October 7th, 2008
07:50 AM ET
14 years ago

Mainstreet USA: Nashville

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The Election Express rolls into Nashville for the second presidential debate...and finds that the election isn't the biggest game in town.

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  1. Farrell, Houston, Tx


    October 7, 2008 10:41 am at 10:41 am |
  2. Gadissa

    You know what worrys me a lot.The question is what about the bread and butter? MacCain doesn't understand what affects more Americans. He is even out of touch when he said we should stay in Iraq for 100 years. When he sang Bomb Bomb. He is an agry and bitter old man. MacCain is past Obama is a future. I don't buy any thing he is talking about. How can he understand when he can not remember how many houses he got? In his mind he thinks we are all fine. No we are not I am always worry if I could make through today. I don't even know if I could have bread and butter tomorrow. MacCain is for the rich for thos who may not remember their houses.

    October 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  3. alvino

    To include 5 million people in McCain's health care plan, even though 47 million are without healthcare, McCain will pay for it by cutting $1 trillion from medicare.

    October 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  4. rice, bryan

    the party is over

    October 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  5. SEAN

    A man distraught because he could not find work shot and killed his mother-in-law, his wife and three sons and then killed himself inside a home in an upscale San Fernando Valley neighborhood, police said.

    This is what the American Care about so McPalin Stick to the issues!!!

    Obama/Biden '08 '12

    October 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  6. Kris K in CA

    Can hardly wait until to night-McCain blinking,no winking, when he speaks. Sounding caustic and bitter with nasty comebacks. Telling lies that the voters now know are lies.Complaining about Barack more than stating his plans. Trying to scare the America voter outof their wits in an attempt to get their vote. What kind of candidate does that? a losing one!

    October 7, 2008 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  7. Truth

    Dear CNN, why don't you guys do a story about John McCain's involvement with a terrorist group that employed death squads in Latin America? John McCain sat on the board of…the U.S. Council for World Freedom," said Begala, "The Anti-Defamation League, in 1981 when McCain was on the board, said this about this organization. It was affiliated with the World Anti-Communist League – the parent organization – which ADL said 'has increasingly become a gathering place, a forum, a point of contact for extremists, racists and anti-Semites. The USCWF was founded in Phoenix, Arizona in November 1981 as an offshoot of the World Anti-Communist League. The group was, from the onset, saddled with the disreputable reputation of its parent group. The WACL had ties to ultra-right figures and Latin American death squads. Roger Pearson, the chairman of the WACL, was expelled from the group in 1980 under allegations that he was a member of a neo-Nazi organization

    PS: C'mon CNN you will get all the ratings if you BREAK the story?

    October 7, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  8. Jeff Brown

    Tennesee is one of the few states McLiar will carry. I guess it's true that it's still filled with backward, racists morons!

    October 7, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  9. America think for you

    No Bush Third term.

    October 7, 2008 10:43 am at 10:43 am |
  10. Bill

    America deserves Obama. He will run this evil nation into the ground, and it deserves it.

    October 7, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  11. nancy

    I live in Nashville. We have a Democratic Mayor, Karl Dean. Tennessee has a Democratic Governor Phil Bredesen. Mr. Bredesen was also mayor before he was elected Governor. Not all TN is republican. The Vanderbilt area and Nashville as a whole are liberal like most universities and larger cities. It is a very nice place to live.

    October 7, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  12. Autumn

    IMHO, Mc Cain has taken the crazy train express in this campaign.. he is losing ground . Too much attacking, not enough substance. And I like Mc Cain before this presidential race !!
    McCain/Palin Campaign? A Swift Boat to Nowhere...

    Autumn ~ Independant , 40 ish, former Hillary supporter, PT job, PT school- ex army wife, no health insurance and Child with Autism.

    OBAMA/BIDEN '08 !!

    October 7, 2008 10:44 am at 10:44 am |
  13. Rita

    Why have the first two debates been in states that are known for racism and segregation. Why havent they been in main stream america. This town hall format will only draw those who do not think for themselves and have become bobble heads for McCain

    October 7, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  14. Kab

    Barbara form NC.....
    Thank you and people alike you have been abused by the currently economic situation. You and other older& wiser Americans are in our thoughts and prayers through these tough times......
    My friends parents just lost their 401k (82% reduction) and they planned retirement next year. Very sad time in deed.....
    Good for you Barbara from NC.

    October 7, 2008 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  15. ran

    Why wouldn't McCain use this tactic ;it has worked so well for
    Bush and the Republicans the last 8 yrs.

    Hopefully this time people want fall for it.

    A vote for Obama/Biden and other Democrats will get us started in the right direction.

    October 7, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  16. Karen

    I am neither Republican nor Democrat and voted for Bush and in my home state of Texas, Rick Perry.

    However, what has distressed me about the Republican party recently is their inability to listen to what the PEOPLE want rather than what THEY (Republican party) wants. A majority of people in Texas want VLT's at racetracks but the republicans have blocked attempts to put that issue to a vote in Texas. One republican legislator stated that "the people did not know what was best for them."

    Also, in my own hometown in Texas, the republicans ignored the citizens of that town on an issue and instead of putting it to a vote on the issue, they found a loop hole in the law to be able to go ahead with that project without a vote.

    That is my concern about the Republican party.....They force their morals or ideas on Americans whether you like it or not.

    Leaning towards Obama in Texas.


    October 7, 2008 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  17. iyke in spain

    I have been following the campaign for a long time. I see Obama more organized than McCain. I also see Palin not experienced enough to handle the position of a VP or President. Americans should give Obama/Biden the opportunity. They have more to offer Americans than McCain/Sarah.

    October 7, 2008 10:48 am at 10:48 am |
  18. Gtnaustin

    I just want to know what each of these candidates think about the new 527 ads that have begun appearing on tv? I think that these are a terrible distraction from the issues that real Americans care about and do nothing to further the political debate.

    October 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  19. John in Ohio

    "By contrast, Barack Obama has been fundamentally dishonest about his friendship and work with the unrepentant terrorist William Ayers,"

    They were on a community improvement board together, along with a variety of Democrats and Republicans who were looking to improve Chicago schools.

    Yeah, next time, how about you do a little research?

    October 7, 2008 10:49 am at 10:49 am |
  20. Rick

    Truth October 7th, 2008 10:43 am ET

    Dear CNN, why don't you guys do a story about John McCain's involvement with a terrorist group that employed death squads in Latin America? John McCain sat on the board of…the U.S. Council for World Freedom,"

    Hey Truth I remember that! Didn't Martin Sheen and a lot of other people against us training those death squads get arrested outside Fort Benning in Columbus GA and several other places protesting our involvement in that?

    October 7, 2008 10:50 am at 10:50 am |
  21. Michael

    "I will pray for you all" ....
    you better pray for yourself.

    DOn't try to fool people into your religious games.
    But if that is what you want you can say "Vote for a muslim and you go to hell" sounds to me like you are more extremist than those who attacked us. Or equivalent. IF there is one thing you need to pray for is yourself, because I don't think God approves of ignorant people.

    SO again...Don't pray for us, Pray for yourself. We are too busy changing our lives to waste time with prayers. God helps those who help themselves!

    October 7, 2008 10:51 am at 10:51 am |
  22. James

    welches, oregon, Obama continues to play the race card. Look back when he called out to all black fathers. There was no reason to add that description of "black" father. Why couldn't he just call out to ALL dead beat dads? He will not change the race status not now not ever not as long as he still differentiates between races.

    October 7, 2008 10:52 am at 10:52 am |
  23. Jim in NJ

    The posts that say that Obama is dangerous for America and our troops crack me up. If Barack had been POTUS then there would have been no Iraq war. And the other nations would have been helping us.

    Who puts our troops in danger more: the maverick who votes to attack,attack,attack even if the Math is Fuzzy or the leader who says we should concentrate our troops more efficiently elsewhere to have greater gains and success?

    The Surge is Working(Barack's and Biden's that is!)
    Vote Smart America and Vote

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  24. Fred

    To "Truckers for McCain" and other fearful Republicans.
    You have been swept up in the Republicans' campaign of fear and hate. Is this how you want to be thought of: a fear and hate monger?
    All politicians have skeletons in the closet. They all have to compromise their personal values sometimes in order to "work" with other politicians that they may not agree with, morally.
    Such is the case of Barck Obama working with Bill Ayers.
    This is an example of talking with everyone, even your enemies, in an effort to solve a problem.
    And, please, don't give me the other Republican message of "experience". I won't mention all the Presidents with no real federal politial experienc, except one: Abraham Lincoln.

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
  25. pat C.

    sarah palin should have to answer for the smut she is spewing like water. she is filled with self centered power hunger and is dangerous to this country. her beliefs are disgusting and her ignorance to world issues is unbelieveable. she knows nothing about forign policies and will destroy our credibility in this world.
    john mccain has sold his own soul to win this election and could not care that we are suffering from job loses and high gas prices and most of us can't take our kids to the dr. when they are sick. mark my words he thinks of nothing but wars and will have us in more in a very short time. he will ignore the american people for his own ego to be a winner in his game of war and more war.his judgement is gone and he lives to get even for being captured in another war we did not win.

    October 7, 2008 10:53 am at 10:53 am |
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