October 30, 2012
The presidential election is just days away, and according to the Associated Press, about 5 percent of Americans with solid plans to vote on Nov. 6 have yet to pick their presidential candidate. When you add in those who lean only tentatively toward their choice or won't declare a favorite, about 16 percent of likely voters look ripe for persuasion — about the same as a month ago.
Are you part of that percentage? If so, don't worry; Connect Statesboro has your back. Below, we've listed statements about some key issues of the day. For each, decide whether you agree or disagree.
Then, compare your answers to those of Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, found below. Who best lines up with your views?
Take what you learn to the polls this Tuesday when you exercise your right to VOTE!
DO YOU AGREE
1. JOBS: The government should seek to spur economic growth and job creation through stimulus spending.
2. MEDICARE: Seniors should have a choice between traditional Medicare and a government-funded voucher system by private care.
3. HEALTH CARE: The federal government should require every American to have health insurance.
4. TAXES: A minimum tax rate should be imposed on the highest-income Americans (the "Buffett Rule").
5. DEFENSE: The military should be exempted from broad government spending cuts.
6. AFGHANISTAN: The U.S. should adhere to a clear timetable for removing troops from Afghanistan.
7. IRAN: The U.S. needs to increase military pressure on Iran to prevent that country from obtaining nuclear weapons.
8. CHINA: The U.S. should file a formal complaint against China for manipulating currency, as part of a broader effort to combat unfair trade practices.
9. IMMIGRATION: States such as Arizona should be barred from passing their own, more stringent laws for cracking down on illegal immigrants.
10. ABORTION: Roe v. Wade, the 1973 Supreme Court decision establishing a woman's right to abortion, should be overturned.
11. ENVIRONMENT: The Environmental Protection Agency should establish new limits on carbon emissions to combat climate change.
12. ENERGY: The government should only put money into basic energy research, not projects to advance solar, wind or other alternative energy technologies.
HERE'S WHAT THEY SAY.1. Obama agrees, Romney disagrees
2. Obama disagrees, Romney agrees
Romney and other Republican leaders have argued that future enrollees should have a choice between government-funded Medicare and government-funded vouchers that seniors could use to buy private insurance.
3. Obama agrees, Romney disagrees
A health insurance mandate is at the heart of President Obama's signature health care law, passed by Congress in 2010. The Supreme Court upheld the law in a June 28 ruling. Romney passed a similar measure as governor of Massachusetts, but says the mandate is inappropriate at the federal level.
4. Obama agrees, Romney disagrees
President Obama has championed the so-called Buffett Rule, which would require millionaires to pay a minimum 30 percent effective tax rate. The rule is named for billionaire Warren Buffett, who says he pays a lower tax rate than his secretary because investment income is taxed at a lower rate than salary.
5. Obama disagrees, Romney agrees
In January, President Obama outlined a new military strategy that will result in $487 billion in defense cuts over the next decade. Those cuts could be in addition to $500 billion in cuts that Congress has mandated.
6. Obama agrees, Romney disagrees
In May, Obama signed an agreement that provides for the U.S. military to cease combat operations in Afghanistan in 2013, with the Afghan military taking over all security operations in the country by 2014. Romney did not criticize that announcement but said during the Republican primaries that the U.S. should not set a public timetable for withdrawal.
7. Obama disagrees, Romney agrees
8. Obama disagrees, Romney agrees
In its twice-annual reports on currency rates, the Obama administration's Treasury Department has declined to label China a currency manipulator. China is widely believed to be holding down the value of its currency, which keeps Chinese goods cheaper and gives them an advantage in world trading markets. International trade agreements prohibit currency manipulation.
9. Obama agrees, Romney disagrees
The Justice Department filed suit against Arizona in 2010 to overturn its tough new immigration law, arguing that the law threatens to launch a "patchwork of state and local immigration policies throughout the country" banned by federal law and the Constitution.
10. Obama disagrees, Romney agrees
11. Obama agrees, Romney disagrees
In March, the EPA announced new rules that would for the first time limit carbon dioxide emissions from new power plants.
12. Obama disagrees, Romney agrees
Governor Romney has criticized President Obama for spending billions to support alternative energy companies, some of which have failed.
13. Obama agrees, Romney disagrees
*Information courtesy of USA Today.