With the upcoming presidential election in the United States, the biggest single question on everyone's mind has been just this: "Who should I vote for, President Barack Obama or Governor Mitt Romney?" Now while we are not here to answer this question for you (and we believe no one can, since who you vote for should be your own, personal choice, and not influenced by someone else), we are here to present some facts about both these candidates, where they stand on key issues and how they plan to govern our country in the years to come. Both Obama and Romney are great politicians, and we already have been under the Obama administration for a term now. So before we have a look at their stands on various issues, let us have a quick look at their histories first.

The current president, Barack Obama, was born on August 4, 1961, in Hawaii and graduated from Harvard Law School and Columbia University. He holds the distinction of being the first ever African American to become the president of the United States. He is the only president of any nation in recent times to have won a Nobel Peace Prize. The US government, under Obama, successfully captured and killed Osama Bin Laden, the most wanted terrorist in the world. Mitt Romney, on the other hand, was born on March 12, 1947, in Michigan, he has served as the Governor of Massachusetts, and is an active politician. He graduated from Harvard University, and soon began his political career. Both presidential candidates have answered questions from a whole range of issues, and we present to you the views expressed by both these candidates, in no particular order of importance.

Foreign Policy

When asked whether the US should interfere in the matters of foreign countries, both replied that it should only be done if there is an explicit, direct threat to the people of our country. Obama added that if we are specifically asked by many foreign countries, we should go ahead and intervene, but otherwise remain to ourselves unless there's a direct threat to our people. Upon whether or not the US should be present in the United Nations Organization, Obama said we should continue our current status, while Romney opined that we should cut back. However, their answers were unanimous in the following issues - supporting Israel and ending the war in Afghanistan, which are yes and no, respectively. On the latest Sudan issue, both candidates support the NATO treaty to limit the Sudanese army.

The Economy

While both candidates aligned in the issue of whether the government should subsidize farmers, saying yes, and on the issue that whether or not mentally and physically fit, welfare money receiving people should work, also saying yes, they differed when asked if the minimum wage rate should be increased. While Romney said it was up to the states to decide the minimum wage rate, Obama said it is not necessary to raise it.

Abortion and Birth Control

This is one issue where one of the two candidates, Mitt Romney, has shown signs of not being able to stick to one decision throughout. While Obama is strictly of the opinion that birth control should be made available to women, and also signed a health bill which makes provision of contraceptives to women easier, Romney, though initially supporting the rights, has now withdrawn support, and states that he is against abortion rights. He says it is up to the states to decide which law to enforce in their respective states. In homosexuality, too, Romney says it is not natural for anything other than a man and a woman couple to exist, while Obama says it is the people's choice, and is not against gays and lesbians.

Science and the Society

The major concern here was whether the government should back and fund the stem cell research, which helps in discovering a cure for cancer, Romney felt it was a misuse of government funds and does not support it, while Obama says it will eventually become a success, thus supporting it. However, they both agreed that they follow the theory of evolution. When it came to deciding whether the government should reduce, increase or continue its space exploration programs, Romney said we should increase it, while Obama saw no need to.

The Environment

Regarding the environment, when asked if global warming is a cause of serious concern, Romney was of the opinion that we cannot control it, and that it is a natural course of nature. Not just the warmth, even the cold is a byproduct of nature that we have no authority on, is Romney's feeling. Obama feels that global warming is indeed a threat to the environment. Romney said that the government need not look after such large areas of lands under the names of preserves and national parks, and felt that those funds could be put to better use. Obama, who feels these parks and reserves have helped preserve nature and wildlife, actually proposes an increase in the budget to look after them.

Terrorism and national security

This is one of the most delicate matters that could potentially seal the fate of one of them, so there was considerable thinking and strategically involved issues involved in answering these questions, as is evident from the replies. Obama has already become famous for leading the coup against Osama Bin Laden, and is known to support and back new technology that helps the country protect itself. Romney, on the other hand, has no clearly set agenda on terrorism, which might sound a bit lenient considering the situation that 9/11 brought on us.


This is a true sensitive topic and taking the wrong stand here can really hurt the chances of both candidates. Obama is in favor of immigration, and says that people who immigrated to the US when they were children will be allowed to stay in the country if they can show a proof of source of income. Contrastingly, the largest number of deportations has been under Obama himself. Romney, on the other hand, is out rightly against immigration, and feels that offering a chance to study or become a citizen to an immigrant is not the wise thing to do.