October 31st, 2008
04:18 PM ET
5 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
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  1. Ann

    David from Germany October 31st, 2008 4:09 pm ET
    Obama,The world is looking forwerd to see you as President"

    What about you take him there guys?

    October 31, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  2. Schnorkies

    UNBELIEVABLE!

    Not one word from this news agency telling you that the Supreme Court is hearing an injunction against Obama to prove his citizenship and qualifying for the office of POTUS – today!

    Don't you wonder what else these biased, self serving reporters aren't telling you......and there is LOTS to tell.

    Please do your homework and research Obama before casting your vote!

    Please do not vote for him just because he is black or you just like him. Your vote is important......be proud that you have made an intelligent vote for your country!

    October 31, 2008 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  3. The OTher Campaign Strategists @ 115th & Amsterdam Ave

    Senator Obama –

    The Democrats will control Congress and the White House after this election. Americans are demanding that “GRIDLOCK” end in Washington. If the Congress does not achieve meaningful MAINSTREAM accomplishments the Democrats will be thrown out in 2010 and you will have a difficult presidency.

    You can start a new Progressive movement in American politics that will have a lasting and positive impact on the country if you govern from the middle.

    Priority 1) Reduce Spending immediately … reduce the deficit … make progress towards balancing the budget over the next 4 years. End the Iraq & Afghanistan wars as part of this effort.

    Priority 2) Start a NASA like project to covert energy from the sun (wind, solar) into storable energy … manufactured synthetic liquids… hydrogen sulfates … batteries … etc. Use this to replace ALL oil … not just FOREIGN OIL. When America doesn’t have to go to war over OIL, our foreign policy will be stronger.

    Priority 3) Improve the number of math & science graduates in the United states. Show measurable improvement in public school education. This will protect the jobs of today’s 8th graders in Scranton, Youngstown, Morgantown, Evansville, etc. This will help restore American Industry to greatness. True it won’t do much for your political fortunes but when your 2012-to2016 FEMALE VP runs for president 8 years from now, she will benefit.

    Priority 4.) Curb excessive salaries and bonuses in Financial Markets through transparency. Prosecute exploitive executives to create a climate of teamwork in America. Usher in an era where Greed IS NOT Good. Create rewards for those that build strong foundations.

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  4. Linder Howze

    What is next for her is hat she go back home and get a lesson in role of the vice-president. It is a shame that someone is applying for a job and not look at the role or requirements.

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  5. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Where are Palin's medical records? Is she from earth? Where are McCain's military records? Including his propaganda films (failed that test, didn't he?)

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  6. Abdul

    @Mike:
    Boohoo :-(

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  7. Molly

    We have a big SURPRISE for the obama gang – we're called the
    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 SMART: McCain/Palin – we can TRUST them

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  8. lisa

    I'm glad to hear that he is not willing to put energy independence on the back burner. Now that prices are going down at the pump, some might think it's more important to concentrate on other issues but doing so will keep us at the mercy of unfriendly foreign countries. I for one can't wait to see what an Obama administration will look like.

    Go Obama!!!!

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  9. hurriCAIN PALIN

    can one of the priorities be

    if elected, nobama and biden step down as potus and v.p., and let mccain/palin take over, because nobama aint "the one" to save this country, all he is, is a false prophet.

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  10. andrea

    I believe he has his priorities in the right order; economy and energy. But it will never be too early to start – at least explaining to the American people – what needs to be done to fix Social Security

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  11. Mark Ampaw

    This guy will have a shock of his life on Nov. 4th 2008. Remember NH and CA. in the primaries where his was head by 12-9 % and lost.

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  12. Hillary supporter now for McCain/Palin

    I'm voting Democrat because . . .

    I believe oil companies' profits of 4% on a gallon of gas are obscene but the government taxing the same gallon of gas at 15% isn't.

    I believe the government will do a better job of spending the money I earn than I would.

    Because freedom of speech is fine as long as nobody is offended by it.

    because when we pull out of Iraq, I trust that the bad guys will stop what they're doing because they now think we're good people

    because I believe that people who can't tell us if it will rain on Friday CAN tell us that the polar ice caps will melt away in ten years if I don't start driving less.

    because I believe that business should not be allowed to make profits for themselves. They need to break even and give the rest away to the government for redistribution as THEY see fit.

    because I believe liberal judges need to rewrite the Constitution every few days to suit some fringe kooks who would NEVER get their agendas past the voters. Go BO!

    October 31, 2008 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  13. bob

    I look forward to seeing what Barack Obama can achieve as President. I only hope that he is wise enough not to fall into the ethical trap the Republican's did 8 years ago when they gained both houses of congress and the presidency. If the democrats go on the same type of wild spending bender that the republicans did when the balance was removed, we will be no better off. Govern wisely Senator Obama and don't be afraid to veto your own party's spending bills when they don't make fiscal sense.

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

    This man has no clue where to begin the day after the election, if he happens to win!

    October 31, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  15. Tiff of lithia springs

    Good for Obama!

    He is maintaining the focus!

    The rest of us are nervous as H&^L because we know that this generation of republicans are a pack of the thieves and hooligans.

    October 31, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  16. JC4OBAMA

    THAT'S A REAL MAN WITH PLAN. I HAVEN'T HEARD MCCAIN TALKING ABOUT HIS PLAN IF ELECTED. ALL HE DOES, IS TRYING TO BASH OBAMA WITH SMEARS AND LIES AND SCARE TACTICS TO PREVENT PEOPLE FROM VOTING FOR OBAMA. EVEN MCCAIN KNOWS IT, OBAMA IS THE BEST MAN FOR THE JOB RIGHT NOW MAYBE MCCAIN CAN COMEBACK 2016 IF HE STILL ALIVE BUT THIS TIME IS BO TIME..

    October 31, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  17. Compulsive Campaigners Anonymous

    Plan his next campaign?

    October 31, 2008 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  18. BLACK GUY IN HOUSTON

    i am very Proud of us this campaign is not about Obama but America thanks to everyone who has or is going to help put this man in office.

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

    This is an excellent plan with a crystal clear priority!!!

    Got out and vote.

    Let your voice be heard if you do NOT want the next 4 years to be like the last 8.

    OBAMA/BIDEN 2008 – 2016

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

    Obama will be one of the Best Presidents of all times if he is elected. Obama 08"

    October 31, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  21. Robin in SC

    Exactly my priorities, with the exception of getting our troops out of Iraq but then that's foreign policy and all of these priorities are domestic policies. This man understands ME...which is why I've already voted for THAT ONE!

    October 31, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  22. Robert Comstock

    All sounds good, but he left out the most important one,,,,get our troops home. Let them win, take off their handcuffs and then come home.

    October 31, 2008 04:15 pm at 4:15 pm |
  23. True Leadership

    True Leadership.

    VOTE OBAMA/BIDEN 08

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

    I think we have our man ladies and gents. this man mr obama knows his stuff. for once we have someone who is smart enough to run this country. all i can say is its about time let come together one more time and make history. go president obama and first lady. by the way mrs obama is sexyer than lady bush

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

    Obama has his head in the right place unlike the bellicose McCain and his running mate Ms. Brainless big mouth Palin. Obama hasgiven us plenty of evidence that he is ready to lead the country from Day one.

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