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

CNNMoney: Voting their pocketbook

[cnn-photo-caption image= 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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soundoff (102 Responses)
  1. vote! OBAMA-BIDEN NOV.4th

    i believe obama will be stronger on our security than mccain, obama will use good judgement,while mccain will just want to start another war, VOTE OBAMA-BIDEN, LETS GIVE HIM THE LANDSLIDE HE DESERVES AMERICA!

    November 4, 2008 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  2. Liberated!

    Vote for the man with the one house, who can't afford to lose it....not the one with 9 and worth over $100M!

    2008 -2016

    November 4, 2008 09:37 am at 9:37 am |
  3. McHoover Would Destroy What's Left of America

    First of all

    GARY November 4th, 2008 9:23 am ET

    If your all caps illiterate rant was an effort to convince others that you have a grasp on the economic realties that face this country, you failed miserably.

    You probably voted for Bush twice so that would prove you are a poor judge of character.

    November 4, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  4. Seattle Sue

    Not only will Obama be better for the economy, he will make a better commander-in-chief. McCain is too hot headed and does not think a problem through before making a decision. Case in point the banking melt down where he ran around like a chicken with it's head cut off. I think McCain hot temper will take us into another war such as what he wanted to do when Russia went into Georgia.

    November 4, 2008 09:38 am at 9:38 am |
  5. lil

    Please get out and VOTE!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  6. taxable

    Obama should tax soda and red meat. Anyone rich enough to afford those luxuries should have their wealth spread around. I'm eatin' beans and rice, and would like a little red meat now and then.

    I can't wait for more money in my pocket from you rich, soda drinking, meat eating burgiouse.

    Viva Obama!

    November 4, 2008 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  7. Stacy from Loudoun County VA

    Reggie, let me help you. If you want the wrong kind of experience in the White House, some one who has proven the wrong kind of judgment, then you vote Senator McCain and Governor Palin. If you want someone who is intelligent, has shown wisdom beyond his years during this current fiscal crisis, and is backed by some of the best minds of our generation (Powell and Buffett for example), then you vote Senators Obama and Biden. It's as simple as that.

    November 4, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  8. JL

    I want a smart person who surrounds himself with smart people and then actually listens to them in the whitehouse. I'm voting Obama/Biden.

    November 4, 2008 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  9. Super D

    If people vote their pocketbook, then McCain wins. Obama wants you to give your pocketbook to him

    November 4, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  10. Voter 08

    Obama supporters continue to deceive yourselves that things will get better. How many past presidents made any real 'change'? Pity that you fell into the trap of good speeches.

    November 4, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  11. Steve

    Just a campaign comment. I live in Arizona and every commercial break on TV last night was showing the Rev Wright tape that was going around in PA. McCain must really be scared of holding his own state.

    November 4, 2008 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  12. bruce

    I vpted for Obama. becuase of the tax cut plan, the more moeny you can give to the public to spend the better for the economy in general.
    My wife having come from a Mill backgrouind in the south, voted for him as it is her beleif that he will work to keep jobs here.
    The repubs have not disussed issues and what they would do, but have just gone negative,,not what this country needs now.
    Truthfully Mccain does not understand what it is like to sit down and pay bills and try to decide who get paid so that you can eat, keep the lights and heat on, and get to work.

    November 4, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  13. LS, Austin, Texas

    Under Bush and McCain, sooo many people have lost their jobs under this administration. To suggest that people will lose their jobs when Obama becomes President is absolutely absurd.

    Obama will lead this country in a positive direction with new technology and education benefits for our children, and among a lot of other positive things.

    McCain think only knows about wars, that's about it.

    There is really no comparison on who will be a better leader – no comparison whatsoever.

    November 4, 2008 09:44 am at 9:44 am |
  14. Bitter in Texas

    I've heard enough of the Rethuglican's been the same old thing for the last 40 years. They don't have any new ideas and just look when the Trickle Down Economy has gotten us. I'm voting Demacrate all the way....No More Rethuglicans This Year. Enough is enough!

    November 4, 2008 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
  15. Wyoming Woman

    Just voted for Obama/Biden and walked out with my head held high!!

    November 4, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  16. Michael in Houston

    Good morning felloew commentors. Let's start this day off by taking up a collection to buy Gary a hooked on phonics lesson or four. Okay, this is the big day that all of us have been waiting for. People want change, people want a new direction. And that is what Obama/Biden will bring to this country. Now it will not all happen overnight, but we will quickly see some improvements in some areas. So for those who have not voted yet, get out there. Vote! Vote! Vote! Let your voice be heard! Let the status quo right wing establishment that thier time is up. The American people want thier country back and we will get it back under the leadership and direction of an Obama administration.

    Go Obama.

    P.S. If a pitbull loses a fight, isn't it required to put that pitbull down? Just curious. Maybe I should go ask Michael Vick. (jus kidding. now stop yelling at your monitor)

    November 4, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  17. Independent In NY


    Thanks for calling me a moron. This is a perfect example of why your party will LOSE BIG TIME!!!

    I have had ENOUGH of trickle down economics and the right wings neo-facist leanings. Sit back and watch a REAL leader show you how to lead a country. Your intolerant BS is no longer welcome, and the REAL patriotic americans take out country back TODAY!!!!!

    November 4, 2008 09:46 am at 9:46 am |
  18. anna

    I don't understand how anyone could be undecided at this point! One thing we can all agree on (except perhaps for the Green or Socialist parties) is that Obama and McCain are very different candidates. Although I can't understand why anyone would vote for McCain/Palin, at least those voters have opinions and values that they believe in. I have no respect for anyone who is so indecisive.

    November 4, 2008 09:47 am at 9:47 am |
  19. PA/Blue


    Tell me, 2000 and 2004, who stole this election: The Republicans.

    2008: Why all of a sudden, why r we having machine problems, blah, blah in the states that has a stronghold of democratic votes? Do you think the democrats Who would the democtrats send fliers telling them to vote of the 5th, do you think we would be that stupid..please do not insult our intelligence. I think it is the other way around...

    November 4, 2008 09:48 am at 9:48 am |
  20. First time voter

    I am a first time voter and I have to say that I have been watching obama for the last two years. This is what I know he is a man of his word a man who can make things happen and a man who can bring people together and have them help each other. I feel like this is someone who understands the real issues that face this country and the issues that face the everyday people who are trying to provide for there family and pay there bills. I am ready to be apart of an america that cares for the people in there own country and puts that before everything else. I voted this morning at six am just cause I am so excited GO Obama

    November 4, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |



    November 4, 2008 09:50 am at 9:50 am |
  22. Peggy - TX

    She is worried about the cost of Coke and Roast beef, both are bad stuff that are high in toxins and low in nutritional value. From this limited knowledge of her am going to guess that she will likely vote McCain as it is her habit to pick things that are just bad for her.

    November 4, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  23. faithwalker48

    A suggestion for Ms. Hampton...switch to Sam's Cola...they taste the same for less than half the price. Catch roast beef on sale or, every now and then, eat hamburger steaks...

    November 4, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  24. J*

    John McCain is weak on economics. Sarah is a pea brain with an IQ deficit, almost as scary as Bush with his Achilles brain. Obama is cerebral and calm. a model of how a leader should be. His running mate, Joe Biden, while exhibiting signs of verbal diarrhea, at least seems capable of performng his duties as a VP.
    Whoever you Americans chose to rule your nation will make very little difference to your country's declining status in the world, however. The rise of China and India is inevitable. The days of Ameican hegemony are numbered.
    My advice: lose some weight, re-educate yourselves and learn to work with the rest of the world with a little humility and grace!

    November 4, 2008 09:51 am at 9:51 am |
  25. Anonymous

    Dear Lisa, if you want our America to get out of this Mess, and a better future for your family, I would advice you to VOTE for Obama, but if you want this hole that Bush & McCain get us in, vote for the same Mess to continue for 4 more years.

    November 4, 2008 09:52 am at 9:52 am |
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