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What Is the Most Important Issue in the Presidential Election?

This campaign is full of issues but, in the end, which is most important to you?

Pittsburgh was a political hot spot on Friday when President Barack Obama, a Democrat, and two Republican vice-presidential hopefuls, former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty and Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal, came to town to discuss their platforms with supporters.

economic recovery, education, health care, student loan interest rates and the middle class.

Pawlenty and Jindal, hoping to drum up support for Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, job creation, energy regulation, taxes, health care and federal spending.

Take our poll and let us know which of these issues is the most important to you or most likely to influence your vote. Tell us why this issue is important to you in the comments section below.

Erin Conners October 09, 2012 at 05:03 PM
Ok, I have read the whole paper now. There are charts at the bottom which are helpful but it is important to know the distinction between the 3 budgets analyzed: CBO Baseline, Extended Policy, and Obama Admin Budget. CBO: Looks like they operate based on "current law" which means that tax cuts set to expire will expire. It also goes along with the Budget Control Act which phase two will probably not happen. It was more of a threat to congress when they refused to pass a budget. Mandatory expending is assumed to continue (TARP was considered mandatory spending). Extended Policy: Current spending and tax cuts are assumed to be extended. Obama: Example includes his defense spending which cuts Overseas Contingency Spending (eg: spending in Afghanistan) and raises core defense spending by a little bit (5 billion in comparison with cut of around 45 billion to overseas). The CBO shows the greatest reduction to the deficit, Obama is in the middle, and extended policy is the worst. Wouldn't it be great if we could put Romney's plan against this? We cannot effectively bc we do not know exactly what to figure in as far as tax cuts and spending cuts etc. The Bush Era tax cuts did affect all household incomes. Romney wants to extend these permanently plus increase cuts across the board. Obama wants to continue tax cuts for household incomes less than 250,000/yr. You decide where that fits in.
Erin Conners October 09, 2012 at 05:08 PM
Dude, move on and get over me already. I say calling me "little girl" a "hack" and a "career student" is not conducive to the conversation. I think encouraging people to avoid these kinds of insults is good for everyone. You say that those names are pointing out my faulty comments. We won't agree, so lets just move on! I posted a bunch of helpful budget projection stuff at the bottom since this seems to be the most important issue for everyone. Comment on that.
Concerned Citizen October 09, 2012 at 06:00 PM
Erin, don't worry, last comment to you. Here's a bit of advice. Every now and then, when you are proven wrong, it's okay to concede that someone has a better point than you. Really, it's okay. Just two examples where you could have done that without being "attacked" (ha) be me and others. You post that Romney didn't perform better in the debate, and really, whether you think the issued "debated" were worthy, that wasn't the entire point. You said that there was no winner. In a situation like that, just take the blinders off, and concede a point, for pete's sake. Is it THAT hard for you to do that? Clearly Obama was "outperformed" in that debate; you claiming that isn't true doesn't make it so. And the point above where you turned the whole thing into a "bullying" issue, you could have conceded that you didn't understand the phrase. Nowhere in your reply telling me to leave you alone did you acknowledge that you jumped the gun there. Wow. All that education and not a single original thought. As far as attacks go, I guess calling me a jerk wasn't personal? Yeah, clearly that wasn't personal. There is yet another example of you saying one thing and doing another, like saying that you aren't an Obama supporter (not one single person who has read your posts would believe that).
Erin Conners October 09, 2012 at 06:12 PM
Keep on trolling troll. Nobody cares.
Erin Conners October 09, 2012 at 06:20 PM
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