December 13th, 2007
02:30 PM ET
13 years ago

Debate: Economy takes center stage

DES MOINES, Iowa (CNN) - It’s the economy, stupid.

Call it déjà vu all over again: it’s primary season, there’s a Clinton in a tough primary fight – and the catchphrase from Bill Clinton’s 1992 presidential campaign is back.

A CNN/Opinion Research Corporation poll out this week found that the economy seems to be the number one presidential campaign issue among Democratic primary voters. So naturally, the Democratic debate here in Iowa just kicked off with an economic question.

The moderator, Des Moines Register editor Carolyn Washburn, asked “would it be a priority of your administration to balance the federal budget every year?”

That’s a far cry from Democratic presidential debates held earlier this year, when the Iraq war was usually the first issue on the agenda.

–CNN Deputy Political Director Paul Steinhauser

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soundoff (6 Responses)
  1. JB, NYC

    4.9% growth 4th quarter... we must be in a recession*.

    *only when it's a republican President.

    December 13, 2007 04:21 pm at 4:21 pm |
  2. Bob, Roxboro, NC

    Balancing the federal budget is meaningless to folks who have watched one unfair trade deal after another undermine the prosperity of this nation.

    The number one export America offers the world,,,,,,,our jobs!!!

    December 13, 2007 05:03 pm at 5:03 pm |
  3. Ca Native

    It doesn't require a political science degree to understand...

    Iraq violence is way down. MSM doesn't like to report GOOD news so they focus on other pending BAD news: subprime rate mortgages defaulting, the possible economic outcome of the Christmas shopping season, how people FEEL uncertain about the economy...

    So... every night Joe America turns on the TV he gets overloaded with the MSM view of the economy. And when you consider MOST Americans are sheeple – believing outlets like CNN are unbiased reporters of the news... their attention gets drawn towards the economy and away from Iraq.

    Anything to get democrats elected – essentially.

    December 13, 2007 08:19 pm at 8:19 pm |
  4. Daryl Sutherlin, Or.

    Unions are to blame for the trade and importation of foreign goods. I just bought a brand new Dodge Ram 2500; made and assembled in Mexico. Seemed that Chysler employees in America thought that $55 an hour was a little low to work for. Union leaders have squandered away vacation time, health benefits, and holidays. Unions ran our jobs off to third world countries that are glad to work for only $13 dollars an hour with little benefits. Levi, Chysler, GM are glad to get someone to work for next to nothing. Oh yes, third world countries do not know the meaning of the word STRIKE!

    December 13, 2007 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  5. Patty D.

    Of course the economy is the most important thing to Americans now. With rising gas prices and medical bills and the fear of the middle class children face an uncertain future is a recipe of disaster to republicans. Republicans seem to care about taxes,homosexuals and who is holy enough. Well start taxing the rich more, stop bashing gays, and don't throw your religion in my face,and maybe,just maybe, I'll vote for you. But hey, that is what the republican party is all about, right.

    December 13, 2007 10:13 pm at 10:13 pm |
  6. no dems,la

    can you say??? -no social meds!!!!!!!!! no libs, dems!!!!!

    December 14, 2007 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |