The Washington Times - October 22, 2008, 12:59PM

In the last two weeks before all of America votes Nov. 4 for their presidential pick, Florida residents preparing and casting their early votes are still unclear on exactly what the candidates have to offer as president of a country filled with drastic issues that hit home and overseas.

Florida, a key battleground state that holds 27 electoral votes, kicked off early voting on Monday, with record crowds heading to the polls and voters waiting hours to cast their ballots.

A CNN reporter was interviewing voters in Florida on Wednesday afternoon to find out what they think presidential candidates Democrat Barack Obama and Republican Sen. John McCain have failed to address.


An older gentlemen, who is an Independent voter, said there needs to be more talk on the war plans and “something on the economy”.

A woman next to him chimed in: “How they are going to change my life, before the economy crash and before the war? … What happened to the economy that we used to have [years before]?”

Florida became the buzz word in 2000 after the state’s prolonged recount concluded that Republican George W. Bush won the state, and the presidency, by just 500 votes. The state was the deciding factor to Bush’s presidency.

The two interviewed both agreed that they wanted to focus on the days before President George W. Bush was in office, and said the candidates are failing to address specifics to their plans to fix the economy.

On Monday, the Rasmussen Reports suggested the presidential race in Florida was now “essentially even close.” The latest Fox News/Rasmussen Reports telephone survey in the state finds John McCain ahead of Barack Obama 49 percent to 48 percent.


- Kimberly Kweder, online editor, The Washington Times