The Big Day

A long line of voters in Grand Forks wait to cast their vote in the closing hours of early voting at the Alerus Center in Grand Forks, ND, Monday. This is the first time early voting has been allowed in Grand Forks County for a general election. photo by Eric Hylden/Grand Forks Herald
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This column was written by CBS News Early Show Co-Anchor Harry Smith.
It's the big day. A lot of time, energy, and money have gone into this presidential election.

I have covered both of the candidates. I've seen them tired and barely able to go through the motions. But I've also seen them energized and ready to take on the world.

It's only in the last week or so that I've begun to seriously consider who I'd vote for.

I've gone to my polling place in years past so dissatisfied with the choices at hand that I've gone for a third party or registered what I call my own personal protest vote.

Neither of these men are perfect. But, nor are they as wanting as some of the candidates of the past have been. There is a real choice and much to consider.

Hard to believe but the world the winner will inherit is much more complicated than the one they started to run in.

Wall Street's ills have turned into a global financial plague; add terrorism, wars, broken healthcare and trillions of dollars of debt. And we are left with the decision.

Who best to handle it all?