October 31st, 2008
02:07 PM ET
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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. KNIGHT-7579

    Since when does the USA elect a President because "the rest of the world loves him"?? That should be a major reason NOT to vote for the joker. We are not electing a world king not matter how bad BHO wants the job.

    October 31, 2008 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  2. sabrina01

    People pay attention the Republicans has always won on lies this is their path to win who will felled for it...........they never change but Lie and Lie to win votes

    October 31, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  3. Mikey

    TJ Johnson October 31st, 2008 2:20 pm ET
    Why would anyone vote for Obama because the economy has turned down? He has said not one word about it
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    Are you deaf???? Obama has been talking about the ecomony for the past year and a half. I love all the people who say Obama is all talk, but don't actually listen to him or read the hundreds of pages of detailed information available in his last two books and all his policy statements.

    I really think all of you Chicken Little wanna-be's out there who think the world is going to end if Obama is elected are very funny indeed. Can't wait for all the sour grapes and dire predictions next Wednesday if Obama's lead holds.

    BTW, I'm voting for Obama because he is the best person for the job, regardless if we are in a recession or not.

    Everyone go out and vote! Obama '08. Yes We Can!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  4. Lulu

    The thing that makes Obama seemed to be the best choice is how he has organize and ran his campaign. How he brought millions, literally millions of people together and ran such a successful campaign. This alone shows the intelligent of the man. I can just imagine how that kind of intelligent could bring the country together and get the country moving forward for the better. John McCain wants to take the country backwards to the days when it was those people and us. Every time you listen to him or Palin or any of his supporters, you hear those liberal or those people are not one of us or like us or real Americans or Christians or hard workers. Bill Clinton said it the other night in Florida, when you go to an Obama campaign speech you see America, a diverse America, when you go to a McCain speeches you see the past America. Why is that? I will never understand why Americans at McCain's rallies do not want all Americans to do well and survive in this country and why that TRULY does not matter to them. And one of the biggest puzzle in my mind is that the majority of these people would have a better life with Obama and they don't get it because they are too busy looking for a reason to dislike a good man. I am an Obama supporter but I don't dislike McCain, I just think McCain is a bad candidate.

    October 31, 2008 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  5. aliou FL

    To whose it may concern: America rewarded Mccain with 26 years in congress and senate, more than many veterans who have and are still losing limbs in Iraq and viet, but coming back to sleep in the street due to bill gramm/Mcain/Bush deregulation and foreclosures.

    I don't owe Mccain any more than I owe these people. THey deserve better health care, housing and employment than this administration has offered. we need change for other vets to get a better chance under Obama/biden.

    What we owe all Americans is a better future, in the global economy, not a reward for a viet vet of the 60s.

    October 31, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  6. pray2008pray

    WE HANDED THE ENTIRE GOVERNMENT OVER TO THE REPUBLICANS........WHERE DID THAT GET US.

    I believe in balance but it may take a seesaw to help us out of this mess.

    October 31, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  7. alvino

    In South Carolina in 2000, John McCain predicted a comeback against Bush in the primary. John got his butt kicked.

    October 31, 2008 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  8. Susan

    To create new jobs won't be easy if GM and Chrysler both keep strugling as they are.

    The foreign companies of Toyota and Honda do not pay taxes for the public schools, roads, or anything else. They might make a donation here or there, but 95% of the money earned here goes back to China and Japan.

    If Chrysler and Gm go under, it will also be the people employed at the dealers, the parts people, the independent restaurant workers across the street from big employment complexes....this is going to be a lot worse than the mortgage crisis, and harder to come back from.

    October 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  9. Molly

    KEEP FIGHTING McCAIN/PALIN – Millions of SMART Americans are voting for you!

    We have a big SURPRISE for the obama gang – it's called
    18 MILLION Hillary supporters – we did NOT unite, support and will NOT VOTE for obama. We have been quietly watching & waiting for our turn – and the day is near!!!!!

    VOTE McCain/Palin – we can TRUST them

    October 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  10. Ken in Dallas

    KC,

    There's a five-year backlog for offshore drilling rigs. "Drill, baby, drill" is an empty slogan McCain's throwing out as a smokescreen. We won't be expanding offshore drilling significantly, because it's beyond our capability.

    McCain know this, and is playing you for a chump. You're swallowing an outright lie, hook, line, and sinker.

    Americans are SO lazy about checking facts.

    October 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  11. Lucille Mann

    What is the matter with saying that a woman should not have to suffer for the rest of her life because of an unwanted pregnancy? That is simply a fact. I had a baby when I was 17 years old and though I love my son, it was not easy raising him at that young age. I was not ready then for child rearing.

    Obama did not mean that we should not love our children and care for them, he meant that it would be hard to have a baby at a young age with someone you might not even be in love with.

    We have to face facts and put some realism in our decisions.

    I used to like John McCain, but his entire campaign has been to bash Obama. If he could speak just once, just once and not mention Obama's name but tell us his policies, I would be so grateful. I still don't know what he plans to do but I do know that he can bash Obama like any street thug. Enough already!

    October 31, 2008 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  12. Gil

    The problem with imports/exports is the labor over seas. it's cheaper to ship metal to Japan, make a car, then ship the car to america and sell it that it is to simply make it here. We need to bring tarriffs back on imported items that have crushed US industries. I am a democrat and will vote for Obama, but Clinton really screwed us on NAFTA.

    Beyond that McCain is NOT the answer. All his promises of not spending and this that and the third will only lead this country into more of a mess than it's already in.

    it's been said over and over again, if he has all these great ideas then why wait till NOW to speak up? We could have used these "answers" long ago

    October 31, 2008 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  13. DX in TX

    CNN, thank you for keeping the real issues front and center.

    October 31, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  14. Techno

    This is cool

    October 31, 2008 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  15. tiffany in ohio

    @ inat2...... I too live in Ohio an i think you need to get out more. Come down to the heart of Cleveland an you would see more abandoned houses than occupied. I know too many people losing their homes, cars, an mostly jobs. Cleveland is doing more layoffs than hiring. Even some of my friends who have lost their full time job an got a restaurant part time job has lost that now also. It is very bad here in Cuyahoga county an it aint funny!!!!!!!

    October 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  16. DX in TX

    Bill
    What the heck are you talking about.

    October 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  17. Lensa

    Tired of the last 8 years? Vote Democrat!!! Vote Obama!

    October 31, 2008 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  18. Dewey in CO

    Leigh:
    The only person who is qualified? McCain? Are we talking about the same senile old man and his air-head running mate. What qualifications are talking about? More experience playing the politics game? More experience using his position to influence others and profit from his actions? More experience in lying to the public?

    The truth is that McCain is the Repub nominee because the party did not have anyone else that could approach the middle ground in any way. McCain does not live in the middle either, he is just better at lying to people to make them think he is somewhat moderate. You are as pathetic as he is!

    Dear John:

    October 31, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  19. Joe the Plumber

    What America needs to do is give tax cuts to corporate CEOs they will in turn produce millions of good paying jobs for U.S. citizens, triccckle down economics they call it.

    October 31, 2008 03:41 pm at 3:41 pm |
  20. Ted

    Do you want Jeremiah Wright as Secretary of State. Enough said.

    October 31, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  21. yap

    pray for obama safety , when God well to be victory, devil want to attack, saral pallis, please take care of your family and your sick baby, he should be home with the motherand not flying every where with you for your own gain.

    October 31, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  22. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana

    Leigh:

    Please post here one actual courageous, heroic thing that McCain did.

    Hero: a man noted for feats of courage or nobility of purpose, one who has risked or sacrificed his life. Now, note that this risks and sacrifices must not be of one's own making, as in you engage in risky behaviour to satisfy your own need for excitement. So McCain flying stupid over Hanoi (he admitted he didn't do as he should have) and getting shot down due to his own recklessness, does not a hero make.

    October 31, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  23. Gilbert

    McCain is only going to make things worse in this country. he's out of touch and doesn't really know what's going on half the time. The other half of the time his main focus is on keeping his republican friends happy. Just look at how many former Bush employee's he has running his show.
    MCCain 08 = more of the same.

    90's Democrats in power, one of the greatest times in american history

    2000+ Republicans in country = THE EXACT OPPOSITE

    October 31, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  24. Bigbubba

    For McCain to win he only needs to do four things:

    1. Replace Palin with C. Rice.

    2. Go on National TV and admit his negative campaign was wrong for the country and wrong for the Republican party.

    3. Go ahead and copy the rest of Obama's programs as his own, not just the ones he has already stolen and claimed.

    4. Visit every state not looking to go staunchly Red already and lay out real programs instead of just telling us he has ideas and he will tell us about them after the election.

    In reality, he will still lose the election, but he will at least appear to have some trace of dignity and self-pride. Something sadly lacking in his campaign this year.

    October 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  25. McCain 2008

    I don't think any comment made on here is going to change my vote. Especially when the only ones seem to be saying people are ignorant, uninformed, or stupid if they have different views than yours.

    I an not a racist, do not care about the religious back ground of the president, am very well informed on the issues, do care about experience, do care about friends of the candidates but not acquaintances, and on all the issues important to me believe totally that McCain is the better choice for President.

    I do believe it is Fannie Mae and government regulation that caused the banking fiasco. I believe that raising taxes on those that make over $250,000 a year or on corporations will only move jobs and investments out of this country, (I do not make over $250,000 a year by the way), do not believe most of the promises that Obama has made because a president probably has less to do with laws and regulations than congress so why make promises you can't keep and such bold promises. I do believe that since the democrats took over congress things have gotten worse through their leadership.

    So if Obama is the choice, please, please, please realize that the current democratic congress has to go!!! Go ahead and vote for Obama for president, that's your right as mine is to vote for McCain, but vote out the democratic congress.

    October 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
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