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The 57th United States presidential election has once again predictably narrowed down to only two realistic presidential candidates: the incumbent, President Barack Obama for the Democrats, and Gov. Mitt Romney, for the Republicans. Accordingly, we've compiled the most comprehensive database of their positions on all the topics and all the issues to assist you, the electorate, in casting your vote on November 6. Just scroll down below the introductions and click one of the 29 issues and 12 profile categories to compare the political stances and biographical data of 2012 Presidential Candidates.

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Conceded 2012 Republican Presidential Candidate

Former Speaker of the House
Newt Gingrich

The former Speaker of the House of Representatives was once one of the brightest stars of the Republican Party. Together with Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour, Gingrich masterminded the Contract with America campaign that saw the Republicans wresting control of the House from the Democrats for the first time in 40 years. He became the de facto head of the party and led the Republicans with a no-holds barred and bruising approach against the Clinton-led Democrats that at one stage, even saw the federal government shutting down. However, his abrasive style eventually saw him losing control of the House, and he resigned from his position as Speaker under threat of mutiny.

Yet, those who believe that Gingrich is a spent force and belongs to another era of partisan politics should do some quick rethinking, preferably with a calculator close by. In the one year period between 2009 to 2010, Gingrich raised a total of $32 million for his then undecided campaign; a figure which is more than ALL of his fellow Republican presidential aspirants - combined - managed to amass. The 67-year old may have burnt many bridges in Washington during his time there, but he remains one of the most recognizable Republican figures in the country, and in the absence of a nationally recognized Republican candidate (barring Romney and Palin), this may very well become a deciding factor.

The intellectual Gingrich, who has spent the majority of the past decade writing semi-historical works of fiction, is known as an out-of-the box thinker, and is perfectly capable of standing toe-to-toe with the cerebral President Obama. His grasps on most of the issues affecting the country is second to none, although, there are concerns that his position sometimes appears to shift in concert with prevailing public sentiments. He is also a very formidable opponent in a debate, a fact that many would willingly attest to. The thought of a debate involving Gingrich, fellow Republican Ron Paul and President Obama has left many salivating at the prospects.

However, Gingrich continues to be saddled with baggage involving his private life, and there is a fear that he will once again emerge as a divisive figure within the party and ruin the chances of Mitt Romney, who still remains the party’s most viable candidate to take on Obama.

2012 Republican Presidential Nominee

Former Governor of Massachusetts
Mitt Romney

Romney's profile and positions on the issues

Former Massachusetts Governor Willard Mitt Romney is a man who has it all. A vast personal fortune, a successful private career, a stint in public office, a perfect family life, a sharp mind, a charismatic personality, and, he is very easy on the eyes. Heck, even his name has a touch of stardust about it. And now, after his nomination as President by the Republican Party, the 65-year old Romney is about to crown his phenomenal career by capturing the highest office in the land, the office of the President of the United States of America.

However, it has not been an entirely smooth journey for the former bishop. Despite his appeal to the moderates and independents, Gov. Romney faced tremendous resistance from the GOP conservative base over the last five years.

There were strong concerns over his fundamental political ideology. His stewardship of the Massachusetts 2006 health care reform, which many charged was the progenitor of President Obama’s Affordable Care Act (ObamaCare), threatened to derail his candidacy earlier on. His critics also contend that his greatest strength, the ability to build a consensus from diverging factions, was also his greatest weakness. He appears to be intent on pleasing everyone, which lends an appearance of him being indecisive on the issues. These characteristics were used in devastating fashion in 2007/08 by Gov. Mike Huckabee, Senator Fred Thompson and Senator John McCain to derail Gov. Romney’s first campaign for the GOP nomination.

However, perhaps a better way to look at the quarter billion dollar man is through his own eyes, that of a financial investor. Mitt hedges his position across a broad portfolio, which, while preventing the chance of a mega payday, also drastically reduces the chances of a catastrophic loss. In other words, he doesn’t believe in putting all of his eggs in a single basket. Instead, the grandfather of fourteen is intent on keeping hypothetical baskets of varying sizes to hypothetically fit as wide a spectrum as possible of the hypothetical egg demographics.

Cognizant of this perceived vulnerability, Mitt has adopted a very organized and low-key strategy for the 2011/12 nomination cycle. He chose to skip all the straw polls and remain in the shadows of his rivals, only making a handful controlled media appearances. Gov. Romney clearly remembers how brightly his star shone in the 2008 race, and how quickly it faded as well. He revealed his hand only several times early in 2011.

Former advisor to President George W. Bush, and 2008 Republican nominee John McCain, Mark McKinnon, concurs, stating, "Romney is playing things very methodically and deliberatively. I think he understands the physics of this game very well now and is carefully calibrating his approach to 2012."

As it turned out, Gov. Romney’s strategy ultimately proved to be a brilliant one. After soaking the year-long criticisms and more importantly, the limited resources of his challengers, Mitt flexed his campaign muscle and ran away with the nomination with startling ease. Along the way, the Detroit-born Bay Stater also won over the conservative base, and stunningly, the support of almost all of his nomination rivals.

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Gingrich and Romney Issue Comparisons

   Abortion   Afghanistan   Budget   Business & Labor   Capital Punishment   China   Civil Liberties   Cuba   Economy   Education
   Energy   Environment   Foreign Affairs    Guantanamo   Gun Control   Health Care   Immigration   Iran   Iraq   Israel    Marijuana   
   Minimum Wage   National Security   North Korea     
   Poverty   Prescription Drugs    Same Sex       
   Social Security   Stem Cells   Taxes          

Gingrich vs Romney Profile Comparisons

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