Editor's note: In this series comparing the positions of both major party presidential candidates on a range of issues, each candidates platform will be described using information from the candidate's themselves, mostly from the candidate's websites. A candidate's description of their opponent's position will not be used. In describing the candidate's position, The Christian Post does not attest to the facts stated as part of the position.
In the presidential race, both candidates, President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney, believe the immigration system is broken and in need of reform. Both candidates also share some goals on how to reform the system. There are many differences as well.
The immigration debate contains two main centers of emphasis. One is border security – whether and how to prevent unauthorized immigrants from entering the country. The other is what to do about the unauthorized immigrants who are already in the country – this could include creating a path to citizenship or increasing deportations. more >>
Debates are usually filled with rhetoric, posturing, and more than a few vague statements. Yet, the vice presidential debate provided a clear and concise answer to at least one issue: the abortion question. While studies and polls are mixed as to what the majority of Americans actually believe regarding this issue, neither the position held by Vice President Biden nor Congressman Ryan brought clarity to the national debate.
What both candidates revealed was startling. Both believe life begins at conception, yet both would allow that life to be terminated given certain conditions. Moreover, the vice-president believes this issue does not warrant the clarity brought by his religious understandings, and while Congressman Ryan allows for integration, he still believes abortion should be allowed in a few circumstances. What this actually means is that neither candidate, and for that matter neither ticket, believes abortion terminates the life of a human person, and the "life" of which they speak is generic in nature.
This seems like a bombastic overstatement of the facts at first glance, if not a total misrepresentation. Yet, look at their statements. Both men state they believe life begins at conception. How much clearer do they need to be? While this pronouncement sounds nice, and their appeals to conscience may make us feel good, both men did not confront the central issue of abortion, namely, what is the unborn? They both, knowingly or un-knowingly, squandered this primetime opportunity for clarity. more >>
Apparently, sneering comedian Don Rickles was Vice President Joe Biden's coach for his debate with Paul Ryan. And maybe TV psychotherapist Dr. Phil rehearsed Ryan, at least in part.
Biden's countenance, a blend of smirk, sarcasm, and "now-let-me-tell-you-something-you-young-whippersnapper" smarminess has been much noted in post-debate commentary.
Biden must have gotten confused about the venue and thought he was taping a celebrity roast in the style of Dean Martin's 1970s soirees, in which Don Rickles' jabbing satire was a highlight. more >>
Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is seeing the fruits of his strong debate performance against President Barack Obama last week come to bear as updated data polls in several key swing states are giving him the lead over his rival.
The most dramatic of changes was reported on Thursday by a Tampa Bay Times/Bay News 9/Miami Herald poll, which shows that likely voters in Florida now favor Romney over Obama by as much as 7 percentage points. The former Massachusetts governor now holds 51 percent of support against Obama's 44 percent, marking a big turnaround from when the same poll surveyed voters last month and showed Obama leading 48 percent to 47 percent.
"There's no question in my mind that debate made people stand up and pay attention, and it really wiped away any questions people had about Romney, whether they were undecided or soft for Obama," remarked Brad Coker of Mason-Dixon Polling & Research, which conducted the poll. more >>
Vice President Joe Biden squared off against Republican vice presidential nominee Paul Ryan in the vice presidential debate Thursday night in Danville, Ky. Biden was ablaze with energy, frequently interrupting Ryan to press his points. The candidates spoke about the federal budget, foreign policy and how their religion influence their views on abortion.
Ryan, a Wisconsin congressman, is often described as "wonkish" for his command of the federal budget. As chair of the House Budget Committee, he was the main influence behind the budget passed by the Republican controlled House of Representatives. This budget is often dubbed the "Ryan budget" as a result.
While Biden has become a frequent punch line among late-night comedy show joke writers for his frequent gaffes, he also has a reputation as a good debater. He often uses witty one-liners to succinctly press his point. Plus, his gaffes generally come in stump speeches, not debates. more >>
Evangelist Billy Graham commended Mitt Romney for his values and moral convictions after meeting with the GOP presidential candidate at his North Carolina home on Thursday.
"What impresses me even more than Governor Romney's successful career are his values and strong moral convictions," Graham said in a statement. "I appreciate his faithful commitment to his impressive family, particularly his wife Ann of 43 years and his five married sons."
Graham, 93, said he was friends with Romney's late father, former Michigan Governor George Romney, and has followed the younger Romney's career. more >>