Thursday, April 26, 2012
iReport Roundtable: It’s not too late to debate

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Please join us here at 2:30 p.m. ET for our weekly roundtable discussion. We’ll be chatting about the iReport Debate, which invites users to sound off on what issues matter most to them this election season.

 

So far, we’ve received nearly 300 iReports from people who have shared the issue that is most important to them, but we want to hear from more of you! So far, the coasts are represented. But, where are the Midwest, Great Plains, Rockies and the South?

 

The top issues so far are: economy, health care, taxes and gripes with the state of politics in general, but we haven't heard as much about issues like immigration, housing and student loan woes.

 

iReport producer Christina Zdanowicz and other team members will share more details about the project, and will answer any questions you have. We also look forward to hearing your ideas on how to invite a wider audience to participate in this special project.

 

We’ll open comments at 2:30 p.m. ET. We look forward to talking to you then!

86 Comments
April 26, 2012
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Hi everyone and welcome to the roundtable.

Christina just came out of our daily coverage meeting, so she'll be joining us in just a second.

 

April 26, 2012
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Greetings All

April 26, 2012
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Good afternoon! Sorry, I missed last week as internet was down...hmm. So today is about the iReport Debate. Sounds good...at least I have 5 in for Indiana in the Midwest...LOL.

April 26, 2012
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Hey guys!

April 26, 2012
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hello, all, from wilkes-barre, pa.

April 26, 2012
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We are really excited about the response we've gotten, but we're hoping to get even more people involved.

April 26, 2012
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Hey everyone! Thanks for coming.

April 26, 2012
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David:

Question......What can be done with our videos regarding the quality once they are uploaded........I use very good software and a pc that is also very nice, the video is really great and shines, however when they are uploaded they are grainy and not very clear....Can tech support work on this....

April 26, 2012
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Hi everyone!

April 26, 2012
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I wanted to give an update on where we're at with the iReport Debate. So far, we've received 300 submissions with your top issue this election! But, we're seeing some groups that are underrepresented.

April 26, 2012
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I can't remember...blame it on age...does the submissions need to be videos? If not, then it may attract more participation.

April 26, 2012
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@k3vsDad - we're allowing all types of submissions, including text-only ones.

April 26, 2012
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Hi JVHill,

We are working on the video quality issues.

When you have a problem, please send me an email with a link and all of the software and settings you're using.

That will help us identify the problem.

Thanks

April 26, 2012
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I haven't uploaded yet...Still working on it. Will there be another trip to New York with this. I had a great time back in Sept. 08

April 26, 2012
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Thanks and good zdan...maybe I can talk a couple into doing up a report who normally only comment then.

April 26, 2012
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Hi @mongo9584. Everyone has ONE WEEK left to submit! That's until May 4, so there's still time to get your issue represented.

April 26, 2012
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Whoa, that'd be great to get some of the iReport commenters involved, k3vsDad! They're such a big part of the community.

April 26, 2012
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zdan...what are you talking about??????/

April 26, 2012
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Yes...I am about done....Should make it by then.

April 26, 2012
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along the lines of getting more people involved in the debate, i want to share a couple of lines from my "america's choice" clips:

 

The open debate of issues, the education of voters, non voters, citizensthis is the most important part of the process, more important even than who gets elected. Therefore, I think it is absolutely critical to a free society for people to get involved in the debateto get our heads out of the sand and keep them out so that who we are and what we feel is a presence in the minds of those who will get elected.

April 26, 2012
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Ditto on what Zdan said. It's been fascinating seeing such a broad range of opinion on so many different topics, I've really enjoyed seeing everyone sounding off on what's important to them.

 

Of course, we'd love to hear from even more people, so encourage your friends to chime in too, either by video or text. The more voices we get, the more awesome the finished product is going to be.

April 26, 2012
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@JVHill - The iReport Debate! Have you shared your top issue this election yet? If not, here's where you can submit: http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/773030

April 26, 2012
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zdan...yep I have,  I was questioning about the NY situation.....

April 26, 2012
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Hi All, just jumping in to see what is happening.

 

April 26, 2012
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So far, for example, we've heard from a lot of Democrats and Independents on their top issue this election. But, where are the Republicans at? We want to capture a diverse array of responses along the political spectrum.

April 26, 2012
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My question is why has this administration not endorsed or help move along the NITC /DRIC bridge at Americas Biggest Border Crossing. Canada is already building the road to the New Bridge and they have also said they will pay for the US portion. So why has Obama kept silent is it because the Governor pushing for as well is republican?

 

April 26, 2012
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JV HILL, me too on issues. On my nexus the ireport fails to go through the app. More often than not. Frustrating.

April 26, 2012
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hello everybody

April 26, 2012
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Michigan2012...first I've heard about this. Have you done up an iReport about it? Haven't seen anything in any of the news feeds either.

April 26, 2012
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Hi @Michigan2012 - Welcome! We're actually wanting to hear from more iReporters from the Midwest. We encourage you to clearly explain your top issue, tell us why it matters to you and then upload text or video here: http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/773030

April 26, 2012
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Hello, Everyone! I think the election debate is interesting but how to participate in it from the other continent.

April 26, 2012
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Welcome @EWillies1961!

April 26, 2012
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hey @bigmahi - gonna send photos of the shuttle's flyover tomorrow? i'd love to see!

April 26, 2012
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Hi hhanks!!!! How have you been?

April 26, 2012
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Hi guys! Enjoying seeing your perspectives on this upcoming election.

April 26, 2012
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Welcome @mongo9584 and @markpel!

April 26, 2012
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Hi everyone.  I have one off topic question/problem.  Since yesterday I haven't been getting the emails that I always get when someone comments on one of my ireports.  Is this happening to anyone else?

 

April 26, 2012
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Property taxes on Long Island a major issue. People selling and moving south to afford a nice home. This is more a local issue.

April 26, 2012
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@markpel, For the iReport Debate, we're only counting responses from folks in the U.S. who are eligible to vote in this election. HOWEVER, we're always interested in international perspectives on the U.S. elections, and we might be working on a project about just that in the next few weeks. I would encourage you to submit your thoughts to our election 2012 assignment: http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/723718

April 26, 2012
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I love this project. I heard stuff out of my daughter I did not expect.

April 26, 2012
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Sorry wasnt sure how this Worked but for us here in the Midwest The Bridge crossing is a huge deal being that the troll that lives under the current bridge has held a monopoly at americas busiest crossing and the second big issue for us especially in Michigan is that with 83,000 high paying jobs available in the state where do we find the talent and skilled workforce to fill them NOW.

 

April 26, 2012
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Hi Nsaidi

April 26, 2012
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KCRep...I'm still getting notifications.

April 26, 2012
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@bigmahi - Property taxes are definitely a hot local issue in a lot of places. Is there a national issue that will be driving you to vote come November?

April 26, 2012
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KCRep, I have never got any emails when someone have commented on my iReports.

April 26, 2012
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KCRep....I'm also getting them

April 26, 2012
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Ok i now understand how this works, I look forward to submitting some reports

 

 

April 26, 2012
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Thanks k3 and JVHill...I wonder why mine stopped..

April 26, 2012
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Great Michigan2012 - I would encourage you to start by thinking about the broader issue you want to talk about such as jobs, the economy, government reform, infrastructure, etc. and then go into the specifics about the bridge/crossing.

April 26, 2012
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jmsaba, thanks! Maybe later I`ll post something.

April 26, 2012
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I have so many issues it is hard for me to get them into small video clip..that is why I haven't uploaded yet.

April 26, 2012
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I would also encourage everyone to invite your friends to share their issues. I'm betting that a lot of you hang out with people who are also interested in politics, so it would be great to get their input too.

April 26, 2012
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Hi mongo9584. I think that's what makes it challenging because we're asking people to talk about the one issue that matters more than anything else.

April 26, 2012
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gotta run....be well.

April 26, 2012
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I know what I did for the iReport Debate was the main concern of choice between 2 options initially. Then I broke that down into 4 issues in subsequent reports.

April 26, 2012
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davidw, very few people from Germany want send iReports. Can you say why?

April 26, 2012
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Maybe the biggest issue is inflation. Instead of blaming the oil companies for the price of gas we should blame Washington for printing so much money. It is not that gas is getting more expensive, it is that a dollar doesn’t buy as much gas, bread or milk that it once did. It is because we are printing too many dollars.

April 26, 2012
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And piggybacking on Dave's comment -- If all of you could get just one friend to submit their top issue, it'd make a big difference!

April 26, 2012
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@mongo9584 Sounds like a good issue to run with for this project, to me. The economy has been a big talker among our readers, and this is a different angle on it.

April 26, 2012
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@k3vsDad Wow, great to see you getting involved with this project. Was there any particular issue or thing that stands out to you the most?

April 26, 2012
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Hi all. On my iPhone so my updates are limited.

 

@zdan. I know marketing is going to use the "American Footage". They haven't tagged any of them yet but can you use any of it for the debate project?

April 26, 2012
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Hi and goodbye!

I guess this time again it's all about your elections. If you need an international issue let me know. It seems so complicated and so long your election process; unbelievable how much money is waisted for that. The only election process need to be issue in my international point of view. So many million spend for that. I think the money they spend in their election grand tour should be equaly spend to a good cause. Hows that!

So have fun guys can wait to see your issues.

April 26, 2012
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@nsaidi...Yes I have been leaning that way. I was also thinking about how it is that no one is going to jail over the big economic mess we are in.

April 26, 2012
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Oh! by the way anyone invited to Clooney'S big party with Obama?

April 26, 2012
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To me, nsaidi, the biggest concern is the choice in the fall between either:

 

1. More federal government involvement

2. More local/state control with less federal.

 

Economy of course is the top issue in determining which choice to make.

April 26, 2012
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I must go now... have a great weekend!

April 26, 2012
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@airnation1 For the iReport Debate, we're only looking to include those who will be voting in the U.S. elections in November. That doesn't mean that we're not interested in international perspectives on U.S. politics; we might be working on a project about what international iReporters think about the U.S. elections. I would encourage you to submit your thoughts to our election assignment: http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/723718

April 26, 2012
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@MelissaF - We are actually linking your student loans iReport in the iREport headlines on the homepage of CNN.com today! It's an excellent topic. As for the "American Footage," I think it falls outside the scope of this project, but I appreciate the idea!

April 26, 2012
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April 26, 2012
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@zdan...that's awesome!!

April 26, 2012
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@zdan and @hhanks...did you guys get my email on my last iReport?  I have had lots of views and up to 74 comments now...wow!

April 26, 2012
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May I say "Thank You" to CNN I-Report staff for taking the time to help us when we have a problem.....EACH OF YOUR ARE APPRECIATED!!!!!!

April 26, 2012
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Hey Melissa you naugty girl :)

April 26, 2012
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Ryn

What's American Footage? I must have missed something.

April 26, 2012
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@KCRep..hahaha  yep that's me!!!  ;)

April 26, 2012
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Hey Ryn, welcome! Have you shared your top issue and uploaded to the iReport Debate assignment?

April 26, 2012
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Ryn

No not yet ooooooh so many issues.

 

April 26, 2012
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@all iReport staff...is there a way to turn off getting emails everytime a comment is posted on my profile?

April 26, 2012
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@Ryn - Well, you've got til next Friday, May 4, to submit your top issue! We just want everyone's issues to be heard so we can put it to a vote, coming May 9.

April 26, 2012
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Have a great week everyone.

April 26, 2012
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Just a few days left to tell us which show deserves another season! Is your favorite on this list?

 

http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/779998

April 26, 2012
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Thanks for a fruitful discussion, everyone! We even got a couple iReports on the debate during the roundtable. If you're reading this later, feel free to read more about the project and upload your top issue here: http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/773030

April 26, 2012
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Hi Thanks for my Vetted on CNN febate iReport I talked about immigration

April 26, 2012
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Debate sorry my typos

April 27, 2012
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I am not sure how to participate. Is it live online? or do you have to use Twitter.

April 27, 2012
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Hi @joanniebalon, thanks for your interest! The debating will begin soon and will be iReporters facing off in online videos. But for now, you can join the project by telling us what your top issue is this election. Basically, what's driving you to the polls? You can upload a video, or text here: http://ireport.cnn.com/topics/773030

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