39 Days and Counting: Are You Ready?
What to expect for the coming Presidential election
Published: Wednesday, September 26, 2012
Updated: Wednesday, September 26, 2012 14:09
Election Day 2012 is right around the corner. It is important to stay up-to-date on what has been going on, considering the fact that many people within the NDSU community will vote on Nov. 6.
Since the Republican and Democratic National Conventions, both presidential candidates are on the trail to Election Day. Debates will begin Oct. 3 with the topic of domestic policy.
Recently, both presidential candidates have focused on the campaign trail, preparing for the upcoming debates.
Both Mitt Romney and Barack Obama were interviewed in a 60 Minutes special on Sept. 23. Viewers caught a glimpse of what issues will be brought up in the debates.
The first question Mitt Romney was asked during the interview was how his vision differs from President Obama’s. He stated that President Obama is “a nice guy who wants to do everything for everyone” and wants to create a “larger and larger government.”
Romney, on the other hand, said he wants a “smaller government.” He wants to focus the attention on the rebuilding of America’s strength by having a reform on Medicare and social security, having a balanced budget and setting tax reductions for the middle class, not the wealthy, he said. According to the Huffington Post, Romney’s tax cut plan will have “tax rates fall by a fifth.”
President Obama saw Romney’s tax rate plan differently. President Obama’s Truth Team posted new ads last week blasting Romney’s plan, comparing Romney’s personal tax rate in 2011 of $13.7 million at 14.1 percent to a worker who makes $60,000 a year and has a tax rate of 15.5 percent.
Defending his plan, Romney said that middle class workers were paying a “low rate” and the plan was “the right way to encourage economic growth, to get people to invest, to start businesses, to put people to work.”
The public is putting Obama under a microscope, scrutinizing whether or not his first term was enough to earn him another four years in office.
According to the NBC News/Wall Street Journal survey, Obama has a slight lead over Romney.
While Romney believes Obama has not made enough impact on the American people, Obama states that he has done enough. He said during the interview that his biggest accomplishments were saving the auto industry, health care reform and creating more jobs.
“The problem we have was the hole was so deep when we got in it that we lost nine million jobs. We’ve created four point six,” Obama said.
Obama also emphasized the fact that the Jobs Bill has not passed yet. He said the Republican Congress is more focused on beating him rather than helping the country. He did, however, give them credit for doing work to help the Jobs Bill by helping the auto industry and creating a million jobs.