In every presidential election year, some swing states stay the same, but new ones seem to crop up, depending on how the whole electoral map plays out. Ohio, Pennsylvania and Florida are always reliably in the mix. This year there are others, including New Mexico, Nevada and very possibly Virginia.
The media give us a lot of information about national tracking polls, but as we all learned the hard way eight years ago, our Presidential elections ultimately are determined by a few states rather than the country as a whole, thanks to that crazy Electoral College! So if my fate is going to be in the hands of a few states that aren’t sure whether they’re going to go red or blue, I want to know what people are talking about as they get ready to step into that voting booth a few weeks from now.
Turns out, no matter what state you live in, most people are talking, and worrying, about the same things.
As a girl who was born and bred in Pennsylvania farm country, I always try to keep in touch with what’s going in the Keystone state. For another Pennsylvania girl, Down-to-Earth Mama, equal pay for equal work is important. After seeing a political ad with Lily Ledbetter talking about how many years Ledbetter was discriminated against and made so much less than her male co-workers doing the same job at Goodyear, DTE Mama writes:
Then, when the ad states that McCain had opposed a law for “equal pay for equal work”, [my daughter] looked at the ceiling and began shaking her fists, groaning “McCAIN.”
She is four.
After the TV ad was over, she turned to me and said, “Mommy, why would McCain not want ladies to make the same money? We deserve it if we do the same work, right?”
BlogHer’s own Jill Zimon of Writes Like She Talks, who is totally connected into the Ohio political scene, isn’t just worried about the economy, like pretty much everyone right now, she’s also pondering falling stock prices and the Bush administration’s choice to oversee the supposed economic recovery plan, Neel Kashkari.
I’m hyperventilating just thinking about how much of my very hard-earned money from 25 years in the work force has disappeared. I know I’m not the only one. And I’m not feeling so fine about the guy they say is going to save us. I know age isn’t everything, but he’s a 35-year-old Goldman Sachs alum and I’m just a tad anxious about the idea of having someone with an inclination toward Wall Street being the one who will supposedly save us from Wall Street.
While the economy and the stock market are pretty much the big issues of today, and for the foreseeable future, there are others on people’s minds. MOMocrat Stephanie has been working hard in her part of that state for Barack Obama, and is tired of the hearing stories suggesting that John McCain, as a war veteran, has been a better advocate for military families and sets the record straight:
The Disabled American Veterans gives … Senator McCain, the man [Cindy McCain] claim[s] supports the troops and veterans, only a 20% rating. Senator Obama gets an 80% rating. The Iraq and Afghanistan Veterans of America just released their 2008 Congressional ratings and gave John McCain a D. Barack Obama got a B. Now I know John McCain is used to getting D’s, I mean he had to have gotten quite a few to have graduated at nearly the bottom of his Naval Academy class. But D’s aren’t acceptable when it comes to men and women who give their lives serving in our military.
I guess it’s no surprise that these are some of the issues swing state voters are concerned about. They’re just a few of the ones we’re all worrying about, especially for those of us who are closer to retirement age than we’d care to admit. So many thing are important right now, but the swing state voters will ultimately be the ones who decide the outcome of this incredibly important election.
I’m just keeping my fingers crossed that they care about the issues the same way I care about them and end up choosing the candidate I want to see in the White House.