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2012 Presidential Campaign


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Title: 2012 Presidential Campaign

2012 Presidential Campaign
  • Candidates
  • and Issues

Barack Obama
  • Born August 4, 1961
  • Married with 2 Children (ages 7 and 10)
  • Grew up in Hawaii, Indonesia, and New York City
  • Graduated from Columbia University in 1983
  • Earned Law Degree from Harvard University in 1991

Life in Chicago
  • Worked in Chicago as a community organizer
  • Practiced law as a civil rights attorney
  • Taught Constitutional Law at the University of
    Chicago Law School

Political Career
  • Elected to the Illinois State Senate in 1997
  • Elected to United States Senate in 2004 (with 70
    of the vote)
  • Elected President of the United States in 2008

Political Achievements - Senate
  • Required tax dollar spending to be posted on the
  • Has pushed for Ethics Reform legislation
  • Member of the Veterans Affairs Committee
  • Visited Russia to assist in WMD nonproliferation
  • Has promoted the use of alternative fuels to
    reduce dependence on foreign oil
  • Chairman of the Senate Subcommittee on European

Political Achievements - President
  • Signed the American Recovery and Reinvestment Act
    of 2009
  • Signed the Patient Protection and Affordable Care
    Act (aka ObamaCare)
  • Ended US military involvement in Iraq
  • Ordered the military operation that led to the
    killing of bin Laden
  • Became the first sitting president to publicly
    support same-sex marriage

Willard Mitt Romney
  • Born March 12, 1947 in Detroit, Michigan
  • Married with 5 children and 18 grandchildren
  • Grew up in Bloomfield Hills, MI and attended the
    Cranbrook School
  • Graduated from Brigham Young in 1971 and Harvard
    Law and Harvard Business Schools in 1975
  • Lives in Belmont, MA

Business Experience
  • Co-Founder of Bain Capital an investment
  • Built the company into one of the most successful
    in the country
  • Worth about 190 250 million
  • Has used the money he earned through his business
    to finance his political campaigns

Political Career Governor of Massachusetts
  • Eliminated a 3 billion deficit without raising
    taxes or borrowing money
  • Added new jobs and state unemployment rate
    dropped from 5.6 to 4.7
  • Focused on making it
  • easier for small
  • businesses to operate
  • in Massachusetts

Achievements 2002 Winter Olympics
  • Brought in to manage the 2002 Salt Lake City
    Olympic Games
  • Helped to set up security
  • for the athletes and
  • visitors following the
  • September 11 attacks
  • Trimmed the budget to
  • stop the event from
  • going bankrupt

Issues Who Do You Agree With?
  • The following slides introduce some of the major
    issues being discussed in the 2012 campaign
  • Use your chart to keep track of your opinions
    about the following issues
  • See which candidate you agree with most

  • Obama
  • Ended the Iraq War
  • Increase troops in Afghanistan
  • Approved use of U.S. air power to help rebels in
  • Supports cuts in funding for Army and Marine Corps
  • Romney
  • Endorses 2014 end to combat forces in Afghanistan
  • Supports increasing strength of armed forces
  • Supports additional 100 billion to the military
    budget in 2016

  • Obama
  • Approved the raid that killed bin Laden
  • Set policy to no longer use harsh interrogation
  • Increased use of unmanned drone strikes in
    Pakistan and Yemen
  • Romney
  • No constitutional rights for foreign terrorism
  • In 2007, refused to rule out waterboarding
    terrorist suspects
  • Does not consider waterboarding torture

  • Obama
  • Immigrants brought illegally into the US as
    children are exempt from deportation
  • Record number of illegal immigrants were deported
    during his first term in office
  • Romney
  • Favors US-Mexico border fence
  • Opposes education benefits to illegal immigrants
  • Establish immigration-status verification system
    and punish employers for hiring illegal immigrants

  • Obama
  • Signed laws letting people carry concealed
    weapons in National Parks and in checked bags on
    Amtrack trains
  • Voices support for renewed ban on assault-type
  • Romney
  • Opposes stricter gun control laws
  • Favors tougher enforcement of existing gun laws
  • Signed a ban on assault weapons in Massachusetts
    in 2004

Foreign Policy
  • Obama
  • Opposes near-term strike on Iran but wont rule
    it out in the future
  • Sought penalties against China for unfair trade
  • Chastised Israel for continuing to build new
    housing in near Palestinian border
  • Romney
  • Supports more aggressive stance against Iran
  • Pledges more military support to Israel
  • Has pushed for stronger sanctions against China
    for manipulating currency

  • Obama
  • Term marked by high unemployment
  • Responded to recession with a 800 billion dollar
    stimulus package
  • Proposes tax breaks for companies that create new
    jobs in the U.S. or bring jobs back from overseas
  • Romney
  • Supports lower taxes
  • Supports Balanced Budget Amendment
  • Replace jobless benefits with unemployment
    savings accounts

  • Obama
  • Has approved waivers freeing states from elements
    of No Child Left Behind
  • Created Race to the Top program to encourage
    educational reform
  • Romney
  • Supports accountability standards of No Child
    Left Behind
  • Believes the federal government should have less
    control over education

  • Obama
  • Ordered temporary stop to deep water drilling
    after BP oil spill
  • Supported historic increase in fuel consumption
    standards for cars
  • Spent heavily on developing green energy
  • Romney
  • Supports increased drilling for oil in the
    Pacific and Atlantic Oceans and Alaska
  • Supports increased permits for areas that have
    already been approved for drilling
  • Says green energy is not yet viable

Health Care
  • Obama
  • Achieved overhaul of U.S. health insurance
  • Cant deny coverage for pre-existing conditions
  • Tax credits to subsidize premiums
  • Small businesses get help for offering coverage
  • Moving toward universal coverage
  • Romney
  • Promises to fight for repeal of ObamaCare
  • Says states should be in charge of managing
    policy concerning the uninsured
  • Supports medical savings account plans

  • Romney
  • Drop tax rates for all income levels
  • Reduce top tax rate to 28 from 35
  • Eliminate capital gains tax for families making
    less than 200,000
  • Cut corporate tax rate to 25 from 35
  • Obama
  • Wants to raise taxes on the wealthy to at least
  • Supports continuing tax cuts for people making
    less than 200,000 (250,000 for couples)
  • Allow top tax brackets to go back to 39.6 and 36

Issues Who Do You Agree With?
  • Visit the following website to learn more about
    some of the main issues in this years campaign
  • Select the issues and positions you agree with
    the most
  • See which candidate you agree with most
  • Vote Smart Survey
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