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Obama wins 2nd Term as U.S. President

Barrack Obama becomes the fourth consecutive president to win a second term in office beating his opponent Republican candidate Mitt Romney. The statistics have it that Obama secured 303 votes against Romney who won 206 votes. With just 270 votes required to rule the White House for the second term, Obama pulled it through comfortably.

The popular vote count was put at 50.3% for Obama and 48.1% for Romney. Obama won Ohio, Wisconsin, Iowa, Pennsylvania, Virginia and New Hampshire narrowly to return to the oval office. The results for Florida is yet to be announced but still it does not stop Obama from taking claim of the White House for the next 4 years.

Barack Obama

Barack Obama (Photo credit: jamesomalley)

In his victory speech that lasted for 25 minutes Obama thanked his supporters and made it clear that “the best is yet to come but we have more work to do.” The president also promised to reduce deficit and reform taxation and plug immigration problems.

Mitt Romney called Obama to wish on his victory and in a media gathering he said, “I pray that the President will be successful in guiding our nation.”

Despite the prevailing doubts over Ohio results experts were confident of Obama capturing the office with Colorado and Virginia added to Obama’s tally. This gave the confidence to declare Obama for president without having to worry about Ohio result reversal. Romney was left behind in the race as the majority of American states decided in favor of Obama.

Obama drew support from blacks, Latinos and most popularly women who were responsible for giving him a second term. A tough competition when compared to the first term Obama stepped into the White House comfortably as Romney had only North Carolina to his credit.

Despite high rate of unemployment put above 7.9% Obama goes on to win becoming the second in the history after Franklin D Roosevelt who won a second term with unemployment rates above 7.4%.

Bill Gatson, former domestic policy adviser to ex-president Bill Clinton said that the victory is because of the improvement in the economic scenario in the past 6 months. He furthered that the unemployment rates are also moving downward and the housing market also has stabilized raising consumer confidence.

Mitt Romney at one of his presidential campaig...

Mitt Romney at one of his presidential campaign rallies. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Romney was able to win North Carolina and Indiana two states that were under Obama during the 2008 election and he also managed to win strongholds of Republican states. But where it mattered most the Republican candidate was unable to secure and that was in Ohio and other states that worked in favor of Obama.

The results has it that the two parties hold 55-45 majority in the Senate, meaning the Republicans will rule the House of Representatives and are expected to finish with 242 seats.

It has been calculated that Obama and Romney along with their allies have spent around $2 billion on the presidential election especially on advertisements in swings states.

Can Obama’s victory be called a gift for his effort in bringing the end of Osama Bin Laden, the mastermind behind the 9/11 attack?

Delighted supporters cheered and danced at the president’s victory bash in Chicago, and Obama thanked them for being sure the nation continues to go forward while forewarning the challenge for change they look for will still be difficult.

Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney

As presidential candidates reach the end of their campaigns, the time comes for them to pick their vice presidential nominees. Choosing a running mate can have a huge impact on the outcome of the election. In the previous presidential election, McCain’s choice of a female candidate, Sarah Palin, seemed like a smart choice that was sure to court the female vote. However, Palin ended up hurting McCain’s campaign and contributed to his loss. The current Republican presidential candidate has learned from the past and spent a great deal of time and consideration in choosing his running mate.

After weeks of speculation, Romney announced that Wisconsin representative Paul Ryan would be his running mate. This choice makes a sharp contrast to President Obama’s bid for reelection, especially on the economy and the debt. Paul Ryan has gained a reputation for being a budget slasher and a firm Republican.

After announcing that Ryan would be the candidate, both men began a tour of the swing states Ohio, Florida, Virginia, and North Carolina. In all of these stops, Romney praised Ryan for his leadership abilities and his strong stance on the budget. Romney also made it a point to hammer the president about his recent comments on small businesses in the now infamous “you didn’t build that” speech.

Romney’s choice for vice president is a strong move that he hopes will regain campaign points that he has lost in recent polls. The public seems to be focusing on his tax returns and his tenure at the Bain Capital equity firm. By choosing Ryan and pointing to his focus on building a balanced budget, Romney hopes to rid himself of scrutiny and move forward in the election.

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on Februar...

speaking at CPAC in Washington D.C. on February 10, 2011. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

Soon after the announcement, Democrats were prepared with statements on Ryan’s budget proposals which the Democrats declared would help millionaires and hurt the senior population. The most common statement was that the balanced-budget plan proposed by Paul Ryan would increase the taxes on the middle class. They also declared that Ryan’s conservative views were not in line with most American’s values and would hurt the country in terms of women’s health and civil rights. The upcoming election is going to be focused on the budget and the economy and will certainly be one to watch.

Whether a Democrat or a Republican, it’s easy to see that Paul Ryan makes a formidable political opponent. As a seven-term congressman, he is used to the rhetoric used among politicians and is a gifted public speaker capable of showing a strong public image. After being introduced as the GOP vice presidential nominee, Ryan made a speech that admitted President Obama had inherited a hard situation. He went on to state numerous failures in President Obama’s agenda. Ryan is a sincere candidate who makes harsh criticisms, however, he presents a mature and measured person to audiences, a sharp contrast to the often awkward Biden.

Paul Ryan is a strong candidate for the GOP party. He contributes strongly to the Romney campaign and the election is going to be a close battle.

The Upcoming 2012 Presidential Election

The 57th quadrennial Usa Presidential Election is going to be held on November 6, 2012 to feature the actual incumbent, President Barack Obama for the Democrats, against the yet to be decided Republican prospect, and the actual increasingly necessary third-party nominee.

The Presidential Selection will begin with countrywide state degree primaries as well as caucuses planned to kick-off The month of January 3, 2012, within Iowa as well as ending upon June 5, 2012 within Montana, New Mexico as well as South Dakota. The five-month procedure will culminate using the Republican as well as Democratic Celebration convention, which is held upon August 27-30 within Tampa and also September 3-6 in Charlotte.

English: Seal of the President of the United S...

Seal of the President of the United States (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

As the actual mood from the nation is constantly on the falter when confronted with a stuttering economic climate, runaway open public debt and the possible lack of viable options from political figures from each sides from the divide, the import from the Presidential Election has had an additional significance. However first, a Republican nominee should be anointed, and we’re now right in the middle of the choice process.

Within the run-up in order to Election Day time, we should stay up-to-date about the latest advancements involving each one of the prospective applicants, with a good in-depth take a look at their jobs on present national issues in addition to providing an extensive background which will hopefully help you in evaluating their capability to lead this particular great nation that’s suffering from the crisis of self-confidence.