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September 30th, 2010
04:30 PM ET

Most important issue to you in midterm elections?

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FROM CNN's Jack Cafferty:

It's no secret the American people are fed up with Washington, the politicians who make a living there on our tax dollars, and their inability to act on the issues that really matter.

Only three in 10 Americans say things are going well in the country today - according to a new CNN/Opinion Research Corporation Poll.

And you can bet, when these disillusioned voters cast their ballots for the midterm elections, they'll have many issues weighing on their minds.

This same poll shows 49 percent of those surveyed say the economy remains the top problem facing the country.

That's followed by 11 percent who say the deficit, 10 percent who say education, and nine percent who say Health Care and the Wars.

Other issues lower down on the list include: Illegal Immigration, Terrorism and Energy.

When asked what the most important economic problem is, people overwhelmingly say unemployment. No surprise there, with a national unemployment rate hovering just below 10 percent.

Other economic issues people worry about include Taxes, Housing, the Stock Market and Inflation.

These midterm elections are shaping up into some very interesting contests. With the anti-incumbent mood at record levels, people seem to be looking for something - anything - different... which has translated into big victories for the Tea Party.

Many Americans are unhappy with President Obama's policies, which could mean big losses for the Democrats. You don't need to look any further than the president's signature issue of Health Care.

Fewer than one in five Americans say the new health care reform law will help them personally; and almost half of the country wants Congress to repeal most of the major provisions.

Here’s my question to you: What issue is most important to you in the midterm elections?

Interested to know which ones made it on air?

Paula in New Mexico writes:
Tipping the balance in Congress, and ensuring that Obama's agenda is stopped...COLD.

Mario in Phoenix writes:
It is imperative that in the next 10 years we deliver the green, alternative-energy infrastructures that will enable us to effectively manage the existing financial, employment, and growth deficits we are facing today. If we do not make that commitment, we're doomed to repeat history: As the Greek, Roman, Spaniard, British and Soviet empires were decimated by wars, the forever wars in the middle east and the thirst for oil will claim us

Mike in New Hampshire writes:
Getting a Republican majority, even if a few nut case Tea Party people are needed to do it.

Frank in Indiana writes:
Running the Republicans who created this mess out of office. They block bills, they do nothing. They do not care about the U.S., only money for the rich.

Ron in Maryland writes:
Most important to me in the midterms is electing money-savvy congresspersons. If the government can rein in its uncontrolled spending, stop borrowing from Asia et al. With the killer debt service costs, and start investing in business and projects that employ people, our economy will grow healthy again.

Joe writes:
Taxing the wealthy. Tax breaks for the wealthy is like building a dam up stream. The rancher up stream gets more than enough water, while the rest of us have to make do with what little bit of water leaks through. It's time to blow up this dam and let the water flow. There's plenty for all.

Carl in Illinois writes:
Jack, The economy and illegal immigration. Say no to amnesty of any kind, come in the front door legally, or don't come in at all.

Jon writes:
Reversing the path to socialism and national bankruptcy.

Tom in Maine writes:
Sanity. I agree with Jon Stewart. I don't want a mediocre bunch of politicians replaced with a bunch of hysterical flakes. What the hell is in that tea?


Filed under: Election Process • Elections
soundoff (142 Responses)
  1. Mysterious, Chicago

    That America doesn't forget how we got to the point we were in beginning with President Obama's term in office, and subsequently vote in people who Palin endorses. Or any Republican, for that matter.

    September 30, 2010 at 2:41 pm |
  2. Bizz Quarryville Pennsylvania

    The most important issue I think is getting out of the Afghanistan. This is a war with no end in sight. This war is already being compared to Vietnam for good reasons. The next issue would be Congress coming together putting politics aside and getting down to work. If Congress cannot come together then no issues no matter what they are can be solved. If pledges and contracts are to be made to American voters they should include a pledge of working together to find common ground.

    September 30, 2010 at 2:47 pm |
  3. Johnny C (from Los Angeles)

    Hi Jack –

    There are a myriad of issues that are very important to the citizenship of the United States that will need to be addressed: taxes, economy, unemployment & immigration reform.

    THE most important issue that needs to be addressed is government pension reform and downsizing government. Although the aforementioned issues are important, they will not have the collective improvement to our society that reigning in the bloated salaries and benefits received by government employees would garner.

    September 30, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  4. Frank in Indiana

    Running the Republicans who created this mess out of office. They block bills, they do nothing. They do not care about the US, only money for the rich.

    September 30, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  5. Harold in Anchorage,

    Keeping the Mad Hatters Tea Party away from positions from which they can hurt ou rcountry

    September 30, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  6. Larry from Georgetown, Tx

    Jack, hi, here is a novel idea for the leaders in our country. It's all about jobs; jobs for American workers, using American inputs to be sold in America. Wow, this just might keep people in their homes, increase the tax base to pay down the national debt and give people decent medical benefits. Isn't that the American dream?

    September 30, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  7. Jane (Minnesota)

    Job, jobs, jobs – creating and/or keeping them in the country instead of outsourcing. Lower unenmployment will be good for the economy and eventually for the deficit.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  8. Ed from Port Aransas, TX

    After we're sure the economic recovery has taken hold, we will need to instill some fiscal discipline, which will include tax increases. But for the near term, my most important issue in the mid-term election will be the sanity of the candidates.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  9. Russ in PA

    Most important issue to me is replacing all possible politicians with constitutional conservatives like Ron Paul so that we can get our freedoms back, as well as a sound dollar.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  10. Mike, NH

    Getting a Republican majority, even if a few nut case Tea Party people are needed to do it.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:07 pm |
  11. JOE

    Taxing the wealthy. Tax breaks for the wealthy is like building a dam up stream. The rancher up stream gets more than enough water, while the rest of us have to make do with what little bit of water leaks through. It`s time to blow up this dam and let the water flow. There`s plenty for all.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  12. Wilhelm von Nord Bach

    as a senior who just turned 65 and is FINALLY able to get MediCare, my number one concern is that the so called Tea Party Republicans DO NOT fool with the current program.

    WHY any senior would vote for the likes of Sharron Angle, Rand Paul, Ken Buck or Pat Toomey is beyond me. they ALL want to ELIMINATE Medicare.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
  13. Lee Nichols

    THE HEALTH REFORM BILL

    What happened to “Obama’s” campaign promises to eliminate Lobbying and reform Medical Malpractice Insurance? The silence is deafening!

    September 30, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  14. Anthony from NJ

    My most important concern is the tea party. If this rabble succeeds in November, the republicans will have to kneel at their altar and keep recruiting the least informed and most vile candidates in the future.
    That the tea party resonates with so many makes my stomach turn. Their tenure might be short but their slash and burn agenda will leave congress in ruins.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  15. paul westminster

    To defeat the nominees elected by the tea party whose hard core base is the worst this country has to offer. The last thing we need are more representatives who lack brains, integrity, and honesty. Because if elected these reality show wannabes will vote exactly the way the so called leadership of the Republican party tells them to.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
  16. Nancy, Grand Ledge, MI

    The most important issues are: #1 JOBS, #2 JOBS, and #3 JOBS!!!
    We don't make anything here anymore. Until we do nothing is going to get any better!!! Unemployed people don't pay taxes and don't buy much. It's the middle class that keeps our economy strong, and our middle class has been dismantled and shipped to China. I don't know what we have to do to get Washington to listen, but maybe unemployment for the whole lot of them would improve their understanding!!

    September 30, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
  17. James in Idaho

    Believe it or not, the most important issue ISN'T jobs; it's peoples perceptions of the state of their own economic stability. That being said, the guy I vote for, or girl, is going to be the one that can make me feel like he or she isn't going to naysay every idea that comes from the opposite party for politics sake. The guy or girl everyone should vote for is the one that doesn't see doom in every government policy.

    There's a reason why it was called "the great DEPRESSION". It wasn't jsut wages and jobs that were depressed, it was people.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  18. Jim S in Alabama

    It's not going to get addressed Jack, but the extent to which our representatives are tied to lobbyists and special interests is super big to me because it seems like all votes in Washington are for sale now. Secondly, I suppose the job situation is almost as critical. However, having said that, I don't believe that tax cut extensions for the super wealthy will have any effect on creating jobs because they sure didn't under Bush. I think the rich just want more breaks. period.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:26 pm |
  19. Gordon NJ

    To keep political power away from those Republicans who would eagerly repeat all the mistakes of the George W. Bush era, while somehow expecting different results.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
  20. Dee in New Paris Ohio

    DUH, the economy!

    But that is really too simple. ALL of the other issues are interdependent on economic performance. So while the economy may be the underlying important issue, other things like health care, the wars (which DEFINITELY are skewing the economy) are super important.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  21. Cal in Denver, CO

    Jack,

    Yes, the economy and unemployment are on top of my list. Corporate greed is rampant and the C-level people need to get a clue. I work in Technology and there is no shortage of experienced American's. We need to kill the H1-B program and others like it related to outsourcing/offshoring. Get middle class people back to work and you will improve the economy.

    Tthe Senate just voted down a bill that would've helped. The Republicans didn't surprise me in which direction they voted, but 5-6 Democrats voted against it too. Just simply amazing!

    Cal

    September 30, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  22. Bonnie from NJ

    Bringing back good jobs to the middle class. Although my salary has remained the same since 2006, I have been lucky enough to be working for a company has not taken too much of hit during the recession. I am supporting the household by myself since my boyfriend cannot find a job for over a year. Another friend has just taken a job at the local grocery store at $8 an hour out of desperation and if something doesn't break for her soon she will be living in her car (that is if it doesn't get repossesed). I want to vote for a candidate that understands that laying off thousands of people so that a few on top can walk away with multi millions is not the way this country will survive.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  23. Paul in New Port Richey, Fl

    Honesty, Jack. With that, everything will fall into place.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  24. Joe CE

    Trade is obviously the most imortant issue. I favor free trade. It will eventually create a level base for everyone and eliminate the pricipal cause of war. The question is: are we going to persue it according to the agreements we have in place? If we do, we will lower our standard of living and that of most advanced countries. A better approach is to phase it in while mainting our standard of living and brings others up. We need FAIR trade, Renogiate all treaties to provide free trade on exports up to 200% of imports, then tariff. Phase the limitation out as other countries meet our health & safety stranards, environmental controls, & worker benefits & protections. Of course Chinan must stop manipulating its currency.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  25. CRAIG R. MCNEES

    tampa, fl illegal aliens and amnesty. my position hasn't changed over the last 20 years as has most of the legal, taxpaying americans opinion as well. seems funny that the same morons that are in office keep coming back to the only solution to our immigration problems is amnesty. putting a end to this problem would solve numerous other problems such as our economy, our debt, jobs, resources, etc. i intend to vote out all illegal alien sympathizers.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  26. J Farrow

    Most important issues? They are all important. If we are to continue to address these issues effectively? Keep the Republicans' hands off our government!

    September 30, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  27. Olga

    The economy, of course!

    Olga
    Austin, Tx

    September 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  28. Ed from California

    Getting all the republicans out of office. And just maybe it'll stop all this hate talk. Perhaps getting The Glass-Steagall Act back in place. Stopping the outsourcing of our jobs and getting all those jobs back. Perhaps tweaking the health care by getting a public option added to it. Who cares about tax cuts when people aren't working. And how about the media stop scarring people with all these targeted polls aimed at a small section of America.

    September 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  29. Rob in NC

    I don't think it makes a difference since they don't, won't, and haven't listened to anything else we've said. I would like work done on the economy and jobs. If they really wanted the "stimulus" money to work, they could have cut a check for $2900 to every person in the US. instead of wasting it on the ones who already have the money. Rob in NC

    September 30, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  30. Stella-Northern New York

    JOBS..JOBS..JOBS. with decent wages to support a family. Jobs for the middle class,jobs for the poor,and yes jobs for the rich.(even they feel worthless without a job even though they will never go hungry as many of us have). When people have a job they are proud,compassionate, and loving AMERICANS. "They are the envy of the world"

    September 30, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  31. Meg from Troy

    Jack–
    For me, it is jobs and the economy. I will vote for candidates who are willing to make tough decisions and take action on those decisions to improve our economic situation. I am not going to vote for candidates who just say "no" to everything and who are trying to take the American culture back 50 or 60 years. I want candidates who are looking to move forward and willing to make the decisions to take us in that direction.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:10 pm |
  32. JENNA

    What issue is most important to you in the midterm elections?

    Making sure that we give the Democrats a Super Majority in the Senate so that we can get the peoples work done without the Republicans blocking everything – including those bills that they voted for in the past.

    There is no good reason to vote for ANY Republican this midterm cycle.

    Jenna
    Roseville CA

    September 30, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  33. MNResident

    How many times do people have to say it beore it sinks into the politicians' and medias' heads: It's the economy, stupid.....

    September 30, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  34. Ron Peeples (Elkridge, Maryland)

    Most important to me in the midterms is electing money-savvy congresspersons. If the government can rein in its uncontrolled spending, stop borrowing from Asia et al. with the killer debt service costs, and start investing in business and projects that employ people, our economy will grow healthy again. The greatest country on the planet is being held hostage by self serving politicians, and you and I are paying for it!

    September 30, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  35. Jim

    Jack,

    Of course the economy is number one, which is why I'll be voting for every Democrat in sight rather than giving power back to the party that got us into these messes. Another one high on my list is opposing all of the Tea Party loonies that have crawled out of the woodwork and declared their candidacy. In Nevada, that means opposing Sharron Angle who seems to be against anything that might actually help people.

    Jim
    Reno, Nevada

    September 30, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  36. Mario (Phoenix, AZ)

    It is imperative that in the next 10 years we deliver the green, alternative-energy infrastructures that will enable us to effectively manage the existing financial, employment, and growth deficits we are facing today.

    If we do not make that commitment, we're doomed to repeat history: As the Greek, Roman, Spaniard, British and Soviet empires were decimated by wars, the forever wars in the middle east and the thirst for oil will claim us as victims of our own demise. So, before it spreads into Pakistan and Iran, let's get out of Iraq and Afghanistan.

    That is my most important issue in the midterm election. Let's reduce our dependency on foreign oil in the next decade!

    September 30, 2010 at 4:30 pm |
  37. Mr. D

    The whole ball of wax. Most importantly, however, the perception of true leadership for the country.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  38. Carl

    Jack,

    The economy and illegal immigration. Say no to amnesty of any kind, come in the front door legally, or don't come in at all.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  39. Lori - PA

    Jack,

    Unemployment. I was laid-off at the beginning of 2008, and have yet to find another job. I would like to see a genuine effort at jobs creation so that I don't have to compete with 30 other people for a job.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:32 pm |
  40. Jon

    Reversing the path to Socialism and and national bankruptcy.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  41. Paul Austin,Texas

    All issues Jack but to be real two. Number one get people back to work and soon. Two the border problems need to be solved yesterday before we get in a real war with or without Mexico against the thugs bringing drugs to and through this country along with human slaves for work or prostitution. Two real problems that are equal but need action now.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  42. Jimmy in Greenville, NC

    Jack, the most important issue to me is to elect someone who at least gives the impression that he or she is in touch with the plight of the average American family. Those in office now don't seem to understand that there is a world beyond the beltway. As Shania sings , (what they are doing now)"....don't impress me much..."

    September 30, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
  43. Danny Bucksnort Tn.

    Jobs, Jobs and Jobs. Without Americans getting back to work there is no future for this country. Working people pay taxes and without taxes the government can not operate. We have borrowed all that we can borrow from other countries Jack. America is now considered a bad risk. Without jobs the whole country will crumble..

    September 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  44. Allen in Hartwell GA

    My biggest issue is getting rid of all the representatives and senators who are only there to oppose President Obama. We don't need obstructionists, but rather states-men/women who can see the good in a piece of legislation no matter who writes it. For some reason I can't imagine any Tea Party candidate fitting that criteria.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:44 pm |
  45. Craig from Scottsdale

    Freedom! Freedom from larger intrusive government, freedom to keep what I earn, freedom to let our local communities chose how to educate our children, freedom to make our own health care decisions and freedom to feel good again about being successful. Sadly, a growing percentage of my fellow Americans would rather have the Government take care of them and to villify the Producers as greedy criminals.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  46. David from Herndon, VA

    Problem is so many issues are bundled together. Health care = the economy. Energy = the economy. Foreign relations = the economy.

    If you pinned me down I'd say let's get a smart grid built and continue to subsidize green energy production. That would create millions of jobs if we get out in front of it. Otherwise, we'll just keep eating China's dust and probably be thankful for it, since people won't have anything else to eat anymore...

    September 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  47. Lance, Ridgecrest, Ca

    Jack, as you pointed out, there are so many issues, if I have to pick one, it has to be the deficit and spending. This country cannot continue this insane spending spree that Congress and the President are engaged in, and survive. We MUST cut spending, across the board, without mercy or excuses. If that means pulling back to 2008/2006, or even earlier spending levels, then so be it. This country cannot continue to mortgage our future by spending money we do not have, in the blind belief that things will get better.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  48. stormerF/Alabama

    The Economy of course,but replacing the incumbants is second.

    September 30, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  49. Dennis / Missouri

    Let's use a quote the Democrats used during the Bush presidency.
    "It's the economy stupid."

    September 30, 2010 at 4:55 pm |
  50. John, Lake Charles, LA

    Getting rid of the incumbants!

    September 30, 2010 at 5:01 pm |
  51. Dennis north Carolina

    economy and jobs

    September 30, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  52. Layne Alleman

    Jack, TERM LIMITS!!! Until our Government is no longer a "JOB" of indefinite length(and bonuses), our country will be screwed on every issue facing us. This "service to country" is too important to be handed over to career criminals. Layne A. Antioch, Il.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  53. tom k, chico,ca.

    Creating Manufacturing jobs in our country not just flipping burgers,Did you know that the Smart electric meters utilitys are putting everywhere are made in Mexico.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  54. Adam Simi Valley, CA

    I don't see how you can pin it down to one issue. Unemployment and the economy is important, but without fixing the deficit and the healthcare legislation businesses will be reluctant to take risks. Small businesses are the key to the economy, which Obama and everyone in Congress including Pelosi and Reid, correctly point out and claim to care about, but then they enact or support policies that are crushing to small business. Obama is back stumping for himself and he is claiming that he has actually lowered taxes with his policies, but no one believes him. This is because the government is trying to increase the cost of our way of life. From Heatlcare to the EPA, to the hundreds of millions spent to create 8 jobs, he is making our present economy and future cost of living increase. No one believes his semantics about taxes because they can feel that in their heads and hearts that the government is the reason they are losing wealth, whether it is called a tax or not.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  55. Remo, from beautiful downtown Pflugerville Texas

    Jack, for me it's jobs, I need one. The second since I live in Texas is Illegal Immagration/Border security. Unless you've been on the other side of a pistol from someone demanding your truck, you probably don't give a rat's ass. However if you've had a run in with a drug trafficker wanting your truck, you get a very narrow view on how secure we really are.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  56. Bill

    Jack: The most important issue to me is keeping the Tea Party and GOP from controlling the House and Senate. They have no new ideas and only want to bring this country backward. Allowing the Democrats and Obama more time will provide America's economy and the American people with a much brighter future.

    Bill in NY

    September 30, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  57. Claire, Melbourne FL

    A Congress that can work together on all those issues that affect our lives. This constant "NO" from the sore losers and the threat of constant investigations and supoena's if they take over the house and senate is very reminiscent of 1994 when Newt and his flunkies began 6 years of investigations at a cost of $50 million tax payer $ is not what I'm looking forward to.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  58. Sandra South Carolina

    To defeat every rotten republican in this state. There are some skunks in this election.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:20 pm |
  59. Dennis from Minneapolis, MN

    Good question. I think unemployment is very important in general, but I don't think it is causal in nature. I think it is a symptom. Few people listed Energy as important, but I think this is one of the main concerns facing the elections and our nation because of its effect on the bigger issues. The economy would be fine if we treated the disease, not the symptoms. Stop trying to create policy simply employing people. Instead, create policy that builds an environment where we need production. Energy is one. We import it all. Make it here instead. The distribution of wealth in this country is absurd, and we are mirroring the economy before the great depression. The top people hold too much percentage of the money and are creating an insolvent market. Rich people dont spend, poor people do. So how do we stop this? I have no clue, but that is whats important to me. An official who can go toe to toe with the richest in America and say... You're killing us. We need to stop allowing individuals to take advantage of the masses. That is NOT the American way.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:21 pm |
  60. Gary H. Boyd

    I'd say the choice Michelle Obama makes on the color of flowers for the White House Rose Garden. You gotta be kiddding me Jack, - it's the economy and jobs pal - the economy and jobs, the economy and jobs. Where you been livin' lately Jack, - under a flat rock?

    Gary in Scottsdale, Arizona

    September 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  61. John - Texas

    Jack, I believe there is nothing more important than the economy. The collapse of 2008 threatens America's survival much more than the crash of 1929. Wihout major cutbacks, and I mean major, we will not survive with an economy that has lost most of its wealth producing capacity. I don't believe we will be able to sustain the rate we are borrowing and printing money long enough to see the economy strong enough to support a government that has grown beyond any democracies ability to support. We are no longer a government of the people, by the people and for the people, we are a people obligated to serve their government.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:24 pm |
  62. Al

    Attitude – the best America is yet to come and we can only do it together. Hope and faith in one another are key to economic recovery and helping all Americans realize their talents.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  63. Ralph Spyer

    The issue most important to me is the 1 trillion dollars spent on Iraq and Afghanistan. With close to 5000 of our boys killed in Iraq and we still have 50,000 soldiers still in Iraq. Afghanistan is another Vietnam, we have been in Afghanistan for over 10 yrs, this year we lost more soldiers than all of last yr, and we have 3 months to go. For the past 6 yr our casualty have been highter than the yr. before. I went to Vietnam for what ?

    September 30, 2010 at 5:31 pm |
  64. Pruitt from Tuscaloosa

    The big issues for me are health care, and political reform. The economy will pretty much fix itself given time, though it might be painful. But the health care bill seems to be a slippery slope leading to Europe-style government health care. As for political reform, it seems like a doomed hope of trying to make our politicians a little less crazy, and that applies to the right and the left.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:33 pm |
  65. kim smith, Dodge City, Ks.

    Illegal immigration and border security. In the near future, all other issues will pale in comparrison to the irreversable damage done to our national identity.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:34 pm |
  66. Bob Fleming

    The most important issue to me in the coming election is whether the electorate is going to elect any of the incompetents who proudly proclaim they are supported by the "Tea Party".

    September 30, 2010 at 5:36 pm |
  67. Paulette in Dallas,PA

    The economy,Health Care and ending these expensive,senseless wars.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:37 pm |
  68. Mark, Oklahoma City

    Getting rid of the socialist democrats who want to turn this great country into the Netherlands. We are a great Nation and if anything, OTHER countries shoud be wanting to emmulate US, not the other way around!

    September 30, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  69. Valerie in Raleigh

    Jobs are the most important plus keeping the Democratic majority in place so they can continue to clean up the awful mess left by the Republican Bush. Putting the Republicans back in power is like having a big red fox guard the hen house!!

    September 30, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  70. Paula in Albuquerque

    Tipping the balance in Congress, and ensuring that Obama's agenda is stopped...COLD.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  71. Ed

    In Washington, stupidity is the biggest issue that we face today. As defined in proverbs stupidity is unwillingness to change. Washington...you can't fix stupid.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:41 pm |
  72. Paul P.

    For me, there are two issues that require more impetus; the economy and clean energy...which to me, are intrinsically linked to each other. I would like to see each side offer their ideas and solutions to tackling these complex problems moving forward, which would mean seeing the GOP put down their sword and the Democrats put down their shield for a few minutes.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
  73. Mike from Denver

    It all boils down to money. Business need it for jobs, employees need it for rent and food, and D.C is wasting it on ill-conceived and mismanaged programs like Health Care Reform, bailouts, and TARP. In order for there to be change, there needs to be accountability. Only then will we truely turn this mess around.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  74. Kevin in CA

    My personal income.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:44 pm |
  75. Jerry Jacksonville, Fl.

    I would like to think they are very important but so far the Democrats haven't accomplished a damn thing and with Obama being the President with a veto proof following of Democrats the Republicans can't get anything done if the President doesn't want them to. So the midterms really don't mean crap.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:47 pm |
  76. Aaron Hayworth

    My most important concern as a college student at the University of North Carolina is having affordable loans and interests rates. Along with loans it is also important to make sure the economy stabilizes so that more jobs will come back to the US to ensure jobs for future generations of US workers.

    Cheers Jack!

    September 30, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  77. Ray in Knoxville

    Jack, the economy is the big issue and it will always be the big issue when we are in a recession.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
  78. KDS Irvine, CA

    The economy Jack,
    But throwing the Democrats out and handing Congress to the Republicans won't change much. The ideology is the same. This recession is terrible and we are going to have to endure a few years of hardship before the country sees any real change.

    Blaming politicians, the president and the rich will not change anything. This thing is going to have to run its course. The only suggestion I have for our leaders is to stop spending money like its going out of style. This country CANNOT borrow its way to prosperity.

    September 30, 2010 at 5:51 pm |
  79. Mari, Utah

    Dear Jack,

    How much space will you give to write? It is important to me that the Koch brothers "Tea Party candidates" do not win. That America realizes how inept the "Koch candidates" are.

    It is very important to me, for America to know that while we were on the brink of the 2nd Great Depression, the GOP wished Obama would fail and did nothing..... zip.....nada to help America's recovery.

    It is very important to me, that America knows the truth about the "Tea Party" and who created it and who funds it. Because our Democracy depends on a well educated populace.

    Lastly, it is very important that we all go out and vote! IF you do not vote, you are not allowed to complain.

    In NOvember vote NO for the Party of NO!

    September 30, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  80. Glenda

    Why is it that the "Bush Tax Cuts" ending for the richest Americans is such a big debate??? They are still in effect........right? The wealthiest citizens got the tax cuts this year, and it hasn't seemed to do anything good for the financial state of the union so far. So, why the concern? Perhaps, we should try the opposite approach.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  81. Annie, Atlanta

    My biggest issue, mid terms or not, is the corporate buy out of our elected representatives. We need to get the corporations out of the halls of congress, and get rid of the wholly owned politicians, R and D alike. They’re destroying our democracy as well as our financial security. When billionaire businessmen have to buy politicians to make even more billions, and buy up the news media to control the messaging, it's a big clue that greed needs to be reined in (or is that reigned?).

    September 30, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  82. Michael H. in Albuquerque, NM

    Repeal the tax breaks for companies that move overseas. Those tax breaks cost us millions of jobs. Yet republicans refuse to repeal them, using the twisted logic that they create jobs. The tax breaks for companies that moved overseas certainly created jobs for communist China. We should tell the republicans we want breaks for companies that create jobs for us. They voted No for that also.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  83. ken, atlantic city nj

    Illegal immigration because 12 million working illegals are taking the jobs of legal amercians and draining the resources in states for education and free health care at hospitals and clinics.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  84. Paula in Albuquerque

    I'd like to know how it can be that there is a "war on terror", overseas, and the nation's international borders are not secure? Billions every month are spent "chasing bin Laden"...and, the Mexican drug-cartels are able to set-up shop within the Arizona frontier, with impunity. Unless I missed something, I thought that the president swore to protect and maintain the safety and wellbeing of the United States. Yet, Obama has filed a lawsuit against the Governor of Arizona, because she is attempting to safeguard her State! The question which I have repeatedly sent to the White House is this: "Whose 'team' is Obama 'pitching' for? The drug-gangs, or the citizens whom he pledged to safeguard?" As has happened with Governor Brewer...my questions have neither been acknowledged, nor answered! To me, Obama is in derelection of his oath-of-office...complicit in allowing a foreign invasion, and occupation of American territory...and, thus, has abrogated his right to continue his competence, and misjudgments, as "president". American airports are veritable snakepits of "security"...and, the Mexican border is as easy to access as any neighborhood Walgreen's...

    September 30, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  85. Michael Armstrong Sr. Tx.

    Immigration our national security should be number one on the list we have the middle east radicals threatening our country and we need to protect our boarders .

    September 30, 2010 at 6:13 pm |
  86. Karl from SF, CA

    It’s the Congress, stupid. The most important issue to me is to get a Congress that will work with the President to solve the many issues we have pressing us now. The Party of No, and their scare tactics, is obviously the problem, not the solution. Adding Angle, Ran Paul, O’Donnell and the rest of their ilk to the current mix is like pouring gasoline on the fire. It will only make it worse and not better.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  87. Bruce

    UFO Disclosure. No other event would improve our lives as much!

    September 30, 2010 at 6:15 pm |
  88. Loren

    Everything boils down to the economy, and its state is a reflection of faied Democratic policies over the past twenty years – housing, banking, imports, immigration, unions. At their core, the practices of the Democratic Party are in conflict with one another and have led to a meltdown of the US economy. What we need is a comprehensive economic policy that recognizes the importance of every sector of our economy and stops trading the livelihood's of our workers for the political goals of our elected officials. When your policies encourage sending jobs overseas, you put Americans out of work, as simple as that.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  89. Ann Marie from SC

    The issue most important to me in the midterm elections is the inability of Congress to act on the issues at all. Everyone wants their way . They dig in their heels and throw a major pout when they don’t get it. Didn’t we learn in kindergarten that we can’t always have our own way? With all the diversity in this country we need a government that serves all people, rich and poor alike. We need representatives in Congress who know how to negotiate and how to find consensus. We need Congressmen who are mature enough to look at someone else’s point of view and are able to change as new facts unfold and as situations change. We need people in government who are strong enough to yield when doing so moves the issue forward but at the same time does not sacrifice the basic tenets of our constitution.
    We need justice for all people.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
  90. mitch from calif

    illegal immigration jack, get rid of the moochers then other things like the economy will get much better.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  91. Larry in Atlanta

    My most important issue is keeping any Republicans from being elected. We don't need bush era politics again. Hell, he would most likely bombed England over the Oil Spill.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  92. Allan

    Most important issue is how to reform our representative gov't to prevent our politicians from destroying our democracy.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  93. john j. grimes watertown, ma.

    The same thing that it's been for the last 9 years, getting all military personnel out of the middle east. The loss of life has been obscene and the waste of money beyond reason. As bad as Saddam & Co. was, it hasn't been worth 800 billion dollars (and counting) to cancel his contract.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  94. jim

    Outsoursing of jobs. What this country least needs is a group once again controlling Congress and voting to outsource American jobs. This Congress needs to make it so expensive to import into our country that foreign business will come here to do business instead of American companies going oversea to do business here.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  95. LaSonyaR

    Public Option. I want to place as many people in office that will move this country to a public option. I know you all unemployment statistics is high but frankly, I don't see it in Tennessee. Everyone who wants to work is working.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:18 pm |
  96. richard in montana

    Hey Jack,
    The most important item on my election list is voting the worthless congressman from Montana out of office. Ten terms in Washington and he still can't get it! I was someone that can stand up the to corporations that are raping us and someone that can answer Wolf's questions.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  97. Jean in Houston, TX

    A friend who's previously worked as a lobbyist once told me trhat her advanced degree in invertebrate paleontology was her best preparation for understanding members of congress. Obviously, then, most important issue is stem cell research: how else will democrats ever grow spines?

    September 30, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  98. Duop, Colorado Springs, Colorado

    Obviously, it is economic stupid. Jobs, jobs, jobs, and jobs! But recently, I came to conclude that politics between the Democrats and Republicans in our country is simply a repeat of nonsense. Now, the real deal here is the fact that any rational being will prefer balance of interests between the two main political parties – these parties should be stripped from acting as if we, the people, provided them with licenses to mess up our political system other nations don’t have. Sad!

    September 30, 2010 at 6:19 pm |
  99. Peter Kennedy

    Ability and willingness to negotiate and compromise not hateful partisan politics. Maggie Valley, NC

    September 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  100. Christian E. Savage

    As a Conservative Free Market Republican who unfortunately had to vote for Barack Obama in 2008–[Btw, I am 100% opposed to Obama-care]-believe the Employee Free Choice Act (H.R. 1409) which would give workers a right to organize and collectively bargain for a Christ-like livable wage in the Free Market is the MOST important issue in this year's midterm elections. Contrary to popular opinion, the bill would NOT take away the secret ballot in union organizing but would leave it to the discretion of the workers to have a secret ballot or not. Also, the aggressive unionization of workers would NOT depress job growth b/c when the unionization rate was at its peak in 1944 at 35%, the unemployment rate was ONLY 1.2%. Also, it is a fact that Adam Smith, the father of capitalism, endorse unions in his book "The Wealth of Nations." Thank you.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  101. Mike Bitar

    Healthcare is my biggest concern. My state of Florida put me on the 2 year waiting list for the Aids Drug Assistance Program. I've been off my medicine for 3 months after being sick over 13 years. I'm currently unemployed and uninsured watching my health decline before my eyes. I've paid into the system my whole life working two or more jobs most of my life. I have no criminal record. Disability has denied me. Where is justice in my case?...Someone needs to do something NOW! We're dying here.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  102. Gail Evans

    Jack, you might not like this answer, but I think a lot of the problem right now is the media. People aren't seeing the real reason that things aren't getting done because the media is too afraid to tell it like it is. The republicans have an agenda all right, and thats to destroy a democratically elected president. When they spend all of their time just sitting on their hands and saying no to stop anything he is trying to do to help the country,THEY are not doing anything to help the country. Just "getting him out of the way" is not helping the American people. We need to get rid of the party of NO, and get some politicians who are willing to compromise.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  103. Paul Willaims

    Jobs are the number one issue followed by the deficit. How the Obama administration can continue to argue that things are looking up is beyond me when they are worse than when he came into office. He claims that things would have been significantly worse had he not done what he did – hogwash. Even if you agree with that, how can you argue that things are looking up. Someone needs to remind everyone in congress of the old Clinton line "Its the Economy Stupid"

    September 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  104. Alex K

    The biggest issue is simple – the Dems need to hold both houses – if they don't the partisan gridlock over the next two years will make the last two years seem like a friendly picnic.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:20 pm |
  105. Freeman

    You won't get this answer from many, but my main concern is the caliber of the people Obama is surrounding himself with. Just look at all his czars. They are rabidly radical and one must assume that Obama is just as radical or he wouldn't have tapped them for any positions. Changing the balance in congress can slow down the damage being done intentionally.

    The stupid people who voted for him certainly won't agree because, like I wrote, the stupid people. We are heading to a country of welfare recipients and a plantation mentality.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  106. Jacqueline Manning-MIller

    UNEMPLOYMENT!!! Jack I've beem laid off threw the Unite Steelworkers Union Since January 2009. I was number 46 when I walked that Sunday morning now I'm number 7 to be called back. But they just stopped calling people back in August. And say they No plans on anymore people back to work. I'm con my last leg of unemployment my benefits will stop December 4,2010 unless these Politicians do something. Just like they hold up our benefits maybe we could just hold up on voting. Better yet LETS STOP THEIR PAYCHECKS FOR A FEW WEEKS.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  107. Al in Lake Placid

    The repeal of ObamaCare.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  108. katiec Pekin, IL

    There are several important issues.
    The economy. The republicans have done everything they can, and big business has gone along with them, to stop any improvement, advancement in the economy for the sake trying to regain power and win this next election.
    The outsourcing of jobs. Again the republicans destroyed our chance of bringing jobs back from overseas.
    The elimination of tax cuts, perks, benefits for the rich. Again the republicans have shown their true colors by again sacrificing us for Wall St, big business and the rich
    Another big issue is making sure the republicans do not regain power.
    Our country cannot survive their further destruction.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  109. Jim Blevins

    Clearly, jobs are most important. It should be obvious that the Republican economic model is simply a way for the elite to control the rest of us - mostly using jobs. It is high time that we adopt a democratic economic model. If those with money refuse to use it to create product and jobs, then their money should be taxed away and given to someone that will use it to produce. Unfortunately, the elite seem to have convinced most people to return them to absolute power.

    Jim, Craig, CO

    September 30, 2010 at 6:21 pm |
  110. Carrie in Alabama

    The most important issues are to make sure wing nuts like these crazies in NY and Delaware do not hijack this country . As much as I have wished Obama could do more with my pocketbook , this mess we found ourselves in took time to make and it will take time to turn around and few in the GOP are showing me the intellect needed to do that , so keeping the smarter of two evils is a must!

    September 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  111. Nell, South Carolina

    Keeping the health care bill. I need for my grandchildren to be able to stay on their father's insurance policies when they graduate until they can get a job. I am very happy that Medicare is going to cover an annual physical exam for me. I am glad that the insurance company won't be able to cancel her health insurance if she gets sick. I am glad that, unlike now, older people with Type 2 diabetes will be able to get health insurance.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  112. honest John in Vermont

    The single most important issue is to secure our southern borders and return the illegals to their respective countries.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  113. Sun

    most important: health care, then education.

    I tried to get insurance on my own. I had just moved, so I didn't have a job yet. I've been denied health care in the past simply because I have a history of depression. Otherwise, I am healthy. Low blood pressure, low cholesterol, no family or personal history of heart disease, never smoked, no diabetes. And yet, I could not get the health care I wanted in case of an emergency.

    I'm a grad student. I am receiving loan money to pay for my tuition. I know others who are struggling because they don't know they will pay for school and basic needs like rent.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  114. David in Tampa

    My issue is this, if the Republicans regain control of congress will we return to the ruinous fiscal policies that got us to where we are today. Or if the Democrats retain control of the congress will they continue their ruinous fiscal policies that got us where we are today. I'm heard campaign B.S. from both parties promising to do all kinds of things but no one has had the guts to say HOW. Don't state the obvious or some generality guys and gals. It doesn't work on this voter any more. If you want to cut spending say where first. If you are going to cut taxes under what circumstances and are there any conditions where you would not. Frankly, I don't hear anything but more irresponsible behavior from both sides of the aisle and neither party willing to do those things necessary to get us out of this mess.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  115. LaSonyaR

    I dont know if its possible but have you all done a study on how many open positions are open in the US and as it relates to how many people are unemployed. At my company we have had many positions for a year and no one has applied. People dont want to work.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  116. Pat. Virginia

    Of course the economy is the most important issue. However that problem will take years to turn around. I am more interested in problems that can be fixed with comgressional action and federal enforcement. My issue is health care. We need to get rid of Obama care and get something that has a chance to work with out breaking the bank. My husband says enforcement of the immigration law is his top priority.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  117. Charles in Boone, NC

    My most important issue: seeing that the current crop of loons (i.e. Tea Party) running for congress don't get elected. Nothing says ass-backwards like undoing 40 years of legislation. Is it any wonder this country is circling the drain?

    September 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  118. Alex Landi

    Jack,
    In the long run, illegal immigration is the most important issue because it's about our ability to remain a sovereign nation. The economy runs in cycles, and the current situation, though bad, will improve. If we surrender our sovereignty, it's permanent.
    I will vote against any candidate who is for "comprehensive immigration reform," i.e.,surrender.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:23 pm |
  119. Ron Mimnaugh

    The most important thing about the midterm election has to be getting out the Democratic vote to maintain control of both houses. Otherwise we'll get nothing done for the American people during the next two years.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  120. jeff brociek

    I got caught without a job in the 1975 recession and the 1991 recession. The second one was horrible. My most important issue is Illegal Immigration. I'm from Ill. and we're more than 13 billion in debt. The big secret is how much we pay for Anchor babies tuition, hospital visits and th 25 other handouts available to them. They know where the handouts are. I couldn't find anything in 1993. It discuusses me how they just invade, and we're bad for objecting to it. There aren't many illegals picking fruit in Chicago. What bull! If fruit and vegetables are too expensive, I'll substitute. If there here, I have to pay. All they will want once legal is more and more.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  121. CARL RIECHERS

    Repealing the Healthcare bill is a must. With all the unemployed people and low income familes, how in the world are we going to "force" everyone to buy a health insurance policy. We are already starting to see the changes that will be coming with this new 2000 page bill, which no one was able to read before it was passed. Premiums are going up, not down and many of your current policies cannot be renewed and premiums will no longer be deductible!! New coverages offer much less, with higher premiums.

    Pay attention Americans. There isn't anything FREE, and campaign promises are forgotten the day after the election!! This bill will cost us and our children for generations to come. Vote for people who can repeal it!!

    Orlando, Fl

    September 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  122. Matthew Fernandez

    The most important issue in the midterm elections Jack is the possibility of the Republicans Winning. If they win they will turn the clock on America by 10 years and the concerns of the working people will be swept aside. The Republicans will refuse to work compromises with the President and it won't be long before they promote the slogan "ALL RICH PEOPLE UNITE!"

    Miami,FL

    September 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  123. A.B.

    Jack, the answer to your question is real simple: JOBS AND THE ECONOMY!! It's the economy and jobs which are key to restoring our national economy, raising the American standard of living and preserving the Democratic majority in Congress and keeping the Obama in the White House.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  124. Name*Carol

    The biggest issue for me is making sure republicans do not get elected. The racist undertones bubbling to the surface under the guise of Tea Party will set America back. The cry " we want America back" , back from who or what? Has America Bern hijacked by some aliens? I think so... by the same FEARFUL demons that wiped out Native Americans and anyone else that they think has more power than they do!

    September 30, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  125. Doris Lauter

    Jobs are the most important, and by giving the middle class only the tax breaks, it should help. The rich have had the tax cuts during the Bush era, and didn't create one job, in fact, they lost millions of jobs. So, giving the rich the tax cuts did nothing, so they don[t need them anymore.
    Going back to the tax cuts that Clinton had, seemed to help the economy
    Doris
    Ojai, California

    September 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  126. Rachelle Trudel

    As a future teacher for the state of NY, nothing is more important than the education of our children. I am very concerned that only 10% of our population is really concerned about education. The only way to improve anything is through education. Our students, our children, are found lacking when compared to students of foreign countries, particularly in math and science. I am all for having students learning about art and music, but the fact is that those subjects are more of a hobby than they are useful. We need to focus on math, science, and foreign language/communication. Greatly improving in those areas will secure our future as a nation in this world and to push them aside will be devastating. I believe that if we do not act quickly and "fix" our system of education, then the great america we know and were taught will soon be just another topic in history class.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  127. Mark from Boston

    Jack,

    Because I understand corporations and small businesses can't be competitive globally with exorbitant legacy costs, and our economy is based on the jobs created by these companies, the most important issues to me are healthcare and entitlement reform. Republicans will balance 'The House' in November. But, because most people don't understand the extent of this issue, I can assure you two years from now we will have accomplished nearly nothing and we'll be having this same conversation, only people will be far more livid. Republicans will be blaming Obama., and Democrats will be saying, "I told you they couldn't drive."

    September 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  128. Laura Fiore

    What is important to me in this midterm election is to inform Americans. Jack, you cannot believe the amount of false e mails circulating in America. Not one that I've tried to verify is true. It's all 1/2 truths, yet almost all my friends believe it. An example. Death panels in the new health care bill. How does this country stand a chance in elections when the people voting don't know what they are voting for.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:25 pm |
  129. Elizabeth Strom

    I think that the most important issue is replacing those "in-Obama's
    pocket" democrats and electing republicans who see the
    necessity of stopping the deficit spending and getting the country
    back of a solid economic footing and jobs for our American
    citizens who believe in working and supporting their families\
    instead of being on the "government dole." Reducing "big
    government" in all respects is essential if this country is to
    be the "land of the free." America was not established as
    either a communist country nor a socialist country. Our
    country was established on freedom to worship God,
    our creator and not to worship leftist nuts who are trying
    so hard to push this country down a path which the majority
    of citizens don't want it to go. We believe in the Constitutiion
    and that we were endowed by OUR CREATOR with inalienable
    right to life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness. .

    September 30, 2010 at 6:26 pm |
  130. Gigi Oregon

    The issue's for me are how to educate the uneducated voter. It disgusting how the Republicans keep bringing up obama's legal status. It doesn't matter one rip who his father was. It's who his mother was and we know she was a U.S citizen. Let's stay focused media. We all know you can't fix a broken government over night. Stop rehashing the same old same tired rhetoric. Stay on focus. Obama has taken care of some major issues. Now lets get back on track and look at jobs. The Republicans allowed our jobs to go over seas the past decade. Tell corporate America if they want to be taken serious bring the jobs back and take pride in supporting "made in America" instead of their pocket books.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  131. david moore

    Does it really matter, I don't see how we Republican's figure we could ever again, win another election, who will vote for us; not the gay, not the Mexican, not the military, not the young, not the black, not the Jew, not the Muslin, not the unemployrd, not the poor, not the middle class, no woman in her right mind, no rational person with reasonable expectations. I think we're toast. (white toast)

    September 30, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  132. jim - georgia

    The most important issue to me and my family is the economy. When people have jobs everything else works. When this happens it eliminates bailouts, handouts, as well as many other unecessary government programs. We have to "work" our way out of a depression. Unemployment is killing this country and politicians know it but won't fix it because they're afraid of jeopardizing their gravy train jobs.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  133. danny hawes

    jack, without a forward moving economy security and all else is lost we had a good thing going but greed took over and all eggs were put in one basket insurance money,money which should have stayed in stock market including 401k money americans were already making their investments in real estate.we need to have fresh new slow start with a controlled growth.when middle class is buying homes every thing else will follow

    September 30, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  134. Laura in Florida

    The most important issue for me is to get the American people informed on the facts. It's hard to believe how ill informed the American public is. There is a ton of e mails circulating on the internet that are based on 1/2 truths. Yet, people believe them. i.e Death panels in the new health care legislation. That is what people are against! and it's not even accurate. My friends actually believe the 1/2 truths they get in e mails.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  135. John Hickey, Dallas, Texas

    Social views matter so much to me, if you can't have a candidate with it all; and, Jack, long ago I learned you would always have to give up something up in order to support a candidate. That was after being so inspired by Ann Richards, former Govenor of Texas. At the beginning of my adult life, I found in Govenor Richarchs someone I was so in sinc with; I have never found another. That said, I do vote. Usually, I sacrifice my conservative financial views for more liberal social views. Neirther side will (perhaps they can not) do what needs to be done. So I will vote Democrat because I believe in their social views.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  136. Greg in Cincinnati

    This has to do with the economy, but it has to do more with regaining dominance in the world as far as MAKING THINGS. We have to find a way to getting back the dominance in manufacturing again , instead of China taking over the world in the production of products that we were once dominant in. I have heard, for God's sakes, that even our US flag isn't manufactured in the US anymore. Now doesn't that say anything to the world about our manufacturing? We have slipped from being number 1 in EVERYTHING to not being number 1 in ANYHING.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:32 pm |
  137. Ruth

    The most important issue in this mid term election is that we don't go back to the same policies that got us into this mess. I will be stunned if we have so soon forgotten how we got here. Though I support Obama, I don't necessarily agree with everything he does, but I know it is going to take more than 2 years to undo the damage that has been done by republicans. It would be a shame if the right wing propaganda machine is able to use fear to turn voters against this administration so soon.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:33 pm |
  138. Kathi NJ

    We were lower middle class seniors....having saved for much of our lives to have a secure retirement....we are concerned about increased taxes and cuts to medicare – which we have paid into for all of our working lives...we are also concerned about all the spending President Obama is doing - increasing the deficit so much that our children and grandchildren will have to pay off over their lives.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:34 pm |
  139. Margaret Peoria, IL

    The economy is the biggest issue for myself as well as many Americans. I received a surprise this week when I found out that my health insurance will nearly double for this next year! Is this a result of the so called Health care bill? Where does this leave the middle class? What a way to help the economy.....

    September 30, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  140. kathy from phx,az

    To get people to wake up and stop believing the crazies out there. Do you really think the tea party is different? It will be their way or no way and that is scary as hell. I could do a better job than most of congress. All they can do is say no but if that is all you can spell no wonder!

    September 30, 2010 at 6:36 pm |
  141. Bob in Kansas City

    Making my small contribution to the extinction of the Republican party...alas it'll take a huge asteroid to finish the job..ala the dinosaurs.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:39 pm |
  142. Cathy in Alabama

    Of course jobs and the economy are important, Jack, but the elephant in the room that nobody will talk about is the cost of hispanics, (both legal and illegal), that are having so many children while on welfare. Cut the welfare, secure the border, and the problem starts going away-creating more jobs and cutting the spending.
    I doubt you will have the nerve to read this, though. NOBODY will mention that the hispanics are disproportionately high on the number of children and high on receiving welfare handouts.

    September 30, 2010 at 6:46 pm |