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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 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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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.

Romney and Johnson Issue Comparisons

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