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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 2 in a 3-part series. You can see Part 1 on Healthcare, Abortion, and the Economy here. Check back in a few days for Part 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. For Part 2, we’re covering the War in Afghanistan and in the Middle East, Immigration Policy, and Energy and the Environment.

You can see some basic background information on the two leading candidates here.

Obama vs Romney on the Middle East

Obama vs Romney on the Middle East

  • Obama: He believes that all troops should be out of the Middle East by 2014. After ending the war in Iraq, he increased troop numbers in Afghanistan but has since reduced the number. As a part of an agreement with congressional Republicans, Obama plans to cut $487 billion in military spending over 10 years.
  • Romney: He also believes that troops should be out of the Middle East by 2014, pending how the relationship between the US and the Middle East is at the time. He wants to increase the strength of the armed forces and plans on adding $100 billion to military spending in order to do so.

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Obama vs Romney on Immigration Policy

Obama vs Romney on Immigration Policy

  • Obama: The government has deported a record amount of illegal immigrants while Obama has been in office, but he believes that immigrants that are illegally brought to the US as children should be exempted from deportation and should be allow to apply for work permits.
  • Romney: He believes that there should be some sort of “fence” on the US-Mexico border. He also believes that there should be no education benefits for illegal immigrants. He believes that legal status should not be granted to illegal immigrants if they’re attending college already, but that that it should be granted for those who are in the armed forces.

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Obama vs Romney on Energy and Environmental Policy

Obama vs Romney on Energy and Environmental Policy

  • Obama: He has pushed for more oil and gas drilling overall but believes that more “green” options for energy are needed. He has embraced that nuclear power is a clean source of power and he believes that there needs to be more of a reduction in pollution. He also believes that global warming is a huge deal and that there needs to be more research in ways that we can stop of slow the process.
  • Romney: He doesn’t think that “green” power is an efficient source of energy, and he supports the idea of more offshore drilling in the United States, taking pressure off of drilling in the Middle East. He also doesn’t buy into the whole “global warming” idea and believes that climate changes worldwide is unknown.

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This is a basic student guide to what Obama and Romney have previously stated regarding their positions on the War in the Middle East, Immigration Policy, and Energy and Environmental Policy. Stay tuned — in Part 3, we’ll cover Debt, LGBTQ Rights, and Education.

Who will YOU be voting for in November?


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