October 31st, 2008
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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. MCD, SF, CA

    Larry – Well protected by Bush?!?! Have you forgotten that 9/11 happened on Bush's watch?!?! He had been in office for 8 months and had been warned by the Clinton admin, the FBI and the CIA about Bin Laden!! Good grief, they HANDED Rice a report titled "Bin Laden determined to attack US using planes:" Then Bush destroyed the economy... just the one thing that Bin Laden said he wanted! Think, man, think!!!!

    October 31, 2008 02:44 pm at 2:44 pm |
  2. AM in VA

    El Cajones Grande

    Great argument; how did you vote in 2000 and 2004 ?

    October 31, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  3. Susan

    Mike Ditka, the ex-ex-ex football coach campaigns with Silly Sarah today. He said there are plenty of jobs for Americans and insinuated that those without jobs are simply too lazy to work. He said that jobs in America are "plentiful". Speaking of "erratic" and "out of touch" - heeelllloooo! Guess those are the thoughts of McSame's newest character in his ongoing kindergarten 'story' of "real" Americans - Mike the Millionaire!

    October 31, 2008 02:46 pm at 2:46 pm |
  4. EZ

    El Cajones Grande. The Republican party had total control for what 15 – 20 years. And look what we are in now.

    October 31, 2008 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
  5. tulsa

    TJ Johnson,
    You have obviously not been paying attention. Obama has a detailed plan on his website. He has gathered to him some of the sharpest minds on economic matters this country has to offer.
    What has McCain offered? Tax cuts to the wealthy? Great plan.
    Grow a brain and vote Obama

    October 31, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  6. mama4obama

    I love it when GUYS say that Barack Obama is pro-abortion and that he does not value human life.

    Bill- it takes 2 to tango, but only one is left with the consequences. I would never have an abortion myself, but no man or woman should have the right to make that choice for me.

    Another idiot voting on something he himself will never have to face.

    October 31, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  7. Meka



    OBAMA/BIDEN '08-'12

    October 31, 2008 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  8. I'm going to make 249,999

    Just gotta make sure not to make that extra dollar, hire any more workers or supply workers here. I will outsource under the Obama plan because of the forced Health Care plan he has. I will outsource as much as possible to avoid the Democratic credo of taxing me more. Thanks Dems! You will have 10 less workers on my payroll for sure.

    October 31, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  9. Casey | Sebastopol, CA

    Audience members escorted out of Sen. John McCain’s, R-Ariz., campaign event in Cedar Falls questioned why they were asked to leave Sunday’s rally even though they were not protesting.

    “I saw a couple that had been escorted out and they were confused as well, and the girl was crying, so I said ‘Why are you crying? and she said ‘I already voted for McCain, I’m a Republican, and they said we had to leave because we didn’t look right,’” Elborno said. “They were handpicking these people and they had nothing to go off of, besides the way the people looked.”

    Despite repeated attempts, McCain’s campaign could not be reached for comment.

    Let me see.... they were young? black? What exactly IS "not right"?

    Vote Obama/Biden... come to one of OUR events... EVERYONE is welcome, even John McCain, Sarah Palin and Joe, their plumber.

    October 31, 2008 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  10. John

    The current leaders of the Republican party are moving it closer than ever to being a fringe party with their pandering to special interests over the wishes of the clear majority of Americans.

    If the Democrats win a clean sweep this year, I would hope that responsible republicans take back the party from the lunatic and greedy fringe, America deserves better.

    October 31, 2008 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  11. KC

    You want jobs? Support small to midsized businesses by voting McCain. How about all those jobs to be created by the off shore drilling and power plant construction? Vote McCain. Want to keep your dollars in your pocket? Vote McCain. Want your freedom? Vote McCain.

    October 31, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  12. Helen

    My heart goes out to unemployed individuals who are truly seeking employment.

    I pray to God for them.

    The last lady on the slide expressed it perfectly when she stated we are importing more than we are exporting.

    When was the last time you made a purchase that said "Made in the USA"

    Supply vs Demand. Companies won't supply these products if they are in demand.

    God help the USA

    October 31, 2008 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  13. Ted

    Obama doesnt care about jobs, he cares about getting elected. He will say or do anything to accomplish that. Obama will be a disaster.

    October 31, 2008 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  14. onelove

    I would encourage all voters to visit Barack Obama's website for tax information. I just did and based on my house hold income we would save or be given a tax credit of $1,800.00. The plan is very detailed and you can compare McCains verse Obama.

    Bill, do you have a comprehensive grasp on the facts when you speak? Sen. Obama has two beautiful daughters so he understands about life. Please fact check your information before posting. The lies about his position on abortion have been debunked and fully explained. As a woman the government does not have the right to tell me what to do with my body. Besides their were laws already on the books to protect the very women you claim to be in support of. Do us all a favor and read the law on this.

    October 31, 2008 02:58 pm at 2:58 pm |
  15. Allan G.

    It's really funny how everone blames Bush and the republicans for this bad economy. I recall the first 6 years were pretty good, 4% unemployment, job growth exceptional, loan rates low etc...Then oil prices went crazy and took most other commodities with it. The answer is produce our own energy and let OPEC raise the price of oil to 7 million dollars a barrel if they like, we won't need it. The rest of the economy will fall into place on its own. Government is not the answer. Flat tax is by far the most fair, and kills bickering between parties.

    People, take a look at California (which used to be my home) the liberals have hijacked that state with policies very similar to that of Obama's. It got to the point where I could not afford to live there and moved to a state that is (or was)run by Republicans, I finally was able to buy my first house, and generally afford to LIVE!

    The Calif governor at the time was Grey Davis, he tried like hell to blame everything on Bush, but the people didn't buy that crap and ultimately was thrown out of office. Now poor Arnold is left to try to clean up the mess left by Davis, but he still has to battle the liberal state legislaters.

    Let this my friends be an indication of what the country will go through. One problem though....where will we possibly move next?

    October 31, 2008 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  16. McCain!

    Speaking Of Jobs:

    Help Wanted For Halloween:

    To Make Obama Face Masks and T-Shirts That Read "Socialist"
    Only Republicans Need Apply.

    Go McCain!!!!

    October 31, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  17. Matt

    Randian trickle-down reaganomics does NOT work. Cite evidence of it working in the past half century. Oh yeah, you can't because all the evidence shows that it doesn't work.

    People who think that tax-cuts for the rich would trickle down to main street are living in a fantasy world. Those tax cuts are simply considered a widening of the profit margin and go straight into the excessive compensation packages given to executives. Most of them have compensation packages based on % to incentivize performace, i.e., a tax cut for them automatically raises their pay.

    October 31, 2008 03:08 pm at 3:08 pm |
  18. Bill

    If keeping their job is so important then I suppose they would not want major companies to start looking outside the United States. That is exactly what will happen if there is substantial increases in corporate taxes. They will do a combination of 3 things to compensate for more taxes: 1) eliminate jobs – the most costly expense running a business; 2) increase prices which in effect is a tax on buyers and 3) look to move in part or in total their business out of the United States to a business friendly country where taxes are lower and labor is cheaper.

    October 31, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  19. Michael

    Republicans had 6 years out of 8 and did little damage control over the ' plunder and pilaging ' of the country.. Decades of life work – saving and loan investments along with the surplus down the drain . I seen this coming long ago, the writing on the wall ... Share the borrowed Chinese money to pay for oil and borrow against our future was and is the reason tax is an issue at all . Deregulating a system in times of war was a republican blunder of the worse kind. Allowing employer lawlessness to go widely unchecked and allowing the unfair free trade to plunder the US job market was also a republican blunder which caused the home owner to loose ground and loose the american dream... Mccain shows Joe as concerned? Joe needs to be concerned that because of mccain backing unfair deregulation his business was doomed then .

    What about Joe the in the unemployment line ? or Joe who cant proper feed or house his children ? Then there is Joe who cannot get health insurance ? Joe 's investments and life's savings all washed away because of the greed backed by deregulation ? rational reality is needed to bring the US back from the pits of insanity and selfishness by the few who managed to destroy the dream's and hope's of millions . This independent voter for Obama for rational change with the best interests of the people in mind .

    October 31, 2008 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  20. Jos/TN

    the GOP should go willingly due to the hole dug by Bush, and their endorsement

    October 31, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  21. Thanks Hillary

    I really want to thank Hillary for staying in the race so long. Obama has really been vetted, thanks to her. That makes it easier for Americans to make the right choice. We know Barack and he's the best choice for America.

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Martha Anne Lee

    Bill says he sold his "SOLE" for McCain. Hey Bill, why sell your shoes?
    As for the Republicans desperately sceaming that one party government is a threat to democracy... I remember the Republicans having the House AND Senate AND Presidency in the Bush first term. I clearly remember the way Cheney & Rove ridiculed any who opposed them, coerced Colin Powell to lie to the UN, bullied countries around the world to back the invasion of Iraq, etc etc.
    I for one am looking forward to the Republican Party being driven into the wilderness of obscurity for a good 40 years!

    I will be voting for OBama. And as a vote I will think of Martin Luther King Jr, Thurgood Marshall, Medgar Evers, the 3 girls in the bombed Baptist Church in Atlanta, and the future! McCain is the last of us oldsters who have hung on far too long!

    October 31, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. Joe The Retired

    If Joe the plumber's "Small Company" nets $250,000.00 on a 5% profit margin, that means he ran $5,000,000.00 through his company.

    Dream on Joe, dream on.

    October 31, 2008 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  24. Michael watching from Canada

    Polls show that 80% of those of us outside the US see Obama as the best choice.

    Fact: Any form of taxation redistributes wealth.

    How can McCain suggest that Obama is a socialist when McCain's tax policies also redistribute wealth, but more for the wealthy!!

    And how can McCain suggest that Obama is a socialist when it was Bush who spearheaded distribution of rebate cheques this past Spring?

    And how can McCain suggest that Obama is a socialist when it was Bush's administration who initiated the bailout of AIG, the bailout of Lehman Brothers, the bailout of other banks and the $700B bailout for Wall Street??

    October 31, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
  25. shahid

    What I meant was: I have been unemployed several times in my career life. We tend to envy successful/wealthy people, but we must understand that they work very hard and long hours with many failures and losses before becoming successful. They have visions and guts. They are the ones who likely create jobs, innovate and contribute more in tax revenues to help run this country. They're also more likely donate a lot to good causes.

    We need them around by not bashing on them or punishing them as Obama plans to do. His economic plan may sound ideal – just like Robinhood. But you know what Robinhood has been tested every where, including communist states, such as Russia, China, North Korea, Vietnam, Cuba, etc., and they all failed. The idea attracts a lot of young people who tend to be idealistic, but fails miserably in reality. Look at the country mentioned.

    Hope you vote rationally, not emotionally.

    October 31, 2008 03:12 pm at 3:12 pm |
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