October 31st, 2008
04:18 PM ET
6 years ago

Obama's top priorities for '09

Sen. Barack Obama in an interview Friday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.
Sen. Barack Obama in an interview Friday with CNN's Wolf Blitzer.

(CNN) - Sen. Barack Obama told CNN Friday that turning around the economy and energy independence are his top priorities for 2009 if elected president.

In an interview with Wolf Blitzer in Des Moines, Iowa, Obama was asked to name his top priority from a list of issues, including taxes, health care, education, energy policy and immigration.

"[The] top priority may not be any of those five. It may be continuing to stabilize the financial system. We don't know yet what's gonna happen in January," he said. "None of this can be accomplished if we continue to see a potential meltdown in the banking system and financial system. So that's priority number one - making sure the plumbing works."

Obama said priority number 2 is energy independence:

"We have to seize this moment because it's not just an energy independence issue, it's also a national security issue and it's a jobs issue. We can create five million new green energy jobs ..."

You can watch the full interview on ‘The Situation Room’ at 6 p.m. ET.

Priority number 3: Healthcare reform.

Priority number 4: "Making sure we have tax cuts for the middle class as part of a broader tax reform effort."

Obama later expanded his discussion on how tax cuts relate to a bigger economic plan.

"The tax cut that I talked about may be part of my priority number one because I think that’s going to be part of stabilizing the economy as a whole," he said.

"I think we’re going to need a second stimulus. Part of my commitment is to make sure that the stimulus includes a tax cut for 95 percent of working Americans. It may be the first bill I introduce."

Priority number 5: Reforming the education system.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Race to '08
soundoff (542 Responses)
  1. Ray in IN

    ....in other news, McCain has stated that he will initiate a full investigation at the start of '09 into what went wrong in this campaign and who it was that whispered in his ear, "pick Palin, it's a sure thing man!"

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  2. Tired of W, OH

    Before the right-wingers out there start rambling about Obama's tax cuts as welfare handouts, read Obama's words carefully:

    "Part of my commitment is to make sure that the stimulus includes a tax cut for 95 percent of working Americans."

    The key word is WORKING.

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  3. Mr. Scott

    We are with you Captain...uh... President Obama....

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  4. Gerry in Va. for Obama.

    Thats OUR President....BARACK OBAMA.... HE is READY ON DAY ONE to take charge and lead us to a better future. Only a fool would vote for four more years of the same old thing with McCain/Bush.

    VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. VOTE. THE FAT LADY AIN'T SANG YET!!! VOTE...
    SHE'S TUNE'N UP BUT THE VOTING HAS TO BE DONE FOLKS.....

    VOTE OBAMA / BIDEN VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN VOTE OBAMA/ BIDEN

    LETS GET OUR COUNTRY BACK TOGEATHER......................VOTE..

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  5. Eric G.

    I like the sound.

    Its up to all of us to make it deliverable.

    Vote VOte VOTE!

    We're all going to have to work for this. No sitting Idly by hoping others will take care of us. Do your part.

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  6. Bill in DC

    This man IS ready to be president.

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  7. 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 |
  8. john johnson MI

    You are so right mr. Obama. I hope you can bring about the Change that we need in America.

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  9. Bridgette-PA

    YES WE WILL!

    OBAMA/BIDEN -08!

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  10. Caligurl2346

    California is bankrupt and the Governor of California is speaking for McCain?? Oh that is rich!!! Well, you know what they say, "Birds of a feather flock together".

    October 31, 2008 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  11. Philip R Denoncourt Jr

    Wolf, this is great stuff. Keep up the freat work...CNN rocks. Obama Bieden to the finish line...they have America in clear perspective, and will bring us the leadership Americans need to reestablish our confidence in an honest, hard working government. And, to show the world our true colors. Felipe, California

    October 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  12. Desmond Sequeira

    I person who is thinking and planning ahead for the USA -most Presidential. Not like the other guy who is desperately trying every nasty trick to avoid losing and is talking more about OBAMA than about his plans for the country.

    October 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  13. David from Germany

    Obama,The world is looking forwerd to see you as President

    October 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  14. Dan, TX

    Obama is the leader we need right now. McCain would have been a better choice in 2000, but Obama is the better choice now.

    October 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  15. MsAnnette, Little Rock, AR

    That's just what we need. A president who THINKS, REASONS, AND HAS JUDGEMENT AND FORESIGHT!!!

    Obama/Biden 08

    October 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  16. Barbara

    Thats Great Obama, Lets try also to bring our troops home as well, very soon.

    October 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  17. phyllis

    I like that Obama seems to have a much broader view than the other canidate appears to have.

    October 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  18. Chris from St. Louis

    I would prioritize the same way ... Financial and housing market need to be fixed first .... prosperity will follow soon, including improvement in employment.

    October 31, 2008 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  19. is it the 5th yet?

    it will be a new era of better government and peace.

    October 31, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  20. Susan

    Priority No 6:
    Get a plumbing licence for Joe, the NOT plumber.

    Priority No 7:
    Teach Palin to pronounce Nuclear, not New Killer.

    October 31, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  21. Advocate50

    One thing that has become clear during the campaign is that Obama clearly understands that major issues facing the country cannot be viewed in isolation but rather are interrelated thus making him more cognizant of the danger of unintended consequenses resulting from actons taken to address a particular issue. While I respect John McCain's devotion to serving our country I've reached the conclusion that Obama is better suited to LEAD the country. And important distinction to keep in mind is that the president leads, rather than runs, the country and I have greater faith in Obama's ability to motivate people to make the sacrafices that will be required inthe coming years.

    October 31, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  22. Concerned in MA

    Sounds kind of EXPENSIVE to me… how are you going to do this by increasing the taxes on only those making more than $250K?

    I mean $200K.

    I mean $150K.

    Geez… this is the Obama Limbo… How low can you go?

    October 31, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  23. Voted for change in Texas

    I like those priorities. Sensible. What again are McCain's? Oh that's right, he hasn't thought about that yet.

    Obama/Biden '08

    October 31, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  24. Catholic-mom-4-OBAMA

    Having voted for Sen. Obama, I trust that he will do his best. No one is prefect, no one can do it ALL. Just being rid of the Bush Regime will be enough for me!

    Republican Legacy:

    Over $10 Trillion in national debt
    Over $490 BILLION DEFICIT in 2009
    Iraq WAR
    $10 BILLION a month being spent in Iraq
    Over 760,000 jobs lost in 2008
    10,000 Americans losing their homes........daily.
    4400 Soldiers dead, many more maimed!
    An Economic disaster

    THANK REPUBLICANS!

    October 31, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
  25. Rick

    Headline:

    "Obama Lays Plans to Kill Expectations After Election Victory"

    lolol....he's backpedaling already. You dems are so gullible.....lol

    October 31, 2008 04:10 pm at 4:10 pm |
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