On November 2, the people will be heard through the democratic process. But what will they say? Will they choose to stay the course or will they choose to make a change?
Before they cast their votes, some of them will speak their minds on the CBS Evening News.
Tonight we're beginning a special series called American Voices, real people giving their views on the real issues that matter most.
In Ohio, I met four unemployed workers with diverse background and opinions. They didn't agree on how to make things better, but they agreed to listen to one another.
Maybe Washington should take a page from this playbook. Stop reacting to the loudest most extreme voices, and instead find some common ground.
That's a page from my notebook.
I'm Katie Couric, CBS News.