On Nov. 6, 2012, voters in the United States head to the polls to select the next president. Here's a guide to the candidates and issues.
The 44th president of the United States and the first African-American to be elected to that position. Winner of the Nobel Peace Prize and a lightning-rod figure who has ignited controversy with his actions on everything from healthcare reform to alternative energy and foreign policy. Running for a second term in November 2012.
Known as a cultural conservative early in his life, yet criticized by some conservatives for being too moderate as governor of the liberal state of Massachusetts. Romney has spent the bulk of his career in the private sector, first working as a business management consultant. He founded the investment firm Bain Capital in 1994, and would later return to his old consulting firm, Bain & Company, as CEO. In 1994, he challenged Sen. Ted Kennedy (D-Mass.) for his seat and took a leave of absence from Bain for the unsuccessful campaign.
On Oct. 22, 2012, President Barack Obama and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney met in Boca Raton, Fla., for the third and final presidential debate and to lay out their positions on the issues. At the conclusion of the debate, each man turned to the camera for a final appeal to voters. Here are those statements.
"I know this historic moment comes at a time of great uncertainty for many Americans. We have now been through nearly a decade of war. We have endured a long and painful recession. And sometimes in the midst of these storms, the future that we are trying to build for our nation – a future of lasting peace and long-term prosperity may seem beyond our reach. ..."
"For decades, the United States has pursued a set of core interests in the region: countering terrorism and stopping the spread of nuclear weapons; securing the free flow of commerce and safe-guarding the security of the region; standing up for Israel’s security and pursuing Arab-Israeli peace. We will continue to do these things, with the firm belief that America’s interests are not hostile to people’s hopes; they’re essential to them. We believe that no one benefits from a nuclear arms race in the region, or al Qaeda’s brutal attacks. We believe people everywhere would see their economies crippled by a cut-off in energy supplies. As we did in the Gulf War, we will not tolerate aggression across borders, and we will keep our commitments to friends and partners. ..."