"It’s the economy."
A new CNN poll reports that the economy is the “number-one issue on the minds of Americans.” 82 percent said the economy will be extremely or very important to their vote for president, two points ahead of those who cited the Iraq war. Rounding out the top five were: health care (76 percent), terrorism (76 percent), and Iran (73 percent). Charlie Cook writes that there seems to be a political disconnect on the economy. “Among elected officials in Washington, there seems to be little talk about the economy and hardly any mention that the housing sector is in a free-fall,” he writes.