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.
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
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
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.
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.