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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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2012 Democratic Presidential Nominee

Current President of the United States
Barack Obama

Obama's profile and positions on the issues

The Barack Obama juggernaut swept into office in 2008 under the banner of change and unity, two rallying cries that reinvigorated the blasé and jaded section of the electorate. He was armed with a war chest of the likes never seen before, accompanied by an army of politically outspoken glitterati and aided ultimately, by a waning George W. Bush, his predecessor.

It would be unfair though to solely credit Obama’s ascension to the highest office in the land to merely external factors. Obama is exceptionally intelligent, articulate and possesses an old-school, hands-on approach to politics that harkens back to the days of Strom Thurmond, or even, the more contemporary Rudy Giuliani – albeit with infinitely more panache.

However, as the euphoria of his victory began to steadily die down, the 51-year old has had to deal with a growing number of issues that have taken the shine of his presidency. Questions about his controversial Affordable Care Act, the stagnant national unemployment rate, his perceived big-government approach, the Birther accusations (which many felt carried unpleasant racial undertones), allegations of ties with radical socialist elements, and more recently, the debt ceiling battle in the Capitol, have seen his stock plummet.

His supporters, nevertheless, claim that most of the issues that are weighing him down were inherited from the previous administration, and Obama is merely cleaning up the mess; two unpaid wars, the worst economic depression in 80 years, a broken national health care system, the battered international reputation of the United States, and a horrific job market crash, were just some of the issues he had to contend with.

They are quick to highlight his success in hunting down Osama bin Laden, his job-creation numbers (which have already overtaken the Bush administration’s eight-year tally), the recovery of the Detroit automotive industry as a result of his bailout plan, the withdrawal of American forces from Afghanistan and Iraq, the effective military approach in aiding three successful African revolution – all proof of President Obama’s effective policies.

However, the biggest question among his detractors is whether President Obama is capable of charting his own course and holding the country to it. His concessionary approach is gradually being interpreted as a symbol of his indecisiveness and lack of conviction - which under the present socio-economic conditions and the Republican-dominated Congress, is threatening to consign the nation into a rudderless second term of his presidency. Furthermore, the more liberal section of his support base is increasingly dismayed by his apparent shift to the center, which is seen by many as a capitulation in the face of a sustained conservative onslaught. There are growing calls for him to stand his ground and to fight for the cause of the people that elected him.

The President's Plan

President Barack Obama's Inaugural Address

President Obama's Starring Role at the 2012 White House Correspondents' Association Dinner

2012 Libertarian Presidential Nominee

Former Governor of New Mexico
Gary Johnson

Johnson's profile and positions on the issues

Gary Earl Johnson, the former two-term Governor of New Mexico, declared his entry into the Republican nomination race for the 2012 Presidential Election on April 21, 2011. He subsequently announced his intention to seek the Libertarian nomination on December 28, 2011, citing the need to bring the Libertarian voice back into the election process. Pundits, however, speculate that the decision was probably made in response to him being sidelined by the GOP leadership throughout the 2011 campaign season.

The 58-year old, a renowned triathlete and construction company owner, known for his strong Libertarian inclination, is an enigma to the party’s grassroots. The practical and conservative approach he advocates during his days as the Governor of New Mexico contrasts strongly with his more recent comments, which has grown increasingly 'Ron-Paulish' in recent years. However, Johnson remains one of the few GOP gubernatorial qualified success stories in recent years, and therein lies his appeal with the party cadres and grassroots.

His entry into politics was a low-key affair, driven mainly by a core of loyal backers. The then inexperienced Johnson was hardly given a chance in the run up to the New Mexico gubernatorial race in 1994, especially after being rebuffed by the state Republican Party who ‘suggested’ that he should instead seek a seat at the State Legislature first .

However, his doggedness saw him scrapping past his Republican challenger in primary, Richard P. Cheney, by a mere 1%, winning 34% of the ballots. The win was all the more impressive considering his campaign was funded almost entirely from the $500,000 he himself contributed to the campaign. However, with the Republican Party machinery firmly behind him in the actual election, Johnson soundly, although very surprisingly, defeated the incumbent Governor, Democrat Bruce King, by an impressive 50% to 40%. He repeated the feat four years later by triumphing over Democrat Albert Chavez by another comprehensive 55% to 45% margin to win the reelection – a particularly impressive feat in a state with a 40% Latin population.

His time in New Mexico was typified by his aggressive cost cutting measures aimed at eliminating the state’s budget deficit and spending growth. Johnson, armed with the lessons learnt building his construction firm, was known to be a decisive, yet collaborative operator whose is most often remembered as the Governor who never increased taxes during his tenure as Governor of New Mexico.

Obama and Johnson Issue Comparisons

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Obama vs Johnson Profile Comparisons

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