Candidate Profiles


Barack Hussein Obama
August 4,1961
(Democratic party)

Willard Mitt Romney
March 12, 1947
(Republican party)


Lawyer, politician, author

Businessman, politician, author

Place of Birth:

Honolulu, Hawaii

Detroit, Michigan


Malia Ann and Natasha (known as Sasha)

Tagg, Matt, Josh, Ben and Craig


Michelle Obama

Ann Romney (m. 1969–present)


Christian (United Church of Christ)

Christian (The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints a.k.a. Mormon)


Washington, D.C.

Belmont, Massachusetts

Running mate:

Joseph "Joe" Biden

Paul Ryan

Books Authored:

Dreams from My Father: A story of Race and Inheritance, Of Thee I Sing, The Audacity of Hope: Thoughts of Reclaiming the American Dream, Barack Obama in his own words, Change we can believe in

No Apology: The Case for American Greatness; and Turnaround: Crisis, Leadership, and the Olympic Games






Alma Mater

Occidental College, Columbia University (BA), Harvard Law School (JD)

Stanford University, Brigham Young University (BA), Harvard University (MBA, JD)

Position on the Economy

Repeal Bush tax cuts for households earning more than $250,000. Lower taxes on manufacturing industry. Stimulus spending and tax cuts to grow the economy (short term). Cut spending and raise taxes on wealthy to reduce deficit (long term).

Make Bush tax cuts permanent. Lower corporate tax rate across the board to 25%. Cut taxes and regulations to encourage business. Cut "non-security discretionary [government] spending" by 5% to reduce deficit.

Position on Healthcare

Signed the 2010 healthcare overhaul bill. Calls for patient protections like allowing coverage for pre-existing conditions, not letting insurers cancel policies when patients get sick, and requiring individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine.

Created similar legislation in Mass. but believes it's not appropriate for all of USA and wants to repeal. Proposes encouraging individuals to purchase their own health insurance rather than via employers, and allowing insurance across state lines.

Position on immigration

Supports path to legalization for illegal immigrants that includes learning English & paying fines; toughen penalties for hiring illegal immigrants; voted for fence along Mexican border. Issued exec order to not deport certain undocumented immigrants

Would make English the official language of the US and "turn off the magnets like tuition breaks or other breaks that draw people into this country illegally". In favour of promoting legal immigration.

Position on Iraq

Opposed invasion from the beginning; opposed troop increase; ended military operations in Iraq (on previously negotiated Bush timeline). Made no effort to keep promise to exit in 2009. Troops moved to Afghanistan and Iranian border.

Romney says that keeping the US in Iraq is the best option for minimizing casualties and maintaining a democratic government in Iraq.

Position on Iran

Engage in direct diplomacy; tighten economic sanctions with international cooperation; military. Failed to deliver on 2008 campaign promise to meet with the Iranian president without preconditions.

Tighten economic sanctions; Military option not off the table.

Position on Global Warmingand Environment:

Supports a mandatory cap-and-trade system to reduce carbon emissions. Delayed decision on northern leg of Keystone XL pipeline due to environmental concerns.

Opposes cap and trade legislation. Supports Keystone XL pipeline. Exporting carbon emissions to China hurts US and planet. (Aug 2007), Humans contribute to world getting warmer. (Nov 2011), $20 billion package for energy research & new car technology

Position on Gay rights:

Supports same-sex marriage; pushed Congress to repeal Don't Ask, Don't Tell, allowing gays to serve openly in the military

Opposes same-sex marriage; supports legal unions; supports Don't Ask, Don't Tell but favors gays serving openly in the military(Govwatch 1994), supported ENDA to ban anti-gay employer discrimination

Position on Abortion:

Supports Roe v. Wade; criticized Supreme Court decision that upheld ban on partial-birth abortions.

Opposes Roe v. Wade; believes states should be allowed to ban abortions., 1994: Supported abortion rights but personally opposed, No punishment for womenwho have partial birth abortions, change of heart in 2005 when preparing to run for President

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