Amazon jungles and killing off entire animal and plant species in the name of profits.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  369. Linda in Bisbee, AZ

    The single most important thing to me is to have someone intelligent in office representing the US in an intelligent way. I am sick of idiots deciding the direction of the country. Mcmaim has low intelligence, and a dim world view. Palin is beyond belief. Obama is brilliant, and he's a good person. That combination doesn't come along often in politics. I pray he wins.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:06 pm |
  370. ANDRES SAENZ(Albuquerque, NM)

    Our ECONOMY is the most important issue to me, because everything that happens to our American economy affects the entire global economy, since the USA is 23% of the world's total GDP. Suze Orman says that the best retirement account to have is a Roth IRA because it is not tax-deferred like the 401k. I'm extremely worried about the economy right now...401k's have lost TRILLIONS of dollars, foreclosures are on the rise, the DJIA is very unstable, our federal budget deficit is at $482 billion, and our national debt is $10 Trillion. So the next President, whether it be Obama or McCain, needs to resolve all of these issues in order for our economy to get moving in the RIGHT direction.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  371. Jennifer St Paul,MN

    The fact that I have been laid off and have had trouble finding a good job with benefits again. The fact that my 401K is the crapper, I have horrible healthcare coverage that costs a fortune and that I work two jobs to support myself and still have to pinch pennies. I hear there is still a war in Iraq too...what the hell are we still doing there? I for one am outraged that the GOP even has the nerve to run the slanderous election they have, after their current leader has commited treason and war crimes! I will rejoice if Obama becaomes the President Elect this evening...

    November 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  372. mariel

    The economy is our current ground zero. All of our other issues are being funneled down through its vacuum. Until we get a grip on the economy, everything else will follow suit.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  373. bob Phila. Pa

    Intelliigence and change.
    Obama gives you the hope that things can be changed
    Its nice to hear a leader that is also an intelligent speaker.
    McCain just seems like another politician.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  374. Karen - Missouri

    INTELLIGENCE. Yep...that's the issue for me. No matter what the problems are that this country faces, it will take a high level of intelligence and openness and listening to all parties' views that will take this country forward. Obama is the only one with the intelligence that has been so lacking in the White House for YEARS!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  375. Kelly Mesa, AZ

    While the economy is very important, I can't say that there is anything more important to me at this moment than electing Obama. This country needs something different, and Obama is the change we need!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  376. Tim from Hot Springs, AR

    The key issue has to be energy. It has taken a back seat to the Wall St. crisis and the housing market, especially since gas prices have dropped so quickly. But we all know, or at least we all should know, that as soon as the economy begins some semblance or recovering, the price will increase.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:07 pm |
  377. David Alexandria, VA

    Decideldym the most important issue to me is the balance of power in the Congress. Maybe the republicans deserved to lose a some seats (the Dems share in the 12% approval rating so maybe should be ousted as well). But, the make-up of the House and Senate which we are left with has a lot fewer people closer the the center where most of America is and a lot more on the left. At a tme when collaboraiton and balance is critical to solving our problems, restarint and consideraiton for the poplulacve needs to trump the Congress' pent-up desire to steer us left.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  378. Esther M. Akron Ohio

    the most important issue is US. the united states of america and all her citizens being included in the process. we need to get our eduction system working again to make our children and the future generations prepared for tomorrow. we have to get them off computer games and into the reality of life again. Us is the most important thing. thanks for all your hard working especially since the passing of your most important thing in this world. i honor you for your will to be with us during your morning of your love. she is smiling down on you today and all of us saying "what a country!"

    November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  379. Ted

    JOBS

    November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  380. Curt W

    National Defense and national security. It doesn't do any good to have any money if your dead.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  381. Annie Kraft Naples FL

    Getting rid of the incumbents

    November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  382. Ruie - Michigan

    Dear Jack:

    Restoring the Constitution from the damage done by George the Simple and restoring our respect in the world and with our own citizens.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  383. nick

    George W. Bush, and fixing what he created.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  384. phill

    The issue in which the polls won't come in fast enough.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  385. Kay in WV

    The long-term economy including entitlement reform, international competitiveness for manufacturing, fair trade, health reform, and energy independence as all play a part in the long-term viability of our economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  386. Gillian from Pennsylvania

    To quote Bill Clinton, it's the economy, stupid.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:08 pm |
  387. Ehab

    Jack,

    The only important thing left for me, is to see Bush, Cheney, and Rice,escorted out of the Whitehouse in "Hand-cuffs".
    We had so many propositions to vote on in California, why wasn't Impeaching the Bush Administration one of them?

    Thanks

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  388. William

    keeping my hard earned money

    William
    Garden City, NY

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  389. Nick

    Not seeing Sarah Palin become V.P.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  390. Douglas Hunt

    The economy, by far, is the most important issue to me right now.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  391. Chad V

    Jack, as a college student not fully covered under my parents health care, and about to graduate from school, I am greatly concerned about BOTH health care and the economy

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  392. Jeff from Minnesota

    Jack:

    As in 1992, it the economy stupid!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  393. Dave

    The economy without doubt. As a college student graduating with $120,000 in debt, I need a job to pay this off......period.

    Dave
    Rochester, NY

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  394. Sunshine, PC, FL

    Plain and simple – the ECONOMY.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  395. steve

    Would you please stop calling Senator Obama an African American! He is half white and half African. Would that not qualifies him as a mixed! I am very surprise and helas frustrated how many times some of the news anchors keep referring Senator Obama as the first African American to run for GOP. We all know that his mother and grandparents are white! Are they ever going to stop using the AA word mentioning of OBAMA?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  396. Didi

    Dignity. That was the single most important issue in today's election. American dignity. i voted for Obama.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  397. Mike

    Ending the 8 year long nightmare that is George W. Bush

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  398. Doug - Atascadero, CA

    The most important issue to me? Trying to restore our tattered image abroad by ousting the Grand Old War Mongers.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  399. Janice in Minnesota

    Getting rid of Republicans.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  400. J

    no issue, just a barack obama win

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  401. mack

    it is absolutely the economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  402. Chris, Minnesota

    Health care and Disability rights, and Barack Obama is the one who can do that! Obama/Biden '08!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  403. Alex in NoVA

    Community and National Service. Obama wants to pump up Americorps, so he got my vote.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  404. Pam in New Jersey

    Honor and high competence. Go Obama!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  405. CraigP

    For me, the single-most important issue in this campaign was the fact that neither John McCain nor Sarah Palin felt any compelling need to tell the truth about their opponent. We've had enough lies over the past 8 years. I have no tolerance for such things anymore.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  406. Andrew

    America is about inclusion and acceptance- not division and hate.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  407. Lulu

    While the economy is important, the most important thing to me is abortion and the other side of the coin – gay marriage. Get out of my womb and out of my bed. The Republicans preach small government and personal responsibility but only when you're in lockstep with them. Nobody's telling you or yours you HAVE to have an abortion or marry someone of the same sex, who the HELL are you to tell me I can't? Until that fetus can live outside the womb it's nothing more than a parasite anyway.

    Straight and in West Virginia!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  408. Gail Perry

    Obama looks like a real statesman to me. He's shown such class. By comparison, McCain changes his talking points every day and just strings one-liners together randomly. He comes across as angry, and I don't want an angry man in charge in an emergency. I lived through the Cuban missile crisis and I'm very glad that cool heads prevailed.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  409. Debra in Arizona

    It is the Economy stupid!!!! Plus I just could not stand having to see and hear McCain & Palin for four more years!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  410. Christopher McNabb

    The critical issue for me is that neither McCain or Obama seem to take the constitution into their plans. It is for this reason that I voted Libertarian this year.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:09 pm |
  411. JW Georgia

    My one over-riding sentiment...the one that kept me in line for over two hours was....get as many Republicans out of office as possible. Not since Hoover has such a bunch of failures occupied offices of authority for so long.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  412. Amber Settles

    To restore America's dignity.
    I want to be proud to be an American again!

    Amber
    Louisville, Kentucky

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  413. Keelan

    The war in Iraq was very important to me as a U.S. Soldier. I was deployed there in Baghdad, watching CNN every chance I could. Now that I'm home and out of the military, I feel the affects of this recession. I feel that Barrack Obama is the President to change America for the better!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  414. Steve, Atlanta, GA

    What issue is important to me? The Economy? No. The War? No. The most important issue to me is removing every Repulican possible from Washington. Period.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  415. Mythe

    The single most important issue for me was to change the leadership in Washington. Who was it that asked what a Community Organizer does? Well, now they know.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  416. Mike

    Reducing our national debt and stop "Big Governement"

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  417. Ray

    Clearly its the economy. As a member of the youth vote it is something that will single handidly affect my future the most. Without a stable economy finding a job out of college will be difficult and finding a way to pay off loans will be impossible.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  418. Rob Howe

    Newburyport, MA

    Top issue is Climate Change and its relation to the economy. Obama will shift away from the Bush Doctrine and move us to an economy based on innovation through green technologies for businesses, households and government.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  419. Jim from Texas

    Jack – The most important issue in this election should be the National Debt. The in and of itself could bring a great disaster on this country.

    Thanks,
    Jim

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  420. Troy Hawkins

    Today's top issue is to see if gay and lesbian American's get treated like full and equal citizens. How can we dictate human rights to the rest of the world without giving our own citizens full and equal rights?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  421. sue bonney

    getting rid of any thing to do with bush cheney.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  422. Craig Chilton

    Abortion rights. If Obama loses, the majority of the Supreme Court will surely switch for the first time in 80 years from egalitarian to repressive. Roe vs. Wade will fall, and America will become a nightmarish hodgepodge of “free” states and “slave” states for girls and women seeking abortion. Possibly complete with an “underground railroad” to assist the poor. A horrendous scenario. America would become unrecognizable.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  423. Nicholas Tipper

    I believe that the economy is the most important, second would be the War on Terror. Without an economy to support it, the War on Terror is doomed to failure. So the War on Terror is important, but not as important as the economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  424. Janice Soper

    The economy

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  425. Jeff Bishop

    The most important thing on my mind entering the voting booth?

    Getting the Republicans out of office. Nothing more, nothing less.

    Jeff
    Philadelphia

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  426. Kriss Ryan

    The economy is of course the key issue, however, i believe the repair of US relations throughout the world is of great importance. I believe Obama is a genuine signal to this world that we, as a nation, are capable of change. He could be the greatest accelerant to the positive development of our worldwide reputation.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  427. Zak

    The economy bottom line is the #1 issue I was thinking about as I was filling in the bubbles on my ballot, I am only 23 but the way the economy has been shaping up its really honestly scary..Hopefully my choice for President can lead this country in the right direction as well as swing around the economy in the correct direction as well.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  428. Tate

    The economy. We need real change in policy, and we were not going to get that under a McCain administration. I just turned 18, and I was very proud to cast my vote for Barack Obama.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  429. Bob Gilbert

    The Economy
    If Barach Obama wins, (I think he will) The way his administration is received and supported will have a great impact on future elections. He has proven his abilties in the senate. Now a much larger jhob is in store. Turn the economy around without causing the american taxpayer too much more pain. Us baby boomers would like to get out of the work force before we are in our 70's.
    Bob G.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  430. elvin hansen

    I'm a 55 year old underground miner who just got laid off,,,,,, are you kidding me,,,the economy

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  431. John

    Jack,

    There is no one single issue that matters to me. What swayed my vote to Obama is his vison of what reallyh matters to this country.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  432. ckdark

    As a physician, my vote has always been for health care. Everyone in this country deserves health care coverage. Even though Hillary Clinton had the best "policy" during the primaries, I supported Obama, because he has the unifying power to get the job done.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  433. Nivea, Long Island NY

    The number one motivator today at the polls was getting the republicans out of the white house! Enough of the failed policies!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  434. Dan Joseph

    Rather than base my decision upon a single issue or an issue that matters to me, I focused on what 'direction' felt best for our country. I focused on who would be addressing the needs of the populace rather than who would be addressing my needs. For me, this decision was obvious from the start.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  435. Colin Wolfson

    The economy is the most important issue to me, and John Mccain is the only one that can fix it. Obama's ideas will destroy it.

    Colin Wolfson
    Jacksonville, FL

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  436. Ian

    The single most important issue in this election is HOPE!!!! Hope for the future, hope for the present and hope that the world will forgive the US for the past 8 years.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  437. Matt

    The most important issue to me was not only the economy, and health care for hard-working Americans, but I felt that I held history on my fingertips by shattering the Black/White barrier that still exists in America today. It is a sad truth, but one that can be overcome if we see through the color of someone's skin and vote on what is most important to us as Americans.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  438. Toastmaster

    The economy and Immigration are the key issues important to me and there is only one man and one new driver who can steer this country to a new direction and that man is Barack Obama.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  439. Sarah

    The single most important issue to me in this election is women's rights. Obama cares more for my rights then Mccain. Sarah Palin and John Mccain will overturn Roe Vs. Wade. Sarah is against abortions even in the case of rape and incest. That is inhumane to me. John Mccain voted against providing low income women health services including medical screenings and birth control.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  440. Michael Vargas (Texas)

    For me, a former Hillary Clinton supporter, I could not come to terms with a McCain administration that could have the potential of replacing retiring liberal justices with ideologically-driven nominees on the Supreme Court with an agenda to overturn landmark cases, particularly Roe v. Wade.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  441. Gina Earegood

    The most important issue to me are the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan. My boyfriend is currently deployed in Iraq. So the decisions of the next president greatly effect if he will go back to either of those places. And whether or not funding for our troops will get passed again.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  442. Laurie from Boulder Creek, CA

    Creating a Green Industry that puts the environment first and creates American jobs

    November 4, 2008 at 4:10 pm |
  443. BStrunk

    I think it would be silly to let only one item influence your decision in the voting both. You have to weigh all the issues and make the best decision possible about which of the candidates will make the best impact in the coming presidential term. That's not to say that you can't weight some items as higher priorities, but I think it is important that a responsible voter weigh all the factors.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  444. Natalia Rodefeld

    Obama captured my most important issue in a word: CHANGE.
    Natalia
    Port Jefferson, New York

    November 4, 2008 at 4:11 pm |
  445. Michelle Alexander

    Whoever is elected, the war will end and the recession will end. The most important issue is electing a leader with vision who will unite the country. There is a real opportunity to put this diverse nation on the path to long term excellence.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  446. Sally

    The most important issue this election is the economy. We are retired and have not been affected directly, but many family members are seeing their retirements go south......and jobs too. Let's get Obama in and keep Palin in Alaska where they love her ways.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:12 pm |
  447. Carolyn

    My most important issue at this time is the Economy. We have lost so much in our retirement plan that we have worked so hard to get to now,
    half of it is gone. By the time things start improving it may be too late.
    Health care is my next worry.
    Carolyn from Griffith

    November 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  448. Shannon WA ST

    No issues really just kicking the republicians out on there butts.....

    November 4, 2008 at 4:13 pm |
  449. Gary Huntington Beach, CA

    Jack,

    Let me give you a hint! Thank goodness the place where I vote is within
    walking distance, as I'm unemployed!

    Gary
    Huntington Beach, CA

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  450. George

    The size of government is my biggest issue. One example: if the 700 billion dollar bailout wasn't bad enough, Congress saw fit to add another 100-plus billion in pork. Congress is utterly broken.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  451. Steve

    The economy was the most important thing to me. I am 58 years old, was recently laid off, and have watched my hard earned savings and 401K turn into a 301K before my eyes...after this I would obviously add health insurance as the 2nd most important issue. I am dealing with the cost of COBRA and trying to pay the mortgage and COBRA with unemployment compensation is possible only in the short term. A friend of mine who is 61 years old and was also laid off went without health insurance for 7 months until he landed another job because he couldn't afford the COBRA payments. This is insane in a supposedly advanced and progressive society.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  452. Jessica

    Unlike most voters, the biggest issue in my opinion is ending Stop loss. This is an issue which people just kind of forget about and don't talk much about, but for those of us with loved ones currently over seas and in the military who are now at a very high risk for being pulled back at the last second, it matters a lot. Our soldiers serve their time, they fight for our country. It should be their choice to reenlist.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  453. Mpumelelo

    As a student graduating soon, the economy and prospects of the future in terms of where the country stands money wise, was important. But however, McCain the sidekick did not realize the importance of the economy because his personal pocket economy is high! As Chris Rock said, would you rather vote for someone with one house or many. The candidate with one will do all he can to save his...simple common sense!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  454. Louie Medina

    The most important to me is the economy. How can this country even ignore the fact that we are spending $10B of the PEOPLE's money a month to fund a losing war and not a penny to make our lives a bit better?

    What happened to common sense?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  455. Charley

    For me, this election was beyond any issue. I've had enough of the Congressional gridlock, the pandering to special interests and the will of the US government to force its will on the world any any cost in human life or American dollars. This election is about a change in the way we look at the world and live in it. It's about victory of hope and will in planning for the future rather than fear driving us forward. John McCain is indeed an American hero and has served the people of Arizona in the senate with honor. He is certainly not George W. Bush, however, he is not the agent of change we need. Let's move forward together in this one nation.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  456. Bob from Brightwaters, NY

    Jack,

    ABSOLUTELY.......The FAILING economy and ECONOMIC DOWNTURN are the number 1 concern for me!!

    Everything else pales in comparison..Getting out of IRAQ.....is number is no doubt #2...

    Bob..

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  457. Eric C

    AND .. what about locality? Making 100K in Georgia is a lot better than Making 100K in NYC. Shouldn't locality be figured into taxes?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  458. Forrest Bivens

    I'm a US citizen that lives in Canada, voted via absentee ballot.
    Choosing Obama was important for many reasons; all summed up as wanting a president I can be proud of. America's global image is in shambles & Obama looks like the one to repair it.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  459. Gabriel

    Defeating Prop 8 here in California... amending the state constitution to deny some people access to a fundamental institution of our society made me get to the poll first thing this morning. Voting for Barak was just
    the icing on the cake.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  460. David Y. of Texas

    Jack,

    The main issue on my mind while pushing the "Cast Ballot" button was...I wonder if this damn machine is going to work!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  461. Jason

    For me the primary issue of importance for me is getting our country back on track as a world leader. The war in Iraq has weakened our country abroad and at home. VOTE OBAMA!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  462. Carol

    The right to carry a concealed weapon for my defense. I have lived in Alaska and Montana and have depended on carrying a large caliber firearm for use against bear and moose and wolf packs. I hike bike and ski wilderness areas in this manner. It is also a good feeling to know if a human preyed upon me at home I would also be ready to defend my life and family. Obama and Biden both voted for numerous gun control lmeasures. While there are many aspects of their campaign that I like and issues I agree with, the 2nd amendment right is fundamental to me, and, therefore, I voted for McCain. By the way, I am a graduate school graduate and professional and do not fit the "redneck" stereotype. I am also not a hunter.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  463. Anita in Nevada

    Jack –

    I guess I'm swimming upstream because the war in Iraq and Afghanistan is still issue number one for me. I worry about the economy, health care and other things, but I worry most about my son, who has served two tours in Iraq. He will probably go back sometime next year. He sees it as his responsibility, but regrets the time away from his family. He has a baby daughter coming next month and would miss most of her first year, just as he missed two years of his son's lives. And for what?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  464. DD - Minneapolis

    What single issue was most important to you?
    The ECONOMY ....
    and the challenges with De-Regulation & lack of enforcement of whatever limited regulations still present of the Financial Industry.
    The Republicans and GWB & Dicj Cheney have been instrumental in emmasculating this country's lifeline.
    Result: Businesses closing, jobs dis-appearing, credit freeze ... foreclosures ... and they HAND OUT $700 billion (nay $850 Billion now) to the folks on Wall Street?
    and who is leading this handout charge? Paulson ... ex-CEO of Goldman Sachs?
    Common .... it is so obvious ....
    CHANGE IS WHAT WE NEED ... not more of the same.
    If I am paying taxes ... it means I am earning money, eh?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  465. Johnny Walker

    Hey Jack, you know what happens during a change of administration. You can bet that the White House will loose it's color. If you check in January, you will be lucky to find anyone white working there in an important job. The Black House will be in business for sure.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  466. Cindi M

    For all of us that are able to hear the giant sucking sound of money being sent to Iraq, the economy has always been the issue. President Bush has ruined this economy and I worry that our children will be paying the price for decades.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  467. Jennifer Presley

    Freedom–for Iraq, the unborn, government-free healthcare, and religion.

    Jennifer Presley, Burlington, IA

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  468. Sandra of Columbus

    Jack,
    As I get older, healthcare becomes more important AND expensive, it was the healthcare plan of Obama that helped me come to my decision. Although, I have insurance, the $5,000 credit McCain is offering won't help if I'm unemployed; and I don't relish the idea of having to pay taxes on my healthcare. Yet, I appreciate that it's a benefit through my employer. A selling point most employers use in retaining talent. Also, for others who are unemployed, if the healthcare plan congress has is good enough for Obama and McCain, it should be good enough for America.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:14 pm |
  469. Jack

    Our foreign relations is most imortant to me. Obama wants to improve our relations, while McCain wants to alienate us even more. The Bush administration has done a bang-up job of perpetuating our image as "ugly Americans." I strongly feel that McCain will only make this worse. If we improve our foreign relations, I honestly believe that a lot of other issues will work themselves out.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  470. Anna

    I'm only 14 and am not allowed to vote yet but i must say my top concerns have to be EDUCATION and the economy. The U.S. is falling behind many countries in education and all around me I feel the affects of the U.S. lowering the standard on education. Also when I'm ready to go off to college I have no clue how i'm going to pay for it. My goals are to go to Oxford or Cambridge, or an ivy league school.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  471. Dominic Barrett

    From Chicago, IL

    I know this was an overlooked issue this campaign cycle, but as a web developer I am very happy with Obama's 'pro' position on net neutrality. John McCain's position against it is wrong, in my opinion.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  472. RJW

    The economy was number one thing on my list for voting Obama. I can't take eight more years of the same old lies. There are several people in my family that have lost their jobs and homes. I have a son with a college degree that can't find a job, I have a daughter in-law that is a teacher that is worried about losing her job. We feel the pain like thousands of other American. We need CHANGE!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  473. Valentine

    I'm tired of the way American looks on a global level. Obama seems to have a worldwide draw like I've never seen. If he can unite on a diverse level overseas, why can't the assumption be that he can do that here?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  474. Daniel A

    To me Taxing Small Businesses was a Big issue. First what is considered a small business. I was a Production Manager for a small business, we had ten employees. Gross annual income was $1.5 Mil.. We had good health insurance coverage, but I think increasing TAXES cold lower the coverage that a small business could afford.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  475. Cynthia, Frankfort KY

    Abortion. The next president will quite possible change the face of the Supreme Court for decades. A vote for McCain is a vote against the freedom of choice.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  476. Kim Adams

    The economy is clearly the most important issue. My marriage has been entirely during the Bush Administration and we have not gotten a federal tax refund since 2004 despite increasing our withholdings each year. Oh, and just to state the obvious, we make less than $250k/year.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  477. Joanne

    Health Care....it's about time America provides healthcare for all its citizens just like the rest of the civilized world does.
    That would go a long way in providing economic relief for millions of americans as well.
    Joanne
    Morristown, NJ

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  478. Rick

    The 2nd amendment rights in our Constitution is the most important issue to me in this election. If this right is ever overturned, that will most likely be the end of America. I can live in an economy that is totally busted. I just don't think I can live under tyranny!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  479. Rick

    the economy has, historically, formed the foundation for every other aspect of a country: international influence, military power, social structure, etc. in the words of karl marx, the economy is the substructure for everything else. thus, as goes the economy, so goes the country, and i voted based on the candidates respective economic plans.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  480. Maricela Diana Gonzalez, Hillsborough, NJ

    At 17, I am frustrated that I cannot vote, but I do know that I'm one of the few of my age group that are truly educated in the issues. The issue that I find to be most important is Social Security. I am very afraid that I won't have any. And if McCain wins and privatizes it, then my generation and I are definitely screwed.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  481. Lindsay

    Jack,

    With me, its economy. People are losing their jobs, unable to send their kids to school? If I could ask McCain one question it would be what happned to American dream, because curentlly there is none, and with McCain policies, the American dream might very welll diminish forever. Bring us back our jobs, our ability to send our kids to school, and our opportunities for which this country is known! Bring us back the American Dream.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  482. Lisa Green

    Not that the issues aren't important to me because they are as obviously they are to all however judgement dealing with those issues have been most important to me and by far, Barack Obama is the choice for good judgement and just basic common sense!!!!!! Let's face it, with McCain's judgement, if he knew me, I could be VP!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  483. Ke'Shell

    The well-being of my family, my neighbors and my community. Restoring the economy is a must. I understand that one affects all.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  484. Austin

    The gap between the rich and the poor. It's unreal how wide it has become and I think that working on this issue requires reforms in other areas (such as education). The environment is a close second, but if educate the nation, maybe people will start to believe in evolution and start protecting our planet.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  485. Jan from Boulder

    Sadly, Sarah Palin was the most important "issue" for me. That is, to make sure she did not get into the White House. Prior to John McCain's VP pick, I had never volunteered for, or contributed to, a campaign. For the first time in (12 presidential elections), I have volunteered dozens of hours and help raise $10,000 for Barack Obama. I am energized! Thank you Sarah.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  486. Calahan Riley

    The most important issue for me today was the economy. The reason why is because i have 3 kids and it cost a lot to feed them and drive them around to all the place they need to go.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  487. kelio (ohio)

    the economy and the healthcare are my priorities. Those were my reasons why i had to vote. However,t he war in Iraq and everywhere else should be ended. I don't understand why people will be killing each other just to see what countries is powerful

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  488. Connie in Illinois

    When my country was preparing to go to war in Iraq I couldn't believe our sons and daughters were going to have to die for non-existant wmd's.
    Obama voted no on Iraq. He has my vote!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  489. Victoria

    The economy was the biggest issue for me as I voted this morning. I am hopeful Barack Obama will win tonight. He is the canidate of change but more importantly he has compassion for the people. He will unite this country.. Have a great day and go vote.. Victoria, Jacksonville, Florida

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  490. Justin from Indiana

    Overall I'd have to say that Domestic agenda issues are my top priority. The war on terrorism has distracted us from the problems here at home. This like the economy, healthcare and education should be on the top of any presidents list, I just don't feel McCain brings a fresh approach to these topics. He's been part of the system for 20 something years, so I feel he is kind of tainted by those experiences. We need someone that hasn't been exactly "tainted" by the system, and I feel Obama is that fresh new person.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  491. Wanda

    The Economy is most important to me, I would like to see jobs staying here in America, I would like to see that the mess that Bush has left since he got into office be fixed, and there is only one man that can do this, and that is Obama...

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  492. Joe S.

    Abortion.

    The economy, Iraq, and health care are all legitimate important issues. That being said, the right to life trumps all of these other important issues. The right to live is the penultimate right and concern...all other issues cannot be properly addressed if the inherent right to live is honored and respected.

    The economy will be fixed. The economy has always recovered, and perhaps an Obama an administration would accelerate the recovery of the American economy. But what good is wealth and economic well-being when one does not have the right to accumulate these things?

    Iraq is a lost cause. Anymore, there is negligible differences between McCain and Obama policies on the unneeded war. But what good is peace between nations if there is no peace between women and their unborn children?

    Health care is important as well, and again, Obama will do a better job addressing the issue, but will not offer the same degree of "change" he touted in the Democratic primaries. What benefit is there to health care when Obama does not even allow infants who survived abortion to receive medical care?

    McCain is no saint, but an Obama-nation would be an abomination.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  493. Rico Batte

    The Economy. My best friend has never followed politics or watched CNN until I told her I lost a few thousand from my 401K. She checked her account and noticed a sizable loss as well. This was the first time the importance of this election hit home. She now beats me to CNN and has become a voice for change. We now have all of our friends chanting, "Yes we can!"

    November 4, 2008 at 4:15 pm |
  494. Paul Riesenbeck

    Living here in Las Vegas, NV and seeing the devastation to my fellow coworkers as well as relatives who have been laid off due to the downturn of tourism in casinos, and the people I know that have lost their homes (Nevada has the highest foreclosure rate in the country) it can be nothing else but the economy that is most important to me. John McCain offered nothing new and every other day he would change what he said based on polls. He really killed any chance that I would vote for him however, when he nominated a clueless Sarah Palin for Vice President.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  495. Stephen

    I'm a soon to be a graduating dentist from WVU School of Dentistry. Even though most of the medical community is backing McCain, I had to vote for Obama because of his economic background. I hope that even though I might be paying more taxes with Obama's policies, my patients will be able to afford necessary treatment.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  496. Syd

    We can't look at this election as a single issue election. In today's global society, all of the issues are intertwined and our ability to maintain positive relations with the emerging powers of the world will have a dramatic effect on determining our position as a world power in the future.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  497. Antonio Rosario

    Hunting. Be it Palin hunting Alaska mooses or Bosnian snipers hunting Hillary ... I really hate hunting!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  498. Paula

    The economy definitely! When Senator Obama started talking against trickle down economics, he had my vote. My political science professors were predicting this economic mess back in the 80's when President Reagan first offered up President Coolidge's trickle down economics as his mantra.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  499. bob graham/highlands ranch/colorado

    Jack , Most important is the economy, and anyone who knows anything knows to follow the "BIG MONEY". If you tie that in with McCain's age and health, then look at his VP pick, wll..... I figured out why Sarah nevers adds the "G" where it should be, as I see their ticket Palin"G" into the sunset.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  500. Ann Marie

    Hi Jack, My major concern now is the economy. As a disabled senior living on $1,000 Social Security check, after paying rent there is not much left. I am paying $3 for a loaf of bread, $4 for a half-gallon of Lactaid Milk. I rarely buy meat anymore because I cannot afford it. Now, seniors who were paying $15=50 for supplemental insurance are now being forced to pay $150-$200+ a month for insurance, thanks to the Bush administration. The poor and seniors are forced to live on very limited incomes while the prices of everything goes up.
    Income for the upper 20% has increased at triple digits while our income is stagnant. Thank you.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  501. GreatThinker08

    Unity is most important to me because that's they only way we'll get things done. McCain and Palin's mean spirtied ads, robocalls, socialist/terrorist rhetoric, references to 'real' parts of America appeals to the worst in all of us and divides us. We need a president who respects and values all Americans...we need Barack Obama.

    Joy
    Richmond, VA (a red state about to turn blue)

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  502. Tim

    This election isn't about the wars in Iraq or Afghanistan or the economy or regulation or the tax code or ... It's about getting America back on track. For too long there has been an arrogance in Washington; An attitude that ‘we’ can do no wrong and a sense of infallibility that is just plain wrong. We need to wake up and be a partner with the world. We need to lead by example, and that’s not what’s happened over the past eight years.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  503. Steve O Hendersonville NC

    Most important issue for me was War. Not neccessarily the Iraq war, but possible future wars. I think McCain is a hot head and would start more wars, whereas Obama seems like more of a negotiator.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  504. Jeff in VA

    Sure the economic downturn (spelled disaster) was my top issue, but so was healthcare, and rebuilding AMERICA. Why can't we require those who win Government funded contracts to use equipment made in America (John Deere, Case, etc) insetad of Kubuto and other non American heavy equipment. Now that will create jobs.
    Finally – Ms. Palin – well she was the Mayor of a town smaller than my sub-division, and a State with a population smaller than my County. Does that make my County Manager qualified to be VP or potentially Persident – heck no. By the way, I can see a foreign country from my home too – its Washington D.C. where for far too long no one has paid attention to the rest of America....

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  505. Lori, Lorain,OH

    Jack,
    CHANGE!! and I am not talking about quarters,dimes,nickels or pennies....

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  506. Paul in Houston

    Jack, As an early voter, my consideration was mostly a matter of attitude rather than a specific concern. One candidate was positive and forward looking (tho' correctly noting ties between his opponent and the past). The opponent was late coming to being positive and having any fresh ideas yet insisted on sticking with negative, "old-style" politics.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  507. Craig in Vienna

    Sadly, the most important issue in this campaign has been the subliminal manipulation I've witnessed by the Obama campaign. I have my degree in PR and I was appalled by some of the tactics Bush used over the last 8 years to get his agenda passed. I was shocked to see the subliminal manipulation of Obama's campaign, and am scared of what he may bring people to do if he continues using them.

    By subliminal manipulation, I am talking about the O logo, which resembles a rising sun over a corn (or other crop) field, symbolizing a new beginning. It is prominently displayed in front of him every time he speaks. I am also talking about the faux presidential seal he used in the early summer to create the illusion of a presidential person. Also, the rally in front of thousands in Berlin to create more illusions. I could go on, but I am hoping he doesn't continue pushing his agenda in America with subliminal manipulation.

    Still hoping McCain pulls it out!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  508. Kristy Wheeler

    The issue most important to me in this election was FREEDOM. I voted for the candidate I thought would protect our right to free speech, that would appoint judges according to their belief in the constitution, the candidate that would let ME decide how to give away my own money. I think the government's job is to protect us and to protect our rights. I want less government in my life and more freedom.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  509. rebecca parrish

    That's simple Jack, Intelligence.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  510. Carol from Atlanta

    Leadership, leadership, leadership - no matter what the issue. Obama is the leader we need now.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  511. Jude Roy

    It's the war, Jack. Bush and his cronies threw money and lives at that war instead of paying attention to the economy. Bring back our brave soldiers and use some of that "extra" cash to help shore up our economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  512. Ryan Balthrop

    The economy is very important, however, most of Bush' administration was spent overseas spending tens of billions of dollars a month sending in Marines to level Iraq, and then sending in the Army for "damage control". We did it to fight terrorism- but it isn't it obvious that this is the definition of terrorism? We need to elect someone that will show the world that we have made the decision that we are against war. Then we can focus on our own problems of economy and and our governments huge deficit, which by the way is what I believe is the biggest issue.. How are we supposed to be a world leader and, at the same time, be in such debt??? It's very scary

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  513. Jesus Diaz-Madrid

    The most important issue is the economy and to choose the one candidate who will get this economy back on track and re-establish the american dream for americans. Barack Obama is the answer. Let's end this war that isn't making us any safer and let's invest that money spend in iraq today to heal the economy tomorrow.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  514. Ann

    Change! The country is in a downward spiral, and we need some serious change.
    I am reminded of the jingle "This is not your father's Old-politics, This is the New Generation (of voters)!"

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  515. Bob Coates

    I was a republican for 40 years until 2004 just like my father before me.
    I have had enough of the arrogance, disregard of law, deceit, and underhanded actions of the republican party headed by GWB. As important as the economy and the war in Iraq is to me, America's standing and reputation throughout the world, which has been severely damaged, is tops on my list. I was born and raised in Philadelphia, PA.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  516. Whalen Bishop

    Someone needs to explain to me how displaying voting results before voting stations are closed allows for a fair democratic proccess. The American democratic proccess is a discrace. CNN should be neutral and not be playing any role in influencing the voter.

    Whalen Bishop
    British Columbia Canada

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  517. Allan

    The elephant in the room is the utter disregard for the Constitution we've seen over the last eight years – Habeus Corpus, Guantanamo, signing statements, ad nauseum. The very foundation of our government has been chipped at little by little and it has to stop.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  518. Dayle Orlando, FL

    In recent months focus on the economic crisis has pushed the issue of climate change to the back of voter issues. Americans cannot forget the importance of this issue in the midst of such drastic degradation of the environment and instability in the energy industry. This is not a problem that we can put on hold while we deal with the economic crisis.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  519. Judith

    No politician who seeks to dictate how my daughter or I are to manage our reproductive lives will ever get my vote.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  520. Stephanie

    The war on Iraq is the most important issue for me. It has gone on long enough. I feel like we were thrown into this war on false pretenses, and I am ready to see it over. I think we have to be smart about the way we begin removing troops so as to not harm anymore troops, but enough is enough.

    There are no weapons of mass destruction, Sadam is no longer in power; why are we still there??? WE are losing soldiers everyday to help "fight terrorism"! WE put OUR troops in harm's way to re-establish their government!

    It is time for CHANGE....it is time for a new direction....

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  521. William

    The economy was the number one issue because it effects everything including the other major issues. Its our economy that has us borrowing money from China to fight a war in Iraq, its the economy that has so many americans out of work and without healthcare and its the economy that has closed 600 Starbucks stores.

    What will we do without our Starbucks? Its time to get back on the right track.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  522. Anne Cuskley

    In the end I voted on the environment. Neither of these candidates have a clue about the economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  523. Ron

    Pure and Simple: Sarah Palin. The selection of a "Maverick" candidate revealed the lack of a well conceived platform. Pushing on us a governor from Alaska, (with a population 670,000 ) is a joke.

    She deserves the SNL parody. Maybe we should have Tiny Fey in the race instead of the real Sarah. "I'd like to use a lifeline, Katie"

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  524. Steve, Healdsburg, CA

    I'm a retired Lt Col, for Obama. I was a legal advisor to Op Provide Comfort in 1992, and know a bit about Iraq. We never should have gone in, and should end this Bush/McCain occupation as soon as possible. We have nothing to show for it; and has had a huge negative effect on our economy. Enough!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  525. Dana DeFazio

    Are early polls' results broadcast before all polls close nationally? If so couldn't that sway late voters?
    Florida, Hobe Sound

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  526. Debbie

    The economy is the most important issue to me. It is a scary thing to see what is going on. We must make a change.
    The age of taking chances is over, we need someone who is going to do more than talk. The next important issue to me would be the wars that are going on in Afghanistan and Iraq.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  527. Deb McMahon - Des Moines, Iowa

    Jack,

    The main issue for me is the economy. Today I received the dreaded phone call that my nephew lost his job yesterday. So, now I hope that the country will be able to get back on track and put people back to work. Our country needs to work for everybody. Thus, I cast my vote for Barack "putting the country back together" Obama!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  528. Jarri

    The War in Iraq I have 2 grandsons stationed there one on his 3rd tour the other on his 4th tour. The economy of course overlaps it all, I will have to do Christmas again for their kids they cannot afford to..

    This all happens while I am living off my dwindling retirement!

    I just want them to come home.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  529. Norm

    Most people will say the economy. However, I'm worried about the structure of the Supreme Court. I don't want to see anymore Thomas,
    Scalia, or Roberts or two other judges that in my senior moment can't recall. We can't keep eroding our freedoms by letting our separation of church and state be invaded by the extreme.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  530. Jeff

    The Iraq invasion is still the most important calamity this country faces. It has bled our economy nearly dry. Until we get out entirely, once and for all, we can't really begin to address the problems underlying our economic collapse. What has been wasted in Iraq could easily have helped to provide decent healthcare to our citizenry, upgrade our national infrastructure, and strengthen our social security system. The last 8 years have been a total disgrace. Conservatives/Republicans don't deserve a second chance..... EVER!

    Jeff
    North Wilkesboro, North Carolina

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  531. Barry - Indiana CFL

    The war in iraq and afganistan is the most important issue to me. If people are so concerned about the economy, they should be worried about the hundreds of billions of dollars going to those wars. People are selfish if they worry more about their money than the thousands who have died in these wars. It is time for a new candidate that isn't so arrogant to believe we can spread democracy around the world by force of arms. Targeting terrorists cells involved in our attack is fine but occupying countries is not. A more humble foriegn policy will turn us around in more ways than one.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  532. Kythera Ann

    Single most important issue was the loss of rights...Posse Comitatus Act is an example...On October 1, 2008, the US Army announced that the 3rd Infantry Division’s 1st Brigade Combat Team (BCT) will be under the day-to-day control of U.S. Army North, the Army service component of Northern Command (NORTHCOM), as an on-call federal response force for natural or man-made emergencies and disasters, including terrorist attacks. This formalizes a role for the use of federal troops within the United States during major public emergencies and disasters. This raises my concern about the relationship between Posse Comitatus and the use of the military in domestic disaster support and homeland defense roles.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  533. Miane

    I've been so tired of CNN Reporters concentrating on "race" questions (eventhough their guest continued to say race was not an issue.) CNN's reporters (instead) created "issue" from those answers. They kept bringing race into the picture.

    As a black person (myself), I don't appreciate CNN's reporters (or anyone else) lieing on me and saying that I'm voting for Barack Obama because he's black. Did I ever, ever tell you who I was voting for. If I were voting for Barack it'd be because of his beliefs, his intentions, his abilities, etc., etc. This man can't be responsible for the race issues in this country. Throughout this campaign, you all have brought your questions to him. It really showed me how strong this man really is. Not only did he bring all races, creeds, nationalities together, he also maintained while you all (CNN Reporters) threw everything (except the kitchen sink) at him.

    No matter how you cut it....Mr. Barack Obama is a real man, and your questions helped him (and ultimately hindered his competitor.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  534. Richard DeSonia

    True, the top topic has changed from Iraq to the Economy, but IMO, the war is a major reason that the economy is in the tank. Deficit spending ( due to the war ) has devalued the dollar so much that it was inevitable that the economy would be affected.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  535. Jennifer Webb, Los Angeles CA

    The most important issue for me in this election has been the environment and climate change. We are going through one of the worst environmental crises ever and we need to do whatever it takes to reduce our carbon footprint, find and use alternative fuel sources, encourage renewable energy, reduce our dependence on foreign oil, and educate the world about the environmental impact our choices have on our planet. Yes, other issues are important, but if our environment does not improve, nothing else will matter. If we don't make the environment our number one priority now we will be forced to in the future. Go Green and respect Mother Earth!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  536. john windsor

    I would certainly hope that America, if nothing else would elect a president who doesn't lie throughout his campaign and twist the issues. How can you trust someone like McCain as our next president, he just lies too much, and he says My Friends too often. That is my tipoff.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  537. Liz, New York

    Jack, the most important issue for me in this election, beyond any other issue, was the sense that the candidate I voted for had a grasp of reality and an understanding of what issues were most important to American people at this time. I've watched the middle class all but disappear in the past eight years, and though I felt that John McCain was capable in some ways and a good senator, I felt he's just way too far out of touch. He did not address and offer solutions to any of the issues that have been bugging me, my family, and closest friends for the last eight years. Jack, I voted for Obama today. And...I went down to my polling place on crutches, with a broken leg. If I can do it, we all can.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  538. Michael Scott

    The economy is already bad, so it has no where to go but up. That means after the next four years, whoever the President is they will look good from that perspective. But Homeland Security is my main concern. America is still in a war and John McCain is clearly the better candidate to deal with our troops and will be much better with homeland security.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:16 pm |
  539. Tom

    The biggest issue in this election for me is to get the Republicans of office.I would have voted for a 3 legged bar stool if thats all the Democrats had to offer. Tom in Texas.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  540. Mike Szmania

    The economy, I am layed off and no longer have health insurence and my job went overseas. No matter who gets elected it's not going to change.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  541. Brian - Ct.

    The most important issue to me is the Supreme Court, as it get's to the central freedom's on which the country was founded. The Republican view of the court and our laws has been to support government power against individual freedoms. I think this country and it's constitution was formed to protect individual freedoms, and be a government of the people. I'm not interested in totalitarianism. I also wanted a president who could think a few moves ahead for a change.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  542. Alex

    I feel as though untill there is a major change in cost and avalibility of healthcare for every american the economey will continue hurting for a long time along with the rest of the mid to lower class americans. So the most important issue to me right now will be healthcare.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  543. Mike B

    The most important issue to me? Ending the 8 year-long nightmare that is George W. Bush

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  544. Trevor from Newburgh, New York

    Hey Jack,
    Freedom is the most important issue to me. So much has been taken from us by the corrupt Bush administration, such as habeas courpus, our brothers and sons for the illegal and foolish war in Iraq, and our ability to speak freely. We need someone to roll back the damage that this President has caused to our country.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  545. Andy

    Obama winning and Pelosi calling all the shots. GOD HELP US ALL !!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  546. Robert in Brooklyn, New York

    I’m still looking for a job in New York City, it’s hard and a lot of companies are laying-off people. We need to stop outsourcing the work and hire people here in the USA. Jobs are more important to get this country back in shape!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  547. Mythe

    Who was it who asked what a Community Organizer does? Was it Guiliani? Well, now he knows. It's a skill he doesn't have.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  548. Mike Campbell

    Republican idiocy.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  549. Chris

    As a small business owner who is about to lose everything, including my home I would have to say that my main concern is that neither candidate will be able to save us and fix this mess. It is already too late for many Americans ruined by this economy. It will get worse before it gets better, but thank goodness we were able to save Wall Street. Enjoy the trillion we the taxpayers gave you and I am sure you will spend it wisely.

    Chris
    Georgia

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  550. Courtney, Sarasota, FL

    Economy and Iraq with a tie because they are tied. Get us OUT of Iraq and spend that green here at home if there is any green left to go around.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  551. Ryan

    Most issues require money to solve. Without a fully functioning, stable economy, you can't have a reliable, stable budget. Of course, Obama had my vote anyway.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  552. Michael Cummings

    The most important issue to me as I voted....easy

    I would have crawled thru glass just to get the chance to stand in line for a week or two, to pull any lever, to ensure the end of the Bush years

    I know he will be around for a couple of months still, but just embracing the concept that our long nightmare is over is enough for me.

    Sorry Texas...but y'all need to take him back now...his work is done

    Michael – Alpharetta, Georgia

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  553. Michael S. Baker

    It's the economy!! After the Clinton Presidency left the U.S. with a surplus – eight years of the Bush administration has left the U.S. bankrupt. I suspect the Iraq war was really about supporting a big business base like Haliburton, et.al. – sounds evil doesn't it? I don't believe nor believe in John McCain and that's why I voted for Obama (early) over a week ago.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  554. Aaron Thorne

    Unfortunately, none of the issues I care about have really been addressed in this election. Only more of the same old political pandering I've come to expect.

    Education is the silver bullet for so many issues.
    Green Jobs can help reestablish America as a power house.
    FAIR Trade needs to rule over Free Trade.
    Immigration reform to make it easier to come to this country legally and to NOT send those we've educated to other countries. It also help us grow our innovation/business bases.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  555. George, Willow Grove, PA

    The size of government is my biggest issue. One example: if the 700 billion dollar bailout wasn’t bad enough, Congress saw fit to add another 100-plus billion in pork. Congress is utterly broken. We need some form of line item veto or other mechanism to stop the madness.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  556. jeff marshburn

    The most important issue for me is the military and national security. I'm from a military town and have had family serve in the war and I'm voting for McCain/Palin. Though I believe change is needed as far as some economic issues, the economy is not the most important issue to me. I do not believe the KIND of change we need is what Barrack O'Bama will bring. He has so little experience that I find it very hard to believe his eloquent words. Though I think that having an African American President is SO NEEDED, (and it is more than time for that to happen), in our United States I don't think Obama is the man for us now. I can truly understand the importance of having an African American president in regards to race relations in our country as well as national security issues. However, We need EXPERIENCE when it comes to the military and between the two – O'Bama and McCain – I trust McCain more..

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  557. ivon Wright

    Though the economy is the top issue, I feel both candidates have the countries best in mind, the game changer was during adversity the steady hand of Obama made the difference. He seemed presidential at all times.
    Ivon Wright
    High Point NC

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  558. Michael Kerensky

    The same as it was for me the last two elections. The Economy and the war. I live in Ohio where we have lost over 275,000 jobs during this administration and yet people here believe in the trickle down theory and letting companies leave this country to "be more competitive". I am a believer that a manufacturing base in this country does not only lead to a stronger economy but also our national defense. I am a Veteran and LOVE my country but I believe that this current administration does not care about the soldiers, citizens or anything else that is not in the sacred circle. We are the best country in the world and we should start acting like it. We, as citizens need to take responsibility for our government as well as make them accountable. We hear entirely too much on RED state and BLUE state. We have to realize that no matter who wins this crazy thing that we are all Red, White and Blue. God Bless America and give us strength to restore us back to our what we should be.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  559. Brandon from Colorado

    The most important issue to me has always been Foreign Policy. Before and after the economic collapse I felt that we needed Obama to fix our status with the rest of the world and to successfully combat the war on terror in Afghanistan, not Iraq.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  560. Mandi

    The number one issue to me when walking into the election booth a month ago while voting early is and was education! Education is a matter of our national security. All of us deserve the right to exceptional education in all areas of the country and deserve to be able to have a higher learning where we as a nation are globally competitive with the rest of the world. Every other issue will fall into place if we are all educated beyond the substandard education system we have today in our nation. Energy consciousness, fiscal sound decisions, and globally consciousness about others around the world are all apart of our education in becoming a nation that can handle all matters. It all starts with what you know, not what you have been told! I believe Barack Obama understands this and will hold himself and ourselves accountable to educate each other!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  561. Ginger

    That we had the chance to elect a truly inspiring man who, with the help of his loving and beloved grandmother and family, pushed himself to exceed all expectations and earn the trust and respect of Americans of all ages, races and demographic groups. I had goosebumps and a tear in my eye when I cast my vote for him. I first voted in 1963 and have never been so inspired.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  562. rick

    you showed obama smiling and playing basketball with his friends in a chicago gym and made me wonder how much he actually care about his grandmothers death yesterday.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  563. guy

    The general state of corruption of the government. Democrat or Republicans, which bars the american people from having a real voice

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  564. Roger

    I feel CNN is not doing a very good job, really you Jack you should just come out and say your voting for Obama, Like Rick what the heck does Joe the plumber’s bills have to do with anything I think that was stupid of him to bring that up.
    Try being a little less one way, and why can't you interview a black person that is for McCain?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  565. Christopher

    Health care, health care, health care. I had an uncle who died at age 38 because he didn't have health insurance, and now my aunt who is 53 can't get health insurance because of a pre-existing condition, and she is in danger of the same fate.

    Though everyone is buzzing about fixing the economy as the latest "hot" issue, how can we fix anything if we can't take care of the least among us?

    This is a matter of our very survival as human beings. What could be more important?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  566. Jessica

    Greenville, NC

    The most important issues have been the economy and healthcare, but also being an African-American who has the opportunity to be a part of history was a huge draw to this election for me.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  567. Nichouls from Pennsylvania

    The last President from Illinois united the country, and so will this one.
    From Lincoln to Obama.

    C.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  568. Ron Essex Junction VT

    I based my decision to vote unhesitantly for Obama on the character, temperament and wisdom of the candidates. Obama has expressed consistently those plus the spirituality (not religiosity) of all great leaders. And McCain's ill-advised (stupid?) selection of Pallin sealed his fate.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  569. tisha

    Jack,

    I simply want a smart President that has the intellect, ability and desire to surround himself with smart people.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  570. Tor

    For a Norwegian getting US back with the rest of the world is most important.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  571. Leslie Greene

    1) The most important thing to me is social programs – taking care of the disabled and elderly.

    Other top concerns:
    2) economy
    3) healthcare!!!!!!!
    4) the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan

    It's VERY HARD to narrow it down to one issue!!!!!

    thanks!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:17 pm |
  572. Adrian of the U.S. Virgin Islands

    The single most greatest issue for me is the economy. For one, without a stable economy you are unable to correctly fund anything. If we have no economy we cannot fund our War in Iraq, the health care we so desperately need, our crumbling education system, new environmental innovations, and overall stability of a working country. So whats the point of classifying any other issue as top when they are primarily funded by an economy that needs top priority.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  573. Glenn

    Hey Jack
    I don't know of one single person who second fiddles the issue of the economy to anything else.
    By the way, I'm glad this election is finally almost over so we can began the process of healing. Has anyone though about just how we are going to do it? We will probably need to utilize some mental health professionals, but then; even the mental health professionals as well as ever body from the loosing team need to be in a process group early Wednesday morning. .
    Yeh, That's about the size of it.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  574. elvin hansen

    I am a 55 year old underground miner who just got laid off....are you kidding me??? the economy,,,,,,to hell with joe the plumber

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  575. Deborah in Florida

    Well Said Mary Pat!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  576. Michelle

    Though the environment and economy are the most important to me now they were not on my mind at the polls. All I was thinking then was "Check the right box Michelle. For goodness sake, check the right box".

    That, and of course, "This stupid machine better work properly."

    First time voter Michelle in Chesapeake, VA

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  577. Jennifer: Astoria, Queens, NY

    The economy, domestically and internationally, needs to be fixed. A close second would be our international reputation. We need to improve our image with the rest of the world so that the United States can once again stand proud as a leader among nations.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  578. Mel

    It's the economy, without a job to pay taxes, how can I pay for the war?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  579. Jim from Sanborn, NY

    Jack,
    personally, when I voted it was the intelligence factor that represented the single biggest issue. The issues with the economy are paramount. The (ending of the ) war in Iraq is equally important. Health care is a close third to the two "number ones". Terrorism had no place in my decision at all. A fourth issue is Supreme court nominees. And all of that falls under the umbrella of "who is the smarter, more capable candidate". That was certainly a no-brainer. I wouldn't vote for McCain or Palin for the local town board. Not for mayor of Mayberry, or Hooterville. Obama is clearly the brighter, calmer, more insightful, clear headed candidate, and that was the main factor. Smarts, Jack.....Smarts

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  580. Angie Sawdy

    Jack:
    I've known for two years I would vote democratic in this election - but initially Joe Biden was my candidate. Then I knew I'd be proud to vote for the first woman president. But as I've watched O'Bama I feel great about voting for him. My strongest issue is not having Roe v. Wade reversed. If it ever is it will set women back 50 or 100 years. This is the biggest issue where it really makes a difference who is the president. For me it was not the economy.
    Thanks.
    Angie

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  581. Dan, Maryland

    That there is a vision for America to be better than it's been the past eight years and to reclaim our standing economically, militarily, and socially on the world stage.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  582. Brandy

    I think it is amazing that something very important has been swept under the rug... Obama's ties with terrorism. Wow America! And they say we've opened our eyes.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  583. Marc Taylor

    Jack,

    The answer to your question is "none of the above".

    The most important issue to me is that we get a President that has an open mind, listens to people, is a quick study, and is a great motivator. We are facing key issues that have very little to do with history... whether it be the economy or terrorism. EVERYTHING is now global. This is why we need someone that can pull us together. Can Obama do it? I hope so. But I am pretty certain McCain cannot based on his divisive campaign tactics he and the RNC have used.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  584. Rick-Minot North Dakota

    The economy, with justice for the middle class! John McCain couldn't even say the word, middle class. A middle class tax cut is redistribution of wealth but the tax cuts for the rich wasn't? Grandpa didn't fool me!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  585. Nancy Bilheimer from Pennsylvania

    I voted for (and volunteered for) Obama. Why? Because I am very concerned about climate change and the environment,and the Bush (Republican) administration has been (and continues to)systematically undoing all the preservations and protections we have gained from Teddy Roosevelt to Bill Clinton. Our legacy to our grandchildren and their grandchildren cannot be trusted to the Republicans. The economy , the war and healthcare are short-term problems, and will be handled one way or another, but global warming is our long-term destiny, and we cannot procrastinate any longer.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  586. Scott Hill

    The Iraq War is the most important issues. Many of the issues are affected by the Iraq War, the economy, energy policy, issues with Russia, and foreign policy. We need to take the money that we are spending in Iraq and invest it in alternative energy and the economy. Also, the Iraq War is hurting our standing in the world. If we want to win the war against terrorism, then we will need to have the support of the U.N., NATO, and our allies. We CANNOT be an island and expect to win.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  587. Linda

    Today, when I went in the booth I found myself voting the candidates' attitudes, temperaments,& peronalities for the past several weeks.

    Linda

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  588. Diana Menendez

    Change. Change on health care, tax economy, the war in Iraq. He's got a new mindset, fresh ideas that are more fair and balanced. The country is in a big need of change and millions have been inspired to help Obama achieve this. As a college student, I am in debt and broke. I work hard and I am not meeting ends. I see him as an agent of change, someone who will make sure I will have a chance to succeed if I make the effort and I have been waiting for this day anxiously!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  589. Bill

    Originally I was for Clinton. Then, when she was defeated in the primaries, I jumped behind Nader. However, McCain's choice of the very unprepared Sarah Palin as a running mate showed such a self-serving disrespect for the welfare our nation that I felt compelled to vote in ANY way that had the best chance of keeping him out of office. Thus, I have voted for Obama.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  590. Ralph

    The economy is a very important issue. However, getting the current, inept Bush/Cheney/Rumsfelt/Rice administration into the history books was foremost on my mind. John McCain is a good man, and I have respect for him. However, his affiliation with the mess we now have moved my vote to Obama/Biden.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  591. Marla Crumpler

    Unity is most important. We need to come together as a nation to solve the issues we face going forward. Our country is a melting pot. I see very diverse crowds at Obama's rallies. However, at McCain's rallies, the crowd is too homogeneous- mostly one race. We need a President that will bring all of the races, religions, genders, nationalities, and ages together. Obama is my choice.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  592. ryan; atlanta

    foreign relations and americans standing in the world. america isn't the most popular country in the world right now, Barack Obama wants to improve our standing while John McCain wants to say 'SCREW YOU!!!'. John McCain has also said that foreign policy isn't his strong point, but then he picked Sarah Palin? Ummm, the only foreign policy expiriense she has is that she can see Russia from her house(which isn't even true).

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  593. Jim from Boca Raton

    It started out with the war but the current economic crisis trumps everything.

    I started out neutral on Obama, positive on McCain. I evolved to neutral on both. Now I'm positive on Obama (voted for him) and negative on McCain.

    If he'd chosen Romney instead of a Hail Mary VP choice, he might have had a fighting chance today.

    I'd be surprised if it isn't a Democratic landslide tonite.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  594. Paul F.

    The most important issue for me was the Iraq war. It was a major factor in our failing economy. I don't think there was a major turn due to the economy, instead the failed economy was the final act of poor executive management (Bush). As a former Republican who voted for Regan, the past 8 years forced many of us to become a Democrat. Based on the large voter turnout in my town, I think many voters feel the same way. The only good thing Bush did was to unite the country to change the Washington environment.

    Paul F.
    Amherst, NH

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  595. STU

    For me the economy was the biggest issue until John McCain .selected Palin as his VP. When that happened and long before the Couric interview, my biggest issue became McCain' s judgement. And then McCain stated the economy was sound. And then McCain suspended his campaign. MCCAIN'S JUDGEMENT JACK WAS MY BIGGEST ISSUE OR LACK THEREOF

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  596. Shawn from Mo.

    The economy. Global warming, Health Care, Ending the war with honor and finding Ben Laden. Raising the US creditability with other nations. Lots of things are very important for the United States. We need a big change for the USA and the rest of the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:18 pm |
  597. Jack

    Undoing the past 8 years.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  598. Devonee Lucero

    My issuse would be the change Obama stands for the and the barriers that he has broken down.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  599. Wayne Smith

    The most important thing to me in the voting booth was making sure that our next president would portray an image of intelligence...something I sorely missed for the last 8 years. There were too many embarrassments for America under George Bush...hopefully our next president will help us recover from his legacy

    Elmhurst, PA

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  600. Ruth Goodloe-McHugh

    Jack, While of course Barrack's position on the issues was important to me, it was more important that the marches and protests I participated in the 60's, has been vindicated not only if he wins, but because I believe the vast majority of Americans have truly reached a place in our society that transcends race. That made all the ugliness I faced in the 60's worth it. You are not just looking at a rare election, but you are looking at a New America that most blacks only dreamed and hoped for. While I know many won't vote for Obama because of the color of his skin, that number is small compared to the number of Americans who will no longer care about our racial differences. What a Victory!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  601. lkr

    It is a shame that many voters concentrate on just one issue and are glued to that position. All the issues are needed for a proper analysis of what we look for in a president. All the issues become mixed and in many cases you need one issue to solve a problem with another issue.

    I believe B.Obama handled this mix quite well.
    I enjoy reading all the blogs you get Jack, as it gives me a flavor of what other people in our country thinks.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  602. Ralph Mauriello

    Hey Jack!! It should have been the "economy stupid" all along. This economy has been in the tank for a long time, though most people are just recently starting to feel its effects. I knew over a year ago, that the housing market was in the dumper. My home, purchased for 69k in 1991, was put on the market at 160k by the sales rep in June of 2007. By the time I took it off the market 6 months later, the price was down to 136k. Now I would be lucky to get 120-125k. The economy has been the most important issue for me all along. Higher taxes? Not necessarily. However, a consumption tax would be better in my view. You pay your taxes based on what you consume. The more your consume, at every level, the more you will pay into the system. It would seem to me that those with the most money would consume the most and therefore would pay their fair share in that way.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  603. Jerry from Jacksonville

    Seeing how damn fast we can send Moose Palin back to Alaska, her voice is enough to send cold chills down a mooses spine. I know now why the people of Alaska elected her, they damn sure didn't want to listen to her again.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  604. Shawn from Mo.

    The economy. Global warming, Health Care, Ending the war with honor and finding Ben Laden. Raising the US creditability with other nations. Lots of things are very important for the United States. We need a big change for the USA and the rest of the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  605. Ted, Wethersfield, CT

    Excising all Republicans. Of the last eight years, for me the one vignette that captures the arrogance and derangement of this wrecking crew was the Terri Shiavo intervention. They made law aimed at an individual, ignoring the constitution. There were certainly bigger things afoot (the optional war, Justice Dept. tear-down, Katrina, regulatory shenanigans, etc., etc.). But this minor escapade is just so emblematic of the national trance the Republicans had led us into. They will do well to be for awhile the loyar minority opposition, and fully return to sanity.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  606. Al Anderson

    Jack , As a Union Sheet Metal Worker I just want to see the future generation Have the same opportunities that we had. Being able to form unions is the most important issue. This will help bring the jobs back to this country. Union workers in this country have always been educated and motivated. We had the rug pulled out from us by corprate American.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  607. Eric Jacobs

    Certainly the economy was the issue on my mind as I voted this morning. However, I feel the economy is only a symptom of the real issue on American minds. That is the voice of the people. Over the past 8 years more than any time in history I believe that the voice of the people has been superceded by the industrial and military voice and I believe that this frightens most Americans at a fundamental level. I believe the economy, a casuality of this loss of the peoples voice, has only ignited a mini-revolution and Obama is riding the wave, a cry to reassure fredom reigns in this great country. I do not recall anywhere in the Declaration of Independence where we agreed that industry and military voice should weigh heavier than the voice of the people. Therefore, it is the reassurance of freedom that weighs heaviest on my mind during election 2008.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  608. Lisa

    The economy did not steal the election! It has always been about the economy. We Americans knew the economy was in the toilet long before the bailout. The bailout just forced Republicans to admit their administration's faults instead of pretending that the economy was doing fine up until then.

    Rick Sanchez's interview with Joe the Plumber: Joe my family actually makes 250,000 and would qualify for a tax increase. My Husband will tell you he could care less about saving a few % in taxes when he can make way more money in a strong economy.
    Also, how do you expect to pay off a ten trillion dollar deficit created by a Republican administration? We can't keep borrowing from China!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  609. Turner, GA

    My issue is with the Politicians not standing up and saying NO when Sarah Palin was selected a potential VP! Why isn't there a committee or a board that can override a choice like that. She may very well be a nice barracuda-pitbull, but shouldn't candidates be taken seriously and have qualifications. That was just crazy!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  610. aiia

    a 401k down 45 percent, groceries going sky high, living in a house thats lost value, job insecurity, watching the bailout procedure that gave money to banks who wouldn't lend, pointed me to the economy. That economy that McCain at first said was in good shape.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  611. HyeChong

    My biggest concern is....drum roll please....the ECONOMY. There are many issues that are important but, without money very little gets done. I think Americans need to stop thinking with a "me" mentality and think with a "we" mentality because it's the "me" mentality that's gotten the economy where it is today.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  612. Robert Ness

    Unquestionably, the most important issue facing this land is the notion that our people can come together as a nation. One needs only look at those huge enthusiastic audiences attending Obama's rallies to see a microcosm of this possibility. That image of seeing people of all races standing together, not in separate groups, but next to each other in unity as Americans has been the most hopeful and inspirational aspect of this election. What a stark contrast to the McCain/Palin attack rallies given to audiences of embarrassing sameness.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  613. Sridhar

    Nothing is a bigger issue at this moment , than Economy.
    Financially hurt from all possible angles. Ex: 401K, Stocks, Home values.

    Bear, DE

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  614. Greg

    Jack, my biggest concern is the world banking conglomerates orchestrating another republican theft of an election. Were they to succeed, it would enable Bush to implement marshal law to quell the impending riots, use the concentration camps they've been building surreptitiously across the US, and thereby advance the cause of the new world order. Frightening!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  615. dominic

    IMMIGRATION REFORM
    since many families are falling apart, when children didn’t choose their parents to be illegals. Hepfully whoever becomes the next president, is able put this to rest.

    august dominic, Porltand,OREGON

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  616. Steve Martin

    Uniting the country. Ending the wars, fixing the economy, moving forward on everything else won't happen unless we come together behind the winner tomorrow. My Dad almost threw me out of the house yesterday because I brought in a piece of Obama literature.

    I promise to give President McCain my support and will wish him the best for the next 18 months because that's really only hoping the best for us.

    I hope everyone on the other side can do the same.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  617. David L. San Jose, CA

    The restoration of the standing of the United States in the eyes of the people of the world as the land of hope, possibility and truth. And, the restoration of respect for the Constitution, Bill of Rights and civil liberties by our own federal governent. Also, Americans are not cowards and we have had a belly full of the culture of fear fostered over the last eight years.

    David L.
    San Jose, CA

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  618. Sheila

    My biggest concern is that McCain/Palin don't win!!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  619. chuck

    jack, I just watched my dad buy two inhalers for my mom the other day, of course he bought them the way he always does, from his health care provider, I won't mention the name but it starts with a "K". Anyway my point is he paid about $140 dollars for it, I said dad, let me check the internet pharmacies because that was a lot of money. I found the same inhaler from a Canadian company for about $27 including free shipping! What's wrong with that picture? Health Care is by far my most important issue.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  620. Jay, Bandon, FL

    While George Bush was trumpeting how good the economy was, myself and many other average consumers like me, found ourselves at the bottom of the hill as the bad stuff rolled down. It's all clogged up now.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:19 pm |
  621. June

    I want some answers on the elephant in the living room that the two candidates have so cleverly ignored – immigration! We have over twice the number put out by the media and Washington. We can no longer sustain the colonization of our country by illegal aliens. Apparently, however, both candidates will ask American taxpayers to continue to support criminals while they send their money home.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  622. Randy

    Actually, illegal immigration is my most important issue, but since both candidate's positions seem so similar to me, it then defaults to the economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  623. Janelle Columbia Heights MN

    (Correction)The most important issue for me was making sure that I completely filled in the choice for Obama so that there wouldn't be any misunderstandings and the fact that I hope everyone is given a chance to vote

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  624. Aron Sebastian

    Most important to me is having faith and trust in my leaders. I'm almost 60. I saw JFK win and my heart was lifted and then dashed when he was assassinated, and then Bobby, Martin, Medger Evers...
    These were such transformational figures. Clinto (Bill) was a decent president but his presidency was more about "Him" than it was about "we the people".
    I waited in line for three hours in North Carolina this morning – got to my precinct at 6 am. When I cast my ballot for Mr. Obama I left the precinct in tears, and wept in my car for what was a mourning for the political and spcial heroes that I had lost – and now had seen again. What an amazing thing to see in a lifetime. I had to be convinced. I was a Hillary Dem, but Obama worked hard to convince me – and he did. With his elegance and grace, with his down-home values, with his belief that we could change the country for the better and regain our respect in the world. Finally, a leader that challenges us to ask not what our Country can do for us, but what we can do for our Country.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  625. Anthony

    The economy was certainly the deciding factor for me. Obama has been honest with his stance on this issue by saying it's not going to be easy dig out of this hole. McCain for some reason believes he can balance the budget in 4 years!!!?? Yet he will not get detailed about how. Let get real McCain! We Americans are feed up with the say anything to win politics the GOP is so famous for.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  626. Marc Taylor

    (Resubmitted to add name, city, and state)
    Jack,

    The answer to your question is “none of the above”.

    The most important issue to me is that we get a President that has an open mind, listens to people, is a quick study, and is a great motivator. We are facing key issues that have very little to do with history… whether it be the economy or terrorism. EVERYTHING is now global. This is why we need someone that can pull us together. Can Obama do it? I hope so. But I am pretty certain McCain cannot based on his divisive campaign tactics he and the RNC have used.

    Marc Taylor
    Kansas City, MO

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  627. John in PA

    Jack,
    1st Honesty,

    2nd Leadership,

    3rd Change in the was the government is now running.

    For all of these reasons I after this long journey , I voted for the team I felt best qualified for all of my reasons.
    Obama/Biden

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  628. Katie Schoepflin

    The most important issue for me is the economy, how that will impact me and my husband (both still in school – and in LOTS of debt) and what the consequences will be with either of the candidates plans.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  629. Steve Harrington

    The most important issue to me as I walked into the voting booth? ...the thought of having Sarah Palin a heartbeat away from the presidency and the thought of John McCain even considering someone so thoroughly unfit to join his team was enough to swing me to the democratic side.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  630. Anne, Boca Raton

    In the end I voted on the environment. Neither of these candidates have a clue about the economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  631. Tor

    For a Norwegian getting US back with the rest of us is most important.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  632. Jenn Cardino

    The economy was the decidng factor for me. Sad to say but the War in Iraq is almost a moot point since the Congress could have stopped it a long time ago by cutting the President's purse strings. There must be a reason they have kept the troops there. Perhaps to babysit in case Iran acts up.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  633. Glenda

    When I voted today I voted against the Republican Party. To help get the Republicans out of power. I didn't vote against John McCain or for Sen. Obama. I voted Democratic for the Democratic Party. Sen. Obama was not my first choice for President, but his name was on the Democratic ballot. I may not have voted at all if the Clintons had not endorsed Mr. Obama with enthusiasm. If I ever see another Republican in office it will be too soon.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  634. Fran Garber

    The issue for me is the Supreme Court and the possible placements over the next few years. The thought of having a right wing Justice (or 2 or 3) is just too much to bear. I also believe that a President Obama will respect the Constitution, the same Constitution that the Bush administration has stomped on repeatedly over the last 7 plus years.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  635. sue los gatos

    wondering whether my vote even matters. hello. diebold, et al., have facilitated the largest looting of the treasury in our history. bush jr was never even elected.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  636. Peter Nhiany

    Jack Ameerica is lossing its great values in the hand of people like George W. Bush, and we need to act quickly to store America's Economy which is the most important issue for American people. This is the very day to restore America's Economy and its value fading away. The above is my comment. kick out the republicans.

    Peter Nhiany.

    Manchester, NH

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  637. Mike - Hot Springs, Ar.

    For me the most important issue is that we as a country regain some of the prestige we once had. It would be nice to have a leader we could be proud of. One who could communicate with anyone and take us on a decent honest course. Obama gives an old hippy like me some hope – kind of reminds me of the past.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  638. Dianne, Upland CA

    I am very concerned about the Supreme Court appointments that will be made by the next President. I'm fearful that Obama would appoint ultra liberal Judges that will legislate from the bench.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  639. Cameron Kirchhoff Odessa,TX

    Energy and the environment are the most important issues to me. The Republicians want to keep going sown the same old road of fossile fuels and we simply cannot do that anymore. Americans can save so much on energy if we were able to attach solar panles directly on the roofs of our homes. Not only would we save on energy but we would go a long way to protecting our environment.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  640. Bob from Honesdale, PA

    Experience from our Commander-in-chief was the most important thing for me. Barack Obama hasn't even completed one full term in the Senate, and has spent the better part of what little he has served running for president. Obama certainly has charisma and intelligence, but is essentially untested, and if we learned anything from the last eight years, being president is not the place for on the job training...

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  641. Anne

    12 years ago, my husband and I were working very hard and making over 300K. We owned a beautiful home and enjoyed the "American Good Life". Now, due to closing businesses in the garment industry (all of it has gone overseas), not only are the salaries gone, but so is the health insurance. I got LAM, a rare lung disease, five years ago. Now I am disabled and unable to get health insurance. I have been turned down for SSI three times. My family's savings is flooding out to pay for my health-care while no money is coming in. When I voted I thought about the incredible dive that we have all taken and how easily what we worked so hard for was taken away and I hope that Obama can stop the haemorrhage. In addition, the pitiful, violent, and embarrassing destruction that Bush has unleashed on this country and around the world has got to stop. McCain will only take us further down that path of the damned.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  642. Trevor Ward

    The strength of the military. Hands down, we cannot let our guard down in this day and age. It is far too dangerous a world to be distracted from those who would harm Americans based on radical beliefs.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  643. Faolan

    The number one issue for me is the candidate's character embodied by his intellect, competence, and compassion (for lack of a better word). A candidate's views on issues important to me often inform my impression of these traits, but a well reasoned and explained position opposite mine is perfectly acceptable.
    From the beginning of this long election season, Obama has shown that he is intelligent, calm, considered and most of all open to spirited discussion. McCain has shown that he has betrayed many of his old principles that garnered him such respect, and his straight talk express derailed as he struggled to keep "his own" positions on issues straight.
    McCain said he would rather lose an election than lose a war, but he has made it perfectly clear that he would rather lose his principles than lose this election. That would be enough to turn me off McCain even if I wasn't enthusiastic about Obama and the historic (for much more than his race) president he could become.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  644. jeremy

    The issue most important to me is Sarah Palin and the horrifying thought that she could possibly have any role in the nations decisions.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  645. Nayana

    Okay I may only be 13 but, The war and the TAXES! I can say that the war needs to end! Its spending so much money that could be put to better uses. The tax cut for the middle class is a very dumb idea also. If you make more than 250,000 you have your taxes skyrocketing! Its pretty much a welfare plan for the middle class.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  646. Angela, Central Oregon

    I've always taken healthcare for granted. I grew up having great coverage. I'd never been without it, and had only ever had to pay my co-pays. Up until last year, I had never been without medical insurance. I've always had a good job that provided it, and as a business owner we had a good plan and supplied our employees with good medical coverage. When we lost our business and our house and had to file for bankruptcy during the housing crisis, I found out that not having medical coverage is the scariest feeling in the world, even worse than not being able to pay your bills or having your house taken away. I went to bed every night praying that my family stayed safe and healthy and I didn't have to try to figure out how to pay for an ambulance ride or a hospital visit. Healthcare for every US citizen should be one of the major issues that is focused on, regardless of who wins.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  647. Janice Pound

    Start with a Pres. who is calm. cool. collected capable and presents himself as an adult. Speaking respectfully to any and all. We don't need another ill-spoken name-calling 12 yr old in the WH. One-round was enough.. Lets make an effort to stop all wars . Then many other things will begin to fall into place.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:20 pm |
  648. Cynthia Bach

    All issues aside, I'm just ready for a leader with a brain.
    One cannot lead the United States without intelligence. John McCain? Sarah Palin? I don't think so!
    I will be so disappointed in the citizens of the U.S. if they vote for another intellectually challenged ticket just because they think it's going to save them a few tax dollars.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  649. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    The economy.

    Kina.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  650. Audra

    The most important issue in this election, to me, is making sure America continues to be a democracy in which we can pursue life, liberty, and the pursuit of holiness. I am not in favor of Obama's redistribution of wealth and I wish we could go back in the past year and hear the media give the public UNBIASED news. It is scary to think that before people even voted, the media was shoving down our throats that Obama had already won. He isn't prepared to be the president...he doesn't even know how to run a city...let alone a COUNTRY. If he wins, this country will be well on its way to socialism. And the reason our ancestors came over here was for religious freedom..we will probably have to say goodbye to that too. I pray God has mercy on this country...even though we probably don't deserve it.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  651. Carmen from PA

    I was completely against invading another country! That was not the issue for me. There two reasons I voted for Obama: #1 reason he is prochoice and we need to make sure the court does not go completely conservative! #2 reason education we need to begin to educate the young for the security of our country! It is no secrets that countries oversee have more young well educated people, which is sad considering we are the richest more powerful country in the world. We need to be able to compete in this globalized world and we need to protect our constitutional civil liberties.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  652. lisa

    Hi jack. A womns right to choose is and always has been issue number one.however this year "
    itls the economy stupid.". What about rita the renter or mary the min wage worker? Cafferty for pres 2012.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  653. sean williams

    i would like to see use"get us off oil" solar,wind,ele cars. if we the people can get this one thing done i think the money problems will fix its self. so i voted for the person i think will do that. ps, that dos't mean nucalar power.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  654. Geoff

    To be the president of the United States i think that most importantly your have to relate with your fellow Americans. To want to change for the better of America. I feel that Barack Obama has the best interest of this country by understanding what fellow Americans are going through and wanting to change that. I am unemployed and I gave up my hours for the next person to keep their job. Unfortunately i still lost my job due to this economy. The next four to eight years will either make or break the United States Of America. Barack Obamas economic plan will change that.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  655. JC

    Jack,

    The most important issue is accountability. This election should reflect the dissatisfaction with the republicans in power. If you dont deliver results for the american people, you are out the door. The democratic congress is next.

    JC, Union City, NJ

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  656. C. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Education is the most important issue in order for our country to compete in this global economy. The education resume of both Obama and Biden is impressive which is an indication of it's importantance. In comparison, McCain and Palin's education resumes will probably make my grandson question why education is important.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  657. alamin

    Jack,
    thank you very much for what you are doing.all though i live in quebec my feeling is that this time obama will win.Because if Obama is not ellected the relation betweeen black and white and also other raice will be so unprodictable.so it is not the ecconomy but all the factor are working //and keep the good work JACK and make cnn as true news media//
    alamin

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  658. Kyle, California

    I think the American people taking back the political process from the priveleged few, corporations and lobbyists is the big issue here. The war, economy, the enviroment and the broken education and health care systems are all a result from the way the political system has become so distorted. I think what we are seeing here today is a revolution that has been a long time in coming. I just hope it this isn't a one-time deal!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  659. Nick

    Isn't it a shame the democrats have beaten the republicans at their own game.....raising money. Just like Michael Moore noted: now McClain and Palen know what a "community organizer does...." I wonder if that convention speech smile is still on Giuliani's face ? A special interest group is still the American people. Raising money is no problem if that is what it takes to defeat conservative extremism at their own game.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  660. Janell

    obviously, its the economy, however when i see joe the joke ( plummer) on tv, i am reminded what the republican campaign was all about. rick sanchez of cnn got though with joe, and joe cited principles, to joe people who makes less should pay more and people who makes more should pay less. that's not principles that's greed. sarah palin has a better chance of seeing russia from alaska than joe is of buying a plumming business. you want principles joe, how about paying your taxes, your debt and getting a license...

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  661. Andrew

    Character is the most important issue, by far.

    Sen. Obama is succeeding almost entirely because of the financial meltdown and the mass flight to "anything that seems Bushy".

    Sen. McCain has been far more forthcoming about himself and his past; Obama seems too slick by half, like he's in a non-stop personal injury law firm infomercial.

    Andrew Fors,
    Ottawa, Canada

    November 4, 2008 at 4:21 pm |
  662. Steve

    Leadership with integrity. The economy, healthcare, and war in Iraq, are all incredibly important and they really are tied to each other. Barack Obama has real vision to address these issues positively. He has a passion to reach across barriers in our communities, our government, and around the world. I believe he can be a real uniting force at home and abroad, something that is critically needed. He inspires hope for a more positive power in our global community so we can restore our position as a beacon of hope in the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  663. Richard Green

    Jack,
    For most Americans there isn't a part of our lives that hasn't been knocked sideways by the negligence of this administration. For me, it's still the Iraq war that is the most important issue to tackle. It is such a drain on this country and such an impediment to improving our security and our relations with other countries.

    Rich Green
    San Clemente, Cal.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  664. Maureen from Georgia

    McCain left his wife and family for a younger woman. He disrespected his committment to his family. He cannot be trusted. MCCAIN IS STILL WITH THE OTHER WOMAN WHERE ARE HIS FIRST WIFE & KIDS?
    And that Palin is a joke. Can’t take 4 more year of a presidential joke.
    Obama is the right choice for america. He keeps his committment and is very intelligent

    November 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  665. Rob Vasks

    Jack-

    I voted early for Barack Omaba and for several compelling reasons: Obama has a plan I am confident will help get our economy back on track, restore compassion and assistance to those in need-not those who simply want more, and re-build our reputation and status on the world stage.

    Conversely, it is so clear the Bush administration and the republican party have put us in the perilous situation we are in . McCain has done nothing to convince me he represents anything different than what we've seen these past eight aggravating years!

    Rob Vasks
    Tigard, OR

    November 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  666. Zul Devji

    Our reputation and leadership role in the world. All other countries wish us well and want us to assume our position of leadership. Under a Republican administration this would not happen!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:28 pm |
  667. Superguy

    Liberties were my issue. I'm deeply against the fear mongering DHS spouts about terrorists and the continuous asking of giving up liberties to be "safe." McCain seemed to be much more gung ho about Homeland Security. Considering I think DHS is a threat to the liberty of this nation (they're the real terrorists we should fear), I saw Obama as more civil liberties friendly. I don't agree with a lot of Obama's politics, but I saw him as more in line with my big issue.

    I'd rather have two other candidates to vote for. I'm not thrilled with either of them.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  668. Justin St. Paul, Minnesota, USA

    I would argue that it's not possible to pick a singular issue this year because there are so many pressing challenges facing our country at the moment. We are struggling in two simultaneous foreign wars, we have a failing economy, aging infrastructure, an enormous federal deficit, a serious trade deficit, energy dependency and environmental problems, we are poorly viewed by the world, and the neocons continue to push religion into our politics.

    I have no doubt that Mr. Obama is the best candidate to address these issues; my only concern is whether we face too many challenges, even for someone of Mr. Obama's ability.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  669. J

    Economy is very important and I Thank GOD that Bush days are over since he gave the country nothing but suffering & I don't think for even 1 day he seriously focused on the country. He made money for himself and his administration by going to war and unfortunately McCain wants to continue that. It's time to pay attention what's more important saving/making money for the country or wasting money on war.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:29 pm |
  670. Pat

    It is time to vote the Republicans out! We need fresh blood and change in Washington. Everybody talks about Obama's experience or lack of it, I say, what was Bush? Answer: a Governor. What kind of Washington experience did he have? None. What kind of Washington experience did Ronald Reagen, Bill Clinton, & Jimmy Carter have? None. They were state governors as well. Like Jack Kennedy, Obama has experience as a senator. Not only that, he has a highly experienced running mate in Joe Biden. I could not be happier about Obama's choice for a VP. I am a 57 yr old, white, middle class working woman. I have had the Bush regime shoved down my throat for the last 8 years! Thank God he is outta here!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  671. Lisa

    The economy and healthcare are priority!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  672. A. Renzulli, Colorado

    Education. We need to increase teachers salaries in order to hire quality people and to keep them teaching our children. We need to fund school enrichment programs. If we don't, how can this country become better and stronger? If we don't, what will become of our future?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  673. Ed

    The Republican parties grip on America has run it's course for the past 8 years and we now have the finish product...no jobs, war in two foreign countries, Osama Bin Laden still free, outsourcing running rampant, economy in the toilet and we feel the "Maverick" will be different from Mr. Bush...GIVE ME A BREAK. Voting for McCain/Palin is the same as voting Bush/Cheney...old ideas die hard. Real change is needed, for better or for worst. Change now while we still have some dignity left in the World!
    The economy can not be left to the rich, they do not share the wealth. The middle class is the only viable source for taxes (ask the IRS), good paying jobs will spark the economy, not bailouts for the already rich!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  674. Chris - Rockville, MD

    1. Voting for someone that inspires hope that our country can become a respected leader in the world again. The last 8 years will be hard to undo but I think Obama has the intelligence and intellectual curiosity to surround himself with people that will work to that end.

    2. Voting for someone that seems to understand the troubles in todays econoomy and what needs to be done to correct them. Someone who knows that the difference in pay between today's CEO and the workers that allow them to make the money they do has gotten way to far out of proportion over the last 8 years.

    3. Voting to prevent our country from electing someone to an office that is a heartbeat from the presidency, that is astoundingly unqualified and appears to be less intelligent and more thus more dangerous than our current president.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  675. Nan Houston, TX

    The one thing I have learned is that the USA can not survive on it;'s own in this world. We must have friends across the globe. More than ever countries depend upon each other. Everything from our economy to our security is interconnected with other lands. So the most important issue to me is that we have leaders who understand this and can be a strong force in the world yet able to work with other countries to the betterment of all.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  676. sharon douglas

    Hey Jack; It is the economy Jack but I wonder if people really know what that means. It's JOBS JOBS JOBS! So that means our Trade Policies. We had 3 trade agreements when Bush/Cheney and Friends took office. Now we have 14! And with every agreement they either took our jobs and/or cut our pay expecting us to compete with third world wages. We have to eliminate many of our trade agreements OR change the agreement to where it is FAIR trade! And why in the hell are we trading with a Communist country to begin with? Also we have to stop or put the brakes on the H-1B visas that take many of our college grads jobs, and many of the othe work visa programs we have. Then we need to stop allowing OUR Defense Department outsource our defense contracts! Christ Jack, our tax dollars pay for the defense department. It's ours. And they're giving our jobs to folks in Europe!! And it goes on and on. We Have to get a grip on the trade agreements or it won't matter how many stimulous checks or bail-outs Bush and his posse come up with. We have to have our JOBS back and new ones on top of that. Sharon Douglas Belleville, Michigan

    November 4, 2008 at 4:30 pm |
  677. karen

    The economy and food. My husband and I have worked hard for over 30 years, he's been at the same company for 35 plus years yesterday he went to a meeting to see if he still had a job. I am currently a florida realtor, and have not made a dime in a year. My oldest daughter is barely hanging on not making any money in her job, my son works where he father does he barely kept his job and my youngest is working at perkins but being cut back on hours to the point of her family had to move to a two bedroom apartment from a three for the five of them, two adults and 3 children. We don't live high on the hog, any of us, we spend most of our time at home, I dont know about people else where but down here were just trying to keep food on the table.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  678. Linda, Charleston SC

    Jobs, jobs and more jobs. We don't have a country without jobs. We don't have an economy without jobs.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  679. Michael Riley ( Durham, North Carolina)

    I am currently a student who is 15. If i was aloud to vote my issue would be with the economy. The reason why is because i do not earn very much money and would like to drive around but i can not with gas price being so high.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  680. Adam

    The single most important issue for me when I entered the voting booth was to stop the Republicans. George W. Bush has been the ruin of this nation. In his 62 years of life everything he has touched has broken. Look at his baseball team, his oil company, his Presidency. He's the Anti-Midas. John McCaine has been with Bush 90+% of the time. It's time for them all to go. And Sarah Palin scares me half to death. Send her back to the great wilderness of Alaska.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  681. Henry from Brooklyn

    Initially, the war in Iraq in particular and foreign policy in general were my key issues. But truth be told, I'm really looking for a president who will think before acting. Some one who will listen. Forget the ideology!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  682. Linda W

    Ogden, Utah

    The most important issue for me is selection of Supreme Court justices. This has more long term effect than other issues. We fought a long time to get abortions out of back alley rooms to risk loosing the right to choice. Lots of people died. I retired last November, so the economy is high on my list also.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:31 pm |
  683. Michael

    Healthcare is extremely imoprtant. When people are healthy in mind and body, they're usually also happier and more productive which may also be good for the economy. The rest of the developed world figured this out decades ago. The economy will eventually turn and the war will end but people without healthcare have little hope of being around to enjoy better those days.

    New York, NY

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  684. Leonard

    It would seem to me that the economy has always been on peoples mind. Even when someone says the number one issue is Iraq, or healthcare, both of these are stiuations were facilatated by our bad economy. The war in Iraq has always been about oil, which drives this economy and the lack of affordable healthcare is a result of greedy insurance lobbiest waving money and influencing laws to go their way. It all comes back to the money and this three headed dragon just decided to rear its' ugly head this year. Thank God for Obama the dragon slayer!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  685. Patricia Howell

    The character, intelligence, composure, thoughtfulness of the next President were the most important issue when I voted this morning. If you have someone who thinks things through, gets advice and sifts through it to come up with a solution that they truly believe is right and then plans a well thought out implementation, things may not always go the way they are planned, but the chances are better than solutions from a pair of "mavericks" who like to shock, surprise and exaggerate!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  686. susan abbey 0wings mills MD

    merican – my dad would have objected to my prefacing my identification 9in hi9s mind,we are just americans. I think you are great. you give all curmudgeons -with a heart – a good name.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  687. Jamie Ouellette

    As an American living abroad in Switzerland I feel it is extremely important that the image of the United States change. The policies exhibited by the Bush administration over the past 8 years have fueled negative views toward the U.S.
    The restoration of credibility and integrity must be a priority.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  688. Mason Wallace (Tuscaloosa, Alabama)

    Hello Jack,

    As a student at The University of Alabama the issue that's important to me are all the issues. With all the negative campaigning from the republican party, they (Rep. Party) have seemed to overlook the issues by attacking on a personal level. I'm anxious to see if the voters are sick and disgusted with the negativity as much as I am. Hopefully America is ready to turn the page and start the next chapter in the American Story.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  689. cassandra nelson jackowski

    i

    am very disturbed about the overseas military not recieving their ballots in time to be counted! is this whole election going to be contested?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  690. remy glaser

    In the year 2004 i voted for John Kerry beacuse I saw that he was going to be a good President but the American people voted bor Bush even though he said "hardwork" several times. Now, I voted for John McCain because he and his plan can help the United States to change. Gov. Palin can also help the USA to change. I don't like Obama, I'm afraid that he might not solve the problem quickly when we are in a bad situation. He can't answer questions without saying "uh.....uh" several times. We can't solve our economy problem without solving the Energy problem first. Sarah Palin has experienced working with energy, I trusted her for that kind of work and Family needs. It seems Obama's plan is like socialism. I don't care wether the candidate for the President is Republican or Democratic, all I care is that he can change our country for good. I'm not black or white. I am a concerned U.S. Citizen.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  691. Harriet

    Why Obama got my vote wasn't based so much on a particular issue. He got my vote because he has great personal tools needed to accomplish what's ahead for him. I sense he is even-keeled, even-tempered, even-handed and has the energy to get us on the right track.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  692. Jeremy

    I would say education is very important to me, being 29 and having no college under my belt, its hard to get good jobs with benefits but the economy is the #1 issue to me, because with that struggling, its hard to pay for education. For somebody like me, they go hand in hand. Economy & Education #1, Health Care #2, Iraq #3.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  693. Louis C. Belby

    Jack,

    For me, the most important issue in the current election is not one of those that you mentioned. Rather, I feel that it's high time that we restore rationality and a scientific mentality to thought processes and decision making in Washington. After eight years of government in the hands of religious zealots, it should be no surprise that we have ended up with failed failed "voodoo economics", heightened international religious strife, and a manicheistic outlook that distinguishes between "pro-Americans" (meaning hawkish fundamentalists) and "anti Americans" (meaning anyone who believes in evolution, negotiation, and minding your own sexual business). Faith is great in church, but a faith-based domestic and foreign policy like we've had for the past eight years is a blunder that we can't afford to continue.

    Lou in Rock Island, IL

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  694. mike

    My concern as a 61 year old republican is how my party has lied , broken the law, and then preached family values to the rest of us right up until they were caught with a senate page or cheating on their wives. John Mcain ( mr. straight talk ) had a lot to say about obama never about the members of his own party who were caught with their hands in the cookie jar. We have religious fanatics in this country who he critized but then sucked up to them to get elected. He got my vote in 2000 but not this time. And Sarah Palin , pleeeeeeeeease ! Show me someone like Chuck Hagle to get my vote back. Good luck Barack . This is my first letter to you or any paper and I don' t call in talk shows but this needed to be said . Good – bye Mr. Bush & Mr. Cheney ! ! !

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  695. Mike O.

    It was several issues which steered my vote... before Sarah Palin. Now it's those plus one. One really not ready issue.

    -Mike
    Arlington, TX

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  696. C.Michael

    The issue concerning me most is the fact that I am a college student and all around my campus i hear nothing but "black power" and "blacks will rule the country" coming from my fellow black students, i am worried that these will ultimately turn into further hate towards myself and others like me and furthermore that these students will feel an unjust sense of entitlement to act out and perhaps commit crimes because, "they're 'boy' is is in the white-house"

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  697. Daniel (Snyder County, PA)

    Top three most important issues to me:

    Economy
    Economy
    Economy

    And by the way Jack, why aren't you explaining to people exactly what the tax issue is about? It's not about raising anyone's taxes... it's about changing the tax cuts (that George w. Bush introduced) from favoring the rich to favoring the middle class. It's about the tax cut bonus ending, not taxes going up... What's so unfair about that?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:32 pm |
  698. Bill Dumont

    Not one issue. It all comes down to the arrogance of Bush, Cheney and most Republicans the past 8 years. False war, lies, destroying middle class, illegal wiretaps, attorney firings, additional $6 trillion in debt, out of control spending....I could go on and on! Republicans deserve to lose every seat in the senate and house!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  699. shah

    world peace,economy,serious negotiation with iran

    November 4, 2008 at 4:33 pm |
  700. patsyterrell

    I want the same thing I want in every election – I want everyone to have a decent living. Decent. Not extravagant, decent. I voted for Obama because I think he cares about people having a decent living too. "Decent" includes the economy, health care and education for everyone.

    The most telling moment of the whole campaign to me was when candidates were asked if health care was a right, responsibility or privilege. For McCain it's a responsibility – something he might not want to deal with but is being forced to. For Obama it's a right – something that should be a given for every American.

    Patsy Terrell
    Hutchinson, Kansas

    November 4, 2008 at 4:36 pm |
  701. Michael G. Quihuiz

    Damn that costly Bush war in Iraq and McCain wants to stay the course for another 100 years. I continue to see the number of American lives that have been lost and it finally cost our family a dear first cousin. Bring our troops home with a vote for Senator Obama. God Bless America.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:37 pm |
  702. Don A

    Its not money that is the root of all evil, its Foreign Oil and our energy dependence on it. Every time a camel farts in the middle east the price can go up. Our own futures investors bid it up like theres no tomorrow and we have to break out our walking shoes and bicycles. Our dependence on foreign oil affects our entire economy, our national security, and shapes our foreign policy. Bush's energy plan was to beg the Saudi's for more, McCain's is to shore up the Iraqi government for the next 100yrs so they will throw us some crumbs from their supposed reserves. At least Obama has stated a bold plan of independence from foreign oil in ten years. If he can win the election and pull that off it will be quite a feat. I think that would cement anyones place as one of the best Presidents in U.S.history.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  703. Jeff - Unadilla, New York

    Divisive partisan politics! All of our country's important issues get bound up in beltway gridlock and nothing ever actually gets done by our elected leaders- other than a lot of posturing and name calling so they'll look good for the next election. We, the People, have been on to this juvenile game for a long time now....and we are finally REALLY sick and tired of it.
    Or, Maybe we are like the old drunk who really is sick and tired of being sick and tired, but is just too far gone.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  704. Terrence

    Health care is the biggest voting issue for me and My famliy. Me and my wife have two boys , one of with had a 250k surgery, I was worried about having to pay even more thank I ready have with McCains planes. He never once said he was not going to tax health care. We all pay enougth in taxes as it is.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  705. Terry Brennan

    That the USA may very well turn the page on a very bad history of race in our country. Just think of how other nations will view us after Obama wins !!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  706. Greg Carlson, Orlando, FL

    Jack,

    The three most important issues right now; No. 1 is jobs; No. 2 is jobs; and lastly, No. 3, take a guess.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  707. Cynda

    Jack,

    The most important issue right now is the economy, but obviously that is an issue also dependent upon the war in Iraq, with the billions of dollars being spent daily. Most of all, I can't wait to wake up in a country with George Bush, Dick Cheney, and, of course, Sarah Palin no longer a threat to our fine country.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  708. JOHN

    The economy, jobs, education, health care, better schools and education for our children. I believe the Obama/Biden ticket will accomplish most of this. They realize the way people and this country are hurting. We need leaders that will listen and take care of of own people. We need to take care of own people first, and quit worrying about taking care of the rest of the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  709. John

    My degrees are in History, Political Science, & Education (Social Studies). The most important issue to me is a president who really cares. I know the sacrificies that McCain has made and the time he has put into this country. But how can I support a man who is a senator and when asked about the economy says he doesn't really know whats going on? He's so far removed and out of touch with how this country works, he can't represent us as a nation.

    This country's reputation has been tarnished abroad the last 8 years and we have no confidence in our government. We need someone in touch with the people back in the White House.

    Is Obama the man for that? I'm not sure, but I know McCain isn't.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  710. Gene

    U.S. prestige abroad.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:40 pm |
  711. Kenneth Pont

    In the immortal words of Bill Clinton "It's the economy, stupid"

    When the Republicans took over from Clinton, we had a surplus and a balanced budget, 8 years later after "junior" got hold of the Credit Card, we can see what irresponsibility gets you.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:41 pm |
  712. OBDAG in Appleton, WI

    I have continued to hang on to my original primary issue of concern to me: the war is still # 1 on my list . The main issue within that issue is how much money we as a country have wasted on the war. It has been the one thing that has driven our economy into the pits. Just imagine the good things we could have done if we were not wasting $10-15B a month. On top of that it wasn't even included in the budget, only as a supplemental to avoid the appearance of the DOD blowing their buget.. Of course we could have done a lot for improved healthcare, etc. We've just had the worst president in history in office the last eight years

    November 4, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  713. Larry P.

    Most important to me is the economy, tied with restoring our country's integrity. To me, these are the two most important concerns. If our economy worsen, we will need the support and conviciton of our allies in a crisis situation. President Bush did not care about these issues. His bull-headed approach to politics has caused a lot of damage in both of the areas I mentioned, and time, along with wisdom, will be needed to mend this country in these areas. I believe that either of the candidates will work hard to mend these crucial dilemas, but only one of them will have the necessary energy to achieve success. Who do you think that candidate is? Cast your vote!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:45 pm |
  714. Andrea from Pittsburgh, PA

    Obama's plan for taxing the wealthy would trickle down and hurt the middle class because they would raise their prices to make up the difference!

    November 4, 2008 at 4:52 pm |
  715. MURRAY

    Healthcare hands down. I watched my step-father work as hard as he possibly could to just pay for my mother's medicine to keep her alive. Insurance they had was not major-medical because he was self-employed as a paint contractor and couldn't afford to pay higher premiums. They eventually lost all their assets they gained together and at his passing we children had to sell their home in order to pay the remaining medical bills. It is sad days when everything you work for goes to a doctor or hopital or medical institution in order to keep a loved one alive. Why can such a country as we live in not take better care of its senior citizens without bankrupting them or their families?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  716. Jeff Ohio

    The economic and foreclosure crisis...I agree with Mr. Obama that if we end the wars in Afghanistan and Iraq, we can concentrate on domestic issues that carry the weight of the world for most Americans...

    November 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  717. Suzanne, Ontario, Canada

    Jack,

    I would think that it would be the economy and health care would also be at the top of the list.

    I am a 57 year old Canadian and cannot fathom having to pay out of pocket whenever I go see my doctor or even pay, should I ever have to go the emergency room. We Canadians are taken of care of by our government as far as health care. It has been this way since, I believe, the 60's. Also, a lot of companies cover their employees with health care for drugs, dental, etc. Why can't the U.S. do something like this?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:53 pm |
  718. Andrea from Pittsburgh, PA

    I love Obama because he will give me health insurance that I don't actually have to work for.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:54 pm |
  719. Sam Pendergrass, Scappoose Or

    The most important issue to me is life expectancy of whoever wins. If McCain wins then how long can a 72 cancer survivor really stand in there and if Obama wins then how to we keep him from being a Kennedy repeat? I am glad I am not on the Secret Service payroll right now. This election has truly showed me how important a Vice Presidential candidate really is.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  720. Evelyn

    I believe the war is the most important issue. That's the primary reason our country is in such deep debt. Congress made its greatest mistake when it gave Bush the power to declare war. I said it in 2003 and I'm still saying it.

    November 4, 2008 at 4:57 pm |
  721. Sandy

    The most important issue to me was the stability of our future. I am very unsettled thinking about what might come with an Obama presidency, as well as a Democratic majority. This much power cannot lead to anything good. Especially with Pelosi in office! With the majority of America too engaged with the publicity of Obama and not engaged enough with his ideology and political stances, this is what concerns me most. It makes me question a candidate when our terrorist enemies are hoping for an Obama victory. What does that say?

    November 4, 2008 at 4:58 pm |
  722. Red, Brooklyn, NY

    The economy is by far the most important since it's in such a degraded state. There are other concerns as well, but, chiefly it's the economy.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  723. Artis

    The plans for my future, an actual idea of what to expect from my candidate, a actual leader who has potential to change the world of American politics, getting the youth involved an driving America to be the greatest country in the world.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  724. David in OK

    For me the biggest issue is the future, or lack thereof. After all that's happened in the past 8 years, between 43 and 50 percent of the electorate is going to vote Republican, and let's cut to the chase-ignorance on that scale leaves no hope for a sustainable future.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:07 pm |
  725. Josh (Sault Ste Maire, MI)

    The one issue that drove me to the poles is out 2nd amendment rights. Our country was formed on our gun rights and remains just as important today. These rights keep our citizens safe and allows the American people to remain in power. Obama and Biden challenge this freedom while McCain understands the importance of this amendment.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  726. Kathryn

    As a college student in south central Kentucky the most important issue for me this election is the economy. I think it is important that that there are jobs available for us after we graduate so that we may pay off our student loans that many of us have to take out in order to pay for our education, but with the current economic conditions many people are not able to even get student loans let alone pay them off. If we Americans are serious about change its time to put our money where our mouths are and Vote Obama. John McCain can only make things worse

    November 4, 2008 at 5:08 pm |
  727. Daniel (Snyder County, PA)

    Bravo to Janell (see her entry above). If "Joe the plumber" was the credible businessman he claims to be, or a plumber for that matter, it would be prudent of him to put on his Nike's and run to the tax office ASAP and pay his overdue taxes before appearing on TV to complain about Barack Obama taking money away from con-artists posing as plumbers (he's given plumbers a bad name). And if Joe the plumber made over $250,000.00 it's unlikely he'd have a huge problem paying $1,200.00 in back taxes in the first place, wouldn't you think? If Joe the plumber is to John McCain what Joe Six-pack is to Sarah Palin, and these two idiots are elected, we're all in trouble!

    November 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  728. Diane Dagenais Turbide

    Hi Jack,

    Not surprised...but very glad to see the exit poll issue is the economy at 62%! We need a President who can unify the country and who can face this economy!!!

    November 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  729. Dee

    The economy is most important issue to me. I had to educate myself about Obama, but once I was able to overcome my own prejudice, I could see the choice was obvious. Integrity and honor are very important to me. So I voted for the best man, who by the way is not a Black man. He is half Black and half White. Born and raised as a young child and teen in Hawaii where races meet and blend. Who could better heal our nation than this man.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  730. Erica

    Global Warming is by far the most important issue in this election. If we do not have a safe environment to live in, nothing else matters. We need a clean, effective, and renewable energy source to boost the economy and lessen our dependence on foreign oil. This would improve the exchange rate, in addition to creating new jobs within our country.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  731. Diana

    According to Merriam-Webster:
    Illegal (adj) Not according to or authorized by law : unlawful , illicit.
    Let's stop watering down the meaning of the word and deal with the problem! My grandparents came to this country LEGALLY and LEARNED THE LANGUAGE, worked, paid taxes. and became citizens. California is collapsing under the weight of providing for these freeloaders that are NOT citizems. This plague is rapidly spreading throughout the country.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  732. Ron

    No one single issue, Jack! The country needs not only to change direction from its GPS-deficient current administration led by the caved enigma, Dick Cheney, but we need to recapture the values that make this country great: 1) A respect for education and intelligence 2) A respect for others, including adversaries and those who think differently 3) A striving for excellence and thereby lead by example 4) right before might

    Basics that guided such great men as Lincoln, Kennedy, Roosevelt and yes Reagan although I never voted for him. Men guided by philosophy and not limited by rigid ideology. A distinction many do not get.

    Obama represents all of those values and has the depth that those great men had.

    MacCain is a soldier who suffered for his country and a good man. This election belittled his legacy. He should be given a few more important medals, but is not the kind of president we need in a time as transforming as this. Obama by a landslide because the American people have been awaken from our drunken stupor and we are ready to get back to work together!

    Ron from Millville, NJ and Berlin Germany

    November 4, 2008 at 5:09 pm |
  733. Mahendra Singh

    Peace!
    I see the reflection of Mahatma Gandhi with a 21st century's Idea in Obama whose motto are Truth, Non-violence, Love and Change.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  734. Michael, Pittsburgh PA

    As a college student struggling to complete my education while worrying about finding a job after school, my main concern is making sure that we place regulations and oversight over the corporate holy grails. Once we can stabilize this uncertain economy, we can then focus our efforts in creating jobs and reforming our school systems. Call the economic socialism if you must, but if it works, I don't care what you call it.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:10 pm |
  735. Brian

    The economy and healthcare. I recently lost my job, which was only softened by the fact that my mother finally found one after looking, applying and interviewing for 8 months. Now she'll finally be able to receive health insurance since at her age its near impossible to receive it independently without having to max out her credit card to get it. I am a competitive triathlete and I couldn't get independent health insurance from the company that i received it via group insurance just 5 months prior. I found a company that will give me independent health insurance, but the payments are a significant portion of my income.
    This last presidential term has been the first one that has really affected myself and my age group. We need a change, and Obama has not only the vision but the past to assess the needs of middle America and devise a strategy to get us back to happier times.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:12 pm |
  736. Amy Noir

    Honesty, choice of VP, campaign mannerism, and academic record. Economy, Hate vs. Love, Fear vs. Hope, War vs. Peace. Clear winner is Obama.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:41 pm |
  737. Lawrence from Atlanta

    Foreign Policy is my major issue because I am very concerned that McCain's realist policies will help to further divide the world and led to an eventual conflict. I'm convinced that Obama's administration would do a better job of reshaping America's standing in the world and help curb the rise in violence. As Biden said, McCain's policies don't represent change they just represent more of the same.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:42 pm |
  738. Rosanne Weed, Ca.

    The Environment. If we could cut our oil addiction by half or more, maybe we could improve our standing in the world, improve the environment, and create jobs. I wonder if Sarah Palin can see any dead Polar Bears from her house. We are Praying for Obama to win.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  739. patricia gouin

    The most important issue I voted for is health care and economy which are really together!! Barack Obama's plan is going to have everyone have health care that we should have had years ago!! To vote for a president when it is so important as this is , I would be willing to wait to vote for how ever long it would take!! Pat , Vermont

    November 4, 2008 at 5:49 pm |
  740. zaab in paris

    health care for all americans especially kids

    education for all not just the rich

    cant the rich be happy with 50 million a year instead of 55?

    z

    November 4, 2008 at 5:50 pm |
  741. adrian davison

    why does mcain want to fight a never ending war and all thats doing is rising the cost of oil. republicans need to start paying more attention to the tasks at hand like healthcare, and social security

    November 4, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  742. Michael, Pensacola, FL

    The dream of being prosperous is attached to our economy, so I want that back and I want our good name in the world back as a close second. We use to be respected and you could travel abroad, but now we are a joke in the world, looked down on and you can attribute that sentiment to the Republican Party's warhawks that seem to rise in power every 30 years of so.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:52 pm |
  743. Melanie Davis

    I can't even place much on the issues. Right now it's all about what they think we want to hear. I am voting now on how long I want the next president to be in office. I don't see McCain making it past one term, and I see the media welcoming Obama for 8. What do I want 4yrs or an almost automatic re-elect 8?

    I am tired of 8 year regimes I can tell you that much.

    Good luck to the rest of America!

    Melanie D.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:55 pm |
  744. Robert E Tampa Fl.

    The war. McCain doesnt have a clue about whats going on in Iraq. The reason the surge worked as they like to say, had little to do with more troops and a lot to do with Al Sadr calling for his malitia to cease fire. The conflicts in the middle east are not the sort of problems you can just through a magic number of troops at. Then that idoiotic bomb Iran song thats the kinda thing we sang as privates, and privates cant be president.

    November 4, 2008 at 5:58 pm |
  745. Sally Ft. Wayne, IN

    The economy is the most important issue. But aside from that, honesty! These robo calls to the Cuban's in Fl are the most horrible thing I have ever heard & someone should be arrested for such garbage. If that's the only way someone can get votes, they should dig a hole & cover themselves with the garbage they have put out against someone.

    November 4, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  746. Agbor Davis

    If Obama is not made the president of the United states of America, then the earth is doomed to be in more peril than just the natural every day's threat of global worming!

    November 4, 2008 at 6:02 pm |
  747. Rob in New Hampshire

    The draconian, ineffectual and unconstitutional actions of our government in response to terrorism have got to go. When people die (in the Helios) accident due to hardened cockpit doors, when the TSA does nothing but violate our civil liberties and when innocent (and guilty) people are routinely denied the due process that is supposedly gauranteed by our Constitution, we have serious problems.

    November 4, 2008 at 6:03 pm |