April 14th, 2008
10:15 AM ET
10 years ago

Small-town voters talk economic pain, politics

 Coaldale Mayor Claire Remington and her husband, Otis, talk politics in their kitchen.

Coaldale Mayor Claire Remington and her husband, Otis, talk politics in their kitchen.

CNN Senior Producer Sasha Johnson traveled to Coaldale, Pennsylvania, to talk to voters, including some members of her extended family, about how a typical small town like Coaldale might vote in 2008 and what issues are on their minds.

COALDALE, Pennsylvania (CNN) - Coaldale is a borough of 2,200, nestled in the anthracite-rich mountains in the northeastern part of Pennsylvania.

It's exactly the type of place Sen. Barack Obama referenced last week when he said some Pennsylvanians were "bitter" over their poor economic situation.

Obama said he regretted the word choice but continued to argue that some voters feel desperate.

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  1. David, Santa Maria, CA

    What are all these people expecting? Its the same old thing. People wanting help with healthcare, with food costs, with house payments... want, want, want. Who is going to pay for all this wanted help? Whatever happened to personal responsibility? I dont think people know or care where the money comes from as along as they get their "entitlement". The Democrats pander to this mentality and promise to soak the "rich" who already pay the overwhelming majority of taxes.

    Havent we saddled our children with enough debt? No one cares about the future as long as their present is being taken care of. This article is full of people who want "promises", who are "desparate", who need "help".

    If you want the government to take care of everything for you, move to Cuba or North Korea. The problem in this country is the government, not the solution. The help I want is for the government to get alot smaller, not overregulate is, not negotiate stupid agreements like NAFTA that sends jobs overseas, and to lower taxes. The job of the government is to oversee conditions that make it possible for Americans to excel on their own. We dont need the feds to become our mothers.

    I grew up in a family of steelworkers and coal miners. I recognized the dead end and did what I had to do to get out, get educated, and improve myself. People need to stop whining and make decisions to better themselves and not wait fo others to do for you. I dont need government to save me, I need them to get out of my way, enough said.

    April 14, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  2. Tony

    We need someone who is electable and whose numbers were not fudged with the aid of an ultra right radio host. In my opinion "Operation Chaos" is voter manipulation" period. McCain will swift boat obama in the fall if he is in the running. Wake up and smell the coffee America. Our country was out of debt and in good old black ink when Bill Clinton was the President. You can't take that away from him, as it is now history. Hillary will get us back on track with Jobs and Dollars. The newest fad, giving folks money for nothing is very dangerous. Consult your history book and read about the Great Inflation of 1922-23 which Germany experienced. Printing money around the clock only contributes to inflation. Check out the economic history of Hungary after World War 2. A temporary fix if any indeed. This is the beginning of a very serious time for us all. We cannot afford to make any errors now. Think about it. Hillary has our vote

    April 14, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  3. bILL

    John Smith – before you insult another person's education – learn to spell – you half wit

    April 14, 2008 02:39 pm at 2:39 pm |
  4. Newman

    Hillary says "elitist" and her dumb sheep parrot it like it's the word of the day. Sorry, your sheperd is the evil White Queen. We've had enough of your lies, and we've had enough of you. Obama is the Chosen One. Hillary, Abandon All Hope Ye Who Enter Here!

    April 14, 2008 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  5. Smiley from Conyers, GA

    David – Santa Maria, CA – WELL SAID!!!!

    April 14, 2008 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  6. Good riddance to bitterness!

    Good for you Deb! We got your back!

    April 14, 2008 03:05 pm at 3:05 pm |
  7. Jessica

    Its amazing how every time I read these blogs, I always see something about Obama supporters being "hateful." But not Clinton supporters! Oh no, Clinton supporters are so peaceful and calm when they're spewing their angry vile!

    If you're living in this country, and you're not bitter and angry, you're not paying attention.

    April 14, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  8. Jessica

    Tony – Hillary isn't Bill. She's not even close. Their political ideologies are miles upon miles apart.

    April 14, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  9. Pete, PA

    Hm, what is that I detect, Hilbots? Bitterness towards Obama?

    April 14, 2008 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  10. Nel

    Hillary is a liar. Her husband is a liar. She will lie again just like Bush. I'm tired of having liars in the White House.

    April 14, 2008 03:16 pm at 3:16 pm |
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