October 30th, 2008
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Battleground 2008: Retirees take a new look

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Government intervention to fix the economy is 'absolutely necessary,' Cameron Graham says.
Government intervention to fix the economy is 'absolutely necessary,' Cameron Graham says.

(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 third of four parts, we talked to retirees, who say they're not only worried about their own finances, and whether they may need to work again, but about others, and the kind of world that their children and grandchildren will live in.

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


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  1. Geez

    Republicans make sore losers...

    October 30, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  2. FYA

    My parents, in-laws, aunts, uncles and their friends are in their 70s, 80s and 90s. You better believe they are looking at these candidates and their plans, as are all of us who care for them. The current administration has already screwed with Medicare/Medicaid, and if given enough time, they'd get rid of the Social Security money on which seniors are living. That is why we all support Obama/Biden.

    Do you have what it takes financially, to take care of your senior parents now, or if the same economic policies are in place for another 4-8 years?? We sure don't after Bush and his pals have left no stone unturned in ruining this country, especially financially.

    Shame on this administration for abandoning the Greatest Generation, and McCain/Palin that will do the same if given a chance.

    Shame on anyone who would vote to let that happen

    October 30, 2008 01:19 pm at 1:19 pm |
  3. Duh!

    Listen Loud & Clear!!!

    To all of you who are unable to understand the voting machines, PLEASE stay home.

    If you are so lame that this is a difficult task, then you do NOT have enough insight & depth to understand what and who you are voting for!

    October 30, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  4. Bonnie Gaus

    This election is not about Joe the plumber. It's about morals It's about integrity, it's about their past experience and achievements. It's also about a vote that comes from your heart not by popular opinion not age or race. Although age does come with experience.
    People, this is the United States Of America remember, "ONE NATION UNDER GOD", so I ask you please, stop treating this election as if it's anything else but what it is....Who will be the right applicant for the job they have applied to. They will be working for you. The voter, just like any other employee. So if you want your company, in this case your country to run smoothly, then hire the person that best fits the position they applied for. Thank you. Key word here is INTEGRITY
    Bonnie G.
    NYS

    October 30, 2008 01:20 pm at 1:20 pm |
  5. Candy West Virginia

    Tim – honestly who bloody cares that Obama changed his mind regarding public financing. And if I am correct you rather he take our tax money (like mccain is) to run his campaign rather than the small donations from millions around this country? There is something flawed with your logic. You are hating Obama just to hate him. I don't hate mccain although I thoroughly dislike him for how he has ruined the GOP, lied, attacked, and divided this country with his smears and lies and careless pick of the clueless palin.

    October 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  6. Linda

    I hope they take a new look if they were planning on voting for McCain. I have listened to Mccain and Palin rant at their rallies and I don't know how many times, but they constantly start a sentence with Obama and continue to lie and mislead. I'm so sick of hearing how McCain is a war hero and was a pow. He says he's a maverick and a fighter and can take on anybody and win because he is so tough, blah, blah, blah. There are so many war heros, and many men besides him have been a prisoner of war. He is old and lives in the past. Picking Palin for his vp and still praising her after what she has shown us proves how bad his judgement was and he still lies about it all like we are all stupid. Obama is CLEARLY better in every way. Give him a chance, it sure can't get any worse. Look where we are at today! Do you actually want more of it and to go down hill all the way with McCain. We need change now! Vote Obama !!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  7. I Shoot Wolves from a Plane and Cut Off Their Paws

    NEW POLL: 23 per cent of Texans think Obama is Muslim.
    23 per cent of Texans are dumber than rocks.

    October 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  8. Kina, A Veteran in NYC

    is it just me or does it really seem like Sen. McCain's supporters are oblivious to the enormous health and economic issues facing this c'try?...a lady says she'll vote for Sen. McCain caus of his pick for running mate...come on, are u kidding?...Gov Palin?...ain't she more of a reason to not vote for Sen. McCain?...and WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW, did you vote for Pres. Bush caus he was raised by a future president?..i hope you are happy with where he's gonna leave us...BTW, Scott in Atlanta, you got dying of laughter...i thought i was the only one who's baffled by Gov. Palin's incoherence...just go out and vote, everybody...no matter who you vote for...you are gonna live with it as well...

    Obama/Biden 08.

    Kina.

    October 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  9. JUAN C AR LOS

    UNDER OBAMA,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,OUR,,,,,,,,,,,CHILDREN,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,WILL,,,,,,,,,,,

    FACE,,,,,,,,,,,,,AN,,,,,,,,,,,ENOURMOUS,,,,,,,,,,,TAX,,,,,,,,,,,,,BURDEN,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    COUPLED,,,,,,,,,,,,,WITH,,,,,,,,,,,UNLIMITED,,,,,,,,,,,,,,PAYROLL,,,,,,,,,,,TAXES,,

    DIMINISHED,,,,,,,,,,,,,SOCIAL SECURITY,,,,,,,,,,,,,BENEFITS,,,,,,,,,,,,,AN,,,,,,,,,,

    INCREASED,,,,,,,,,,,,,RETIREMENT,,,,,,,,,,,AGE,,,,,,,,,,,,,HIGHER,,,,,,,,,,,,

    UNEMPLOYMENT,,,,,,,,,,,,,AS,,,,,,,,,,A,,,,,,,,,,,WAY,,,,,,,,,OF,,,,,,,,,,,,,,,

    PAYING,,,,,,,,FOR,,,,,,,,,,,,HIS,,,,,,,,,,,,WEALTH,,,,,,,REDISTRIBUTION

    October 30, 2008 01:22 pm at 1:22 pm |
  10. Michael in Houston

    So Dog and Pony Show, what do want, a timid, low esteem chicken bleep person running this country? And yes his agenda is the White House, thank you very much captian obvious, that's why he is running for POTUS. Yeah I bet you want a guy to have a drink with huh. You had that for eight years and look at where it got you. And Welcome to the Obama show, We know all about Obama. His teachers were Public school teachers and Harvard professors. He was bornin Kansas, grew up in Hawaii, lives in Chicago and he will be a resident of Washington D.C. in January. I hope that helps since you have so many questions.

    October 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  11. No longer concerned independent in tEXAS

    We are part of a very large and growing military retirement community down in San Antonio Texas, and we have had to cut costs clear down to what they were when we first mattied, 50 years ago ! our SS and retired military benifits no where near cover our expenses now, and our retirement FUNDS we had in IRA's abd 401K's have, due to wall street been greatly reduced..we are barely hanging in here, to keep from losing our home, burdening our already burdened grown children and grown grand children..So, for all you out there spewing out lies, bias, bigotry, racism, PLEASE, do nOT come live in our neighbor hood, go to our churches ( which is against that sort of stuff), please, go live somewhere else, this is a NEW America, and its really SAD that you brainwashed idiots will also benifit under OBAMA, even though you know, you "could" send any/all benifits BACK if you think you dont need them, because WE DO !
    no longer concerned about OBAMA...WE BELIEVE IN HIM...
    white, retired military retirees in TEXAS

    October 30, 2008 01:23 pm at 1:23 pm |
  12. Duh!

    To Geez (1:19)

    Ugh, don't think we have lost yet, is the election over, if so, I wasn't informed!

    October 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  13. Jeff in Illinois

    @ Welcome to the Obama Show: I think it is abundantly clear that Obama supporters have done much, much more research than McCain supporters (overall).

    Most of what I see/hear from McCain supporters are what I see in the thoroughly debunked forwarded email lies. Getting a FW: OBAMA IS A TERRORIST!!! email in your inbox from your George W. Bush worshipping friends does not count as research.

    Maybe if your candidate ever talked about the issues, you would have some ground at all to stand on. Rep's talking about how Obama is nothing but talk, yet he is the candidate who is speaking about issues and plans while all McCain/Palin are doing is lying, distorting, and inciting.

    LANDSLIDE '08

    October 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  14. Alex

    I think the impact of the economic crisis among retirees is criminal. It breaks my heart to encounter people who has sacrificed and worked half of their life just to realize they won't be able to retire as planned, go on their long-awaited long-deserved vacation or let alone support themselves. Absolutely, unthinkable!! It is not only acceptable but understandable why 50+ and retiress are slowly breaking for Obama. I would if I am about to retire anyway.

    As for the whiners who says CNN is biased for Obama. I do suggest channeling to Fox news to further comprehend what media bias means. Each sentence I hear among their anchors have innuendos to benefi RNC and McCain.

    October 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  15. Georgia retiree

    This old lady is voting for Obama and thanking her lucky stars that the Republican plan to replace part of social security with the stock market went nowhere. Come on fellow geezers, for the sake of our kids and grandkids, we need to stop mortgaging their future and start paying down the national debt, and that sure is not going to happen with McCain's tax plan.

    October 30, 2008 01:24 pm at 1:24 pm |
  16. My senior parents are voting McCain

    And I couldn't be any more proud. My whole family will vote McCain. They are for the RIGHT side of this election. I don't know a single neighbor of mine in PA that is voting for NOBAMA.

    =)

    October 30, 2008 01:25 pm at 1:25 pm |
  17. Joe Hussein McCain

    Row, row, row your Joe,
    Gently down the stream.
    Merrily, merrily, merrily, merrily,
    McCain is off the scene.................

    October 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  18. anne fletcher

    How can I access installment one and two about BattleGround 2008: Retirees take a look. Interesting articles focused mostly on "couples" and yet there are lots of "solo" retirees out there. How about a report on retirees who have managed to return to the job market and those of us who NEVER leave it.

    New motto for seniors: Work til you drop!

    October 30, 2008 01:26 pm at 1:26 pm |
  19. norma wilkinson

    Some of you are saying "who is he"? "where does he come from"? YOU obviously haven't been listening or reading. These questions and many more have been answered over and over again. Mc Cain has been ranting on and asking questions of Senator Obama that I have read the answers to many times in the last few months. John McCain has not been very forthcoming about what he will do as President anyway, all he does is take every public appearance to wildly acuse Senator Obama of anything he can come up with. Good grief people, this is YOUR FUTURE, work on it ..

    October 30, 2008 01:27 pm at 1:27 pm |
  20. Joe Hussein McCain

    .... Of the political scene that is: This is so simple, Joe the Plumber is a myth, if the past 8 years hasnt effected him, the nexr 4 to 8 years wont. A lot of people mad a lot of bad financial choices that had nothing to do with Welfare, minority grants etc. Its a shame the way the GOP has destroyed Obama's character, but it is yet a very small price one would pay for the benefits that are ahead.

    October 30, 2008 01:29 pm at 1:29 pm |
  21. Tulsa

    McCain's rally this morning where OLD Joe didn't show, there were 6000 people there, they bused in a whole school district and another 14 buses from other schools..........what's up..........I guess not only did Joe not show but no one else did either and they had to bus in school kids that can't even VOTE......

    October 30, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  22. Jon

    The problem w retires is that they have been around the block long enough to remeber history w Hoover trickle down thoery when the banks kept the trickle and all went down; repeated w Reagan and the spigot cut off. Good thing Demos didn't allow Soc Sec into stock market; I think the SS $ is the surviving basis of this poor economy. without that little $; it would be 1929 or worse.
    Again with billions to banks and corps; where the money on my street.
    God Bless Americaa and God Bless Obama for being here NOW!

    October 30, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  23. W.T.F ?

    With six days to go, we now learn that Sarah Palin will get a crash course on foreign policy and national security? I mean, what in the world??? How is this supposed to help? Using that kind of "brilliant thinking", so if I wanted to do a heart transplant, all I have to do is spend a few hours with a heart surgeon and voila, sedate the patient, Dr. Doo Little is ready for surgery? Would you let me open you up? What if I told you I just spent a few hours with a pilot, would you come aboard my plane and let me fly you?

    Well, apparently that's how little John McCain thinks of you, your family and this country! John McCain = RISKY, DANGEROUS and RECKLESS!

    You Want Country First? Vote Obama / Biden 08 & 12

    CNN, PLEASE POST MY COMMENTS! THANK YOU.

    October 30, 2008 01:30 pm at 1:30 pm |
  24. karen-phoenix

    To John the gulf war vet–right on!!!! Wish CNN would do a story on how close McCain is to real terrorists!!! And why will they not reless his military records???

    October 30, 2008 01:31 pm at 1:31 pm |
  25. The Tax Payer Revolution begins Nov 4 (Producers vs. Moochers and Looters)

    When you rob Peter to pay Paul, you will always have Paul's vote.

    Say no to wealth confiscation and redistribution.

    When the Tax Payer Revolution begins Nov 4, which side will you be on? The producers? Or the parasites, moochers and looters?

    October 30, 2008 01:32 pm at 1:32 pm |
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