October 29th, 2008
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Battleground 2008: Students weigh economics, ethics

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Katie Ulrich says her college savings have run out and she's looking for new ways to pay for her education.
Katie Ulrich says her college savings have run out and she's looking for new ways to pay for her education.

(CNN) - Even before the current economic crisis, voters listed the economy as the top issue in the presidential election.

In a CNN.com special report, Battleground Voters, we talked to voters in five battleground states - Colorado, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio - to find out how the economy would influence their choice for president.

In the second of four parts, we talked to students, who say that while they're worried about making ends meet in college and jobs when they graduate, social issues matter, too.

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CNN's special report on battleground voters continues Thursday with a look at retirees and Friday with unemployed voters.

Tuesday's installment focused on small business owners.


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  1. Dan

    patriot October 29th, 2008 12:47 pm ET

    Interesting they could only find one student who was pro-McCain. And his story is telling: Mom & dad both work in the finacial sector and actually were going to pay for the guy's law school tab. Of course, the guy has faith in the free market. He's got a nice cushion to fall back on until we get ourselves out of this mess! The others are actually working hard to pay their own way while he consumes $80 worth of groceries and plays baseball! Yes, there are 2 Americas.

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    I totally agree. In order to get through college (an in-state institution), I had to get multiple student loans AND work two jobs every year. I graduated five years ago, but I'll be paying off my loans for another 11 years. The sad thing is, I actually have a GOOD interest rate on those loans (around 3 percent); a friend of mine has a brother who is in school now and basically has to do the same thing ... only the interest rate for his loans and the cost to attend basically the same in-state institution has more than DOUBLED. I guess my point is (other than agreeing with you), I'm looking for any republicans to name one good thing that Bush has done for this country since he's been in office. Across the board he's been a failure (and don't give me that ' our country hasn't been attacked since 9-11 crap ... we weren't attacked before 9-11 either, because all the presidents prior to Bush PAID ATTENTION when documents about possible pending attacks were placed in their hands). This country has clearly been burned by Bush's policies ... why on earth would we want more???

    October 29, 2008 01:51 pm at 1:51 pm |
  2. Frank G

    It's this generation of young voters who have the saavy to change our nation with this election and fulfill their goals.
    Hopefully, they know to look forward with Obama rather than backwards with McCain.

    October 29, 2008 01:52 pm at 1:52 pm |
  3. Noah

    Hey Anonymous, one thing that Obama absolutely did write in his first book is that he surrounded himself with Marxists and socialists when he was in college for fear of being called a sellout.

    Why is CNN selling out by not broadcasting Obama's infomercial? CNN has been his biggest proponent during the election along with MSNBC. God forbid the entire world not hold their collective breath for 30 minutes tonight while Obama recites the same exact talking points we have heard for the past 5 weeks. There is no obligation on CNN's part to broadcast this "speech."

    October 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  4. Richard A. Spomer

    I graduated from Colorado State University and worked in Child Protective Services, Group Home Councilor, Day support Program Specialist II, and Advocated at many different level for consumer freedom.

    It took months to get a job even with problems in the economy, however with an Obama White House thing would take longer to get implemented, because he wants to tax the wealth population who are providing the employment opportunity for us in the first place.

    Obama/Biden are the extreme left liberal which is an out right mess, and would hurt more than it supposedly helps, on top of creating a Sodom and Gomorra that will also lead to destruction as other countries already are!!!

    We are rivals at the start of every fall semester CSU vs. CU Denver, CO Mile High Stadium; it’s a very beautiful par of the country. However there are quite the numbers whom are more conservative which Obama will lie to get a vote!!!

    McCain/Palin 2008!!!

    McCain/ Palin 2008!!!

    McCain/Palin 2008!!!

    October 29, 2008 01:54 pm at 1:54 pm |
  5. Ken

    WHO HAS NOTICED LOU DOBBS HAS SHUT HIS BS UP!

    October 29, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  6. Pablo

    Anyway, CNN, I congratulate you becausa you didn't sell your primetime for a 30-minute political ad. It's news, but I think there's some ethical issue if you are going to get money to cover someone's news. I mean, you cover Obama's, Biden's, Palin's and McCain's speeches all for 'free', without distinction. And you also did a great job at both Conventions. I'm amazed by how many people who confessed having you as their primary source of news, are going to start watching MSNBC of Fox News (Fox News?) from now on just because you exercised your right to say 'no'. And I don't see why that's bias. Keep up the good work.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 29, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  7. Pablo

    Anyway, CNN, I congratulate you because you didn't sell your primetime for a 30-minute political ad. It's news, but I think there's some ethical issue if you are going to get money to cover someone's news. I mean, you cover Obama's, Biden's, Palin's and McCain's speeches all for 'free', without distinction. And you also did a great job at both Conventions. I'm amazed by how many people who confessed having you as their primary source of news, are going to start watching MSNBC of Fox News (Fox News?) from now on just because you exercised your right to say 'no'. And I don't see why that's bias. Keep up the good work.

    OBAMA/BIDEN

    October 29, 2008 01:58 pm at 1:58 pm |
  8. Richard A. Spomer

    I graduated from Colorado State University and worked in Child Protective Services, Group Home Councilor, Day support Program Specialist II, and Advocated at many different level for consumer freedom.

    It took months to get a job even with problems in the economy, however with an Obama White House thing would take longer to get implemented, because he wants to tax the wealth population who are providing the employment opportunity for us in the first place.

    Obama/Biden are the extreme left liberal which is an out right mess, and would hurt more than it supposedly helps, on top of creating a Sodom and Gomorra that will also lead to destruction as other countries already are!!!

    We are rivals at the start of every fall semester CSU vs. CU Denver, CO Mile High Stadium; it’s a very beautiful par of the country. However there are quite the numbers whom are more conservative which Obama will lie to get a vote!!!

    McCain/Palin 2008!!!

    McCain/ Palin 2008!!!

    McCain/Palin 2008!!!

    October 29th, 2008 1:54 pm ET
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    I graduated from Colorado State University and worked in Child Protective Services, Group Home Councilor, Day support Program Specialist II, and Advocated at many different level for consumer freedom.

    It took months to get a job even with problems in the economy, however with an Obama White House thing would take longer to get implemented, because he wants to tax the wealth population who are providing the employment opportunity for us in the first place.

    Obama/Biden are the extreme left liberal which is an out right mess, and would hurt more than it supposedly helps, on top of creating a Sodom and Gomorra that will also lead to destruction as other countries already are!!!

    We are rivals at the start of every fall semester CSU vs. CU Denver, CO Mile High Stadium; it’s a very beautiful par of the country. However there are quite the numbers whom are more conservative which Obama will lie to get a vote!!!

    McCain/Palin 2008!!!

    McCain/ Palin 2008!!!

    McCain/Palin 2008!!!

    October 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  9. 400 families own half the country!

    that's right, you heard me.

    enjoy your capitalism!

    October 29, 2008 01:59 pm at 1:59 pm |
  10. mike

    the economy needs a stable hand and intelligent running minds of great leaders and respectable educated scholars like obama and biden. i saw an ad put out by the obama campaign today, thats obamas campaign at its best on mccain and sarah palin. Even the country Bukinafaso or the nation of Bangladesh will not select someone like sarah palin as a governor needless say heartbeat to the president.

    October 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  11. Eugene

    I am disgusted by the hate from my own party. I'm a Democrat that has wanted to find out more about my candidate- Senator Obama, and I have failed repeatedly in my attempts to find out who he really is. Because the media doesn't show any healthy skepticism toward Obama, I am going to go with the candidate I know about good and bad – Senator McCain. Yes, I'm now a Democrat for McCain because the media won't cover Obama with intellectual honesty and the seathing hate I experience from my own party is unexceptable. I’d feel doped on Obama and I’m not falling for it.

    October 29, 2008 02:00 pm at 2:00 pm |
  12. More News

    McCain Camp is using SLURS and INSULTS to attack Obama. They are using name like Socialism, and now Marxism. Let’s just get to the point. It is neither. This is about the role of the Private and Public sector. When the Private sectors collapse, they naturally look to the Public Sector for help.

    October 29, 2008 02:01 pm at 2:01 pm |
  13. FreeNLovIt

    Do you want to be hungry? Keep voting for the elephants!

    October 29, 2008 02:03 pm at 2:03 pm |
  14. FreeNLovIt

    Palin and McCain are wonderful Americans, but wrong for the times

    October 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  15. Independent for USA only

    Sounds great. A college is only for who can afford to attend. Don't tax the wealthy population. Man, Republicans should change this great country's name to "United States for $250,000+ Annual Income Only".

    Let the poor family kids never get to college and do the jobs without any need of college education forever, as your gracious extreme right-wing wish.

    October 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  16. Vegas

    Dan
    we weren't attacked before 9-11 either, because all the presidents prior to Bush PAID ATTENTION

    Uhhhh... see world trade center 1994...

    Six of eight years we made a killing in stocks and home increases... (see Dem take over of congress two years ago)

    Deregulation happened in 98 under Clinton (see recession 99/2000)

    But don't let facts get in the way of your hate!

    PS: Enjoy that 65% tax on that college fund your grandmother leaves you... cause captial gains and death tax hit everyone!

    October 29, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  17. Luke NC

    I'm graduated out of college (engineering) and yet to find a job after 8 months of graduation. All of the factories and manufacturing are gone and those that are not are closing or cutting down. The nation of builders, creators and inventors is long gone and replaced by accountants, lawyers and lobbyists – all wanting a piece of the pie but not wanting to create any.
    John McCain has been in Washington for the last 30 years, about as long as it took for all the factories to disappear. Go figure!!!!!

    October 29, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  18. Lisa

    TO RICHARD E. SPOMER: I grauated from Colorado State University also,. Get over yourself....Colorado will go OBAMA!
    GO OBAMA/BIDEN!!!

    October 29, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  19. No Hillary = No Obama

    My niece is a college student and she's voting for Obama. I remember when I was a college student – circa The Big Chill movie time frame – how we were all so idealisitc and going to save the world. Boy have things changed. I guess if I were still in college I would think Obama holds the promise of Mr. Fix-It. Now I size up someone like Obama as someone with a bad case of entitlement. I guess ignorance is bliss.

    October 29, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
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