The Republican and Democratic National Conventions have just finished in Tampa and Charlotte, respectively. Now that they are concluded, the American voters have a better idea of the key policies, stances and issues in the next election. Here are some brief results from the convention floors.
The campaigns have identified and drawn attention to a few key policy differences in relation to healthcare and immigration reform, energy and tax policy, Medicare, and marriage.
Both the official stance of the party and Governor Mitt Romney at the Republican Convention support the repeal of “ObamaCare,” continuing coal and oil production with an “all of the above” energy policy, lowering or maintaining taxes on all income levels, repealing tenets of Obama’s DREAM Act immigration policy, making Medicare a voucher system, and defending traditional marriage.
President Obama and the Democratic Party, on the other hand, support a more socialized healthcare system, wish to move coal and oil investments into green energy, will raise taxes on families that make more than $250,000 per year, will continue with the DREAM Act for immigration reform, wish to maintain Medicare as-is, and support gay marriage initiatives in the states.
In their respective speeches, the two candidates made the themes of their campaigns very clear.
Governor Romney stressed that the current president has not produced enough to deserve four more years in office. To that he added stories of his own personal and familial history in Michigan and Massachusetts, as well as of his business success.
President Obama made it clear that he believes that America is at a crossroads in this election. His path is more difficult, but will end in a better place than Governor Romney’s, he said. The president also focused on the goal of energy independence and the power that he says the people have wielded in his presidency.
Even with all of these important political issues, this wouldn’t be a real campaign without some minutiae. This year’s features Romney’s “missing” tax returns, Obama’s microbrewery in the White House, and Clint Eastwood’s interesting appearance at the Republican convention.
With all of this being said, the polls have shown that even since last winter’s Republican primary battle, one issue is dominant in the minds of voters. In the now legendary words of former President Bill Clinton’s advisor in the 1992 election, James Carville, “It’s the economy, stupid.”