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.
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.
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.