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What Is the Biggest Issue for You in the 2012 Presidential Election?

Now that we are in the final stretch with two clear choices, what will be key in deciding how you cast your ballot in November?

We now know exactly what our choices are in November. On one hand, we have incumbent President Barack Obama and Vice President Joe Biden. Challenging them, we have the Mitt Romney/Paul Ryan ticket as potential presidential and vice presidential alternatives.

For the next almost three months, we are going to be bombarded with facts — some true, many slightly skewed and some outright lies. That's always been the case. But the one thing that can't be argued, is it is two clearly different choices. While many of the issues are going to be debated in a public forum, a vote is a very personal matter. It usually comes down to how things impact the voter directly and not necessarily a big issue that might get a lot of discussion.

So what issue is likely to have an influence on your vote in November? As a provider for your family, will it be the economy? As a person without employment or insecure about a job, will that be the biggest issue? As a business owner, are you looking for some help going forward? As an elderly person, will it be concerns about security in your twilight years or as a parent, is it the future of your children that you are most concerned about? These and several other issues will be hotly debated between now and Nov. 6.

Our question is, what is the biggest issue that will influence your vote in November? Tell us in comments. 

Cynthia Montgomery August 17, 2012 at 03:03 AM
OH EVELYN, you make me laugh. But the facts are that liberals will demand specifics & when confronted with them them change the subject! No matter how many facts I may provide, you will never accept any of them as fact! Just ask Mr Brian, he will tell you I refuse to supply any facts to liberals because THEY WILL NOT EVER BELIEVE ANYTHING OTHER THAN WHAT THEIR LEADERS SPOON FEED THEM! It is a sickness that most liberals have caught! Clinton and the word down should never be used in the same sentence. He took this country & covered it with vulgarity and then used it to keep himself in office. The more the right was offended and outraged the more he became a pathetic victim of his own actions & gained by it! Stop the blame & lets get our country back on track with new visions, new leadership & new ideas. ODUMA had his time & he will be remembered by millions that used to be hard working middle class citizens that wound up on food stamps and lost their homes. If you had a good investment broker, you should have made back your stock money by now. Everyone my husband handled has, so the problem is still the mindset that the government will spend us out of this mire. Government jobs are a necessary evil in today's society but it is the man & woman who start their own business & hire people that makes America great! Time to choose a new direction. Time to make a new decision. Time to vote for R&R. Time for a little rest and relaxation for the weary. Educate yourself and VOTE
Evelyn Smith August 17, 2012 at 03:36 AM
More and more rhetoric Cynthia, "lol", I am laughing out loud! By the way my husband is a business owner of 23 years, doing very well thank you! I am educated! Still know facts! Cynthia stop complaining and just cast your vote in November! As a little citizen that's you can do! By the way i doubt if Romney or Ryan have scars like you Cynthia, question their work ethics and intelligence! Obama 2012
R++ One of the Famous Dacula Crew August 17, 2012 at 04:02 AM
SO does this give us the Full Monty? Quite.... its all the WW2 text in here
Jim Crowe August 17, 2012 at 08:57 AM
"He has never held a 5-9 job. He has never produced a single dollar from his own sweat. He is a taker & a user. Worst of ALL He BELIEVES what he is doing to our country is WISE! NO country had ever profited from socialism" Seems as though it takes one to know one. Food Stamps are subsidies for grocery stores lets that that straight forever. They always have been. You are worried about all the small farmers right?
Jim Crowe August 17, 2012 at 08:58 AM
"He has never held a 5-9 job. He has never produced a single dollar from his own sweat. He is a taker & a user. Worst of ALL He BELIEVES what he is doing to our country is WISE! NO country had ever profited from socialism" Seems as though it takes one to know one. Food Stamps are subsidies for grocery stores lets that that straight forever. They always have been. You are worried about all the small farmers right?
Jim Crowe August 17, 2012 at 09:05 AM
I find it interesting that no one listens to Alan Greenspan anymore. How many times and how many books must he write to say he was WRONG. That's the facts
Jim Crowe August 17, 2012 at 09:13 AM
All of a sudden the opinions of the wealthiest self made men don't count right. Buffet said he has never made business decisions based on a bill or tax rate or government incentive. Henry Ford, the Carnegies, the Kennedys, or Rockefellers never tried to buy our government.
Jim Crowe August 17, 2012 at 09:22 AM
It is amazing that the board of directors and the Chamber of commerce are finding issue with the US corporate tax rate. So they can off shore to "SOCIALIST" countries with lower tax rates that subsidies their worker with healthcare and six weeks paid vacation. Which in turn is subsidized again by the American tax payer. via military. Wake up?.... right. More like a sleeping sickness.
Cynthia Montgomery August 17, 2012 at 10:05 AM
Mr B, The Hitler reference offers a look into the future by viewing the past. The saying goes, "We are doomed to repeat the past if we do not learn from it! Hitler raised his followers with their hate of Jews. Odume is using class warfare, against the rich, (anyone who has the brains to save for their future by putting away money in their companies 401K programs) to get re elected. He has no record so, he must use hate to get back into the White House. No record? His hate of the rich has been bred into him from his mentors. Workers are now being labeled RICH! Sounds like socialism to me! Treating one class of people for their specific group traits differently is racism. It is really self hate. Look above at the jobs he has held as proof of his qualifications for becoming a president. Wrote 2 books? Terry Bradshaw should be president, I enjoyed his book! As for being a congressman & senator, come on, who wants to use those dishonors as a reason to vote for someone, maybe 50 years ago but today few are statesmen, most are simply politicians. I will give you credit for him being a teacher, teachers get no deserved credit or deserved pay so WHAT DID HE TEACH and WHERE did he teach and for how long did he teach? Inquiring minds want to know. We will be paying for him for the next 40 years whether or not he is reelected. GEE wonder which of his past "careers" he will go back to.... senator or teacher? LOL, I just kill myself sometimes - even this early in the morning!
Racer X August 17, 2012 at 11:50 AM
George said, "One third of that 850billion was tax cuts." Tax cuts are money that you don't collect in the first place. How you can count that as contributing to our debt escapes me. Do you have an article or reference from a credible, non-partisan source that I may read to better understand?
Racer X August 17, 2012 at 11:53 AM
Ted- The way I see it, the government can create jobs that are paid for by the private sector. As a member of the private sector, and having watched too many government employees in "action", I can tell you I would rather hire my own employees than let the government do it.
rhelm August 17, 2012 at 12:12 PM
you need help lady
Racer X August 17, 2012 at 12:13 PM
Jim- Maybe if we had lower tax rates here corporations would not go off-shore? What amazes me is that if a guy makes $30K per year and pays, say, 10% in tax, he is paying $3,000./year in tax. If a guy making $300K per year pays the same rate (10%), he will pay $30,000/year in tax. Now, stay with me here. Even though the "rich" guy is paying three times more tax than the "not rich" guy, we, for some reason, do not think that is enough. So, the government decided that the more money you made, the HIGHER your tax rate should be (has been that way for many, many years). Why? Because the America government wants to do things it cannot afford. Though the "rich" guy was already paying THREE times more tax than the "not rich" guy, he now has to pay a higher percentage, because he is successful. I don't give a darn what anybody says, that is highway robbery. Now, the government wants to put the screws to successful people even more. Holy cow, successful people are already being robbed, now they want to rape him too. As a free man, why would he put up with such atrocity?
Racer X August 17, 2012 at 12:19 PM
Though Romney would not be my first choice I have to ask myself, "Has the election of Obama worked?""Are my fellow Americans and I better off?" The answers: No, it has not worked, at all. If Obama were a mechanic, his customer's car would be stranded on the side of the road during rush hour. No, my fellow Americans and I are not better off, we are worse off. It would be best to go to a new shop, but we can't, so I am going to at least request a different mechanic. I need my car to go to work.
Racer X August 17, 2012 at 12:21 PM
The good news is that my new mechanic has a lot more practical experience at repairing my car. If the shop lets HIM work on my car, I feel I have a better chance of getting to work.
Jim S August 17, 2012 at 01:04 PM
Getting back to the original question: 1. Offer incentives for American companies to hire American workers. The American Dream died when companies were allowed to move their businesses to other countries. 2. Offer honest diplomacy in debates, not party lines and empasse. How could a president succeed when Congress vowed to make him a one term leader. 3. Enforce our borders, by whatever means necessary, against all intruders. Bring our troops home to defend American interests in the United States, not abroad. 4. Offer businesses the promise of stability so they can forecast their future and start hiring and growing. Nobody wants to spend when they don't know how much they will be taxed. These are the things I want to see in the next year. Anything less, and we will have riots in the streets. What is this voting stuff going on? If you are an American, you have the right to vote...Period. One last quote from Vice President Biden, "GM is alive and Osama Bin Laden is dead!" Kind of sums it up, doesn't it?
MDG August 17, 2012 at 01:19 PM
Come on everybody. Stop with the "(your political favorite) is the cause of this economic mess" or "(your political favorite) hasn't solved this economic mess". Step back and look at it. This mess did not just happen in one day, week or year. Economic policies (and lack there of) from both political parties in US and others around the world caused this. Economists warned for years we were living on BORROWED $'s and time. This has been the worse economic event since the "Great Depression" and maybe even the "Long Depression" (look it up). FDR and policies of the 30's and early 40's did little to change the situation, and it finally took the mobilization of the US manufacturing for WW-II to get us out of the depression. I've heard where learned economists are saying 5-7 more years before the economy will recover to the levels prior to our current event. Keep these targeted labels "Socialists" (extreme far left) and "Facists" (extreme far right) to a minimum, as they only cause anger in others and get us nowhere. Besides, if you think our country is sliding towards socialism or facisism, maybe take a harder look at what countries that have been in those situations really experienced, and I think history will show you we are a long way from there.
Jim Crowe August 17, 2012 at 02:58 PM
"Keep these targeted labels "Socialists" (extreme far left) and "Fascists" (extreme far right) to a minimum, as they only cause anger in others and get us nowhere. Besides, if you think our country is sliding towards socialism or fascism, maybe take a harder look at what countries that have been in those situations really experienced, and I think history will show you we are a long way from there." Why are we always citing these countries corporate tax treatment? Then fail to leave out they loan us money on the cheap, state sponsor rhymes with sma-smortion, subsidize healthcare to all their citizens, take 6 week vacations, make inferior products, never sent a person to the moon, allow homosexuals to marry and openly serve their nation, offer a better education that cost less per pupil yet those highly educated student fail to produce an original anything.
Paul Wallace August 17, 2012 at 03:03 PM
What?
Jim S August 17, 2012 at 06:24 PM
I think we will be in a bad place if we do not require our politicians to tell the truth. We have to stop being so busy that we take a 20 second sound bite as the truth, and follow every word that our favorite media person utters. Remember, they want you to keep listening, it makes the advertisers happy. Turn off CNN and watch more CSPAN. Ignore the Rachels and Rushs of the world and listen to the politicians. And..remember what they have said from one campaign to the next. Google is a wonderful tool for tracing back to the last speech.
Stacy August 17, 2012 at 07:03 PM
I will vote for an American, who has a God-fearing heart. That should take care of all of America's problems. 2 Chronicles 7:14 If my people, which are called by my name, shall humble themselves, and pray, and seek my face, and turn from their wicked ways; then will I hear from heaven, and will forgive their sin, and will heal their land.
David Brown August 17, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Stacy, don't forget that the Bible commands that we Christians respect, honor and pray for President Obama. Romans 13: 1-2 1 Timothy 2: 1-3 Titus 3: 1-2 1 Peter 2: 13-17.
David Lee Hardy Sr. October 11, 2012 at 02:10 AM
you seem to close your eyes to the fact that he was handed this mess from the beginning. At least he was willing to give it a try to help get the country in some kind of a chance for recovery. He probably knew the odds w ere stacked against him to get any cooperation to try anything done because of his race. you probably know that this is exactly what happened. The opposition spent the first two years of his presidency trying to find a way to get him out of office instead of focusing on a solution to try and help the country get back on it's feet. ( How's that for patriotism)
Cynthia Montgomery October 13, 2012 at 12:35 PM
WELL THE TRUTH IS COMING OUT ABOUT YOUR WONDERFUL LEADER! It is sad to see a grown man LIE to his country to save his JOB! 4 dead and it is about a MOVIE! LOL RIght. More to come out but the loyal liberals will never see it. Funny how it was BAD INTELL that kept him from sending in the Marines and people got killed yet, it was the SAME BAD INTELL that Bush got about the WMD and 10 years later you still want to crucify the man. Same problem different standards. R....I....G....H....T!
Tammy Osier October 13, 2012 at 01:39 PM
Here's a chilling thought. Remember how before 911, al quada had a lot of dry runs justs to see how we would handle it? Clinton treated all of them as crimes, not acts of war. I saw just after this assassination on our Ambassador how this president handles it. I also saw how Romney handled it. He did not apologize for the movie but defended the person's right to do it, stating that all of our citizens have constitutional rights. I wish we had someone who understood our enemies. They see it as a sign of weakness when we apologize. It is a part of their culture. Our culture sees it as a sign of being a bigger person, but they don't. I want someone who will stand up for us, not apologize. I've already seen a few articles done by muslim writers that say that very thing, thatto them it is an admission of guilt. They know how they operate. What scares me, is, will obama run for shelter and let the rest of us fend for ourselves? His character has shown that in the past year. David, it appears that praying for him has not changed his heart. We are commanded to do so. We can be obedient to that while still paying attention to what's going on around us. Apostle Paul, I'm sure, prayed for the leaders in the book of Acts, but he also criticized what they did. They needed to hear the truth. And i know I will be criticized fopr mentioning that we have enemies across the pond, but in the bible, they prepared for war and knew their enemy. In fact, there is scripture to that as well.
Tammy Osier October 13, 2012 at 01:41 PM
Jim S. - that sounds like a great plan. That's the way people should be discussing these issues on here. I had a boss once who said, "Don't come into my office and tell me what's wrong around here." Then he added, "But, if you do, you'd better have a plan of action in your hand. Then, we'll sit down and talk".
Racer X October 13, 2012 at 01:51 PM
Tammy- Obama is to America what Tonto was to the Lone Ranger. Remember the joke about the Lone Ranger and Tonto getting surrounded by hostile Indians? The Lone Ranger said, "Well Tonto, it looks like we had it." Tonto replies, "What do you mean 'WE' white man?"
Racer X October 13, 2012 at 01:55 PM
GM is alive alright, and 7 out of 10 GM cars are now made in China. Seems China should have bailed them out. Take a listen to Dan Akerson, CEO of GM: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lvl5Gan69Wo
Tammy Osier October 13, 2012 at 02:01 PM
Jim Stephenson, I wish everyone on here would come to the table with a solution in their hands instead of calling names and crucifying someone when they dare to mention things that are true. Some of the words that Cynthia mentioned came from the mouths of democrats so I wish the pot stirrers would stop calling her a racist - that was a quote-from a democrat. Her point was that they say these things yet the accusers don't call out their own. Anyway, I used to work for a boss that said, "Don't come to me and tell me everything that you think is wrong around here. I won't listen. However, if you come to me with a problem and have a plan of action in your hand, then we can talk". And sure enough, there were those that continued to stir up trouble around there, griping and groaning about every little thing, But then there was me, in his office, talking about some ideas to make it better. I'm a good employee- lol. I had a vision like he did for that program, and we ended up beig one of the best. I just wish people would sit down at the table (and on forums like this) and do that. It makes sense that our gov't. needs to stop making it difficult to have a business in our country. In 2012, I'd like to see that change. Businesses create jobs. Working people create revenue to the gov't., and stimulate the economy. It's simple economics. But one side screams when that is said because their side didn't say it, but would admit it if their side did. Childish is what it is.
Cynthia Montgomery October 15, 2012 at 03:29 PM
Ahh! lets face it, it you don't like the comments of another person the best way to show your distain is to call them a RACIST! I am over that! There is a black in the White House, black colleges, black movie stars making millions, black prime time reporters, and TV talk show leaders (Oprah, Michael Straehan, Jim Brown and hundreds more) so what is it about being black that is still bothersom. Others in the black race have decided to stop listening to the "The MAN has us down!" talk from black leaders & went ahead & worked hard like other Americans have and they have their life right where they dreamed it could be. It is a person's personal drive that make a person successful. It seem strange to me that those from south of the border, steal into this country, don't speak the language, work 7 days a week at low paying jobs, teach their children that education is the way out, & within ONE generation they own their own businesses, homes, cars and are sending their children to college. I no longer have any pity for those that want to cry "Racist" and "Foul" for still being on the government teat for generation after generation. You either want a quality life and are willing to work for it or you have personal weaknesses that you allow to keep you in a place of weakness. It is time to get off the government teat and become a man or woman and control your destiny. But lets face it Obama is trying his best to load up the system with persons of weak character 4 votes!

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