October 31st, 2008
04:18 PM ET
12 years ago

Obama's top priorities for '09

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(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
soundoff (542 Responses)
  1. Vegas Barbie for Obama

    Looking forward to that interview!!
    YES WE CAN!!

    October 31, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |

    PLease fellow citizens elect Obama. McCain and Palin are the scariest halloween decorations of all time.

    October 31, 2008 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |


    October 31, 2008 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  4. bob

    That is my President right there!

    October 31, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  5. Career Goal

    "Obamas Top Priority For 2009"

    Get Impeached For Corruption!

    October 31, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  6. Ed from Dallas

    Smart guy. Without our economy back on its feet, you can kiss goodbye all other things including our military and security.

    Energy independence – Means a whole lot of new jobs – leading to more tax revenue for uncle sam – more money to do a whole lot of other stuff he has promised.

    Shows he has his priorities right. Smart guy he sure is.
    But remember to vote for the mart one.

    October 31, 2008 03:44 pm at 3:44 pm |
  7. sfokc6125

    I fact the money will never go to the less than better off. It will just go to a slush fund that they will put in the hands of his bully buddys Acorn. There is no way to do what he wants. We as Americans give and run so many places that use donations. We have groups that do good work and This man is only out to control the country . We have a system the is a set check and balance . We dont need Big Brother doing it for us. The democrats have had the house for 2 years that is when the bottom started to fall out. He has too many unanswered questions for me. I do know you dont raise taxes when you have a weak dollar. You cut both taxes and spending. This will give you the buying power so goods are bought so the retailer pays taxes the wholesalers pays taxes the both make more money and hire more so it grows the economy. So think is it better to raise or lower. I was taught you work hard you save you grow. There are no free rides and the US Gov is not a cash cow.

    October 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  8. Jennifer

    I'll be watching!

    October 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  9. W Spivey Merritt Island, FL

    John McCain is one scary individual.

    October 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  10. Charles in Cincinnati

    I hope #6 is the environment...Bush has been a disaster on that...but I couldn't agree more on his Top 5.

    You know, it feels good to have confidence that the President (elect) actually knows what he's doing and is on the right path...for a change.

    October 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  11. RealityKing

    Spend, spend, spend...

    October 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  12. mackie

    You have the judgement Obama so we trust you will do what is right when prioritizing. It will be a bad situation that you inherit but you will do right with the great team around you.

    October 31, 2008 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  13. Sam

    Now ALL the nay sayers of Obama that he is all talk, can rest! He has repeated time and again his plans; now he has also outlined his priorities.

    Whether one agrees or not with his plans and priorities, at least he has outlined them. That is helluva lot more than what McCain has done.

    October 31, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  14. dustin

    hopefully one of those priorities is fixing the way voting is done, i'm tired of every election having doubts about who's votes will not be counted.

    October 31, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  15. Brenda C

    Be careful Wolf!! Ask only questions that Obama told you to ask. You know what happens when you ask him a real question. You'll be put off the plane with the other reporters and the Obama squad will start their investigation at once. I guess you people on CNN missed the news reports where Obama has thrown off three major newspapers from his plane?

    October 31, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  16. Cory

    He's so smart it's refreshing.

    October 31, 2008 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
  17. Joe Regis

    We need to elect somebody with a steady hand to fix the economy and the country which is going in the wrong direction by all accounts. We need to send a clear message to the repubs that we are going to take it any more.

    Landslide Obama/Biden 08/12.

    October 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  18. phil

    Education, education, education is much needed in America today more than ever!

    October 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  19. JEFF

    you need to get rid of campbell brown, shes obnoxious.

    October 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  20. Paul, TX

    McCain is too old to be president!

    I'm a republican, and have great respect for the man, but i do think his age is a valid issue.
    Especially because his running mate Palin terrifies me! If she becomes president the USA would fall apart! And Americas already poor global reputation will be shattered!!

    Imagine Sarah Palin dealing with the Iraq war….. the economic crisis she knows nothing about….. What if USA is attacked again while she is in charge. That is Scary!

    Palin is a risk i'm not willing to make!!

    October 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  21. Dave

    Whatever, you fool. You will take your marching orders and do whatever your buddies at the CFR and the Bilderberg conferences tell you to do. I'm not one of the sheep that actually think anyone from the scam two party system is capable of governing on their own.

    October 31, 2008 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  22. James

    Vote smart , Vote Obama , the man is the right person at the right time.

    Go Obama !

    October 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  23. Sam SixPack

    I'm sure we will all love marching hand-in-hand to our new training-wage jobs.

    October 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  24. Lupe,TX

    I like those priorities, Barack.! Seems like a candidate that has a VISION of what American can and will be!

    October 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  25. Tony, NC

    What about balancing the budget? Dumbing down those expectations already?? Once again Obama proves himself a liar..

    October 31, 2008 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
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