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. Arthur James

    Geez, I sure wish you Obamaniacs could limit your comments to at least something remotely in regard to the above topic, which in this case is retirees.

    Retirees would be well advised to pick someone in their own age bracket, I think – someone who's been around the block many times and darn near gave his life for his country. He did give plenty of blood and bone and pain.

    It's sad when experience and maturity count for so little, and when someone who hasn't paid their dues gets pushed to the top without actually earning the spot. When your only goal is getting to the top by the easiest route possible – by buying it – is that a message to send our youth?

    Do we trust the majority of our youth, many of whom also feel entitled to things that they haven't earned, to choose our next president? It could happen – an important decision made by those with little or no knowledge of what earning respect in your journey through life really means.

    I pray it won't be a mistake.

    October 30, 2008 02:02 pm at 2:02 pm |
  2. Franky

    You know, I believe this election is about innovation. People do have to understand that times have changed, is no secret. It only happens a couple of times in a century...

    Plus, I'm a history guy, I want my boy to win so I can shove it up to EVERY states face! Not only we would have a GOP and a Dem(the election still not finished, couple days to go) in office, but I think we're the first to do it!

    In your face New York, California, Texas, Mizzou, etc...you know what I mean, LOL!!

    October 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  3. lcs

    All I know is people hear what they want to hear. We are all guilty of it. The Democrats hear the positive aspects of Obama, whether true or not,and the negative about McCain, whether true or not. The same is true of the Republicans. We should all try to stop being so negative and stick to the issues. We are all Americans and should not be so hateful to each other regardless of our beliefs.

    October 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  4. John McCain's Uncle

    WELCOME TO THE OBAMA SHOW October 30th, 2008 12:18 pm ET







    There a very big problem with my nephew John McCain and his followers. John is the king of smears right now, and his followers are living in denial.
    They can talk about everything but the real issues.

    October 30, 2008 02:04 pm at 2:04 pm |
  5. KNIGHT-7579

    To John. Well thought out, well spoken, well said. AMEN!

    October 30, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  6. Karen

    Supporters of McCain/Palin really need to take a long hard look before they vote.

    A major reason for the financial meltdown was the de-regulation that is such a favored position of Bush and McCain. When you remove regulation and oversight, you get chaos.

    The rhetoric of the Repubs is mindblowing – I can't believe that you are all such ostriches that you won't pull your heads out of the sand and DO YOUR RESEARCH. Stop listening to the hate filled lies being spewed by McCain/Palin. Research what the real plans are. If you still want to vote for them – have at it. I think you are foolish, but you have the right to your opinion. But voting is a priviledge and you should vote responsibly and based upon FACT not nasty campaigning.

    October 30, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  7. obama central (a.k.a. sheep herding)

    I find it hard to believe that Obama supporters justify his lying about campaign financing. Is this what we are to expect if he is elected?

    He says one thing, but if it benefits him to go back on his word, he will. I actually saw numerous blogs on CNN where his sheep praised this as outstanding decision making.

    i just saw it as another obama lie. The, can't say first, but one of many more to come.

    October 30, 2008 02:05 pm at 2:05 pm |
  8. Nyte

    John; your racism is so blatant. Who said anything about welfare people recieving extra money. That just your dilusional way of thinking to justify being angry at your next president. Your comment only shows your desperation of the inevitable. Keep them in the ghetto???? what are you talking about?? Do you think Obama has the super powers to rob all you "good" white folks and give it to all the non-working drug addicts??? That is the most ridiculous thing I've ever seen on a blog thus far. You give him way too much credit and you discredit all Americans to think we are that foolish. GO OBAMA!!!

    October 30, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  9. John


    I have only suffered a bit in they last 2 years. High gas prices, bank failures, the wall street mess.. etc. All of this has happened since the congress and senate has turned radically liberal. Before that, America was thriving. Just look at the growth figures over the last 8 years. You will see a huge drop off in the last 2 years. hmmmm. It's time to get off your butts and help yourself instead of sucking on the nipple of govt and waiting for a handout. It is not the job of govt to take care of you. You and you alone are responible for that.

    October 30, 2008 02:06 pm at 2:06 pm |
  10. Vickie WI

    It is incredible to me how people can turn good into bad, peace into hate, God into a possession of the few. At the end of this election cycle, we will have to move on and become one nation. I am very disappointed in the way this discussion has gone. Instead of Willie Horton, we now have terroists, and socialists. Every 4 years the repubs divide this nation and wonder why after 8 years the world views us as the most racist, elitist and divided country in the world


    October 30, 2008 02:08 pm at 2:08 pm |
  11. obama central (a.k.a. sheep herding)

    To Pete who wrote.

    The republicans had control of the White House and Congress for six years, so why didn't they blow the whistle on and put an end to the legislation that forced financial institutions to give mortgages to everyone? Blaming this on the democrats is not a good argument.

    Do some research before you blindly follow like a sheep, Bush proposed legislation almost 2 years ago to oversee Wall Street and it was shot down by the democrats.

    And what else do you want to say that you don't know anything about???

    October 30, 2008 02:10 pm at 2:10 pm |
  12. John


    I would implore you to take your own advice and do some research. Bill Clinton started the road to de-regulation. The fannie mae and mac is the result of Billy. True the republican congress and senate did little to stop him but he started all of this mess. Hillary had it right when she said of bama, that he makes a good speech but that's all he has. But the lemmings did not listen. I hope you and the other neo-libs can survive the next 4 years, I and my family can but then again, we need the govt to give us nothing.

    Good luck, you will need it.

    October 30, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  13. Marc

    To John (1:51 pm post)
    'FDR tried his best to kill this country'? Excuse me? He wasn't president in 1929 when the CRASH happened. A Republican was and did next to nothing to mitigate the damages that that crisis did to the country, that's why FDR was elected in 1932, and re-elected in 1936, because he was doing something to fight the BIGGEST economic/financial crisis that ever happened in the US history, and that something worked good enough so he was re-elected.
    Now the US faces another BIG economic crisis and you want to trash the name of the guy who took the country out of the last one?
    Which school did you attend fella?

    October 30, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  14. lm

    Obama supporters just hate it when you move away from his camera appeal and very talented speaking ability, and focus on his lack of substance, verifiable lies, disturbing past relationships, the lies (again), and where his liberal agenda is focused. So blinded by his charisma that you don't even see what is underneath.

    October 30, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  15. John

    I would like to add that I am not a McCain suporter but I cannot in good faith and conscience vote for a man that wants to "change" this country into a giant welfare state. For those of you that have nothing, I can see you falling for this robin(robbing?) hood. Sounds good that you will get something for nothing, but these policies have failed already all over the world, Russia, China, N. Korea. These non capitalist countries are doing real well aren't they?

    October 30, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  16. RealityKing

    If you have money and/or ambition, vote McCain.

    If your broke financially and/or emotionally, vote Obama

    October 30, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |

    Matthew 6:33 reigns!

    October 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  18. rusell

    well if you see Obama as a liar , then what is Mcain , I'l tell you ,a very un apologetic man who backed Bush 90% of the time and makes very very poor decisions , he is constantly bad mouthing Obama this is why he's losing this election , he rather stay the path of dividing this country what kind of president would that make him , a president of hate , we do not need someone like that in officed , and if you think things will be better under Mcain look what happen under Bush

    October 30, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  19. raj

    McCain talks about Capital Gains tax break ? Where are capital gains anymore with downward trend in home prices and the stock market crash ? The country needs a New Deal type of investment toget the growth going again. We have grown (fictitiously) on borrowed money for too long. The economy needs to be lifted from bottom up and with due respect people have to be more responsible while spending and taking credit.

    October 30, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  20. sandee in Portland

    @ john boy

    What polls do you read? McCain is barely ahead even in his own home state.

    As a retiree who lives on social security and what little is left of my 401K, I am deeply concerned. My husband who has congestive heart failure has had to go back to work. We worked hard for many years, paid our bills on time and looked forward to retiring knowing we had made sound decisions that would allow us to travel and enjoy our golden years. That has all come to an end now.

    And, if McCain and Bush had their way Social Security would be privatized and bankrupt. Where would that leave a lot of seniors? As moderate republicans, my husband and I voted for Obama. McCain's policies regarding the senior citizen group of the US just don't make sense to us.

    McCain says "fight, fight, fight". It seems this is all this man wants to do, fight with the americans, fight with our allies, fight with our enemies. Whatever happened to the good standing our country had in the world as being peace keepers. We're certainly not know for that any longer. I am so tired of listening to his constant, blatant lies. He continually attacks Obama's character and not just his platform. On the other hand, Obama attack's McCain's platform, but not his character. Seems like a clear choice to me.

    Retired and voted for Obama

    October 30, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  21. JJ

    if your asking me to come to my senses to not vote for someone because he's a muslum which no where in the Constitution that say That muslims Cant be president, he is not a US native(psst Hawaii is a state),he consorts with terrorist(bush must've brainwash you). Maybe your not voting for obama because there is other things on you mind about him. get out of the past stick to the present get in the future old boys.

    October 30, 2008 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  22. MBuvia Greenwood,IN

    McCain has run the worst Presidential campaign and deserves to lose. Any American who can look at what the Republicans have done to this country in the last 8 years-lies,theft, trashing the Constitution, giving all the breaks to huge companies and millionaires -and still votes for them has to be stupid or slightly insane.

    October 30, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  23. Dick in Callifornia

    I am a recent retiree and my retirement account is taking a bloodbath like all other retirees. What happened to regulatory over-sight? Oh, thats's right the Repubs don't believe in that. They don't want to regulate financial institutions or the environment. They do, however, want to regulate our personal lives. McCain and Palin are the country's worst nightmare. At least McCain is honest when he says he doesn't understand economic issues. Palin is clueless; she doesn't even know that she doesn't know.

    Obama-Biden in 08

    October 30, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  24. John

    To Greed is not good

    FDR's polices extended the depression by at least 7 years. Without the U.S. getting into WWII, the depression would have continued for a lot longer. By us getting into the war, everyone was working. Women hit the work force and factories were booming 24/7 in spite of the giant welfare programs FDR institued. Good luck. I will be laughing at all who voted for obama from my yacht sipping cocktails everynight when your man has failed to give you everything and make you into a successful, productive member of socitity. Your youth will soon be gone waiting for him to give you a house, car, and money and then you will wake up in your 30's with no skills or work experience and then there will be no factories for you to work in because they will be gone.

    October 30, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  25. clarence jonesville

    Its really sad to see so many confused supporters of palin/mccain if you are so interested in these candidates on the real issues not skin color then go to cnn and look into the facts checks if you dont no how to,get a kid to pull it for you.It seems as though all of his supporters are close to being imbeciles,The next hot news is Sen O has been seen hanging around with little green men

    October 30, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
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