Get To Know the 2012 Republican Candidates

Seeing as many of this year’s seniors will be able to vote in the 2012 election, it is important to be educated on the subject. It’s safe to assume that everyone is familiar with the Democratic candidate, current US President Barack Obama. However, who are the potential candidates on the Republican side? Here are the platforms and values of the most important Republican candidates regarding abortion, the war in Afghanistan, and the economy to help you make your decision.


The Candidates:


Michele Bachmann: Congresswoman from Minnesota

  •  Abortion: Pro-Life. Wants parental consent for minors to have an abortion. Does not believe in stem-cell research.
  • War in Afghanistan: Trusts in military leadership to make the decisions. Disagrees with Obama’s scaling down of force in Afghanistan.
  • Economy: wants to cut government spending. Does not believe in raising taxes. Wants to repeal Obamacare (Obama’s healthcare plan.) Believes Obama has not handled the economic situation well and has worsened our situation. Believes in the closure of “non-productive federal agencies.”


Herman Cain

  •  Abortion: Pro-life. Believes in the “sanctity of life.” If elected, wants to ban abortion. “It’s not planned parenthood, its planned genocide.” –Herman Cain
  • War in Afghanistan: Believes Obama’s strategy to withdraw troops is too uncertain. Wants to reevaluate our relationship with Pakistan.
  • Economy: Herman Cain’s strong point. Wants to go after the economic crisis head on.

Newt Gingrich: Former Speaker of the House

  • Abortion: Pro-life. Supports a federal ban on abortions and parental consent before minors receive abortions. Against stem-cell research.
  • War in Afghanistan: Believes Obama is too uncertain and unclear about his strategy in Afghanistan. Similar to Cain on Pakistan, Newt believes we should question our relationship with Pakistan after going after the informants who led to the killing of Bin Laden in Pakistan.
  • Economy: While working in Washington helped produce 4 surplus budgets between 1998 and 2001.


Rick Perry:

  • Abortion: Very much against abortions, however, believes the decision on the legality of abortions is an issue to be handled by state governments. Considers Roe v. Wade a “tragedy”
  • War in Afghanistan: Has not taken a stance on the issue.
  • Economy: Believes in lowering regulations and cutting spending. As governor, Perry has kept Texas as one of the most economically successful states in the country to date.


Mitt Romney, the current frontrunner for the Republican Presidential nomination

Mitt Romney:

  • Abortion: Pro-life. Previously was pro-choice. Believes in abortion being banned by state governments not the federal government. Agrees with parental consent for minors wanting to get an abortion.
  • War in Afghanistan: Believes the military leadership should determine what we do in Afghanistan. Wants to transition responsibility to the Afghani people. Believes policy shouldn’t be determined on financial cost. Believes Pakistan is a threat as a source of terrorism.
  • Economy: Romney has a full-fledged program already designed for him to put into effect if he is elected. Here are some of the programs he plans on putting into action


-Sam Fuller, World News Editor 


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