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.
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
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
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.