Obama or Romney?

By on November 6, 2012
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The upcoming 2012 presidential election will take place Tuesday, November 6, 2012 and its result is going to have serious effects on the direction of the country.

Who’s the next president? Obama or Romney?

The election consists of five registered candidates, but the majority of the media’s focus has been on President Obama and Mitt Romney, the Republican nominee.

“Well, it’s obvious why Democrats and Republicans get all the attention,” said Michelle Mayer, a senior criminal justice student. “These parties have the most money in the system, and everyone kind of assumes that [the winner] will be one of these candidates.”

During the past few months, each presidential candidate has toured the country, vying for votes, participated in a series of debates, and released television ads in efforts to show each others’ weaknesses.

One television ad released in New Hampshire by the Romney campaign quotes President Obama stating in the 2008 presidential race, “If we keep talking about the economy, we’re going to lose.”

However, the first part of the sentence was cut out of the clip, in which he said, “A John McCain political advisor said…”

President Obama was actually saying the exact opposite from what the Romney campaign made him appear to say.

“I typically try not to pay attention to all the TV ads nowadays. There’s always more to it than what a 30-second clip can show you,” says Mayer.

During a speech this past July, President Obama said, “Most people agree that we should not raise taxes on middle class families or small businesses, not when so many people are just trying to get by.”

Governor Romney’s senior advisor, Ed Gillespie, said that the president’s comments were right, but he is hiding the fact that about 70% of these so-called “small businesses” fall into the wealthy tax bracket because they file in the individual tax system instead of the corporate tax system.

If this is the case, then President Obama is actually increasing small business’s taxes when he raises taxes on wealthy Americans.

“It’s the exact wrong response, and I think most Americans will agree with that,” said Gillespie in an interview conducted by The Wall Street Journal.

As of this past Friday, Real Clear Politics shows the Obama/Biden ticket leading the Romney/Ryan ticket in electoral votes 201 to 191 with eleven toss up states left to decide the winner on Tuesday (270 votes are needed to win).

Florida, Pennsylvania, Ohio, and North Carolina are a few of these up-for-grab states that both candidates highly yearn to win.

“It’s obviously really close right now, and I’ve seen numerous polls that show different leaders of the race. I do think that Obama will take it, though,” said Mayer.

With the recent halt to both political campaigns due to Hurricane Sandy’s devastation to the east coast, both men are not making any last minute attempts to swing more votes their way.

This has left some to draw several strange but creative methods of indicating who will win the presidency, such as the sale of Halloween masks to whether or not the Los Angeles Lakers win the NBA Finals to how high or low the misery index is.

What it boils down to is this: Tuesday is going to be the day that will determine what is in store for the country for the next four years.

“The main thing, I think, is that everyone who can better vote for someone. I hate it when people say that our votes here don’t matter because Alabama is a red state. It’s cliché to say, but it’s your voice. Let it be heard,” said Mayer.

Russ Timothy
Staff Writer
Russtim@uab.edu

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