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What Women Want

The 2008 presidential campaign will bring women's issues front and center. The presence of the first strong female candidate gives unprecedented attention to the women's vote. Certain issues are typically identified as issues women care about, but in the end, the candidate who will best serve women might be the candidate who will best serve all of us!

So Citizens, what's the issue most important to you? And stay tuned—we will be highlighting the specifics regarding the issues you identify.


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KerryG KerryG 9 years
The environment is my #1, because if we don't have a livable planet, everything else becomes irrelevant. I also think a lot of the other issues most important to me, like the economy and foreign policy, are intimately connected to environmental issues. We urgently need to reduce our dependence on oil - foreign AND domestic - if we're ever going to get out of these messes we're in.
MandyJoBo MandyJoBo 9 years
Health care. I think if we get our country healthy, other things will fall into place.
Cassandra57 Cassandra57 9 years
This is really too oversimplified. Still, I'm surprised at how few people are concerned about national security. Am I the only one who remembers 9/11 and the aftermath? Without security, everything else pales in comparison. IMO border and immigration control are closely linked to national security. Health care is important, but I don't want the government involved. I've heard too many stories about national health programs. Fix the economy, stop off-shoring all the good jobs, cut taxes, and people can afford their own health care. (My parents didn't have the sort of insurance we have today; they paid cash.)
In not particular order: Health Care, Economy, Reproductive Rights, Environment, and Immigration. Too hard to choose a top choice.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 9 years
Exactly, kh61582. I may not be as heavily involved with politics as some people might be, but I DO pay attention, and I DO keep tabs on what politicians say/do whatever. I feel that it is a right that NEEDS to be exercised by everybody, by choosing to vote or not, and if they choose to vote, they should be aware of all the positions that the candidates might have, and understand what is going on. I HATE it when people say "oh, I'm supporting Clinton because she's a woman" or "I'm supporting Obama because he's black". Race doesn't matter. Gender doesn't even matter. What matters is HOW they can do their damn jobs. I'm just tired of all the racist and genderist comments. They should be focusing on why they're the BEST candidate to RUN for presidency, not whatever they've got appearance-wise.
designergirl designergirl 9 years
Of course, all issues matter. Health care and education are two of the most important issues for me. However, all the of the candidates address these issues unsatisfactorily to me. No has come up with a really great plan to address this concerns, in my opinion. Being from Texas, a lot of candidates' stances on immigration bother me because they seem to be conceived from mere ideology, not experience with the issue. Whoever becomes elected will have an enormous, potentially deciding influence on the status of abortion in this country, through their appointments in the Supreme Court. Because of this, I do feel that I cannot vote on a candidate that will ban abortion. I do not want the government involved in the decisions and choices I make with my own body. Of course all the issues matter, but in my pessimistic mood towards this country at the moment, I believe that much of issues will not be decided by the president or in the next election, except reproductive rights, which sems to have a higher possibility of changing.
melizzle melizzle 9 years
The economy. Taxation.
kh61582 kh61582 9 years
I realize the majority of those who come to this site are women but the insinuation that women are suddenly supposed to perk up and pay attention because Hilary is running is insulting. That's what's wrong with this country. Everything and everyone is so "socially conscience". I've been into politics for years and I could care less if we have a women president or not. It's about who does the job best and Lord knows Hilary doesn't fit that bill and doesn't deserve anything just because she's a women.
Michelann Michelann 9 years
Meumitsuki, you're right about Ron Paul's position. As KathleenxCouture just said, he is personally pro-life, but believes abortion is not a federal issue and should be left to the states. I agree with him on that matter.
ellipsery ellipsery 9 years
For me, personally, health care is number one. While I consider ALL of the issues above in my decision, I'm really worried about health care right now. I currently have a really terrible health care plan (I have to pay $100 for just one prescription that I NEED), and I have NO dental insurance -- I just can't afford it right now. I know that I have a tooth that is practically rotting out, but all I can do is make sure to keep it as clean as possible. I also need surgery on my gums, but I've had a rough two years; dental insurance just isn't in the budget.
KathleenxCouture KathleenxCouture 9 years
I voted Other because all of these issues are very important. To also reply to a comment left above: Yes Ron Paul is pro-life but although he disagrees with abortion, he will be leaving the ultimate choice up to the STATES. He is also leaving Gay rights up to the States and has said that he doesn't feel like it should be his decision ultimately to tell people how to live their own lives and although he disagrees with these things, he doesn't discriminate against people who want to do them. I think we need him, IMO he has the best insight on government and foreign affairs and he understands that people don't want the government to interfere with their life as much and he highly regards this attitude. I've done my research, and I'm Voting for ROn Paul, I think he would make the smartest and most citizen friendly choices, as well as help us regain our dignity as a country.
baltimoregal baltimoregal 9 years
Of course they're all important. But without education, the rest will get nowhere.
blondie01 blondie01 9 years
they are all so important! I couldn't possibly just rank one
Kelly-O Kelly-O 9 years
Add me to the list of those who think there are multiple issues at hand, and we can't pick just one as the most important. That said, I chose the economy, since the other things all feed into that in some way.
liliblu liliblu 9 years
I agree with those who say all the issues are important. I want to know where the candidates stand on every issue. Just the other day I got into a discussion with a woman who says abortion is the only issue that she considers when deciding who she will vote for. I thought she was kidding and laughed. She then informed me that the rights of the unborn was the most important issue. I then asked her if she thinks about the children that have been born. What rights should they have? Do they have a right to health care even if they are poor? Education? Money for social services for children who are in the custody of the state. She had no real opinions on any issue other than abortion. People like this are the reason are country is so messed up. I could never vote for Ron Paul. I disagree with him on too many issues. But even he has the good sense to be against the occupation of Iraq.
gooniette gooniette 9 years
I'm looking for someone who is socially liberal (don't want the government telling me how to live my life) and fiscally conservative (taxes should be for public services like road and infrastructure maintenance, not pet projects of congressmen).
juju4 juju4 9 years
The war, the economy, and the health care system are all huge issues facing our country right now. That's why I voted for "education", as I feel that in order to have the best economy, the best military, the best health care system, etc. we need to have educated citizens.
starofsorrow starofsorrow 9 years
For me, it'd have to be the economy, health care, and the war on iraq, then finally education. Social issues aren't ranked extremely high as they normally would for me, but I guess it's just because I'm concerned with how we're going to fix all the screwups that happened in the past 8 or so years. (I'm guessing there's mrore to be fixed before that, as well. Yay. I'm looking at the candidiates, but none of them seem strong to me, which disappoints me. Hopefully I can make up my mind before the elections!
longhorn_sugar longhorn_sugar 9 years
health care, economy/taxes, and education
krazykarot krazykarot 9 years
It was too difficult to choose just one issue, I'd agree that everyone should be educated on all of the issues and not just a few.
emalove emalove 9 years
As a middle school teacher in a public school, education ranks high on my list. I'm also very interested in environmental issues and our economy.
omilawd omilawd 9 years
Personally, I'm more concerned with education, economics and national security rather than social issues like gay rights and abortion.
tiff58 tiff58 9 years
#1 Economy Close #2 Iraq war/other national defense issues #3 small government
meumitsuki meumitsuki 9 years
The economy and personal freedom. More specifically taking power away from the government and putting it into the hands of the people by ridding us of lobbyists that manipulate the tax code which makes us pay more. If we had more of our own money to spend, our economy wouldn't be suffering. Freeing us from lobbyists would also open up revenues for alternative energies and the environment is extremely important to me. Michelin - I don't know much about Ron Paul, but I thought he wanted abortion to become a state issues, not get rid of it all together. Did I misunderstand?
gigill gigill 9 years
We need to take care of the Earth NOW.
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