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Voter view: Michael Kundak-Cowall

Presidential candidate Barack Obama has reached out to US voters in a half-hour, prime-time advertisement underlying his dominance of the airwaves.

Here Republican and Democratic voters share their views on the commercial and the Democrats' advertising advantage.


Michael Kundak-Cowall Student | Democrat

I found myself nodding in sympathy with the plights of the citizens interviewed

Michael Kundak-Cowall
Age: 18
Lives: Chelsea, Michigan
Occupation: Student
Last election voted:
Too young to vote
In 10 words or less: Honest, diplomatic, open to debate

"Barack Obama's half hour spot was very impressive, but I have some small problems with it. While Obama seemed to clearly outline his economic and, to a lesser degree, his foreign policy, there some holes his plans.

The initial focus on the economy and domestic issues sat very well with me, and I found myself nodding in sympathy with the plights of the citizens interviewed in the commercial. Like the worker with a bad knee, both my parents have had to delay major surgeries because of cost.

The one major problem I had was when he rattled off the tax cuts and credits he planned, and then went on to talk about expanding the education system and spending money on improvements.

The source of money for these new projects was never fully explained, which is especially bothersome if taxes are going to be cut for the majority of US citizens."


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Dear Mr Cowall, I am happy that you are impressed with the ad of Mr. Obama. I am sure you understand that explaining each and every aspect of economy and plan is not possible within a sort period of time. Any presidential candidate is only expected to briefly outline his plan and we as voters are expected to take it from those briefs that what they basically are trying to convey. I am glad that Mr. Obama is at least giving us the brief. Look at others they are not at all providing us even the brief of how they are going to fix it. Their only explanation is "we know how to do it" we have scare to prove it.
Sahil, Ewing, New Jersey

Michael, there is enough money to go around - it's just not going to the right causes. Billions of dollars have been spent on an unnecessary, illegal war in Iraq - money that should have gone into education, for example. Ask Mr Bush why that money hasn't been spent on the American people. He should know.
Paulina Smid, London

Good points Michael. I would imagine that the funding will largely come from eliminating corporation tax breaks and from the increased tax revenue from those earning over $200,000 - given the numbers of extremely wealthy Americans that could be significant. However, I suspect their accountants have already been instructed!
Isi Van Cleef, Surrey, UK

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