A House Divided
Two polar opposite candidates running for office, one nation in need of immediate transformation, and with just one open seat in the house, this could be one of the most important elections of our life. The presidential election is to take place on November 6th, 2012. News correspondents and newspapers throughout the nation have called this election “the most influential election to take place during our lifetime”. With the Republican and Democratic Parties promoted as the two forerunners, this election is sure to be one close race.
The current President and Vice-President of the United States, Barrack Obama and Joe Biden, represent the Democratic Party and will run against the Republican Party Candidates, Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan. Mitt Romney is the Former Governor of Massachusetts, and Paul Ryan is the United States Representative from Wisconsin. Although Obama and Romney are the two most talked about candidates throughout the press, they are not the only ones running in this upcoming Presidential Election. In the 2012 Presidential Election, Gary Johnson will represent the Libertarian Party, Virgil Goode will represent the Constitutional Party, and Jill Stein will represent the Green Party too.
This Election is important because it can either completely renew our nation, or cause an even greater decline. The primary focal point for this election are our foreign affairs, health care, and national security; however, the major issue for the November Election is our economy and national spending. Our economy is an important issue in this election because we have been left with a lot to recover from in order to redeem ourselves and thrive as a nation again. Our debt, the increase in unemployment, the demand for health care, and the decrease in college degrees is the result of a terrible economy.
When observing some of the current issues debated against between Barrack Obama and Mitt Romney, one should be able to identify the clear differences between the two candidates. Barrack Obama supports the Democratic Party. He believes in pro-choice when dealing with abortion, pro-legal immigration, and as for foreign affair, he plans to create a regional conference involving Iraq and Syria in order to find a resolution to the Iraqi Conflict. In order to fix his own health care problem, Obama plans to bring down private health costs in order to increase the demand for health care. He also recently signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act that will aid to create 3.5 million jobs and give tax reliefs to about 95% of Americans in the working class. Joe Biden will be Obama’s running mate again in this election. Going into the election, Obama needs to receive the same amount of votes he earned four years ago; therefore, it is important for his campaign that people still vote for him even if they were unpleased with his past term.
New to the presidential running is Mitt Romney, the Republican Party Candidate. Romney stands pro-life when dealing with abortion, pro-legal immigration, and believes that the government should cut taxes in order to increase economic growth. If Romney were to become the President of the United States he would initiate his “5 Bills for One Day” and “5 Executive Orders for One Day” on his first day of presidency. His “5 Bills for One Day” are the American Competitiveness Act, the Open Markets Act, the Domestic Energy Act, the Retraining Reform Act, and the Down Payment on Fiscal Sanity Act. Each of these acts deals with the different crises that the United States is currently facing to fight back from. The “5 Executive Orders for Day One” are the Order to Pave the Way to End Obama care, the Order to Cut Red Tape, the Order to Boost Domestic Energy Production, the Order to Sanction China for Unfair Trade Practices, and the Order to Empower American Businesses and Workers. Mitt Romney’s running mate in this election will be Paul Ryan.
Many freshmen on the campus of Elon University are registering to vote for the first time for the upcoming November 2012 Presidential Election. Between the students who have registered to vote, there are mixed feeling about this upcoming election. A group of students were asked the following questions relating to the election.
1. News reporters say that this is the most important election in you and your parent’s lifetime, do you believe they are correct when saying this? In response to this question, all the students believed the news reports when they said this was going to be an important election to vote in. They knew this was an important election due to the needed recovery in our economy, and our involvement in foreign affairs.
2. Why do you choose to vote in this election? In response to this question, many students felt that since they are of legal age to vote and were given the right to vote, so they should voice their opinion in the election. Many students also said that voting in the upcoming election would allow them to feel more like an adult.
3. Going into this election, what do you think is the biggest concern that we must change as a nation? In response to this question, the biggest concern among the freshman students at Elon University was our economy and spending money among the government, our foreign policy, and our national security.
4. Who are you going to vote for in the upcoming election and why? In response to this final question, the results were about even, but a little more than half of the students stated that they would vote for Mitt Romney. The students chose to vote more Mitt Romney over Barrack Obama because they were unimpressed with Obama’s presidency, they wanted change throughout the government, and they support his decisions to fix all that Obama couldn’t. The students who stated that they would vote for Barrack Obama over Romney choice Obama because of his stances on the social issues of abortion and gay-rights. These are just some of the students’ views at Elon University.
The Presidential Debates for the General Election begin this week. The first debate on October 3rd, 2012 will discuss the domestic policy between the two presidential candidates. The next debate on October 11th, 2012 will be between the two potential vice-presidents, Joe Biden and Paul Ryan, about our foreign and domestic policy. The debate on October 16th, 2012 will be between Obama and Romney where citizens can ask question regarding the foreign and domestic policy. Finally, the last debate on October 22nd, 2012 will be between Obama and Romney regarding our foreign policy.
With about one month left, it is crucial to determine which party you are going to register under, and which presidential candidate coincide to your beliefs and desires for the United States. One nation, one election, one president, and our future could be decided with your one vote; make sure your voice is heard and vote!
Interview with 6 freshman at Elon University
The Wall Street Journal Newspaper Article