Delegates Speak: On the Pocketbook
Aug. 28, 2008, 6:00 p.m. EDT
Q. What serious issue in your state would you like the next president to address?
Florida on the Mortgage Crisis
I live in Florida, so where should I start? The mortgage crisis, the insurance crisis, the lack of confidence in FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) being there to help people in an emergency … It just doesn't seem like McCain gets it, that these are real problems, that they affect real people. I guess if you have seven houses and one of the mortgages get foreclosed on, you just go to one of your other ones.
I don't think (McCain) has thought through the mortgage crisis and the ramifications it has. If people are foreclosed, then neighborhoods go into decline. Just because I still have my job and my house is occupied and my neighbor loses his, suddenly the yard isn't cut and it becomes a haven for crime. It affects everybody and everything. It affects the schools in the area. I just don't think he gets that.
-Florida delegate Lisa King, 45, of Jacksonville.
Pennsylvania on the Economy
We come from a rural area mainly, in Adams County, Pennsylvania. We have farmlands etc. and working families struggling to pay for gas, food, clothing for their children and health care. Most people don't have health care in this region. We need to fix the economy and Barack Obama has promised us, and we have the faith that he will do this for us.
-Pennsylvania delegate Patricia Manning, 66, Hamilton Township.