INFORMED CHOICES- GOVENOR MIT ROMNEY VS. PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

As the president of the United States Barack Obama and the former governor of Michigan Willard “Mitt” Romney, discuss the hard hitting issues from cuts in Medicaid to trillion dollar deficits read the comparison of the two candidates.

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Barack Obama
44th President of the United States
Barack Obama
About Obama
  • Full name:

    Barack Hussein Obama

  • Age/DOB:

    51; Born August 4, 1961 in Honolulu, Hawaii

  • Home:

    Chicago, Illinois

Vice Presidential Candidate:

Joe Biden

Twitter@BarackObama
Tune in here at 9pm ET to watch President Obama in tonight’s debate, and get the facts you need to get his back: http://t.co/n7HHmsD7

Posted at 7:47 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
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Posted at 6:07 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
RT if you agree: We need a President who has a plan to grow the economy for everyone—from the middle out—and that’s President Obama.

Posted at 5:29 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Mitt Romney hasn’t put forth any specific ideas for how to create jobs or strengthen the middle class: http://t.co/pudZd7HW

Posted at 5:09 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Tonight, the President will discuss his specific plans to create 1 million manufacturing jobs, double exports, & cut oil imports in half.

Posted at 4:46 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Debate prep: Make sure your friends know President Obama’s plan to keep us moving forward. http://t.co/vhSrCTrs, http://t.co/eWxGaVQE

Posted at 4:34 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Happy anniversary to the Obamas—sign their card: http://t.co/Pq0N87Q3, http://t.co/QJ3at4tT

Posted at 3:49 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
A lot of amazing women are standing with the President—including a few familiar faces: http://t.co/Yb4jC9h8

Posted at 2:53 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Cheer on President Obama in good company tonight. Find a debate watch party near you: http://t.co/yIVknhkj #Forward2012

Posted at 1:31 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Twenty years together: http://t.co/Yj4g9C0H, http://t.co/rsrer3OI

Posted at 12:05 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Only 34 days until Election Day. RT if you’re excited to cheer on President Obama in tonight’s debate.

Posted at 10:23 am ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Twenty years ago today, I married the love of my life and my best friend. Happy anniversary, Michelle. -bo

Posted at 9:36 am ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
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Campaign Finance
Total Raised, year to date:
$348,413,128.00
Total Spent:
$262,968,849.00
Cash on Hand:
$87,747,678.00
Debt:
$2,832,414.00
0
$100m
$250m
$500m

As of July 2012

Latest Travel
10/03/2012:

Presidential Debate at the University of Denver. Denver, CO

Previous Travel:
  • 09/30/2012: Las Vegas, NV
  • 09/27/2012: Virginia Beach, VA
  • 09/26/2012: Kent, OH
  • 09/25/2012: New York, NY
  • 09/22/2012: Milwaukee, WI
He Said What?
Let’s be honest, I need a dance partner here, and the floor is empty

— Obama speaking on July 25, 2011 about immigration to the group, National Council of La Raza See Full Post
I can tell you that if it was me, I would resign

— Obama speaking to NBC News on what he would do if he were in Rep. Anthony Weiner’s shoes See Full Post
Now, he can focus on more important matters like, did we fake the moon landing? What really happened in Roswell? And where are Biggie and Tupac?

— Obama joking about Donald Trump at the White House Correspondents Dinner on May 1, 2011 See Full Post
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Where Obama Stands:
The Economy-

Perhaps the issue that will make or break his re-election campaign is the economy and his handling of what many call the Great Recession. Hammered by Republicans who say that he is steering the country in the wrong direction and that his policies haven’t worked, Obama made a series of reforms to crack down on Wall Street practices and instituted programs to help small-business owners and consumers. His stimulus plan, which temporarily helped boost the economy, has failed to significantly drop the record-high unemployment rate of 9.1%. Obama, who came into office facing the fiscal crisis, says economic recovery will need years to fully kick in. That’s why, his campaign says, he needs to be re-elected.

Where Obama Stands
Health Care

When the history books are written, health care reform will be at the top of the list of Obama’s accomplishments.

Despite facing heavy opposition by congressional Republicans, Democrats were able to pass the Affordable Health Care Act in March 2010 – a sweeping set of reforms aimed to help more Americans get insured.

Perhaps Obama’s biggest victory and biggest future challenge in the election came when the Supreme Court ruled that the Affordable Care Act’s individual mandate was constitutional, not as a penalty, but a tax.

Obama Online
Ad Spending
$166.7 Million
As of September 23, 2012
Top 5 States:
  • 1. Florida, $30.8 Million
  • 2. Ohio, $30.3 Million
  • 3. Nevada, $13.9 Million
  • 4. District of Columbia, $12.7 Million
  • 5. Colorado, $12.6 Million
His Story

President Obama, the nation’s 44th president, is seeking a second term in office. The Democrat’s rise to power was historic, making him the first African-American president. In 2008, he defeated Democratic Sen. Hillary Clinton’s powerful primary campaign and surged ahead of Republican Sen. John McCain in the general election.

Obama graduated from Columbia University in 1983 and later became a community organizer in Chicago. He attended Harvard Law School in 1991 and became the first-African American president of the school’s law review. Afterward, he became a lecturer of constitutional law at the University of Chicago Law School.

Obama ran for the Illinois state Senate in 1996 and served from 1997-2004. It was in 2004 that Obama set his sights on Washington, running for and winning Illinois’ U.S. Senate seat. He would serve only four years of his six-year term, resigning to run for president in 2007.

A Grammy Award winner, author and Nobel Peace Prize recipient, he is married to Michelle (Robinson) Obama. The couple has two daughters, Malia and Natasha (Sasha).

Mitt Romney
Former Governor of Massachusetts
Mitt Romney
About Romney
  • Full name:

    Willard M. “Mitt” Romney

  • Age/DOB:

    65; Born March 12, 1947 in Detroit, MI

  • Home:

    Boston, Mass.

Vice Presidential Candidate:

Paul Ryan

Twitter@MittRomney
Follow the debate live. Staff will tweet here, and you can follow along on our debate page http://t.co/nv65gWrO #CantAfford4More

Posted at 7:54 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Too many Americans are struggling today. We can’t afford another four years like the last. http://t.co/VCifPBPL #CantAfford4More

Posted at 5:59 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
We couldn’t have said it better ourselves. The middle class #CantAfford4More http://t.co/Atv58Xxq

Posted at 4:59 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
The middle class has been buried in the @BarackObama economy, and that’s why we #CantAfford4More http://t.co/Atv58Xxq

Posted at 2:39 pm ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
The middle class has been crushed in the @BarackObama economy. We #CantAfford4More http://t.co/Atv58Xxq

Posted at 10:01 am ET on Wednesday, October 3rd, 2012
Agree with @JoeBiden, the middle class has been buried the last 4 years, which is why we need a change in November #CantAfford4More

Posted at 2:41 pm ET on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
I will cut taxes for the middle class & close loopholes for millionaires. We can’t afford 4 more years like the last http://t.co/nlECdQQG

Posted at 12:16 pm ET on Tuesday, October 2nd, 2012
.@BarackObamahas spent nearly 4 years implementing policies that have destroyed jobs. We can’t afford 4 more.

Posted at 6:38 pm ET on Monday, October 1st, 2012
Another term for @BarackObamawill only bring more of the same policies that have devastated the middle class.

Posted at 5:35 pm ET on Monday, October 1st, 2012
We need leaders who understand that keeping the peace requires American strength in all of its dimensions http://t.co/LwHjs37j

Posted at 4:32 pm ET on Monday, October 1st, 2012
Last day to enter for a chance to visit HQ in Boston for debate night! Get started: http://t.co/qmV6Ybmc

Posted at 1:15 pm ET on Monday, October 1st, 2012
Important fundraising deadline at midnight. Donate $15 http://t.co/kV102OgE

Posted at 6:54 pm ET on Sunday, September 30th, 2012
Great story about my son @CraigRomney sharing our campaign’s message with the Hispanic community in CO http://t.co/abZyghAk

Posted at 6:37 pm ET on Friday, September 28th, 2012
.@BarackObama’s war on coal is threatening the livelihood of American workers. We can’t afford four more years http://t.co/LRZaaCnA

Posted at 5:57 pm ET on Thursday, September 27th, 2012
With 40 days to go, pay tribute to our 40th President, Ronald Reagan. Sign up to receive your free bumper sticker! http://t.co/LhLO8OXP

Posted at 12:25 pm ET on Thursday, September 27th, 2012
In 2008, @BarackObama said building a coal-powered plant will bankrupt you, today American jobs are in danger http://t.co/LRZaaCnA

Posted at 9:36 am ET on Thursday, September 27th, 2012
.@BarackObama’s policies toward China are hurting small businesses. We can’t afford another 4 years like the last http://t.co/fbf6msvr

Posted at 4:42 pm ET on Wednesday, September 26th, 2012
Congrats to Brandt Snedeker on his win of the tour championship and FedEx Cup. He is a class act.

Posted at 9:28 pm ET on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
Economic freedom is the only force in history that has consistently lifted people out of poverty – and kept people out of poverty.

Posted at 6:49 pm ET on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
.@BarackObama failed to label China as a currency manipulator 7 times, and the middle class is paying the price http://t.co/9zNaqFaU

Posted at 5:48 pm ET on Tuesday, September 25th, 2012
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Campaign Finance
Total Raised, year to date:
$193,373,762.00
Total Spent:
$163,205,427.00
Cash on Hand:
$30,181,373.00
Debt:
$0.00
0
$100m
$250m
$500m

As of July 2012

Latest Travel
10/03/2012:

Presidential Debate at the University of Denver. Denver, CO

Previous Travel:
  • 09/28/2012: Boston, MA
  • 09/28/2012: Philadelphia, PA
  • 09/28/2012: Wayne, PA
  • 09/27/2012: Washington DC,
  • 09/27/2012: Springfield, VA
He Said What?
Corporations are people, my friend, Romney said. Everything a corporation earns ultimately goes to people.

— Romney during an Iowa campaign event, 8/11/11 See Full Post
I am also unemployed…I’m networking. I have my sights on a particular job that I’m working for.

— Mitt Romney, speaking to a group of unemployed Floridians , 6/16/11 See Full Post
I mean I like the Twilight series. I thought it was fun. I don’t like vampires personally, I don’t know any but you know my granddaughter was reading it and I thought, well this looks like fun so I read that.

— Mitt Romney, 5/31/11 See Full Post
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Where Romney Stands:
The Economy-

On the campaign trail, Romney frequently touts his mix of experience in the public and private sectors. Romney has also expressed support for the “cut, cap and balance” approach to curbing federal deficit spending that has been championed by tea party activists and some conservative lawmakers in Congress.

Where Romney Stands:
Health Care-

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney says if elected, he will work to repeal the Affordable Care law, which he also calls “Obamacare.” But, as Massachusetts governor, Romney signed a health care bill into law that penalized Massachusetts citizens for not having health insurance –similar to the federal provision but applied at the state level. At the time, Romney said the purpose of “Romneycare” was to provide, “Every citizen with affordable, comprehensive health insurance…and, finally — beginning to reign in health care inflation.”

Romney says that the president’s health care plan is an example of Washington overstepping its boundaries because it places a mandate on 100% of Americans. Instead, because his Massachusetts plan was limited to the states, it is better tailored to the people of Massachusetts.

Following the Supreme Court ruling on health care this year, Romney renewed his pledge to overturn Obama’s health care plan, calling it the biggest tax increase in U.S. history – a point that Factcheck.org, an independent website dismisses.

Romney Online
Ad Spending
$62.1 Million
As of September 23, 2012
Top 5 States:
  • 1. Florida, $13.7 Million
  • 2. Ohio, $12.5 Million
  • 3. North Carolina, $7.5 Million
  • 4. District of Columbia, $6.2 Million
  • 5. Colorado, $5.8 Million
His Story

A former businessman and governor, Mitt Romney’s 2012 White House bid is his second attempt to win the Oval Office. During the 2008 election cycle, Romney lost the Republican nomination to Arizona Sen. John McCain. But after that loss, Romney maintained an active national political organization. In June 2011, he formally launched his 2012 campaign.

Romney, who is Mormon, graduated from Brigham Young University in 1971 and then earned dual degrees from Harvard Law School and Harvard Business School. He helped found Bain Capital, an investment firm that bought and sold companies after turning them around. Romney also helped organize and run the 2002 Winter Olympics in Salt Lake City. Romney is wealthy, with assets for him and his wife, Ann, worth an estimated $190 million to $250 million, according to 2011 documents released by his campaign. A separate financial disclosure form filed with the Federal Election Commission around the same time stated that Romney’s assets could be worth as much as $264 million.

The Romneys, who married in 1969, have five sons and 16 grandchildren. Politics runs in Romney’s family; his father, George, was governor of Michigan.

(http://www.cnn.com/election/2012/candidates.html)

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