Barack Obama vs. Mitt Romney

This is an unbiased comparison of the policies and positions of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, candidates from the Democratic and Republican parties respectively in the 2012 election for President of the United States. In most cases, their political positions are aligned with the typical liberal and conservative ideologies in the U.S.

RESULT: Barack Obama won the election.

For election results by state, jump to the 2012 Presidential Election Results section.

Current tally for popular and electoral votes:

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Political Party Democratic Republican
Alma Mater Occidental College, Columbia University (BA), Harvard Law School (JD) Stanford University, Brigham Young University (BA), Harvard University (MBA, JD)
Position on the Economy Repeal Bush tax cuts for households earning more than $250,000. Lower taxes on manufacturing industry. Stimulus spending and tax cuts to grow the economy (short term). Cut spending and raise taxes on wealthy to reduce deficit (long term). Make Bush tax cuts permanent. Lower corporate tax rate across the board to 25%. Cut taxes and regulations to encourage business. Cut "non-security discretionary [government] spending" by 5% to reduce deficit.
Position on Healthcare Signed the 2010 healthcare overhaul bill. Calls for patient protections like allowing coverage for pre-existing conditions, not letting insurers cancel policies when patients get sick, and requiring individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine. Created similar legislation in Mass. but believes it's not appropriate for all of USA and wants to repeal. Proposes encouraging individuals to purchase their own health insurance rather than via employers, and allowing insurance across state lines.
Position on Immigration Supports path to legalization for illegal immigrants that includes learning English & paying fines; toughen penalties for hiring illegal immigrants; voted for fence along Mexican border. Issued exec order to not deport certain undocumented immigrants Would make English the official language of the US and "turn off the magnets like tuition breaks or other breaks that draw people into this country illegally". In favor of promoting legal immigration.
Position on Iraq Opposed invasion from the beginning; opposed troop increase; ended military operations in Iraq(on previously negotiated Bush timeline). Made no effort to keep promise to exit in 2009. Troops moved to Afghanistan and Iranian border. Romney says that keeping the U.S. in Iraq is the best option for minimizing casualties and maintaining a democratic government in Iraq.
Position on Iran Engage in direct diplomacy; tighten economic sanctions with international cooperation; military option not off the table. Failed to deliver on 2008 campaign promise to meet with the Iranian president without preconditions. Tighten economic sanctions; Military option not off the table.
Position on Global Warming and Environment Supports a mandatory cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions. Delayed decision on northern leg of Keystone XL pipeline due to environmental concerns. Opposes cap and trade legislation. Supports Keystone XL pipeline. Exporting carbon emissions to China hurts US and planet. (Aug 2007), Humans contribute to world getting warmer. (Nov 2011), $20 billion package for energy research & new car technology
Position on Indefinite detention Publicly opposed but debate on Congressional floor revealed that his Administration asked for language excluding American citizens. Would have signed NDAA as is.
Position on Military Intervention Publicly opposed wars and intervention but has recently admitted to expanding Afghan conflict into Pakistan. Says Congressional approval not required if UN gives approval. Consult with lawyers on legality but believes President has the right to do what he believes makes the country safer.
Position on Gay rights Supports same-sex marriage; pushed Congress to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowing gays to serve openly in the military Opposes same-sex marriage; supports legal unions; supports Don't Ask, Don't Tell but favors gays serving openly in the military(Govwatch 1994), supported ENDA to ban anti-gay employer discrimination
Position on Abortion Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions. Opposes Roe v. Wade; believes states should be allowed to ban abortions., 1994: Supported abortion rights but personally opposed, No punishment for women who have partial birth abortions, change of heart in 2005 when preparing to run for President
Full name Barack Hussein Obama Willard Mitt Romney
Profession Lawyer, politician, author Businessman, politician, author
Place of Birth Honolulu, Hawaii Detroit, Michigan
Children Malia Ann (b July 4, 1998) and Natasha (known as Sasha) (b June 10, 2001) Tagg (b. 1970), Matt (b. 1971), Josh (b. 1975), Ben (b. 1978), Craig (b. 1981)
Spouse(s) Michelle Obama Ann Romney (m. 1969–present)
Website http://www.barackobama.com http://www.mittromney.com
Religion Christian (United Church of Christ) Christian (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a.k.a. Mormon)
Residence Washington, D.C. Belmont, Massachusetts
Running mate Joseph "Joe" Biden Paul Ryan
Date of Birth August 4,1961 March 12, 1947
Books Authored Dreams from My Father: A story of Race and Inheritance; and The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts of Reclaiming the American Dream. No Apology: The Case for American Greatness; and Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games

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Differences in Economic Policy

Tax Policy

Highlights of Mitt Romney's tax plan include:

In order to pay for these tax cuts, Romney has proposed eliminating certain tax deductions, such as mortgage interest deduction for second homes, state income tax deduction and state property tax deduction. Romney has also said he would look to the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development for budget cuts.[1]

Highlights of Barack Obama's tax policy include:

Stimulus Spending and Bailouts

As President, Barack Obama supported the bailouts for banks and other financial services firms like AIG, as well as the auto bailouts for GM and Chrysler. Romney opposed the auto bailouts and had proposed that the companies should have been allowed to file for bankruptcy.

Obama also passed a stimulus bill that included tax cuts as well as government spending, including programs like the "cash for clunkers" program. Romney opposes stimulus spending by the government because it adds to the deficit. Instead, he favors cutting taxes on individuals and businesses to stimulate growth.

Regulation

Obama believes the 2008 financial crisis was a result of excessive deregulation of the banking industry and that government regulation is needed for when markets fail[2]. But he has called for a review of regulations to eliminate ones that "don't make sense". Romney favors deregulation to foster a more business-friendly environment.[3]

Trade

Mortgage Modification and Housing Policy

Social Security

Healthcare Policy

Healthcare is a contentious issue in the 2012 election because of the 2010 Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (a.k.a. Obamacare). President Obama signed the bill into law and is a strong supporter of universal healthcare coverage. Several provisions of the plan, including the controversial mandate requiring individuals to buy health insurance, were modeled after the bill passed by Romney in Massachusetts when he was governor. However, Romney has said the bill is wrong at the federal level. Romney has promised to repeal the bill via an executive order if he gets elected president. Trying to differentiate between the Massachusetts law he signed and the federal law, Romney said:[4]

I would repeal Obamacare, if I were ever in a position to do so. My experience has taught me that states are where healthcare programs for the uninsured should be crafted, just as the Constitution provides. Obamacare is bad law, bad policy, and it is bad for America's families.

On Medicare

Obama favors a government-run Medicare program while Romney believes that the federal government does a poor job of running Medicare and has embraced Paul Ryan's plan of overhauling Medicare. Highlights of Ryan's plan include:

Supporters of the Republican plan say that the private sector is likely to administer health insurance better than the government does with Medicare. They also predict that seniors will benefit from increased competition in the marketplace, which will drive down costs and improve quality. Critics have argued that Ryan's plan would weaken Medicare because private insurers will cherry-pick customers and only provide insurance to the relatively healthy, leaving sicker, higher-cost patients in the Medicare pool. They also say that seniors may be too old or too ill to make informed choices and deal with problems (such as billing errors, pre-authorization requirements) that may arise with private insurance. Finally, critics believe that if the value of the voucher does not keep pace with the rising healthcare costs, then seniors will be unable to afford health insurance.

On Medicaid

Romney supports greater state control of the Medicaid program. The New York Times has argued that while Obama wants to greatly expand the number of people covered by Medicaid, Romney wants to greatly reduce the reach of the program.

The president envisions adding as many as 17 million people to the rolls by allowing everyone with incomes up to 133 percent of the poverty level to enroll, including many childless adults.
Mr. Romney and Mr. Ryan would take Medicaid in the opposite direction. They would push for the repeal of the health care law and replace the current Medicaid program with block grants, giving each state a lump sum and letting them decide eligibility and benefits. (Currently, the federal government sets minimum requirements, like covering all children under the poverty level, which some states surpass. It also provides unlimited matching funds.) The grants would grow at the rate of inflation, with adjustments for population growth.
As chairman of the House Budget Committee, Mr. Ryan has proposed cutting federal spending on Medicaid by $810 billion over 10 years, largely from repealing the health care law. Mr. Obama’s expansion plan, by contrast, would cost an additional $642 billion over the same period, according to the most recent estimate from the Congressional Budget Office.

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Social Issues

On Gay Rights

Marriage equality (aka Gay Marriage)

In the 2008 election, Obama's stand was that he supported civil unions and according gay couples all the legal rights that married couples had. However, he did not support same-sex marriage. In May 2012, he revised his stand and said that he supports the right of gay couples to get married.

Mitt Romney holds a more conservative position on the issue. He wants to enact federal legislation outlawing gay marriage.

Don't Ask, Don't Tell

President Obama repealed the military's Don't Ask, Don't Tell policy that prevented gays from serving openly in the military. Romney was not in favor of the repeal.

On Abortion

Obama supports Roe v. Wade while Romney has called for the landmark Supreme Court decision to be overturned. When contesting in Massachusetts elections (both for Governor in 2002 and for the U.S. Senate seat in 1994), Romney's position was different. He had said that while he was personally opposed to abortion on moral grounds, he agreed with the Supreme Court decision. He has said he had a change of heart in 2005.

When Obama was Illinois state senator, he opposed the Induced Infant Liability Act and repeatedly voted against requirements and restrictions intended to stop what opponents label "born alive" abortions. Obama said his opposition was because Illinois law already required medical care in such situations where the child is alive and because of technical language he felt might have "interfered with a woman's right to choose".

Obama voted against the Partial-Birth Abortion Ban Act, saying "On an issue like partial birth abortion, I strongly believe that the state can properly restrict late-term abortions. I have said so repeatedly. All I've said is we should have a provision to protect the health of the mother, and many of the bills that came before me didn't have that." Obama voted against a bill that would have made it a federal crime for anyone other than a parent to accompany a minor across state lines to obtain an abortion. Obama has, however, expressed support of bans on some late-term abortions, provided they include exemptions for the mental and physical health of the mother.

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On Immigration

Under President Obama's term, the Department of Homeland Security has carried out more deportations than the Bush administration. However, in June 2012, President Obama announced a shift in immigration policy via an executive order. The new policy would stop deportations of undocumented immigrants who were brought to the U.S. as children (under 16), have finished high school, have no criminal record and are under 30 years of age.[5]

The policy is similar to the DREAM Act but does not offer amnesty or a path to citizenship. It merely gives young immigrants a two-year work visa.

While voters approved of Obama's decision 2-to-1[6], Romney criticized it saying it was not a long-term solution because it was not a legislation but a Presidential executive order that could be overturned.[7]

Romney's stated policy during the Republican primaries was to allow undocumented immigrants to "self-deport" by making it impossible for them to find work. Romney has said he is in favor of legal immigration, including giving green cards to international students who graduate from U.S. colleges and have the skills that the U.S. needs.

Women's Rights

Education Policy

From the Washington Post reporting on the issues:

Obama has approved waivers to states for some of the most onerous requirements of the No Child Left Behind law. The Obama administration's Race to the Top competition has rewarded winning states with billions of dollars for pursuing education policies Obama supports. Won approval from Congress for a $10,000 college tax credit over four years and increases in Pell grants and other financial aid.
Mitt Romney supported the federal accountability standards of the No Child Left Behind law. He has said the student testing, charter-school incentives and teacher evaluation standards of Obama’s “Race to the Top” competition “make sense” although the federal government should have less control of education. Says increases in federal student aid encourage tuition to go up, too. Wants to see private lenders return to the federal student loan program.

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Gun Control

Civil Liberties and Homeland Security

Differences in Foreign Policy

In an interview with NPR's All Things Considered, Susan Glasser, editor-in-chief of Foreign Policy magazine said that policy specifics from the two candidates were not dramatically different. She added that:

There is, at heart, an assertion across all of Mitt Romney's critiques of Barack Obama in the course of this campaign on foreign policy that comes down to America can be a shaper of events and not merely a passive reactor. He equates shaping events with proving or disproving American decline.

In an article for the Washington Post, Jackson Diehl outlined several foreign policy differences between the two candidates.

Russia

Obama wants to strike a new deal with Vladi­mir Putin to significantly cut the U.S. and Russian nuclear stockpiles. In what he thought was a private aside, Obama told then-President Dmitry Medvedev that “after my election, I have more flexibility” on that, referring to compromises with Russia on U.S. and NATO plans for missile defense. In contrast, Romney strongly opposed Obama’s New Start treaty with Russia, which made a small reduction in nuclear warheads, and has promised to boost spending on missile defense.

Afghanistan

Both candidates support NATO’s plan to withdraw combat forces from Afghanistan by the end of 2014. While some analysts say this means Obama and Romney's views are similar, Diehl has conjectured that Obama is more likely to reduce combat troops there in 2013 while Romney is more likely to follow the advice of U.S. generals who will advocate that combat troops not be cut.

A notable highlight of Obama's strategy against Taliban and Al-Qaeda in Pakistan and Afghanistan is the use of drones. Although his administration claims the attacks are carefully targeted at major terrorists, they frequently kill civilians.[8]

Syria

President Obama is opposed to arming the rebel forces in Syria and has repeatedly rejected proposals that the United States help establish safe zones for civilians. On the other hand Romney has voiced support for arming the Syrian opposition.

Iran

Romney and Obama have both said that Iran must not get a nuclear weapon. Diehl has suggested that Obama

probably would use force only if Iran actually tried to build a bomb, while a Romney attack could be triggered if Iran were merely close to acquiring all the means for a weapon — which it is.

Israel-Palestine Conflict

Obama supports a two-state solution with statehood for Palestine. Romney has not indicated that Palestinian statehood is among his top priorities. He has also expressed pessimism about there ever being peace in the region, calling the possibility "unthinkable". [9]

Position on Iraq

Global Popularity

When Barack Obama was sworn in as President in 2009, he was immensely popular abroad. American popularity had waned during the Bush presidency but with Obama's election attitudes had begun to change. Expecting a major shift in foreign policy, the Nobel Peace Prize committee even chose Obama as the winner of the prize in 2009. However, his popularity abroad has decreased significantly since then.[10]

Mitt Romney made some blunders on his foreign tour just ahead of the London Olympics when he made remarks about the under-preparedness of the city for the Olympics. This did not go over very well in the U.K. His fared better during his visit to Israel, whose Prime Minister Binyamin Netanyahu has had a tenuous relationship with Obama.

Energy Policy

The Obama administration has supported clean energy projects, some of which have failed like Solandra. He has postponed the final decision on the Keystone XL extension, the northern leg of the Keystone pipeline, until an environmental review is completed.[11] In the aftermath of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico in 2010, the Obama administration forced BP to create a $20 billion spill response fund, announced a moratorium on permits for new offshore oil wells and ended the policy of granting environmental waivers to oil companies. However, these announcements did not prevent new permits from being issued.[12][13] Read more about Obama's energy policy.

Mitt Romney announced his energy policy in August 2012 and proposed giving states the power to determine whether drilling and mining should occur on federal lands within their borders. Romney’s policy also calls for opening more offshore drilling options, including off the coast of Virginia and the Carolinas.[14] He is in favor of the Keystone XL pipeline. Read more about Mitt Romney's energy policy.

Impact

A recent Congressional Budget Office report suggested that opening nearly all federal lands to drilling would yield just $7 billion in government revenue over the next decade—a vast difference from "trillions of dollars" estimated by the Romney campaign. Asked about the disparity, Oren Cass, Romney's domestic policy director, said the campaign was including revenues from both onshore and offshore drilling on federal lands and suggested the CBO had produced lower numbers by not including lease payments, royalties and taxes certain to be earned in coming "years and decades."[15]

Oil companies

Romney has been criticized for favoring large oil and gas companies in his policies after they donated to his campaign.

Environmental Policy

Debates

All Presidential debates begin at 9:00pm Eastern time (6pm Pacific).

First Debate

The first presidential debate was held on October 3, 2012 at the University of Denver and was moderated by Jim Lehrer. Most analysts and viewers were of the opinion that Romney won the debate.[16][17][18]

An analysis of the claims made during the debate is available on factcheck.org.

Here's the full debate video:

Ahead of the debate, the Wall Street Journal published on Facebook this analysis contrasting the positions of the two candidates:

Contrasting the positions of Obama and Romney (via WSKJ)

Second Debate

The second debate was held on October 16, 2012 at Hofstra University in Hempstead, New York. It was a town-hall style debate where ordinary people will ask questions to the two candidates. It was a tense debate and the exchange became testy on several occasions, with both candidates being aggressive and attacking each other's record and policies. The full video is presented below and analysis of the debate can be found here, here and here.

Fact Checking for the Second Debate

Several organizations published analyses after the debate fact-checking the claims made by the two candidates, including:

Third Debate

The third and final presidential debate was held on October 22 at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida. Although billed as a foreign policy debate, the discussion often veered into domestic issues such as the economy and education. The debate was moderated by Bob Schieffer. Here's the full video of the final debate:

Recent News

Chances of winning

The key battleground states are Florida, Virginia, Colorado, Nevada, Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa and New Hampshire. Three weeks before the election, John Cassidy analyzed the opinion polls and dissected them state-wise to determine the probability of Obama winning another term:

For the sake of argument, let’s assume Romney carries Florida and Virginia. According to my map, that would leave him with 248 votes, still twenty-two short of victory. If he also wins Colorado and New Hampshire, both of which I have listed as toss-ups, he would get to 261 votes, leaving him needing nine more to reach 270. That means he would have to win Ohio or Wisconsin, or Iowa and Nevada. The good news for Democrats is that Obama appears to be holding onto his leads in all four of these states. That’s his firewall.

Opinion Polls

Opinion polls show Obama and Romney in a statistical dead heat the week before the election, with Obama holding a minor lead in swing states according to most polls, but well within the margin of error. BBC News has a great poll tracker that visually plots the various opinion poll results over time.

Prediction markets

These charts show the chances for Obama and Romney in the 2012 presidential election, as predicted by the market on Intrade.com.[19][20] While opinion polls showed a dead heat, the prediction markets almost always gave Obama a more than even chance of winning. By election day, his chance of winning as predicted by Intrade prices, was close to 2 in 3.

Charts showing the chances for Obama and Romney in the 2012 presidential election, as predicted by the market on Intrade.com

Nomination Acceptance Speeches

Other notable speeches included Clint Eastwood at the Republican National Convention and Bill Clinton at the Democratic National Convention.

Books Authored

Obama vs Romney Presidential Election Results

CNN has called the election for Barack Obama. The results will be updated in this section as they are announced. The map can also be seen here on the New York Times or here on BBC News.

Summary of 2012 Presidential Election Results

StateElectoral VotesWinner
Alabama9Mitt Romney
Alaska3Mitt Romney
Arizona11Mitt Romney
Arkansas6 Mitt Romney
California55Barack Obama
Colorado9Barack Obama
Connecticut7Barack Obama
Delaware3Barack Obama
Washington, D.C.3Barack Obama
Florida29Barack Obama
Georgia16Mitt Romney
Hawaii4Barack Obama
Idaho4Mitt Romney
Illinois20Barack Obama
Indiana11Mitt Romney
Iowa6Barack Obama
Kansas6Mitt Romney
Kentucky8Mitt Romney
Louisiana8Mitt Romney
Maine4Barack Obama
Maryland10Barack Obama
Massachusetts11Barack Obama
Michigan16Barack Obama
Minnesota10Barack Obama
Mississippi6Mitt Romney
Missouri10Mitt Romney
Montana3Mitt Romney
Nebraska5Mitt Romney
Nevada6Barack Obama
New Hampshire4Barack Obama
New Jersey14Barack Obama
New Mexico5Barack Obama
New York29Barack Obama
North Carolina15Mitt Romney
North Dakota3Mitt Romney
Ohio18Barack Obama
Oklahoma7Mitt Romney
Oregon7Barack Obama
Pennsylvania20Barack Obama
Rhode Island4Barack Obama
South Carolina9Mitt Romney
South Dakota3Mitt Romney
Tennessee11Mitt Romney
Texas38Mitt Romney
Utah6Mitt Romney
Vermont3Barack Obama
Virginia13Barack Obama
Washington12Barack Obama
West Virginia5Mitt Romney
Wisconsin10Barack Obama
Wyoming3Mitt Romney

Election Results in swing states

StateElectoral VotesWinnerVotes
Arizona11Mitt RomneyTBA
Colorado9Barack ObamaTBA
Florida29Barack ObamaTBA
Iowa6Barack ObamaTBA
Michigan16Barack ObamaTBA
Missouri10Mitt RomneyTBA
Nevada6Barack ObamaTBA
New Hampshire4Barack ObamaTBA
New Mexico5Barack ObamaTBA
North Carolina15Mitt RomneyTBA
Ohio18Barack ObamaTBA
Pennsylvania19Barack ObamaTBA
Virginia13Barack ObamaTBA
Wisconsin10Barack ObamaTBA

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December 21, 2013, 3:59am

There is a fault in the religion listed for Mitt Romney, Mormonism is not Christianity its a whole different religion. Mormonism is as much Christianity as Christianity is Judaism, its not. I doubt the author is gonna read this but if anyone knows how to fix it please do. It might seem trivial to most but if you can't even get that fact straight it makes me doubt the legitimacy of this whole article.

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November 13, 2013, 4:53pm

we have more important stuff,like what Miley will twerking about next and who taylor swift's next hit will be about

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November 13, 2013, 4:51pm

We dont need to fight,lets all just watch Doctor Who and be happy!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

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November 17, 2012, 4:34pm

romney doesn't lie. obama is the one that lies.

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November 12, 2012, 4:44pm

Donna Schaffer Tsiros That is not so. I am a scientist whose name was placed on the list of those opposing man made global warming. I am a geologist and I have studied paleo-climate throughout the paleozoic, some 600 million years of earth's history to the present. The climate warms and cools whether, sorry no pun intended, man is here or not. One volcanic event will vastly overshadow 200 years of industrialized CO2. We often think more of our effects than necessary. CO2 is no problem if the oceans are kept healthy. CO2 will cause a greening of the planet. Actually water vapor is the most important greenhouse gas in our atmosphere. Still we should not pollute with chemicals or nuclear waste. We should manage population expanse unless we terra-form other planets. We should be careful with food. Simple stuff.

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November 12, 2012, 4:23pm

American's, I am included in that subset, are trusting, kind, generous and because of the listed characteristics usually gullible. I am very gullible and want to see the good in people. I always try to look at things from others perspective to understand “where they are coming from.” These are personality flaws, but good ones. The problem is we as a society can easily be manipulated and taken advantage of especially when we are appealed to on a personal level. Clinton knows this well and so doesn’t newly re-elected President Obama. We have all been warned to be vigilant by our founding fathers. This warning was not given lightly I am sure. Every one of the people in this country have roots that have been somewhere along the lines have led to a people that have been in bondage, oppressed, enslaved, or made subject to tyranny. That is why most of us are here. Even the native peoples have been victimized, badly victimized. Many blacks were forced to this land too. Put in bondage and sold by fellow blacks to Muslims and European slave traders, then sold to some Americans. Many Englishmen were sold in bondage in order to pay passage to this world. The point is we are here now, and it is the now that matters most. It is, and I hope, the fact that we are Americans that counts. The country is a melting pot. We are integrated. Even our president is of mixed origin and background. To make the argument of us versus them is destructive on many levels. It is debilitating our society. The truth be known, race is no longer a barrier, it is poverty. Poverty can be overcome in many ways: hard work, education, personal industry, and luck. Many poor people have overcome poverty. It was done before and it is being done as I write to you. What cannot easily be gained back are our fundamental rights, representation, and ownership of self. I fear, and I do not use the word fear gently, that these rights and the way we look at ourselves are in great peril. We have always thought of ourselves as a nation of people that controls the edicts of government. That view of ourselves is changing. We are becoming a nation of subjects, owned and controlled by the state. Isn’t it the state that provides for almost the majority? Isn’t it the state that is ransoming our Constitutional Rights on the global stage? When you sell yourself, as any prostitute will tell you; you lose more than your dignity; you lose your personage (view of yourself or self-ownership); you lose your identity. Is it no wonder that we are divided? Are we losing our way? Who are the grabbers of power in our government and if you know them then you will know the enemy of freedom.

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November 8, 2012, 10:16am

Most people will not remember Mr. Romney in a few months and it is comforting to know that both he and Ann can spend quality time with their family now. Thank you both for being such nice people and for the hope you brought to us. May God bless you both and protect you.

We'll our nation made it's choice and I am quite relived that the nice guy is not going to have to take the blame for our incoming fall from grace, things are getting ready to get really ugly in our country. These are going to be VERY difficult times ahead but we deserve it, payment for our mistakes is long overdue and the tax man commeth. I cannot stress enough the importance of staying close to your families during these trying times and if you are a person of faith, perhaps it might be a good time to sit down and have a good talk with God. Safe travels.

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November 7, 2012, 3:06am

I personally am a republican. But I do believe in contraception, only because what if you were raped.. Do you really want to be carrying around a child you didn't want? Every time you would see that child you would think of that experience anyone would do many things to forget and erase from the past. Besides that point, I'm completely for Mitt Romney. I believe he has had more experience with money and is more reliable, considering what I know. Some say that Obama has more respect for women.. But how? I don't see how in any way Obama is better than Romney. Additionally, I think that on the topic of Iraq, it IS best to keep the country in Iraq to keep casualties down to a minimum. Taxes are another important topic, again I'm not torn. Romney is our best bet to save the country. The unemployment rate is extremely low and I think that Obama doesn't focus enough on that. To conclude my opinions, many say 4 years isn't enough to fix the mess Bush started. But wouldn't you think that it's enough time to at least BEGIN to repair? TEAM ROMNEY. Republican, 15 years old, CT

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November 6, 2012, 9:20pm

hey the choice is easy, want to pay more taxes and have the rich take it all with big tax breaks, or watch the middle class grow? Want to save medicare, medicaid, Social Security, and other programs that make life easier.......and enjoy freedom of choice for women and equal pay for women.....
BETTER VOTE OBAMA Obama 2012 Obama 2012 Obama 2012
(the other guy lies constantly)

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November 6, 2012, 8:01pm

I believe Obama can do this.

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November 6, 2012, 7:41pm

Trying to choose between Obama and Romney is like trying to decide whether to cut off your left hand or right hand. I agree with Obama on most issues (mainly social ones), but I agree with Romney on a couple of really big issues as well. I'm stumped. The fact that news media and social media is so liberally biased doesn't help at all. This is a lose-lose situation really. We need a leader who is more open to compromise. I'm tired of all the fighting between Republicans and Democrats, it just makes them seem like petulant children. Stop blaming the state of America on each other. Both of you are at fault & neither of you are completely right.

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November 5, 2012, 10:13pm

I vote Mitt Romney because I was thinking when he raise tax for rich people, He will get money for the country and Obama had already been a President so.. and Anyway I voted Obama 4 years ago

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November 5, 2012, 2:01pm

I feel like we have a two sucky choices for our president. Neither one seem to have any thing good to offer really. I think Romney is a liar and obama doesn't keep his word does what he says he's gonna do. One of the things that I see that doesn't seem rightis that when it comes to Immigrants none of them seem to support it.im not a immigrant but when people try to send off people who work their asses off just to get paid a little it's pretty pathetic that they are trying to send them away. I believe that Mexicans work harder the anyone. I think if a Mexican has a job then they should be okay to stay here If they don't then yeah. They should send them off. But that was just something I felt like was wrong about Romney but that's the only reason why I would vote Obama bc he is being understanding.

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November 2, 2012, 4:00pm

haaa obama rules

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November 2, 2012, 3:16pm

vote obama. romney sucks. just because hes the poster child for the NRA doesn't mean he is god. calm down republicans and open your eyes.

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November 2, 2012, 3:13pm

God should be important in our lives, but we have a choice...
OBAMA 2012 ................go vote

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November 2, 2012, 6:00am

Though many look to the 2012 presidential election as the means whereby America's problems will be solved or made worse, and multitudes will rejoice or despair depending on how their chosen presidential candidate does in the election, America's ultimate problem is with the God of the Universe who has been for the most part rejected by the American people, and whose ways have been departed from to a continuously increasing degree. It has been said that if God spares America from judgment He would owe Sodom and Gomorra an apology. Since God can't be unjust then it is a sure thing He won't spare America from judgment if it continues to resemble Sodom and Gomorra. Sodom and Gomorra are cities which God destroyed and whose inhabitants He killed in the book of Genesis Chapter 19 for their sexual immorality. The deeper causes of the immorality God destroyed them for was their pride, gluttony, laziness, and their disregard for the poor and the needy (Ezekiel 16:49-50 in the Bible shows this). It was this giving themselves over to serving the immediate gratification of the senses and disregarding anything that interfered with that gratification which led to the evil environment Sodom was eventually overthrown for. The description above obviously applies to modern America very well also. America has also given itself over to the mentality that led to Sodom's destruction. And as in Sodom and Gomorra, sexual sin and many sins closely related to it are abundant as well. Moreover the corruption of America pours over into the rest of the world because of its great influence, which is a serious matter! What does it take to get the message that the God of heaven whose authority we are obligated to honor, and whose commandments and ways we are therefore obligated to keep, has a controversy with this nation and its inhabitants who harden their hearts against Him? A controversy which no person or group of people will ultimately prevail against Him in. Those who refuse to bow before their Creator to walk in His ways and depart from what is evil in His eyes will not be able to find mercy on the day of judgment. When the world is shaken it's right to take it as a wake-up call to get our hearts right and flee from the evil ways and deeds of the world which now have so increased in this nation that it is ripe to be made an example to the rest of the world as well as a mild preview of the terror of the great judgment to come, especially of the terrorthe wicked will face when sentenced to the fire of hell without remedy. We can now find mercy and be pardoned before God as individuals because Jesus Christ the Son of God and King of the Universe has died for sinners, taking the sins of the world upon himself on the cross. Through his death and resurrection all who repent and submit to his righteous authority can be pardoned and made clean before God by him. Yet Christ's death and resurrection cannot help anyone who won't in the present bow to his authority as the true God and forsake the sin which put him on the cross. Turning to Christ may not save you from having to suffer like others when America is judged as a nation nor will it keep anyone from trials in this world, yet it will mean having the Lord on your side in the midst of God's judgment on this nation and other hardships in life- and most importantly will make those who are on Christ's side ready to stand before God in His glory on the ultimate day of judgment. “Righteousness exalteth a nation: but sin is a reproach to any people.” (Proverbs 14:34) “Or despisest thou the riches of his goodness and forbearance and longsuffering; not knowing that the goodness of God leadeth thee to repentance? But after thy hardness and impenitent heart treasurest up unto thyself wrath against the day of wrath and revelation of the righteous judgment of God; Who will render to every man according to his deeds” (Romans 2:4-6) “And turning the cities of Sodom and Gomorrha into ashes condemned them with an overthrow, making them an ensample unto those that after should live ungodly” (2 Peter 2:6)

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November 1, 2012, 11:59pm

To 74.✗.✗.89: This information is current.

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November 1, 2012, 9:54pm

Hi there. Does anybody know how up-to-date this article is? I havent read the whole thing yet, but I'm writing about the issues in our country and how they will be fixed for school. Thanks!

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October 31, 2012, 9:57pm

I like Obamas tax code for people making less than 250,000 dollars an the buffett rule and I like the tax code that Romney is laying forward with 25% business taxes, but when it comes down to the issue of the economy and the deficite I have to go for someone that has a business experiece versus being a lawyer. Romney has a positive record with business (be it bad business era or not). I have to vote for the person that supports a strong America through business and not on promises because like my mother always used to tell me: words are cheap. I believe the best way for someone to know what is going to happen is to look at the past to know the future. So I got to vote for Romney. He may come off cold, but being president should not be a popularity vote it should be who is the best for our nation not who is best for you as an individual.

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October 31, 2012, 9:12pm

I have a serious question. If Obama is 50% Black and 50% White, then why is he referred to as Black? How should he be referred to? Multiracial or mixed-race? Mullato? Would it not be just as proper to refer to him as white as well?

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October 31, 2012, 7:48pm

looking at some othese comments, I cannot believe how rude, offensive, and uneducated some people are. Everyone is entitled to their opinion, but you shouldn't diss other people for theirs. Just because someone is voting for a cartain presidential candidate does not mean that they are stupid or uneducated. I find it hard to tolerate people who post comments containing profanity and/or hateful words, as well as comments that display arguments for one candidate or another that are based off of opinion and are irrational. Please, get educated before you start taking sides.

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October 30, 2012, 7:51pm

My first assumption is Merits in the interest of the country should prevail:

I think Romney is far better choice over Obama, and here are the reasons (to be honest, had I been at Obama's place, I would not have contested the elections as Romney, a better candidate than Obama, in the interest of the country contests the elections.. Because the better should go for serving the country, but I regret of not being qualified to do so):

(1) Those who say that Romney has claimed about reducing debt in next 8 years, but blaming Obama for not doing effectively in four years is not a good thing.. I agree as the time is not sufficient, but there has to be the efforts in that direction, that Obama fails and that's what Romney criticizes.. People miss that.

(2) For those who think Romney only cares about the rich: He donates 30% of his income to charity!!! He certainly does not donate that to the rich, nor does he have a condition that they need to pay taxes or not be on medicare. Wake up and realize that there are actually rich people that do care about the poor. Don't lie to yourselves and think that Romney has no concern for the general public.

(3) BTW, Obama didn't "put himself" through school. He got grants and "scholarships." He didn't work at the dorm cafeteria (like I did) or at the dorm front desk (like my husband did). He didn't graduate with thousands of dollars of student loans (like both of us did). Obama has had everything handed to him on a silver platter; he knows nothing of how hard many of us have worked. He just wants to take from the hard-working and give to his cronies (Solyndra) and supporters.

(4) When Obama in every debate got a chance to explain his policy and the same done by Romney, Romney has a clear perception... Obama knows that he cannot stand ahead of that so in turn, he used to find faults in Romeny's speech... WTF.. Is this kind of job the president is supposed to do? Okay, I buy that Obama is right in finding his faults (even though I knew he wasn't) but then assume that Romney is culprit and don't pay attention to what Romney says.. But what about Mr. Obama, when he is supposed to lead the country... When Romney shall not exist, Obama shall not have anything to do because he has no clear objective or perception but just to find the faults in Romney,,, and this is what it hurts me..

(5) I strongly believe that Obama doesn't contest the elections to serve a country, but he does so for his luxury, so he can stay in the White house for next term... If Obama were asked to serve the country living in a hut, he would not contest the elections.. do his NARCO or lie detector test and the truth will come out...

(6) Obama is a smart liar... He plays with the emotions of the people... When he argued in the last elections that "he loved the people of the country more than we can imagine" and he was elected.. Because, people felt that he would do something for the country... But I could not feel so in the last 4 years..

I am not saying that Romney is god, he is having some problems within himself.. But he stand thousand times a better choice than Obama, I personally believe so..

Thanks.

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October 30, 2012, 7:35pm

Obama came into presidency after George Bush (enough said), Obama had a lot of issues on his plate to figure out. Obama is dealing with the WHOLE United States, I am surprised people can be so selfish to expect this man to change the world in 4 years. I personally do not believe Obama was given a chance to show what he really can do for our country since he was still trying to mend all of Bush's mistakes. I support this man, and think he deserves a second chance. I think Obama is doing the very best he can, he is only human.

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October 30, 2012, 4:33pm

Nah Neither of them...
Vote for pedro!!! \^.^/

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October 29, 2012, 12:49pm

"I have a wonder as to where some of you learned your math. Specifically those of you who continue to say that Obama "doubled" our debt. The total outstanding debt on January 20, 2009 (the day of Obama's inauguration) was $10.6 trillion. Today, it's around $16.2 trillion. That's a difference of $5.6 trillion, which is a little more than half of what it was, not double. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, however if you want your opinion to be taken seriously, then you may want to get your facts straight."

To the person that has wrote this comment you are not getting the point, we are still $5.6 trillion more in debt.

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October 29, 2012, 5:26am

I am ashamed to see all the Obama supporters on this site. What did +5trillion in government debt get us? were I live there are no jobs all my freinds I graduated with in 09 are either still living with there parents, living on the street, or in jail for trying to steal money. Were I live there is no hope things continue to get worse. I agree no one can fix what we got into over night but after 4 years there should be signs that things are getting better, here there are none. I dont give a damn about politics, it can go to hell for all I care. If you remember obama pushed the economy aside for 2 years getting Obamacare passed. I seriously could care less if I ever get health coverage because if I dont get a job I wont live long enough to ever need it. I hope you all enjoy your celebrations when Obama is reelected, I will NOT be joining you, your ignorance disgusts me.

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October 28, 2012, 11:32pm

I have a wonder as to where some of you learned your math. Specifically those of you who continue to say that Obama "doubled" our debt. The total outstanding debt on January 20, 2009 (the day of Obama's inauguration) was $10.6 trillion. Today, it's around $16.2 trillion. That's a difference of $5.6 trillion, which is a little more than half of what it was, not double. Everyone is entitled to an opinion, however if you want your opinion to be taken seriously, then you may want to get your facts straight.

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October 28, 2012, 6:12pm

This is how Obama's mind works...“If you don't have any fresh ideas, then you use stale tactics to scare voters. If you don't have a record to run on, then you paint your opponent as someone people should run from. You make a big election about small things.” -- Barack Obama, 2008

Obama has a very dismal four year resume as President. He and his administration denied help to four men who lost their lives. He referred to them as "bumps in the road" and "optimal". Then he flew to Vegas to party. He is NOT a good representative of America.

I'm curious as to why he had all his records sealed. Would the release of his transcripts show he was a foreign student? Would they reveal why his law license was revoked?

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October 27, 2012, 5:06pm

Vote Ron Paul, the other two are worthless...

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October 27, 2012, 6:46am

If you watch the presidential debates, Romney obviously is much less respectable than Obama. Romney always interrupts EVERYONE! I want someone who will actually listen to me. I feel Obama will listen to me. Of course, I realize my issues are not going to be taken care of overnight. Many people I see commenting don't understand the idea of making a decision for the LONG-TERM. Haven't you heard of the saying: "Things will get worse before they get better"? This is exactly so. How do you think Romney would've handled war and recession? And furthermore, I find it funny how Romney always talks about how well his state is doing. I understand policies he has put into place work, but that is for a smaller number of people. Many people will be more alike in a state rather than in a country. I don't care about what he has done, I want to know what he WILL do. Romney has a hard time explaining that in detail, making things he says sketchy. Overall, Obama is the one who will continue to lead America in the right direction. Obama 2012!

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October 26, 2012, 8:37pm

Sununu is an idiot leading a liar's campaign.
Trump is ridiculous, the sec. of state of Hawaii released Barack Obama's birth cert. a long time ago, there are no dirty secrets!
Republicans just lie and lie and lie and lie some more, the unknowing and the willing are easily led. So those that choose to believe are being dumb downed......

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October 26, 2012, 3:30pm

they both suck.

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October 26, 2012, 3:39am

Romney is a liar, he can't do any of that.
Obama 2012.
Also, go Giants!

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October 25, 2012, 10:09pm

I agree with the person below who wrote: I chuckle at the attempt to criticize one's wealth and to utilize that as a reason for not electing a candidate. The fact that Romney became so wealthy is a plus. He ran many successful businesses and he will try to balance our budget. Obama, instead of minimizing our debt, doubled it. You cannot blame that on his predecessor. VOTE ROMNEY!

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October 25, 2012, 9:50pm

romney

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October 25, 2012, 7:37pm

Obama has already screwed up this country enough and this is only his first term. He promises 'hope' for americans but i havnt seen it yet. I say get Obama out of office before he can even more harm.

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October 25, 2012, 6:27pm

Obama talks a big game, but once he gets into office he doesn't do anything. It's time to get someone in office who will actually do something besides just take vacations. GET OBAMA OUT!

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October 24, 2012, 4:07pm

# OBAMA. 2 Terms!!!!!

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October 24, 2012, 3:15pm

letssss go romney hes better hes more calm and he will do alot better things for this country oh well obama killed osama he didnt do it the troops did

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