Election brief: Obama and Romney
The Obama Campaign officially took off this past week as President Barack Obama visited Ohio and Virginia. He focused much of his speech around the economy and declared the 2012 election a “make or break moment for the middle class” according the BBC’s report. At the event in Ohio 14,000 people chanted “four more years” periodically throughout Obama’s speech. However, despite Obama hitting the campaign trail, polls stayed pretty consistent. The Gallup poll projecting Mitt Romney at 46 percent of support and Obama at 45 percent of support.
Samuel Langford, ’12, reflects on how close the polls have been stating, “polls seem to suggest that the election is rather close and while the president needs to reinforce his message of moving forward, his opponent Mitt Romney has the challenge of winning over the far right who had previously supported Santorum.” Obama’s rhetoric has certainly been echoing Langford’s statement as Obama has been declaring that Romney will be “moving backwards”. Moreover, the fact that Romney is still 277 delegates short of officially getting the Republican nomination reflects Langford’s statement about the fact that Romney needs to unite the Republican Party.
As unemployment continues to hover just above 8 percent, the economy is one of the largest battlegrounds of the 2012 elections. Graham Johnson, 12, comments on Obama’s take on the economy observing “I believe that, although President Obama has failed to push for stronger financial regulations, his platform represents the type of mixed economy that will preserve the free market while curbing the sort of reckless business practices which led to the recession.” Obama’s emphasis on the middle class, as stated above, and his declarations that Romney learned the “wrong lessons” during his time as a CEO shows his desire to take the “mixed economy” stance that Johnson referred to.
However, past the questions regarding the economy, a definite lack of excitement over the election hangs in the air, for example Patrick Lambdin, ’13, displays as he states “the race between Romney and Obama is—as always—a race between two candidates who are less than stellar human begins and politicians. Both have their flaws and I expect the only victory we’ll see after the election is the unending triumphal march of American bureaucracy itself. You should have nominated Ron Paul.” Lambdin’s statement reflects a lack of enthusiasm, particularly of those who fall closer to the right, with their candidates. Unless Romney can manage to sway the individuals who once supported other GOP candidates, he will continue to struggle to get enough delegates.