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As Election Day draws near, the United States is politically separated, with the two main parties left to duke it out to see who will become president for the next four years

BRIAN RATTO ON PRESIDENT BARACK OBAMA

Why will President Barack Obama get a second term?

As a member of the middle class with no ties to big oil or big business I am the common man, the one that Obama supports.

There are three simple reasons that Obama will return to the office: social policies, National security and education.

All of these issues have come under fire from Gov. Mitt Romney.

Obama stood fast against his opponent.

Social policies: He never let the cry that “allowing gay marriage will lead to the deterioration of the institution of marriage” silence him. The same was said of interracial marriage in the 1960s and I do not think Obama’s parents marriage, (white mother, African father) has led to the downfall of marriage.

What will lead to the downfall of marriage is the shotgun marriages of Britney Spears, Kim Kardashian and countless other common people.

Obama’s health care plan is better than what we currently have, it may not be perfect but it is a start.

In regards to abortion it is a woman’s right to choose according to Obama. Allowing the Supreme Court case Roe vs. Wade ruling to stand, giving the one person who is pregnant the right to choose. Romney would fight to ban abortions, even in cases of rape.

National security: The military strength and success of Obama’s term as president stands alone.

He moved troops out of Iraq and into Afghanistan to fight and kill our real enemy Osama bin Laden.

Obama is a strong fighter for our veterans and has put in place programs for returning troops; signing the Veterans Skills to Jobs Act in July 2012, making it easier for manufacturing companies to hire returning service members.

Education: The strong support of today’s youth is one final reason Obama will be re-elected.

He has a strong plan to support the education system in the United States.

Obama fought the rising interest rates on student loans and capped student loan repayments at 10% of one’s income.  Obama has even made strides to make higher education affordable.

“Higher education can’t be a luxury—it’s an economic imperative that every American should be able to afford,” said Obama in his re-election kick off speech, in May 2012.

As the election draws near we all need to vote for the candidate that will be the best for all Americans, that candidate is Obama.

HALEY PITTO ON GOV. MITT ROMNEY

I believe Gov. Mitt Romney would make a better president than incumbent Barack Obama.

It comes down to four factors: Business management, experience, character and a solid financial plan.

Business management: The economy is in drastic need of a turnaround and has been for quite some time. Romney has done that in the course of his private sector career.

While at Bain Capital, Romney built up numerous companies that we eat or shop at every day.

He was not successful with every one, but the returns for investors were astounding. In an independent analysis of Bain’s return record, The Wall Street Journal reported “about $2.5 billion in gains for its investors.”

Experience: Romney was governor of Massachusetts in 2003 when the state was having a mini recession.

More than 200,000 jobs were lost and there was a $3 billion shortfall. Romney managed to close the deficit without raising taxes.

During that time the unemployment rate dropped from 5.6% to 4.7% even though Romney ranked lowest when it came to the number of jobs created.

I’d say that makes up for it a lot.

Character: In 2011, Romney and wife Ann gave away nearly 30% of their income to charity.

That’s more than $4 million. Romney gave the needy money to help lift them out of that sinkhole, unlike Obama who handed out Food Stamps and Welfare, indulging people to suck off the system.

Romney’s financial plan: Obama has had four years of failed economic leadership.

It’s time for a new perspective. Romney’s plan has that.

Romney would cut federal spending to 20% by 2016. It would reduce tax rates and close loopholes, especially for the upper class.

Citizens, not the government, would have more responsibility when it comes to Social Security and Medicare and it would do away with the absurd and ignorant Obamacare regulations.

Romney also plans to back the Keystone pipeline which will grant the country more financial stability.

These are my reasons why Romney is better equipped to lead America and turn the economy around than President Obama, who has ignored the huge hole of debt we are burying ourselves in.