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In an effort to educate more students in the upcoming election, CampusRiot is going to make it easy for the voters. We want to provide all of the details on the things that matter, from both sides. This article series on Obama vs Romney provides an unbiased view, despite what the writer’s personal views are. This is Part 1 in a 3-part series. Check back throughout the week for Parts 2 and 3.

The future of this nation lies in the hands of the American people. That means all of you. It’s so important to educate yourselves on the candidates for the upcoming election in November. On the Democratic side, you have current President Barack Obama. On the Republican side, you have former Governor of Massachusetts, Mitt Romney. See where both of them stand, where they are similar, and where they differ on important issues.

Candidate backgrounds

President Barack Obama:

Obama vs Romney: Stances on Healthcare, Abortion, Economy

  • President of the United States of America since January of 2009.
  • Was a United States Senator in Illinois from January of 2005 to November of 2008.
  • Was a member of the Illinois Senate from their 13th district from January 1997 to November 2004.
  • Born in Hawaii in 1961, which makes him 51 years of age.
  • Attended Occidental College, Columbia College for his B.A., and Harvard law School for his J.D.
  • Has won the Nobel Peace Prize.
  • Fun facts: Obama would have loved to be an Architect if he weren’t a Politician, he’s left-handed, and he is a fan of Apple computers.

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Governor Mitt Romney:

Obama vs Romney: Stances on Healthcare, Abortion, Economy

  • Was the Governor of Massachusetts from January of 2003 to January of 2007.
  • Was born in Michigan in 1947, which makes him 65 years of age.
  • Attended Brigham Young University for his B.A., and Harvard university for his MBA and J.D.
  • Co-founder and CEO of Bain Capital from 1984 to 2002.
  • Fun facts: Romney once worked as a security guard for Chrysler, his favorite food is hot dogs, and his father was once the Governor of Michigan.

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Obama vs Romney on Healthcare

Obama vs Romney Healthcare

  • Obama: One of his signature accomplishments would be the Affordable Care Act, which is the biggest overhaul to health care since Medicare and Medicaid formed over 40 years ago. This extends coverage to an additional 30 million Americans. He believes that this would also open up eligibility to people for Medicaid, which is a state-federal program for the disabled and the poor.
  • Romney: He signed into law a healthcare bill that is almost like a template of the Affordable Care Act in 2006 when he was the Governor of Massachusetts. The two candidates are similar in this aspect as they both believe that universal health insurance is a good thing for this nation. Romney agrees with a majroity of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act (Obamacare), but not all aspects.

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Obama vs Romney on Abortion & Birth Control

Obama vs Romney Abortion Birth Control

  • Obama: Pro-choice. He supports abortion rights. He also believes that the law should require contraceptives to be available for women for free as long as they have a health plan at their workplace.
  • Romney: Pro-life. He previously supported abortion rights (in the case of rape, incest, or danger to the mother or child’s health), but believes that state laws should control them. He also believes that Roe v. Wade should be reversed and he wants to end federal aid to Planned Parenthood.

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Obama vs Romney on the Economy

Obama vs Romney Economy

  • Obama: His term has been marked by high unemployment, but that began in previous administrations and has gradually recovered since. He believes that tax breaks should be given to US manufacturing companies and tax penalties should be given to US companies who outsource jobs.
  • Romney: He believes in lowering taxes, having less regulation, and he wants to spur growth through trading. He wants to have more of a balanced budget and cut useless spending in areas that the US is not performing well in.

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This is a basic coverage of what Obama and Romney have previously stated their positions on Healthcare, Abortion & Birth Control, and the Economy. Stay tuned — in Part 2, we’ll cover foreign policy, immigration, and energy and the environment.

Where do you agree with either candidate on the issues?

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