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. Jennifer

    Bill...Good for you bill. Coz abortion is the last thing americans should think about deciding whom they should vote right, given the condition of economy. Pro-choice people dont understand that they cannot tell other person to believe in the things(life starts at conception) which are solely based on their religious faiith. There are lot other non-christians who are as much devotees to their religions as christians but might not have same opinion about abortion. Why you want to enforce on them to believe what your religion says? Where is the freedom for religion?

    October 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  2. Ty

    To "McCain is Comfort Food":
    Can you really take "Comfort" in knowing that there's a REAL possibility that PALIN might have to take over as PRESIDENT should something happen to "Comfort-food McCain"? How safe do you really feel about THAT possibility? I feel a whole lot safer knowing that if something were to happen to OBAMA(God forbid), the U.S. would be in very CAPABLE hands with Joe Biden. I actually feel that we'd actually be more vulnerable as a country with John McCain because of his questionable temperament and terrible judgment. His years of military service...although honorable...do not make him the safer or "more comfortable" choice; I do respect your opinion, however.

    October 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  3. Cynic

    The last eight years of Bush have been hell. And, the next eight years look just as bleak. It's a sad day for our country when we have suffered through a Bush/Cheney Administration only to find our two choices for President are a community organizer and an old man. When is this country going to get a candidate who really cares about America as a whole, not just a segment of the population? I guess never given the ridiculous and immature reasons that people give here for voting for either one of the candidates.

    October 31, 2008 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  4. Dean in Florida

    CNN's Early Voting map is hilarious. Breakdown by party is only supplied if more Dems voted than Republicans. Otherwise, all votes are lumped together. That's a very good sign for Republicans. Thanks for the info CNN.

    October 31, 2008 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  5. Winnie Hussein . . . in Montana


    I have an important question for you since you seem to have an opinion about abortion even though you will never have to make that choice.

    When a woman gets pregnant and cannot or does not want to have a baby AND the father of that baby does not want to have a baby – why should the woman have to suffer – yes, suffer financially, emotionally, socially – but the father of that child does not. My point here is that THE GOVERNMENT WILL NOT EVER CONSIDER FORCING THE FATHER OF THAT UNWANTED CHILD TO KEEP THAT CHILD – SO WHY SHOULD IT FORCE THE MOTHER? HMMMM? Double standard, maybe. Get a life, you make me sick.

    October 31, 2008 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  6. El Cajones Grande

    Bruce, I'm glad you asked. Because the sub-prime mortgage crisis (Fannie/Freddie) was caused by the Democratically controlled congress the last two years.

    October 31, 2008 03:55 pm at 3:55 pm |
  7. Bill Swift

    We should hope tons of jobs are created but we all know that is simply not true at all. Over the last 8 yrs we've seen the complete cataclysm and dissapation of American jobs. Please someone tell me if campaigns are run by volunteers not including the main staff, tell me where are the jobs created? I mean really it's like saying we all should intern at GE for free. Mainstream American is hurting Jack! Hurting in a very bad way.

    October 31, 2008 03:57 pm at 3:57 pm |
  8. RRR

    Jon, don't worry if you made a lot of money in your last job, it would still be as if you are unemployed if Obama takes over.
    The reason the Dem. think things will get better is because anyone who makes over $150K will not be asking for a raise so they don't have to maintain the slackers who don't want to work and feel everything should be handed to them because they were not born with a silver spoon in their mouth.
    Shameful , we live in the greatest country in the world with every opportunity available to lift ourselves out of poverty, and people feel the rich should pay for the ones who feel they are entitle to a free ride in life.
    McCain is no saint either, but I feel safer with him then allowing the slackers take over the country.
    I work hard for the things I have, everyone in this country can do the same.

    October 31, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  9. Marcie, Toronto

    McCain say tbe Bush administration and Washington ruin the economy and the country and he is going to change all that when he gets to Washington. How is he going do that, when all the same people will be in the senate and the congtess with supporting him. They are all running for re-election. IS HE GOING TO CLEAN HOUSE? HO? OR IS HE AND SARAH PALIN GOING TO RUN WASHINGTON BY THEMSELVES?

    I cann't wait to see how he is going to accomplish this.

    October 31, 2008 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  10. Hard Working American for McCain

    Sam the drunk; Republican are not on the run my friend. Just wait unti Tuesday. Then all you scum-bags will have to go to work instead of depending on the Government!

    October 31, 2008 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  11. shahid

    For those who think Europe and Asia vote for Obama, think again. America has become the greatest and most affluent nation on earth because of our free enterprise spirit. Other nations envy us. Do you want to join them and become a socialist state? That's not America.

    October 31, 2008 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  12. alan popper

    Watch how unemployment rates decline with Barak. There will be more American jobs because of less imports.lets stop protectecting the blood sucking ceos and get back to caring for each other and protecting our country

    October 31, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |

    What are we now, 900,000 jobs lost just this year? And all at the helm of a Republican administration, namely Bush? McCain doesn't care about jobs, he cares about giving big tax cuts to big corporations, and the employee doesn't see a dime of it. McCain is bad for America and dangerous for the American workforce. VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN and help get the U.S. back on track!

    October 31, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  14. AJ

    The only job Obama will be concerned with keeping will be his own.

    October 31, 2008 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  15. Rose

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


    Sorry Ted but you are obviously confusing Obama with McCain. He is the one who is saying any and everything to try and get elected. I do not see that as country first, I see that as his needs above all else go the hell. He throws out lies and sees which ones will stick. That is dirty.

    Obama has been saying and doing the same thing from the beginning. Who is putting party first? He is not trashing the Republican Party like McCain is trashing the Democrats party because he knows that it was not all Republicans but the Bush White house and all his buddies like McCain who sold our country down the toilet.

    I what to know what if McCain does wins? Will he has continued to divide this country with the us vs them attitude who is going to want to work with him? It will be just like a Bush white house all over again. Thinking that he is the only party and his way is the only way that is right. Very prejudiced narrow way of thinking and not good for America that is a country of many different points of view.

    Obama is trying to include everyone under his plan for American and I can see anyone would want to work for him and with him from any party.

    October 31, 2008 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  16. When shall you stop this deception!

    – Why are Sen. McCain and his team using Joe the Plumber the Fraud to insinuate that "Obama's Presidency will mean the death of Israel"?
    – Why has Sen. McCain not allowed Sarah Palin as promised alone to do interview with LKL, if she is qualified to be a VP of USA?
    – Why is Sarah Palin’s windfall tax distribution to Alaskans not wealth distribution and “socialism”?
    – Why are those checks from Bush Administration last May not wealth distribution and “socialism”?
    Sarah Palin is a Fraud and must bet stopped before she messes up USA and the world!

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  17. Jan

    Ok. I am one of those undecided voters here trying to determine which way my vote will go this weekend when I vote early.

    I would like to hear from each side why I should vote for your candidate. Persuade me why your candidate is the best one suitable for the most important job in the nation. By the way, we have 11 undecides in our family that will be taking your words to heart.

    I await with great anticipation your answers.


    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  18. Liz in Texas

    Some of you need to ask yourself why many Reagan Republicans have and are a switching over to Obama. Many Republican friends of McCain that know McCain have switched over to Obama. You're not seeing it the other way around. I think they know alot more about McCain than you. If that doesn't tell you something then I don't know what does. Along with the fact that McCain has run a horrible campaign and his first executive decision was to pick Palin as his running mate which tells us what kind of judgement he has.

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. BS not Maverick

    Obama is the one with the best plant to create jobs. McCain is the same old bologna sandwich.

    October 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  20. AmericadowntheDrainMcCain

    We hear the scare tactics being spewed out by the McCain campaign..We even hear talk of a potential message from Usama Bin Laden. Bin Laden must be a republican operative..after all they supported his Jihad effort in the 80's.

    What has McCain said that makes people want to vote for him? – Be afraid of Obama.

    Is Cowardice a new American characteristic?

    We hear the Reps. warning of disaster under democratic leadership.. Funny how they can always see fault with others when they are exponentially worse.

    October 31, 2008 04:11 pm at 4:11 pm |
  21. RANDY

    Lets elect Obama/Biden and restore this country back to promise of having a job, health insurance, etc. Like it was back before Bush took over the presidency.

    October 31, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  22. don

    I hear Walmart is hiring! Think you can handle a cash register! My 18 year old son can. Sorry, I know its quite a step up for you!

    John, if you had picked anyone else, you might have had a chance–a slim one, but a chance anyway.

    October 31, 2008 04:16 pm at 4:16 pm |
  23. Jason

    In 2006 the economy was strong. It was'nt until the democrats took over the senate that thing started to go south. They are the ones to blame for getting nothing done and turning a blind eye. Obama made out well off of freddie and fannie and then has the nerve to joke about people loosing their homes at that black-tie dinner two week ago? I love Obama slogan now " Look in the rearview mirror" . With Obama why do we want to look in the rearview mirror when he has Rev Wright, Rashid Khalidi, and William Ayers riding shotgun in the front with him. You can look on youtube to see Obama mocking the bible. Then he removes the flag off of his plane and does not salute the flag among many other things and you all want to elect this guy. ((Come on Americans!!!))

    October 31, 2008 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  24. PDXGal

    Anybody that seriously thinks that McCain can bring jobs back is lying to themselves.

    Seriously- if you can't see through the right wing fear machine by now, it's likely because you do not want to.

    Luckily, most of the US is more concerned about the economic health of our nation, rather than nursing their own prejudices.

    October 31, 2008 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  25. Cricket

    I don't understand how anyone can feel "safe" if McCain is in office and we have a terrorist threat or international crisis. His temperament alone scares me. And his poor judgement just makes it that much worse.


    October 31, 2008 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
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