Editor's note: The following article was written by political correspondent Alan Jasie
On today’s News Talk Online on Paltalk.com we discussed a number of issues. The latest NBC/Wall Street Journal polling came out yesterday and showed that in spite of the bitter campaign with Hillary Clinton and the fears by some that Barack Obama will have weakness with some of her core constituencies, this first major poll has showed otherwise.
A few surprises; Obama was leading with Latino voters 62% to John McCain’s 28%. Women are leaning 52% for Obama and 33% for McCain. Both McCain and Obama are fighting for independents and again Obama is leading in this most critical group 41% to 36%.
This is the first poll and certainly Obama is getting his bounce from locking up the Democratic nomination, the fight for the presidency has just started. Our first caller pointed out that the polls will change over the coming months.
During the Q & A, another caller, a die hard Clinton supporter, expressed her concerns about Obama’s lack of experience and also was upset with Obama over “the hand over the heart” during the National Anthem that people who oppose him have tried to make into an issue. Another Clinton supporter called to say that Obama was still a better alternative to McCain.
The major issues addressed by callers included the economy, the war in Iraq and rising fuel costs. Many believe high oil prices are here to stay. With the emergence of China and India as the major countries for manufacturing consumer goods for the world and their rising consumption of this most valuable commodity, it is difficult to see how the prices will come down.
The U.S. economy is still showing a lot of weakness. Last week’s employment figures showed a 5.5% unemployment rate, the highest it has been in years.
Iraq is still a major concern for the country. While it is clear that U.S. casualties are down, the Iraqi government has yet to reconcile its own internal differences. Also, while our soldiers are in harm's way in Iraqi, President Nuri al-Maliki last week visited Iran and held meetings with its rogue president, Mahmoud Ahmadinejad. Is the friend of my enemy my friend? I would like to see someone who is for the war answer that.