November 4th, 2008
08:50 AM ET
13 years ago

CNNMoney: Voting their pocketbook

[cnn-photo-caption image= http://i2.cdn.turner.com/cnn/2008/images/11/04/art.voting.jpg caption=" Voters are voting with their pocketbook this Election Day."]
WILKES-BARRE, Pa. - Barack Obama and John McCain have courted Lisa Hampton's vote for months, but the Kingston, Pa., resident still isn't sure which one she'll pick.

What she does know is how much the rising price of soda, steaks and natural gas is squeezing her family budget. The married mother of two grown girls rattled off the price of Coke, which now costs her $7 for a 24-pack, up from $5 only a few months ago, and of roast beef, which has jumped to $12 from $8.

While Hampton thinks McCain is stronger on national security issues, she believes Obama would do more to revive the economy and ease the burden of working Americans.

"He might actually help middle-class people more with his tax cuts," said Hampton, 46, who cleans offices in downtown Wilkes-Barre. "He would help people like me."

The presidential candidates' prescriptions for the weakening economy could prove the deciding factor on Tuesday with voters in crucial swing states such as Pennsylvania. Obama advocates tax relief for middle- and lower-income workers, while McCain says cutting taxes on businesses and the wealthy will create more jobs.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • John McCain
soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. Winnie Hussein.... in Montana

    Just remember, Sen. Obama is the only candidate who has actually sat down and paid bills each month. He knows what it is like to NOT own his own home and to drive fuel efficient cars and to worry about paying for groceries. Sen. McCain has always been coddled and handled by his family and, since marrying into money, has his bills paid by his accountant. The only one who knows what REAL life is like, Sen. Obama.

    Jesus Christ was a community organizer, Pontius Pilot was a Governor.

    November 4, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  2. reggie

    Let me help her make her decision. If you want a true and proven leader in the White House vote for McCain. If you want an unknown and inexperienced person in the White House , vote for Obama. It's simple as that.

    November 4, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  3. Barbara - 65 yr old white female in NC

    Save our Constitution

    Obama/Biden '08

    November 4, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. js

    Basically one party ignored the country for 7.5 years and now a guy with a plan, Obama, is ready to give it a try. I may not agree with all he says but at laest he won't insult me by ignioringthe needs of the country.
    I was born and raised in west PA now in rural NY Obama is the man. Give it a try in 4 years we will judge his work.

    November 4, 2008 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  5. melissa

    Obama willbe the next president for the UNited State of America.

    November 4, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  6. shan

    soda and red meat is bad for you anyway! maybe americans will lose some weight.

    how can it be this late in the game and ppl are still undecided?

    November 4, 2008 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. GARY

    THE MILITARY BETTER BEABLE TO GET THEIR VOTES IN. THERE IS ENOUGH FRAUD ON THE DEM'S SIDE.WHY HAVE A ELECTION IF ITS NOT FAIR. THE DEMS .ARE TIMIDATING THE REP'S AT THE POLES. SHOWS THE HATE THAT THE NAIVE MORON SUPPORTERS OF OBAMA'S HAVE. WE NEED A REAL LEADER (MCCAIN} SOMEONE THAT DONT NEED TO BE TESTED AND HAS THE EXPERIENCE TO KEEP THIS COUNTRY SAFE AND WEALTH AND IN WAR.

    November 4, 2008 09:23 am at 9:23 am |
  8. Jessica from Michigan

    Just voted for "that one" in Michigan! Just walked in, no lines to my surprise! Now I'll be up all night.....waiting.

    November 4, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  9. SHELLI1313

    Senator Obama/Senator Biden are the only candidates running for President and Vice President of these United States of America. McCain/Palin are only talking about anything negative that they could crop up against Senator Obama. Palin had the nerve to say that Senator Obama did not have any experience. What a laugh! They (The Republicans) have yet to speak on the Economy and the state of America and that lets me and my 579 family members that are eligable to vote and have voted for Obama because as former Republicans we was very upset that the Republicans went so very ugly and negative.

    November 4, 2008 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  10. proud army and navy mom

    Sen Obama and Sen BIden will keep our troops from harm's way. They will not lie us into dumb wars that results in thousands of innocent lifes being taken.

    That is the no. 1 reason I am voting for Sen Obama. The fact that his is strong, honest, pragmatic, steady, and a true leader is wonderful as well, everything George W was not.

    November 4, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  11. chuck

    At this time and date if there is anyone who doesn't know who they are voting for then they are complete idiots and shouldn't be allowed to vote. The undecided are pretty much the uneducated, uninformed, and enjoy all the attention they are getting just by stating they are undecided. The undecided that I have seen interviewed in the past couple days are lucky they know their own names.

    November 4, 2008 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  12. Brad in IN

    I just cashed out my 401K and took my money out of the credit union. Things are going to be really crazy.

    November 4, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  13. OKLAHOMA 4 OBAMA

    THIS IS UNREAL!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:26 am at 9:26 am |
  14. Charlie

    I voted for Senator Obama because of his strength in national security. He has a well rounded approach that uses diplomacy and strengthening our economy so we can support a strong defense. We are NOT sacrificing our security to elect Obama/Biden for the economy.

    November 4, 2008 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  15. chuck

    By the way. Pennsylvania is not a swing state. It will vote democrat just like it did in the past many, many years. The republicans want everyone to think that all the states are swing states.

    November 4, 2008 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  16. THE END OF AMERICA by OBAMA

    No Ms. Hampton,Obama WILL NOT help you because you will be out of a job.
    THINK !!

    November 4, 2008 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  17. KJL

    Why are you discussing someone who is still waffling at this late date? Or is she feeding you a line to get on the news? This lady should be thinking about the big picture, not the next few months. Her children need an education, not Coke.

    November 4, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  18. FAYE MOGHTADER

    IT REALLY IS VERY SIMPLE,IF YOU MAKE LESS THAN 250.000 DOLLARS A YEAR YOU GET A TAX CUT ,IF YOU MAKE MORE YOU GO BACK TO CLINTON TAX RATE.YOU DO NOT HAVE TO BE A ROCKET SCIENTIST.EAVEN THOUGH OBAMA S TAX RATE WILL HURT ME AND MY HUSBAND I VOTED FOR HIM,THERE ARE MORE ISSUES THAT I LIKE ABOUT HIM AND WE HAVE TO GET OUR DEFECIT UNDER CONTROL,HOW ARE WE GOING TO PAY FOR THINGS ARE WE GOING TO BORROW FROM CHINESE?

    November 4, 2008 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  19. DEM 4EVER

    First things first: Who will make your life better? I have not seen anyone's lives get better (save for the super wealthy) under the Bush/Cheney years. So if you think that they care that milk is going up to four dollars a gallon and bread is four dollars a loaf... They don't. They will give you Walmart and say, there ya go enjoy your wonderful life. I believe it is the democrats that care for the common man and always will. The Republicans will say anything to get elected. Do not fall prey to their deceptions.

    November 4, 2008 09:31 am at 9:31 am |
  20. witch

    I just voted what a wonderful feeling! I voted for the person who will take this country and turn it around. We will once again be a country that is looked up to. Go Vote Yea Obama.

    November 4, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  21. Truth Be Told

    so. lisa, what are you waiting for? a better economy is better security for the country. obama is the man who can do both at the same time. obama is the man.

    November 4, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  22. DL

    Hampton; drop soda from your family diet, it's terribly unhealthy

    the tax cut/ credit you might receive will be cosumed 7 times over with the "skyrocketing electricity" rates and other "cap and trade" inspired costs striking the family budget, courtesy of obama

    November 4, 2008 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  23. JACKED-UP-POLITICS, FLORIDA

    If voters are voting the issues then it is a no-brainer who will win and we don't need contributors or correspondents to stay on the air waves all day pondering anything.

    November 4, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  24. Wendy Crews

    I have always voted republican, but not this time. I feel Obama is our only hope to get out of this mess. I question McCain's judgment? I feel Sarah is not only totally unqualified, she is pretty whacko!!!!!!!

    The blacks in our country have been so discriminated against forever, and I am so proud of our people for electing our first black president, and I am totally white!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  25. dave g, minneapolis

    My pocket book will be hurting from the Bush-Obama-McCain Bailout (B.O.M.B)

    It'll hurt more if McBama is elected.

    Only Bob Barr is calling for lower taxes and less government spending. Until we get that, we're all in for more pain.

    November 4, 2008 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
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