JEFFREY BROWN: So, Barbara Bower, when you think about the kinds of things we're talking about here -- and here we are, in the midst of a political campaign -- what kind of impact does it have on your thinking about politics, about leadership at the national level?
BARBARA BOWER, Immigration Lawyer: What I'm looking for and the candidates is, how can they talk to people, try to bring them together? We have very serious problems here.
So I look at somebody who can reach across the parties to work together and try to come up with something that's really going to move the economy forward, to move jobs forward, to make it more competitive internationally, because that's going to also provide jobs for U.S. workers.
JEFFREY BROWN: And for you, that's John McCain?
BARBARA BOWER: I think McCain has done an awful lot to -- certainly on the immigration side, he can look at the big picture, and he stood up, and he's taken that forward.
He's stood up for reducing deficits, for eliminating pork barrel. I'm very concerned about the huge deficits that we're running. And I think he has a certain conviction that he sticks with it.
JEFFREY BROWN: Alan Russell, how do the kind of changes we're talking about here affect your thinking about the campaign and politics?
ALAN RUSSELL: Well, I think you can either choose to live in the drudgery and all of the depression that one could choose to focus on, or you can just focus on doing things about it.
I think it comes down to leadership, engendering creativity among young people, and passion. And I think those three things go to the broader case that we're looking at for the country today.
Leadership here in Pittsburgh said, "You know what? We're not going to settle for just being another-ran city. We're going to actually lead in a couple of different areas and we're going to focus on those areas."
Most of all, most importantly, that leadership engendered creativity in young, talented people and drew them into trying to do something quite extraordinary that, without that leadership, they wouldn't have believed was possible.
They did it here. They built it. And then, from then, the rest is history.
I think our country faces a similar challenge right now. We need the kind of leadership that will draw young people into fixing the very deep, very challenging problems that this nation has.
And I think that that's what Barack Obama has brought to this campaign with remarkable success that nobody would have predicted. No one would have predicted we'd have this exciting fight that we have right now.
GLEN MEAKEM: But you also have to do it with competition. I believe in competition. So the business environment, the environment to create new technologies and new businesses, has to be favorable.
If taxes are raised on business, because business is bad, how are you going to create a new future? If taxes on individuals are raised so people don't have an incentive to work hard and make money and create new things, how do you create a future? If you're afraid of global competition, if you want to hide behind trade barriers and not compete, how do you create a new environment?
So I think that a lot of the polices that I hear on the Democratic side, frankly, are anti-growth, anti-competitive, and those are the kind of policies we've had here in Pennsylvania and Ohio and these other states for a long time, anti-growth, anti-competitive, anti-business. It doesn't work here in the Midwest; it won't work for the country.
JEFFREY BROWN: All right, let me bring Sylvia Wilson.
All right, you stirred everybody up.
Sylvia Wilson, go ahead.
SYLVIA WILSON: You know, you know, you know.
I was sitting here thinking, "Here we go." You know, we want -- we're talking creativity, we're talking about moving to the future, but we go back to the same, old blaming stuff again.
And I'm sitting here listening to this. Taxes were increased because at the national level taxes were cut. Clinton will be able to do some of the fundamental things for the people. Where's the money coming from? That's number one.
Competition. Competition? When you go -- I said, my 7-year-old granddaughter at the time, a few years back, said she was tired of going into stores, finding stuff always made in China. "Why can't I find anything made in the USA?" she said.
It's disgusting that we don't have our own people being given jobs to create things for us. Why do we always have to have it somewhere else? The tax breaks to companies who leave this country, and then here you have all these folks wanting jobs, needing jobs to take care of their families. They can't have it because the jobs are over there.
HEATHER ARNET: One of the things that's so exciting about Pittsburgh is that our core history, what made this city great was that we were innovators and we created the core that created the energy for this country to run on. And that's where I think we can go.
And part of why I'm supporting Senator Clinton is because she's pledged to create 5 million green-collar jobs, because investing in green technology and solar panels and wind technology and businesses like yours that...
GLEN MEAKEM: But how will she create those jobs? How does a president create 5 million jobs? How does a government do that?
HEATHER ARNET: By cutting the tax cuts for the wealthiest 1 percent, which, you know what, if I was in that 1 percent...
GLEN MEAKEM: That creates 5 million jobs?
HEATHER ARNET: ... I would be proud to give my tax cut back, if it meant investing in jobs back into my community. I mean, Pittsburgh is a city that could create the energy that takes us away from oil reliance.
GLEN MEAKEM: All those people you're raising taxes on are all the small business owners who create all the jobs.
JUSTIN LOKAY: That's right.
HEATHER ARNET: No, that's not true.
GLEN MEAKEM: When you raises the taxes, jobs go down.
HEATHER ARNET: And you know that's not true.
GLEN MEAKEM: It's completely true. It's completely true.
HEATHER ARNET: It's not small business owners. It's investment bankers that make $50 million a year in New York City, saying that guy who makes $50 million a year is paying less of a percentage of his income to taxes every year than teachers who are members...
HEATHER ARNET: ... of the Pittsburgh Federation of Teachers.
JEFFREY BROWN: All right, back to Dr. Russell.
ALAN RUSSELL: It sort of seems like I ignited this.
JEFFREY BROWN: You started it.
ALAN RUSSELL: And maybe I can douse the flames a little.
So I think what's interesting is that in my day job I worry about how to replace organs. It's such a complicated, ridiculous idea, that you have to take a step back and not worry about all the details.
What we're talking about here is petty, little differences between politicians and political issues, very small things that really aren't that important. Whether you believe in this tax or that tax or NAFTA or CAFTA, it doesn't really make too much of a difference.
The country's problems are massive. They are massive problems. And the problems will not be addressed by this generation. They were caused by many generations that came before, certainly Senator McCain's generation and maybe even Senator Clinton's generation.
The problems will be have to addressed by our children. And it's, who can reach into the minds of our children and excite them that they can actually fix these problems? That's the person that should be our president.
What the problems are, what the strategies are we could debate ad infinitum.
JEFFREY BROWN: OK, Mr. Donnelly, it sounds like you think more is at stake here.
BILL DONNELLY: Well, I worked with the AARP of Pennsylvania. And my job was to go around to all the candidates -- and I was impartial -- and we stressed health care for the senior citizens. And all the speeches that I heard were speeches over and over and over again.
Hillary Clinton -- excuse my French -- but she came down with the only solutions. Everybody had a plan. "I got a plan for this, I got a plan for that." Health care, nobody can afford health care. Give me the health care that the senators have. I'll take that.
JEFFREY BROWN: Let me let Khari Mosley in.
What do you look to a president to do to accomplish, any president? How much can he or she do?
KHARI MOSLEY: Well, I don't know how much a president can do by themselves, but I do know that, in leadership, leaders can inspire people to come into the process.
With Barack Obama, he's bringing millions of people who have never participated in this process before, and I think those are the people that are going to be able to bring health care to this country. Those are the people that are going to be able to protect our environment. Those are going to be the people who are going to save our public school system.