October 31st, 2008
02:07 PM ET
11 years ago

Battleground 2008: Creating, keeping U.S. jobs

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Since losing his job in July, Jon Lowder is taking resume-building and networking classes.

Since losing his job in July, Jon Lowder is taking resume-building and networking classes.

(CNN) - Even before the 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 last of four parts, we talked to the unemployed, who say keeping jobs in their communities and in the country is key to their vote.

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Check out the previous stories in CNN's special report on battleground voters: Tuesday's installment focused on small business owners, Wednesday's on students and Thursday's on retirees.


Filed under: Race to '08
October 30th, 2008
11:41 AM ET
11 years ago

Battleground 2008: Retirees take a new look

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Government intervention to fix the economy is 'absolutely necessary,' Cameron Graham says.

Government intervention to fix the economy is 'absolutely necessary,' Cameron Graham says.

(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 third of four parts, we talked to retirees, who say they're not only worried about their own finances, and whether they may need to work again, but about others, and the kind of world that their children and grandchildren will live in.

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CNN's special report on battleground voters continues Friday with a look at unemployed voters.


Filed under: Race to '08
October 29th, 2008
11:50 AM ET
11 years ago

Battleground 2008: Students weigh economics, ethics

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Katie Ulrich says her college savings have run out and she's looking for new ways to pay for her education.

Katie Ulrich says her college savings have run out and she's looking for new ways to pay for her education.

(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 second of four parts, we talked to students, who say that while they're worried about making ends meet in college and jobs when they graduate, social issues matter, too.

Full Story

Audio slideshow

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

Tuesday's installment focused on small business owners.


Filed under: Race to '08
October 28th, 2008
10:39 AM ET
11 years ago

Battleground 2008: Small businesses weigh choices

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Susan Melching calls enduring current economic conditions 'a very frightening experience.'

Susan Melching calls enduring current economic conditions 'a very frightening experience.'

(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.

Full Story

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


Filed under: Race to '08
September 22nd, 2008
11:11 AM ET
11 years ago

Greene: Why Will Jackson will never run for office

Will Jackson fears that politics has gotten too dirty.

Will Jackson fears that politics has gotten too dirty.

ABOARD THE ELECTION EXPRESS IN ELIZABETHTOWN, Kentucky (CNN) - We’re heading south toward Friday’s debate in Oxford, Mississippi, but as the country rolls by the windows of the bus, I keep hearing the voice of a man named Will Jackson.

He and I spoke just before we loaded the bus to leave the Cincinnati/Covington area. He’s 31; he had at dawn dropped his brother at the airport in Dayton, 67 miles away (it was worth the drive for his brother to get a a less expensive ticket at the more distant and inconvenient airport than to fly out of the Cincinnati/Covington one and pay a higher price), and now he had driven the 67 miles back and was getting ready to go to work.

He said that, in theory, he likes the idea of politics, and, in theory, he would consider the idea of running for a local office someday himself.

But he won’t.

And the reason is a lesson he said he has learned from this year’s presidential campaign.

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August 23rd, 2008
11:10 AM ET
9 years ago

Other Dem VP prospects weigh in

Bayh, Sebelius, and Dodd are praising Biden.

Bayh, Sebelius, and Dodd are praising Biden.

(CNN) - Kansas Gov. Kathleen Sebelius and Connecticut Sen. Chris Dodd, both believed to be considered for the Democratic VP position, are praising Obama's choice of Joe Biden.

"I’m delighted Senator Obama has chosen Joe Biden as his running mate," Sebelius said in a statement. "His extensive experience dealing with foreign policy issues are an asset in these complicated times."

"Jackie and I congratulate our dear friend, Joe Biden, who will make an excellent running mate for Barack Obama, and more importantly a great Vice President," Dodd said in a statement. "I have known Joe for almost 30 years and I've had the privilege of sitting next to him on the Senate Foreign Relations Committee and sharing the campaign trail both with him and Barack. I know this is a ticket that can win in November."

Earlier, Hillary Clinton also released a statement praising the Biden pick.

UPDATE: Sen. Evan Bayh has released a statement praising the Democratic ticket.

“Joe Biden is an outstanding public servant with deep experience and a fighting spirit," he said. "These qualities will make him a great asset in the White House and on the campaign trail this fall."

(Full Dodd, Sebelius, and Bayh statements after the jump)

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Filed under: Race to '08
August 23rd, 2008
10:40 AM ET
12 years ago

Biden criticizes Obama - in new McCain ad

A new GOP ad shows Biden criticizing Obama.

A new GOP ad shows Biden criticizing Obama.

(CNN) - John McCain's campaign is going to the tape.

Wasting little time attacking the newly-minted Democratic presidential ticket, the McCain campaign released a television ad Saturday morning featuring Barack Obama's running mate criticizing the Illinois senator in a primary debate last year.

The 30-second spot, set to air in key states, features an August 2007 primary debate during which Joe Biden was asked if he stood by his criticism Obama is not yet ready to be president.

"I think that I stand by the statement," Biden is shown saying.

The ad also features a 2005 interview of Biden during which he praised McCain, saying, "I would be honored to run with or against John McCain, because I think the country would be better off."


Filed under: Race to '08
July 22nd, 2008
08:10 AM ET
12 years ago

Obama's arrives in Jordan

Obama arrived in Jordan on Monday.

Obama arrived in Jordan on Monday.

AMMAN, Jordan (CNN) – Senator Barack Obama arrived in Jordan Tuesday Morning to begin what his campaign describes as days of back-to-back in-depth meetings with world leaders where the topics of Afghanistan, Iraq and Iran promise to loom large.

Obama, along with Senators Chuck Hagel, R-Nebraska, and Jack Reed, D-Rhode Island, wrapped up several days of assessing the situation in Afghanistan and Iraq. The three will hold a news conference at the historic Amman Citadel before attending a small dinner with Jordanian King Abdullah. Obama will also have a one-on-one meeting with the king where aides say the Israeli-Palestinian peace process will likely be discussed.

On Wednesday Obama spends the day in Israel where he will meet with a variety of officials including Israeli Prime Minister Ehud Olmert. He will also travel to Ramallah where he will meet with Palestinian President Mahmoud Abbas.

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Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Race to '08
July 7th, 2008
06:37 AM ET
12 years ago

McCain campaign gets new political director

Mike DuHaime ran Giuliani's presidential campaign.

Mike DuHaime ran Giuliani's presidential campaign.

(CNN) – In one of his first moves to centralize control of McCain's political organization, Steve Schmidt has tapped Rudy Giuliani's former campaign manager, Mike DuHaime, to be McCain's new political director, a top campaign adviser tells CNN.

Until last week, McCain had no political director at headquarters - highly unusual for a general election campaign. Mccain's campaign instead relied on 11 regional campaign managers - a structure many Republicans in and outside of the McCain campaign, including Schmidt, considered unworkable.

After formally taking control of the political operation last week, Schmidt decided to put a political director in place to oversee the state and regional operations.

Duhaime went to work as an adviser to McCain at headquarters not long after Giuliani dropped his primary bid.


Filed under: John McCain • Race to '08
May 3rd, 2008
01:12 PM ET
12 years ago

Steady voter turnout in Guam caucuses

HAGATNA, Guam (CNN) - They can’t vote for president in November, but today, their votes to help choose the Democratic nominee for president will make a difference. So residents in the tiny U.S. territory of Guam, with its population of nearly 175,000, continue to line up in a steady stream to cast ballots for either Hillary Clinton or Barack Obama.

Dededo resident Cathleen Moore-Linn stood in line for over an hour outside the old police precinct in Dededo, Guam’s most populated village. Despite the 90-degree tropical heat and no air conditioning at the polling site, she says, “Nobody left. A lot of manamko’ (elderly people) came out to vote. And people were filling out the forms to join the Democrat Party.”

At villages in the southern end of the island, which is far less populated, election committee member Nancy Weare says the voting is running smoothly. “There’s a constant flow of traffic, and good voter turnout.”

At stake are Guam’s four delegate votes at the national convention in Denver in August. Island voters today are electing eight delegates, who will each have a half vote at the convention. Two of Guam’s five superdelegates have already pledged one vote each to Clinton and Obama. The other three superdelegates, including congressional delegate Madeleine Bordallo, remain undeclared.

Vying for Guam’s delegate and superdelegate votes in their tight race for the nomination, the two remaining Democratic presidential hopefuls have inundated the island with radio and TV advertisements, each promising long-awaited political gains: the ability for Guamanians to be able to vote for president, lifting the territory’s cap on Medicaid, and perhaps the most coveted prize of all, war reparations in the form of over $120 million. A war reparations bill, sponsored by Bordallo, would issue payments to the survivors of Japan’s control of the island during World War II and would create educational and research programs about the occupation. The legislation is currently stalled in the U.S. Senate.

The polls closed on Guam at 8 p.m. local time (6 a.m. ET). Hand tabulation of the ballots is expected to take approximately three hours. In the island’s 2006 gubernatorial election, 55,311 people were registered to vote. The Democratic candidate received nearly 19,000 votes, and although voter turnout today is steady, election officials say it is not expected to be unusually high.


Filed under: Candidate Barack Obama • Guam • Hillary Clinton • Race to '08
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