Economy

  1. “The most important issue for me this election is very easily the size of the national debt. With the credit rating drop for the first time in history and with the debt at record heights, we’re endangering our future.” 
— Rob Gebelhoff, sophomore at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., on the most important issues of this election for him.
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    “The most important issue for me this election is very easily the size of the national debt. With the credit rating drop for the first time in history and with the debt at record heights, we’re endangering our future.” 

    — Rob Gebelhoff, sophomore at Marquette University in Milwaukee, Wis., on the most important issues of this election for him.

    What issue matters most to you in the upcoming election? Tell us here on The 12, or tweet your response using #VoterVoices

    See what the candidates are saying about their plans to fix the economy and lower the national debt here

  2. The economy is the most important issue to me because we are the world’s superpower and as such, we should have stability. Economic stability, as a future paramedic, is especially important to myself and people in my field for retirement. Right now there are a lot of people in my field losing their pensions because the economy is so bad and that is something that I cannot afford to lose.”

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    Solon Nodal, student at the Central New Mexico Community College in Albuquerque, N.M. 

    What are Obama and Romney saying they would do about the economy? Check out our Issues Week coverage here

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  3. Emily Satchell, senior broadcast journalism major at Virginia Commonwealth University

    What issues in this election are most important to you?

    "I’m also concerned about jobs because when I graduate, facing the real world right now is a really scary thing to think about."

    Satchell and 14 other VCU students are participating in a special class this semester through the university’s Honors College and the School of Mass Communications, where they are following the state’s senatorial race as well as the presidential election on campus. The group has also begun efforts to register any last-minute voters on campus. VCU Votes can be found on Facebook and Twitter.

  4. From the Raleigh News-Observer:

    Mitt Romney has responded to his now infamous "47 percent" remarks  with a new minute-long TV ad running in North Carolina.

    Meanwhile, President Barack Obama is running a TV ad that plays off Romney’s comment to show him as dismissing Americans who work for their money, and according to a recent Washington Post-ABC News poll, a majority of Americans still view Romney’s comments unfavorably.

    projects.newsobserver.com »

  5. From NewsObserver.com:

    In the latter half of the 20th century, North Carolina rose above much of the South, becoming a beacon of educational and economic opportunity that fueled new prosperity in a traditionally poor, agrarian state.

    Now, as North Carolina slowly wakes up from the Great Recession, unemployment is stubbornly high at 9.6 percent, income levels are down and the poverty rate has spiked since 2000. Some are asking the inevitable question: Have we slipped?

    The debate is under way in every corner of the state as election season builds to a conclusion. It is central in the campaign for governor.

    newsobserver.com »

  6. I didn’t just study the economy in school. I’ve actually lived in the economy for 25 years.”

    - Mitt Romney Thursday in Fairfax, Va. criticizing President Obama’s vague promises to alleviate economic problems at the Democratic National Convention last week. Romney campaigned at the Van Dyck Park in Fairfax. (via the Richmond Times-Dispatch)

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  7. Story by Maura Zurick, a city reporter for the Daily Kent Stater.

    Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told supporters in Mansfield, Ohio on Monday that God and small businesses are in his heart, something more than 1,000 Ohioans found comforting.

    The rally took place in a machine plant owned by Mark Romanchuk, who is campaigning to become a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for Richland County.

    The location played a key role in Romney’s main point: small businesses are the foundation of the country. Romanchuk’s plant, PR Machine Works, is a small business started in 1964 by his father.

    Ryan and Romney outlined their five-point plan, a proposed step-by-step approach in fixing the big issues.

    Romney said the first step is using America’s resources, specifically coal and oil, and said the second focus is trade. The third is creating a skilled workforce. He believes manufacturers will be able to train their employees in a way that brings back specific-skill jobs like carpentry and electrical engineering.

    Read the full story on KentWired.

    kentwired.com »

  8. Sen. Kelly Ayotte took aim at President Obama’s business record Tuesday night at the Republican National Convention. 

    "In both the private sector and as Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney always asked ‘How can I help businesses grow, innovate, and compete?’" Ayotte told the crowd.

    Los Angeles Times »

  9. npr:

The researchers at Pew Social & Demographic Trends aren’t holding back in their new report on the middle class. It calls the last 11 years, “the lost decade” for the country’s middle class. The highlight from the report issued today is that the middle class is poorer, earning less and shrinking.
via Pew: Middle Class Poorer, Earning Less And Shrinking : The Two-Way

    npr:

    The researchers at Pew Social & Demographic Trends aren’t holding back in their new report on the middle class. It calls the last 11 years, “the lost decade” for the country’s middle class. The highlight from the report issued today is that the middle class is poorer, earning less and shrinking.

    via Pew: Middle Class Poorer, Earning Less And Shrinking : The Two-Way

    NPR »

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