October 28th, 2008
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Battleground 2008: Small businesses weigh choices

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(CNN) - Even before the current economic crisis, voters listed the economy as the top issue in the presidential election.

In a CNN.com special report, Battleground Voters, we talked to voters in five battleground states - Colorado, Florida, Missouri, North Carolina and Ohio - to find out how the economy would influence their choice for president.

In the first of four parts, we talked to small-business owners, who have been at the center of John McCain's and Barack Obama's plans on how they would get the ailing economy back on track.

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CNN's special report on battleground voters continues Wednesday with a look at students, Thursday with retirees and Friday with unemployed voters.

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  1. FL Battleground

    To Matt/MN: You also cannot spell. Regardless, teachers unions across the country are supporting Obama's education plan. The Republicans have given us a failed education policy with no money to back it up. If you're not a teacher...you have no right to criticize me.

    October 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  2. SHELLI13

    My sister is a small business owner and she says that Senator Obama is the one that is taking about the concerns of the people and not about how McCain is this and that, yes he mentions Mccain and palin but he does not harp on it like mccain and palin. Senator Obama is a man that wants what's best for the people of America not just the RICH people, Obama is for ALL of the People and Mccain/Palin the Failin are just for the RICH and not concerned about the ECONOMY

    October 28, 2008 01:12 pm at 1:12 pm |
  3. PA Voter

    A McCain-supporter is using my same name "PA Voter". Probably isn't even from PA.

    But I am. And I'm voting for Obama on November 4th.

    October 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  4. victor,nj

    McCains plans to create jobs is to reduce corporate tax from 35% to 25%, citing that the reason corporation ship jobs overseas is the low corporate tax of others countries like Ireland with 11% tax.

    Call me stupid, but can anyone explain how 25% tax compared with 11% tax would bring back jobs. This plan is nothing but welfare for large corporations that continue to ship jobs overseas.

    Also can anyone exlain how business would hire more employees when there are no demand for the product and service they are provide. let me simplify this for everyone.

    Consumer with no money= no demand for products.
    No demand for products= no profits for businesses.
    No profits for businesses= no hiring of new jobs.

    so lower tax for corporation= large pay checks for CEO



    October 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  5. John

    undecided October 28th, 2008 12:59 pm ET

    To — karen-phoenix

    The problem with your statement is this;

    The smarter someone is, the less common sense they have. And Obama lacks common sense and you can see it every time he opens his mouth.

    That's got to be the stupidest thing I've ever read !! Smart people have less common sense ? Please kill yourself .

    October 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  6. Ken, Pisgah Forest NC

    The Republicans have been spreading false information to small business owners that Obama will increase their taxes. This is only true for the 2% that make more than $250,000 in profit (not revenue). I can understand how these people can be confused about Obama.

    As for Palin, she is Dan Quale with lipstick. She doesn't need to worry about her future political career, which appears to be the case since she is building herself up at the expense of John McCain. Outside of Alaska, she won't have any future, unless Fox News picks her up.

    October 28, 2008 01:13 pm at 1:13 pm |
  7. JJ

    At least it is posted so if you think your business wouldn't benefit from the tax cut. It shows everything you under 250,000.00. Now tell me if you less that Obama isn't your man. He is truthfull and show you the figures how about McCain. No McCain is all talk.

    October 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  8. Red, Red WHINE!!

    As a small business owner I will pay LESS under President Obama. Why? Because my business does not bring in over $250k. If you make more then that, well congratulations, you can afford it and you are only TWO percent of small business owners out there.

    Stuff your lies where the sun don't shine, GOP. Your distortion, dillusions, pandering and corruption is beyond obnoxious...it borders on the lines of illegal/Fraud.

    The saddest thing about McCain compared to Bush....McCain would be TEN TIMES worse then Bush. Not only does he have the same policies, but he's also got several new ones that spell UTTER DEVESTATION to our great nation. Only racists and people who are anti-american are voting for this POW Turn-coat. A man that loved his country would not make 32 propoganda films for the enemy. His agreement to do so only proves that he will turn on america any time he gets a chance. And selecting a VP that has been found guilty of ethics violations as well as advocates the secession from the US only proves that his agenda is to disband the United States of America.

    We need a TRUE HERO..one that has never turned against his country, even in hard times. We need Obama!

    October 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  9. Charlie Bradley

    The fact that the AMerican People who supprt the Republican party (WHICH IS NOT ME) gave our hard earned dollars to the RNC only to have them spent on CLOTHING for THAT WOMAN disqualifies her or THAT man from discussing ANYTHING connected to the economic crisis in our country.

    October 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  10. PAUL

    If small businesss owers of America think McCain/Palin will be the answers to their prayers, they'd better re-think. Where was John McCain for the past eight years? He was voting with Bush and keeping BIG business in riches. He didn't side with you back then, nor will you be his priorty in the years to come. Time for a change NOW!

    October 28, 2008 01:14 pm at 1:14 pm |
  11. Praetorian

    Well, despite the tax issue (which will enable most small privately owned businesses to hunt for a lot less deductions to keep more of their income)...here's another vital part of Obama's economic plan:

    Unfair trade agreements.
    We have watched the nation's largest corporation take production jobs and agriculteral jobs to other countries for cheap labor, few environmental regulations, and no benefits. Then the flood US markets undercutting small US producer's of the same products. At first the US small business tries to cut costs–eventually prices have to go up. When the competition is eliminated–the large corporation hikes the price to what it was before!!!

    Not only are we losing jobs in this scenario–we're not getting the benefit of cheaper produced goods. For multinational corporations it's all pure profit gratis the GOP gravy train.

    October 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  12. Rena

    Independent for McCain –

    First of all how do you now everyone on this blog is black? Secondly, I am Africian American and I will be voting for Obama for many reasons. Yes, because he is our first Africian American who looks as if though he has a chance at becoming President, two because he is an intelligent man with great ideas for this country, three because he has shown study leadership, four because he show that he is looking out for all America and not a certain group of America, five because he has ran a clean and successful campaign, six because despite how so many have painted him to be everything but a black successul young who is trying to do the right thing, he has yet look at adversity and fought back with pride and great integrity. Lastly, this man has taught constitutional law for 12yrs, he sat on the US Senate for 4yrs, 3 yrs with the Senate, and not to mention his selfishly act of being a community organizer that people have look upon as a disgrace or not diserving enough for credit. This job is something that is done only by someone who has a heart and care about others who are suffering and is in need of help. Obviously, something many don't seem to have in them; to look down on a person who offer such a need to others at no expense. Would you do this for the American people who are hurting? His judgement alone speaks for itself, he thinks things through, giving thought to each situation. He puts wisdom and great people all around him to get great ideas and supports strong leadership and ideas that can help everyone. He don't just make a decision on his on; but include many opinions to come up with the right decision. Can you say that for Mccain?

    My question is how many whites are voting against him because he is BLACK? That's the million dollar question you should be asking?

    October 28, 2008 01:15 pm at 1:15 pm |
  13. Pat Riot

    Obama is a socialist plain and simple. He has no respect for the constitution. He wants to consolidate power in the executive. He believes in central planning. Communisim can be hard to spot at first. It comes in the form of bailouts and taxes. Next thing you know an overwheling percent of the country is employed by the government and the army is deployed to "keep the peace" during the transition (both happening right now). This man has duped all of you into going against your own pledge to maintain our republic. He has fooled you into thinking that government can fix the economy it broke. He has made you think that allowing him to regulate all banking and financial transactions will remove the risk. You people are insane. I am not saying that McCain is better but for you to rally behind Obama is absured. You're scared and you're giving up your freedom just like you did with Bush.

    October 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  14. Jeff in Illinois

    Has anyone noticed how corporations making record profits and receiving tax breaks still outsource jobs if it will save them expense? A corporate tax break alone is nothing more than a greater incentive to outsource jobs.

    Lower expenses = increased profits
    Lower taxes = keep an increased portion of those increased profits.

    Why anyone still believes in trickle-down economics, I will never understand.

    October 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  15. rm

    I can't believe people are letting McCain and Palin fool them into thinking that Obama is going to raise taxes. These same misguided people are going to be totally ignored by McCain and Palin should they get into the White House. I just don't feel like McPalin represents me at all(multiple houses & cars , lavish wardrobes, adulterer, abuse of power.)

    One car, one house and one wife, now that's a representation of me!!

    Go Obama/Biden

    October 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  16. Latina-Indepedent-4-OBAMA


    Let me remind people who either do not KNOW or have FORGOTTEN, that we, Roman Catholics, SUPPORTED :

    JOHN F. KENNEDY BY A MARGIN CLOSE TO 100%! And NO ONE questioned our loyalty!

    Also, African-Americans HAVE ALWAYS supported the Democrats! Look up the statistics if you do not believe this!

    October 28, 2008 01:16 pm at 1:16 pm |
  17. az voter

    I run a small real estate appraisal company in Arizona. And for the first time in over thirty years in business I fear for our financial future. Our main focus has changed towards supplying collateral valuations for banks that have more foreclosed properties than they can successfully market in one year. It's sad to see our neighbors losing their homes.

    I am really angry with the Republican party now. Seems that the Richie-Rich higher-ups have abandoned their small business base and have gone on an eight year greed spree.

    We need a new middle-of-the-road party to serve as a swing party to counter the radicals on both the left and the right. I am ready for some level headed moderate thinking ... sign me up!

    I am fed up with the party and am voting for change with Obama

    October 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  18. Lance

    Anyone who votes for McCain/Palin deserves to loose everything. A vote for McCain/Palin is a vote for four more years of Bush and the boys. OMG!

    October 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  19. Bezekial Jones

    How do the Reps do it.....they say that 9/11 was Clinton's fault....he laid the ground work.....but then they have the argument that the government has been in the crapper for the last two years because of the dems taking over......wouldn't that mean that the six years before that (republican rule) laid the ground work for the position we are in now?

    October 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
  20. mfelder

    First, we must be able to define a small business before we all start lumping ourselves in the small business category. If you are a beautician with a small shop, it is unlikely that you will be making 1.5 million dollars and after extracting all of your expenses having a profit of 250,000. If you own a chain of shop then that is another story. In either case, you will pay an additional 3% in taxes. Let's be clear, it is the republicans who got us into this mess, it will take all American's pulling their weight to tix this problem. If people do not have any money in their pockets, they will not be able to patronize your businesses and you will have no choice but to go out of business. That's the beauty of this capitalist market, when one business leave, another business step up. It is about the survival of the fittest.

    October 28, 2008 01:17 pm at 1:17 pm |
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