Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

Independent Student Newspaper for the University of Texas at San Antonio

The Paisano

The road to the elections

As the 2012 Presidential Election heats up with stirring debates, candidate renunciation and flip-flop allegations, it’s hard to imagine a contender who can calm the excitable atmosphere surrounding constituents.

Economic woes, skyrocketing national debt and staggering faith in President Obama are causes for consideration among all candidates this upcoming year. Obama, will run for his second and final term as president while the nation is in the middle of appointing a Republican nominee.

Among those candidates are Minnesota Congresswoman Michele Bachmann, Texas Governor Rick Perry and former Governor of Massachusetts Mitt Romney. Sarah Palin recently decided not to run as a candidate for the GOP nomination.

Bachmann, Tea Party supporter and founder of the Tea Party Caucus, advocates a return to conservative values through fiscal responsibility and original interpretation of the Constitution.

By reducing government spending and the federal budget deficit, opposing taxes and reversing progress for same sex couples, it seems Bachmann is a complete opposition to Obama’s last three year policies.

Bachmann also thinks global warming is a hoax, claiming carbon dioxide is a beneficial gas required by plant life.

However, Bachmann has garnered little support from voters according to recent polls, about six percent will vote for her.

Governor Rick Perry has maintained support by making the economic success of Texas the centerpiece of his gubernatorial track records, while resisting a personal income tax, and preserving traditional beliefs.

A poll taken by CNN in early September announced Perry as the lead for the GOP Presidential nomination; however, in GOP debates, Perry seems to stumble with his words and not make his point clear while accusing Romney of flip-flopping.

Perry describes his opponent as a flip-flopper because of his affiliation with former Republican Massachusetts Governor William Weld in the 1994 Senate race; at the time Romney supported fiscal conservative ideas and preserved social issues such as a woman’s right to choose and gay rights.

During the debates Perry’s stands on affording in-state tuition to children of illegal immigrants did not gain him much support from constituents either. Spectators realized Perry may not be as conservative as they once believed. Perry must improve his debate skills if he plans to take on Romney; he dropped to 16 percent in the polls.

Former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney, with his steady-as- she-goes strategy jumped to the top of the polls, at 25 percent, rallying in key donors and elected officials in his campaign.

Romney is currently working on his platform to improve the nation’s floundering economy with his 59-step jobs plan, immigration and foreign policy matters.

Today, he holds more conservative views, opposing abortion and same sex marriage. On Thursday, Oct. 6 Romney attacked Perry’s economic platform by publicizing a document entitled “Rick Perry’s Plan To Get America Working Again” with 103 out of 114 pages left blank, pictures of Perry waiving a gun in the air and quotes from a GOP debate typed in Comic Sans MS font.

Romney must prove he is a candidate voters can get excited about, not just a consolation prize. If Romney can uphold his core principles and institute values Americans not only want, but also need, he will remain in the lead for the Republican nomination.

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