July 21st, 2008
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What does politics mean to you?

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(CNN)–We want your take on this historic election. In ten words or less (yes, we're counting) please add a comment below or send us an iReport video or audio recording of yourself describing what you see your role being in this election, why you vote, or what politics and this election means to you. In adding your comment below, be sure to include your email address (which will remain unpublished). We will contact the finalists whose quotes will be used in a new promotional campaign and in turn receive a CNN=Politics swag bag (read: free stuff).

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  1. sally

    I'm a female catholic 60 yr. old voting for Obama!

    July 21, 2008 07:05 pm at 7:05 pm |
  2. Mountain View Mom

    Gratitude for Yesterday,
    Responsibility for Today,
    Possibilities for Tomorrow.

    May I explain my ten (actually nine) words?

    Gratitude for Yesterday: I am humbled and thankful to have had the incredible fortune to have been born in America during the 20th century. My fellow citizens and I enjoy "Life, Liberty, and the pursuit of Happiness" in a manner unequaled throughout history; sadly, these "inalienable Rights" have never been tasted by many who have lived in other times or places. Free and honest voting by an informed electorate is the "root cause" of the American way of life. Each vote I cast is also a “thank you” to the many men and women who died to give me this Right.

    Responsibility for Today: Our country has its problems, without question. Snake oil salesmen will always be out there, selling false promises and easy answers. Lincoln said "You can fool some of the people all of the time, and all of the people some of the time, but you can not fool all of the people all of the time." In other words, the quality of our laws and politicians is safeguarded by the vigilance of the entire electorate, which includes me.

    Possibilities for Tomorrow: Like many other parents, I dream of a better world for my daughter. I often wonder what her life will look like: What kind of a job will she have? Will she be able to afford a house? Will she have children? Will she be able to have enough quality time with them? I used to envy my parents for having been born in a unique golden age – now I feel my own life has been relatively golden too, and worry that my daughter and her generation will be left with crumbs. I believe in “pay as you go” taxation instead of leaving the bills for small children to pay.

    July 21, 2008 07:12 pm at 7:12 pm |
  3. Al

    One part optimism, one part cynicism and one part narcissism.

    July 21, 2008 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  4. Jan Illinois

    Vote? I must, its my duty,my right,my privilege.

    July 21, 2008 07:26 pm at 7:26 pm |
  5. TOM


    July 21, 2008 07:29 pm at 7:29 pm |
  6. Ellyn, IN

    Politics means choices.

    July 21, 2008 07:30 pm at 7:30 pm |
  7. Rocky Michigan

    The right to bear arms and a strong national defense.

    July 21, 2008 07:31 pm at 7:31 pm |
  8. Yohannes, Renton, WA

    The world in love with America again, or trying to!

    July 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  9. JforObama

    Never in my lifetime could anyone ever tell me that I would be interested in politics. This election has changed my life, has educated me, and has brought new interest in my entire household.

    Thank you CNN. I am a 35 year old woman and for the first time in my adult life, I will be voting.

    CNN Politics Rocks.

    July 21, 2008 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
  10. Deborah

    A fight for the soul of the US. Decent intelligent white Americans versus intellectually challenged bigots

    July 21, 2008 07:47 pm at 7:47 pm |
  11. Mike Andrews

    Obama -McCain, It will depend on the VP for me!

    July 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  12. Bill

    Finally, we get America BLACK!!!

    July 21, 2008 07:49 pm at 7:49 pm |
  13. TexasTami

    Obama's gaseous, McCain's realistic, I'm discouraged but still optimistic.

    July 21, 2008 07:57 pm at 7:57 pm |
  14. Tim

    Lies, fear, hatred, inuendo enable mongers to control the ignorant.

    July 21, 2008 08:00 pm at 8:00 pm |
  15. Paul

    Governing by polls has rendered true visionary leaders obsolete.

    July 21, 2008 08:03 pm at 8:03 pm |
  16. Myra

    Hope, Yes we can, Fired up and ready to go! My vote counts and will help the nation get back what President Bush has messed up for the past 8 years.

    July 21, 2008 08:06 pm at 8:06 pm |
  17. Dominique

    I choose to make tomorrow better than today. I vote.

    July 21, 2008 08:07 pm at 8:07 pm |
  18. Hope

    Voting, Our hope for a better America,and Peaceful World!

    July 21, 2008 08:12 pm at 8:12 pm |
  19. Scott in OR

    Peace, freedom, security, independence, progress, liberty = Go Obama

    July 21, 2008 08:15 pm at 8:15 pm |
  20. mjaber6113

    This election means a change of government and the people.

    July 21, 2008 08:27 pm at 8:27 pm |
  21. JWR

    The media should stop playing kingmaker. They're not smart enough.

    July 21, 2008 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  22. Farrell, Houston, Tx

    Voting against those who stand on the graves of tragedy events to promote their selfish political platform.

    July 21, 2008 08:48 pm at 8:48 pm |
  23. Rick

    I see very little difference between Democrats or Republicans (a.k.a. politicians). My voting decision(s) are based on which candidate can do the least harm to this country (locally, statewide, and nationally) and my wallet. Words like character, conviction, honesty, integrity, honor, hard work, ethical behavior, accountability etc. no longer have any meaning (or value) in this country. I'd love to be proven wrong.

    July 21, 2008 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  24. Cindy

    Change is gonna come; the world is watching me vote.

    July 21, 2008 09:10 pm at 9:10 pm |
  25. Larry

    America looks in a mirror. Time for a makeover..Decency, diplomacy and determination rules the day. America rediscovers it's true beauty. Go Barrack

    July 21, 2008 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
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