As the United States gears up for the first major primaries of 2008 in Iowa and New Hampshire, we asked a panel of six Iowans to tell us who they will be voting for in their state caucus on 3 January, and why.
Artist | Democrat
Our military personnel deserve a commander-in-chief who will lead with integrity and truth.
"I think Iowa is an exciting place to be right now.
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In 10 words or less: Artist and nature-lover living in rural Iowa
We as Iowans are able to meet many of the candidates in smaller groups. We get a first-hand look at each of them in order to make our decision on who to caucus for. Iowans take this responsibility quite seriously.
By being involved with a grassroots organisation to help change the direction of America, it has given me hope for not only our country, but more personally for my family. In 2008 our son will be graduating from West Point Military Academy. This election will affect our family directly, because the next president will be our son's commander-in-chief.
This is the reason I have volunteered so much of my time to help get the best candidate elected.
I will be caucusing for Senator Barack Obama on 3 Jan. His inspiring message of hope to lead our county in a new direction has renewed my optimism for our future.
He showed great judgment and foresight by opposing the Iraq war from the start, when doing so was politically unpopular. I believe that our military personnel deserve a commander-in-chief who will lead with integrity, truth and high ethical standards.
I am confident that his knowledge as a constitutional scholar and a civil rights lawyer will be an asset for his presidency. Obama is a proven legislator with the vision and determination to bring our country together to solve our current problems and regain our reputation in the world.
Obama is the only candidate that transcends political rhetoric and inspires us as only a true leader can."
We want to hear what you think, so send us your comments using the forms at the bottom of the panel's updated views.
The readers' panel has been selected from as wide a cross-section of people as possible and may not be representative of wider US public opinion.
Dorothia Rohners view confirms my stand that this election will not only level on Hillary versus Obama but mostly on old versus youths interests. I think that who votes democrats, votes for alternative solution to world problem as against the present republicans choice on war. As I said earlier on,Hillary has a wild cat she can play at any time to turn any table to her favour and that is Bill Clinton, a sympathetic orator.
Sunny Ekwenugo, Berlin, Germany
Barack Obama offers inspiration and leadership through confidence and character. The president sets the climate of the administration.
Indeed the country may be physically attacked again but it need not lose its way. The United States is at root an idea of the best in human relations. Barack seems to have the character to respond to threats with dignity and to make sensitive choices.
Michael Johnston, Paris France
Even though I am a member of the Green Party, I will be caucusing for Obama. He strikes me as an intelligent, compassionate, level-headed person. These are qualities that have been in very short supply in the White House for the past 7 years...
Daryl Northrop, Des Moines, Iowa, USA
Whilst Barack Obama has advocated his opposition to the war, he publicly stated in a debate that troops would remain in Iraq until at least 2013. Only Ron Paul, out of all republican and democrat presidential candidates has advocated a total and unconditional withdrawal of US soldiers and marines from Iraq. US involvement in Iraq is unconstitutional and frankly illegal and it has drained 1 trillion dollars from the American taxpayer most of it borrowed from China. Although I do admire Obama, and I find him infinitely more electable than Hilary Clinton I still feel he has no real answers to problems, unlike Ron Paul.
Ilyas Khan, cardiff