December 7th, 2007
03:06 PM ET

President Bush losing ground with military families?

NEW YORK (CNN) - It looks like President Bush is losing support from a group that usually stands by wartime presidents, military families.
A new Los Angeles Times-Bloomberg poll shows nearly 6 out of every 10 families with ties to the military disapprove of President Bush and his handling of the Iraq war.

That's only a slightly better rating than Mr. Bush gets from the general public.
And when it comes to families who have soldiers, sailors and marines who have served in Iraq or Afghanistan, 60% say the Iraq war just wasn't worth the cost.

And there's more: 53% of military families disapprove of the Bush administration's handling of the needs of active-duty troops, military families and veterans.
And 58% took no exception to retired military officers publicly criticizing the way the administration has executed the war.

The military families' opinion of the president and Iraq may also be affecting his party. 39% of them say Democrats could be trusted to do a better job handling issues related to them. 35 percent chose Republicans.

Here’s my question to you: What message does it send when a majority of military families now disapprove of President Bush’s handling of the Iraq war?

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December 7th, 2007
03:05 PM ET

What should GOP say to Hispanic voters?

NEW YORK (CNN) - The Republican presidential candidates will square off again Sunday night, this time in an attempt to woo Hispanic voters.

The debate will be translated simultaneously into Spanish and broadcast live from the University of Miami by the "Univision" network.

This could be very interesting. This debate comes at the same time a new poll suggests Hispanic voters are returning to the Democratic party after several years of drifting toward the Republicans. The Pew Hispanic Center found that by 57% to 23%, Hispanic registered voters favor Democrats over Republicans.

One expert tells the "South Florida Sun Sentinel" that so far in this presidential campaign, the Republicans have quote "handled the Hispanic vote very callously." He points to the Republicans' rhetoric on illegal immigration as off-putting to this bloc of voters. On the other hand, it's exactly what a lot of Americans who are sick and tired of illegal aliens pouring into this country want to hear.

So the candidates will be called on to perform a delicate dance. Say things that will appeal to Hispanic voters without making other Americans angry by appearing to be sucking up to them.

Hispanics only make up about 9% of the nation's voters. But, and this is a big but, they make up a larger share of voters in a lot of the swing states, including places like Florida.

Here’s my question to you: What should the Republican presidential candidates say to Hispanic voters at Sunday’s debate?

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December 7th, 2007
03:05 PM ET

1 in 31 adults in U.S. behind bars, under court supervision?

NEW YORK (CNN) - One out of every 31 adults in this country is either in prison, jail or under court supervision. That’s 7.2 million people.

A new Justice Department report shows that at the end of last year there were more than 2.2 million men and women in prison or jail. And the number of people on probation or parole topped 5 million for the first time.

A record 905,000 of America's prison and jail inmates are African American, and the number of women in prison is at a record high of more than 112,000.

This all suggests that when it comes to our criminal population, the numbers keep trending upwards. The Justice Department says this increase is keeping pace with expanding capacity in prisons and jails. Congress and state legislatures have been passing laws with stiffer sentencing to help crack down on crime.

Critics say the current system is too expensive. It costs about 25,000 dollars per inmate per year. They also point to high recidivism rates.

Here’s my question to you: What does it say about the U.S. when about 1 in 31 adults are either behind bars or under court supervision?

Click here and scroll down to the bottom to add your comment, and maybe I'll read it on-air in The Situation Room today.

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