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August 23rd, 2011
05:30 AM ET

AM Talk Back: Why isn't America more excited about its presidential contenders?

As the country heads towards the 2012 election and the first Republican primary, some of the most talked about candidates are those who have repeatedly insisted that they aren't running.

In a recent CNN/ORC poll, only 14 percent of Republican voters say they are very satisfied with the current field and Republican leaders appear anxious for a fresh face, calling on both Congressman Paul Ryan and New Jersey governor Chris Christie to enter the race despite the fact that both men have definitively ruled out a presidential run.

Democrats don't appear overly enthusiastic either, with 28 percent claiming that they would rather see a candidate other than President Obama nominated, which is a record high.

AM Talk Back: Why isn't America more excited about its presidential contenders?

Let us know what you think. Your answer may be read on this morning's broadcast.

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  1. Don Wood

    The wreckage all around us, in front and in back of us is courtesy of both the Dems and Repubs. WE are the ones to blame for voting for "the lesser of TWO evils."

    No more! I found out through a 7:21 video who, what, why, when, where & how (W5h)!!!

    WHO can deny this now?

    August 24, 2011 at 10:22 am |
  2. peter b

    Because what the candidates talk about is either irrelevant to one's life or just ridiculous. Maybe Christine Romans and Ali should run togther. At last the two of you are intelligent

    August 23, 2011 at 7:11 am |
  3. James Taylor

    All political rhetoric, regardless of party, espouse hard views on the resulting symptoms of the core problems and then dance around the zenith of their origins. Either they are unaware, don’t care, or they are have agendas hidden that cause this useless rhetoric. Ron Paul is the only candidate I have heard (past and present) to address the root causes (thus real reform). You, the mainstream media, ignore the core issues as well, and thus voices like Ron Paul. You are now part of the fabric Americans no longer trust. When news organizations like CNN start giving a voice to people like Ron Paul (regularly), only then will trust start to rebound. Please wake up!

    August 23, 2011 at 7:05 am |
  4. Steph

    First and formost they don't realize that the poor pay more taxes to federal, state, and local than the rich. Please don't forget the pay a federal tax in the form of SS and Medicare on all their income. Bachman consistantly lies, Perry has a state with a poor infrastructure, 50% working at low income and no health care. Mitt does not realize that the rich invest, travel, purchase homes outside of the USA therefore, stoping the trickle down flow and not stimulating the US economy. Ron Paul is consistant but everyone is afraid he will cut too much. As much as I don't like Obama.... Where is a president for the people.... Without a party?

    August 23, 2011 at 6:54 am |
  5. dr neal

    None of the current presidential contenders have enough experience nor intelligence to be eligible for the job! Most of them would barely qualify for being Mayor of Boise!! What credentials does Bachman have for running the country?! I wouldn't trust her to be Governor of Alaska! Where are all the smart grown-ups?! Answer–the smart people like Jack Walsh and Steve Jobs are in the private sector being innovative, building huge successful companies and creating thousands of jobs ( well, hopefully Steve isn't actually running around making thousands of "little Steven" kids–but again, maybe we could use them! They'd be smart kids!!) Running for President has been downgraded to a sad, superficial "American Idol"-type popularity contest for anybody with money to burn. Why won't someone smart and experienced like Colin Powell run for President? I would vote for Clark Howard–he's got ways to to fix the deficit crisis!!

    August 23, 2011 at 6:45 am |
  6. Stephen

    When miss spoken words are the main topic on the candidates, and dirty politics is norm. Why like anything. We the people can only go by what we hear and all we hear is smear. I blame the negative medeia for the negative attitudes.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:44 am |
  7. Linda

    possibly instead of always focusing on the negative, if the media might just encourage the democratic process by inspiring stories, Americans maybe, just might, become more interested. Think about "The Greatest Generation" when you approach stories, and bring us the news, but bring us all the news–not just the negative, uncertain, and sensationalized segments.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:39 am |
  8. Fran VT

    Perhaps we're tired of this country being caught in the middle of a tug-of-war between the extreme left and right. The only victory in a tug-of-war is to pull the other side into the mud. The only way for us to move forward is for someone to step into the middle and start pulling the two extremes together.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:36 am |
  9. lane

    the people feel betrayed by both political parties,because of all the lies and deception that comes out during political agendas in political races

    August 23, 2011 at 6:34 am |
  10. Cory Baker

    I can't understand the straits your country is in at the moment. Michelle Bachmann is dumb as a post, her unapologetic ignorance is unexcuseable as the could-be POTUS. Rick Parry (sic) looks to be a GW clone. Let's not forget Sarah, see Bachmann. And Ron Paul is too sheepish to hold the wheel. Barack Obama has done what no other Presidents have done, kept his word to right wrongs. When he was elected office he was handed 2 wars, personal and professional animosity, sabotage, and the worlds scorn and mistrust. Since then he's hit the ground running, improved the US's brand on the world stage, held the country together to avoid the double-dip and made strides in sexual equality. You people don't know how good you COULD have it if you stepped back and thought about things objectively and logically....oh, and the reason I say "you people" is because I'm Canadian....not that I have it ANY better, we have Stephen Harper, see Bachmann.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  11. Russ

    People are not satisfied because almost every contender represents the status quo. Ron Paul is the only one who will end the wars and help our economy recover. Yet the media acts like he doesn't exist. However, I still hold out hope that Americans will realize Dr. Paul is exactly what this country needs. Ron Paul 2012

    August 23, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  12. Kahdir

    America isn't more excited about its presidential contenders because some have been unemployed for over a year, others know that social security won't be there for them and their 401k has dwindled away... yet millionaires and billionaires get richer and avoid their fair share of taxes under some false notion that they will create jobs... what no one realizes is that those supposed jobs will be created overseas.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:33 am |
  13. Willy

    They all have the same problem, a lack of concrete solutions.
    What is needed is something as universal as I propose;
    We Can Address American Oil dependency, by increasing fuel
    efficiency, which in turn removes all of the water soluble GHGs
    from the exhaust, and is a labor intensive retrofit on any internal
    combustion engine. This is as locality centered as the car in your driveway
    that you will 'convert' for a 25% savings in fuel $$$ is what makes the world go
    round ... see;

    August 23, 2011 at 6:29 am |
  14. eric

    Hey guys prez obama tied to play the gooid guys games with these republican who is trying. To sabotage is endeavourts bcuz he don't want the black man to have recognition of reviving america economy.I hope the american ppl remember they were the ppl who caused the bad economy,I hope they vote them out of office bcuz their foolish fighting and not compromizing is causing the economy not to be kick started,c,mon wake up america.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:27 am |
  15. Liz Hook

    We've all given up I think. Our country is in very serious trouble & each year the partisan bickering becomes worse. As a result, we have all learned that no one cares about the regular people anymore. So terribly sad, right?

    August 23, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  16. Ryan

    The lack of excitement stems from people realizing that the problems of this country exist independently of who we throw at it. If Americans could get excited about a candidate, it would only be cooled by the knowledge that we would be sending said candidate against a wall that looks to only fall down with the passage of time regardless of the pressure of manpower.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:26 am |
  17. greg w

    Washington's persistence to pander to wingnuts and campaign contributors, to do what they think is good for their own party rather than the country rather than compromise and do what is right for the country, media that is more entertainment or more propaganda than news and citizens that are politically naive all contribute to the failure of Washington and resulting generalized disgust with all aspect of government.

    PS Corporations ARE NOT people. Can corporations volunteer for the armed services, go to jail, vote? Can an entity that has profit as its reason for being, put its own interests on hold for the good of others?

    August 23, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  18. crazy bob

    for one thing it is rather early to be running for president. another thing is LOOK WHO'S RUNNING! there is a palin lookalike in o donnel and a preacher from texas in perry. the only person i'm seriously considering is ron paul. he came in a very strong 2nd in iowa but the media refuses to acknowledge that. i voted for obama but he has proven to be another george w. bush in some ways. now i regret having voted for him. bob

    August 23, 2011 at 6:25 am |
  19. Bonner R.

    I'm not excited about the current presidential contenders because I'm not excited about America. Don't get me wrong..I am a patriotic American. But since the year 2000, I have grown disallusioned with an American government that embraces rash decisions (on both sides of the aisle) as opposed to moderate discussion, passionate compromise and common sense. We have a pool of GOP candidates without the "cahoneys" to say to the Tea Party "we're not going to jump off the right wing cliff with you because it's too detrimental to America. We have a President and a pool of possible Democratic candidates who keep apologizing for spending when spending is actually what is needed to rescue a failing economy and who won't shout from the rooftops that the richest rich are rich BECAUSE of America and they need to pay their fair share. I'll get excited about American political candidates when I get excited again about America being the brainchild of good, common sense democracy.

    August 23, 2011 at 6:22 am |
  20. Roger

    Lies miss spoken on issues and want the president to fail is the reasons that I not excited about the contenders for the White House do they know the that if the president fails the country fails what happen to country is first in mind maybe if Rick Parry spell with an A can go down in the an American showdown at 8:00 P.M. November tuesday

    August 23, 2011 at 5:58 am |