October 31st, 2008
02:07 PM ET
10 years ago

Battleground 2008: Creating, keeping U.S. jobs

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Since losing his job in July, Jon Lowder is taking resume-building and networking classes.

Since losing his job in July, Jon Lowder is taking resume-building and networking classes.

(CNN) - Even before the 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 last of four parts, we talked to the unemployed, who say keeping jobs in their communities and in the country is key to their vote.

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Check out the previous stories in CNN's special report on battleground voters: Tuesday's installment focused on small business owners, Wednesday's on students and Thursday's on retirees.

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  1. Bill

    Obama: "A woman shouldn't have to suffer the rest of her life for a mistake she made when she was young."

    Mr. Obama, then you are lucky to be here today. You do not understand the value of a human life, your mother did.
    What happened, you sold your sole….

    You have sealed my vote for McCain.

    October 31, 2008 02:07 pm at 2:07 pm |
  2. Vote For Barack

    Vote for Barack Jon, you'll be amazed at how easy it will be to take this country back to a better place.

    October 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  3. Sam SixPack

    We've got those Republicans on the run!

    Just look at them scurry away like rats with all their obscene wealth in their greedy little paws!

    We don’t need their lousy demeaning jobs. We will soon live in dignity – off tax refunds.

    October 31, 2008 02:09 pm at 2:09 pm |
  4. Liberated!

    Vote for the man who's conditions are closer to yours y'all! McCain has 9 houses, 12 cars and worth over $100 million. Obama has 1 house, 1 car! You think McCain gives a crap about Joe the Plumber and the like.....if Joe the Plumber showed up at McCain's house he would have to have on plastic shoes and go around back. Don't fall for the okey doke!

    October 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  5. Vegas

    Work is for suckers...

    Obama 08

    October 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  6. Loyal Democrat in MD

    Too little too late is right! McCain is trying to make his Last Stand & it won't work. It will be GREAT if he loses his home state!
    Don't slack up now...over the top with Obama/Biden!!

    October 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  7. shamous mc

    I don't mind "trickle down" economics as long as there are penalties in place for companies that would outsource or use illegal migrant labor. Country First should be AMERICA First. Not Corporate America.

    Until McCain recognizes that American companies need preference to employ American workers, I can't vote for him.
    As it stands right now, his incentives only promote executives to line their pockets and stop the trickle down.
    The only trickle left is a not-so golden shower.

    October 31, 2008 02:12 pm at 2:12 pm |
  8. Emit R Detsaw

    Just lost my Job – Thanks Republicans

    Regulation is good for the country!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:14 pm at 2:14 pm |
  9. j

    Statistically the economy has faired better under a Democrat in the White House – look it up. Did you do better economically under Clinton when jobs were created, wages went up & there was a surplus or under Bush where jobs have been lost, wages have shrunk & there is a huge deficit? Check history – the country does better economicially with Democrats. Obama supporters vote as if your future & your childrens future depended on it – VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN!

    October 31, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  10. Larry

    People in the USA,have been so well protected by Bush,that their concern is about money,not being attacked by terrorist.I think that's what Bush should and will be remembered for.

    October 31, 2008 02:15 pm at 2:15 pm |
  11. McCain Is Comfort Food!

    Voting is ver personal, though I am sorry to say that the "Economy" is not my #1 criteria for voting.

    It is serious and sad that people have and are continuing to lose their jobs.

    I however, feel for confident & comfortable with John McCain in the White House; in the case of a National Incident, I would feel more confident with his experience.

    October 31, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  12. mitch

    if mccain is elected we will keep losing jobs. ask the employees of DHL.

    October 31, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  13. MD

    All the economic pros keep saying the sub-prime mortgage problems are what tanked the economy. The real culprit is lose of jobs in the United State. Prime or sub-prime, if you lose your job, you can't pay your mortgage... The only way to address the problem is at the source. IT'S NOT JUST THE ECONOMY STUPID, IT'S LOSE OF JOBS...

    October 31, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  14. cindy

    Obama the only intelligent choice!

    Obama the only one with good judgement!

    Obama that only uniter!

    October 31, 2008 02:16 pm at 2:16 pm |
  15. sabuc for Obama

    "It's the economy stupid!". Sound familiar?

    VOTE EARLY and encourage and demand others to do so as well. We cannot let the GOP pull a hat trick with 3 stolen elections come Tuesday night!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  16. AT

    – Definitely the smartest group that CNN.com special report has interviewed.

    When your back is up against the wall you realize who is better candidate. America, our back is up against the wall. Let's get this right on Tuesday.

    October 31, 2008 02:18 pm at 2:18 pm |
  17. TJ Johnson

    Why would anyone vote for Obama because the economy has turned down? He has said not one word about it; became mute as a cat. Even if he offered up something to fix it, he has no background to show that he can do anything. Only loonies would vote for him because they "Hope" he can "change" something.

    October 31, 2008 02:20 pm at 2:20 pm |
  18. Rachel Farris

    Obama has already said what he is going to do and it is a good plan! McCain and Palin have yet to say anything but bad mouth Obama so wake up America. You want jobs, you want to keep your jobs, you want
    a better economy, a good healthplan you then need to get the vote out for Obama. He's the man you want. The Three Stooges minus one (McCain/Palin) have to idea what to do. McCain is predicting a comeback. in his dreams!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  19. Mothernature Houston,Tx

    Well kudos to Bush who have sold our jobs for oil,war,greed. Everytime I look in my review mirror I see Bush/McCain it make me want to puke!

    October 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  20. jimmy

    Combat fighter pilot. courageous.. squadron leader.
    experience and sound judgement..Fit to be Commander in Chief
    in a time of crisis and National Security Threats top our great Nation.
    Americans: Evaluate each candidate on their merits and qualities.

    October 31, 2008 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  21. Susan

    We need a President & House of Rep's and Senate to THINK about THIS Country. GET jobs BACK here.

    October 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  22. GINA, OHIO


    OBAMA BABY OBAMA!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    DRILL THE VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  23. Shawn In MD

    More and more hispanics are switching their votes to Barack Obama, the reason being McCain/Palin left out Dora the explorer on the stage. LOL

    October 31, 2008 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  24. aware


    I, a disillusioned former democrat and Hillary supporter, voted for the authentic reformers and America's only hope in this election! McCain/Palin 08 🙂

    This race illuminates the absolute ascendance of the perception that money will buy you anything if you have enough of it. 😦

    Since when does inexperience, lack of accomplishments or security clearance for many US jobs qualify one for POTUS?

    October 31, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  25. inat2

    i live in ohio.

    I dont know anyone losing their house...going backrupt, starving, losing their car, not buying gas, etc.

    In fact, I see people chatting it up on cell phones at teh crowded stores doing early xmas shopping. Traffic is still horrendous. Job postings are numerous, help wanted signs are in windows.

    Maybe columbus is immune to the doom and gloom – columbus surely doesnt see it

    October 31, 2008 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
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