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Why the Republicans lost the Presidential Election in 2012

Updated on June 5, 2018
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Originally from Cape Cod. Army Vet., Fmr. Director of Energy Conservation programs, RE Agent, current residence the Space Coast, FL


The main reason why Obama won re-election is because he made his campaign about everything he could, other than the economy.

It wasn't about race, even though that button got pushed... the 2012 election was won by Obama because they did a great job painting Romney as anti-abortion, so long as the Republicans take up the Pro-Choice mantra, they will lose more than 60% of the women voters.

We've had Abortion for 30 years in this country... let the Democrats make it an issue in any race, and you will lose the majority of the women vote, which makes up about 53% of the voters... compared to 13% of the voters being black.

We have almost two generations of voters who have grown up with Abortion being legal (the twenty somethings, and the thirty somethings) with it not even being an issue that is considered except for when election time comes around. And then it becomes a political tool to rally women to the Liberal cause.

Keep in mind, one has to factor in 'political reality' into Romney's position. Even if he didn't want to take a position on the issue, the fact that he was running to become President forced him to... he cannot not have one. Here is a small sampling of direct quotes:

“I’d like to see Roe v. Wade overturned and allow the states and the elected representatives of the people and the people themselves have the ability to put in place pro-life legislation.

I recognize that for many people, that is considered an act of murder, to have an abortion. It is without question the taking of a human life, and I believe that a civilized society must respect the sanctity of a human life. But we have two lives involved here: A mom and unborn child. We have to have concern for both lives.” – 8/5/07 at Des Moines, IA debate

I believe from a political perspective that life begins at conception. I don’t pretend to know, if you will, from a theological standpoint when life begins. I’d committed to the people of Massachusetts that I would not change the laws one way or the other, and I honored that commitment. But each law that was brought to my desk attempted to expand abortion rights and, in each case, I vetoed that effort. I also promoted abstinence education in our schools. I vetoed an effort, for instance, to give young women a morning after pill who did not have prescriptions. So I took action to preserve the sanctity of life.” – 2/16/07 on Meet the Press

The actions I’ll take immediately are to remove funding for Planned Parenthood.” When asked where he would tell the millions of women to go if he eliminated federal funding for Planned Parenthood, Romney said: “Well they can go wherever they’d like to go. This is a free society.” … from the Planned Parenthood Action Fund, Women are Watching website.

At the end of the day, Romney would have likely had as significant an impact on Abortion, as Obama had on cutting the deficit his first four years in office... which is to say, he's wasn't going to impact the laws on Abortion in any significant way. But that wasn't the perception, the perception was he was anti-abortion, and even anti-women's rights. And when the opposition can paint you into that corner, you are going to lose a significant amount of women voters no matter what the other issues are, and no matter how dire those issues may seem.

Romney allowed this to happen, abortion became a big issue, one he talked far too much about, he didn't stay focused and on point... ignore, minimize the topic, deflect... and turn the conversation back to jobs, economy, insurance costs, etc.

Using Ads like this, the opposition painted Romney as anti-women's-rights

For the 2016 election the truth about Obamacare, how much more it is really costing many Americans, and how millions of Americans have lost their insurance altogether is now becoming tragic common knowledge for many.

Obamacare added 21 new taxes even though we were told it was not a tax, Obamacare costs most Americans many thousands more than they had been paying for insurance before it passed. Deductibles are prohibitive. The necessity to repeal the ACA is a topic the Republicans should bring up in detail continuously.

A very moderate review of the ACA

The truth about Unemployment should be an easy topic to bring up as well, even though the official number is below 5%, the unofficial number made up of workers that they stopped counting, young who are of working age that have yet to find a job and enter into the workforce, and the under-employed make the real number well over 10% unemployment.

The fact that Welfare numbers have gone up from 47 million prior to Obama taking office to over 110 million today should be brought up every day on the campaign trail. There is plenty to bring to the forefront of the conversation, allowing the talking points to drift from these topics, allowing the Nation's attention to move to insignificant topics that are not even going to be addressed by the President, is the way to lose the 2016 election.

Keep the Democrats answering for Obamacare, the Welfare state, the towering national debt, lack of jobs, sinking pay rates, and those truths will settle the election... let the focus move away from them, to social issues and personal issues, and watch another election slip away.

Allowing themselves to be painted as pro-rich, anti-poor, anti-hispanic, and anti-abortion will doom them from now to eternity to never winning the Presidency.

© 2012 Ken Burgess


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      6 years ago

      Saw a headline from the Blaze newsletter reading: Obama wins, dozens of companies announce layoffs.

      Funny stuff, true stuff, sad stuff. All in one.

    • Eric L. Andrews profile image

      Eric L. Andrews 

      6 years ago from Midwestern United States

      Two stories broke yesterday about Obama receiving 99%+ of the votes in two key voting areas. In one area of Philadelphia, in the tallies of 59 precincts Romney achieved ZERO votes total. None. Then in the crucial Cuyahoga County region of Ohio, it was reported Obama received 99% of the vote encompassing 100 precincts. Third world dictators running for 're-election' don't get those figures. I couldn't understand the voting results last Tuesday night; specifically the blowout by our president over his challenger in Pennsylvania and Ohio. Romney would show up for a rally with 15 to 20 thousand people, and Obama would garner only 1500 for his campaign speeches in those swing states. Didn't add up with the voting numbers. I'm beginning to smell a rat...

    • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Burgess 

      6 years ago from Florida


      I agree, passing on Rubio was a bad decision, in poll after poll he had about a 50% or higher approval rate for VP choice, Ryan and others were lucky if they were in the teens. But Romney went with Ryan, when Florida was crucial to win, the decision made little sense.

      Rubio is also very articulate, and had a grasp of the issues that mattered.

      And again, Romney's decision to state that he wanted to roll back abortion laws and stop funding Planned Parenthood was crippling to his getting women's votes.

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      Jack Hazen 

      6 years ago from Blitzburgh area

      You hit the nail on the head, Ken.

      It's about the economy, stupid. Really? If it was, Obama would not have been reelected.

      The Republicans made a huge mistake in 2008 when Tom Ridge was tossed aside for VP when he came out and supported abortion. Had he been the VP choice, I'm not saying McCain would have won. But the Republican party's stance on abortion would not have been as untenable as it is.

      Marco Rubio would have been a better choice for VP this election. Ryan couldn't even deliver his own state. Around 70 % of Hispanics who voted did so for Obama. That would have changed, not to mention Florida. Also, the race card would have had less impact.

      I'm a conservative, particularly with respect to economic issues, but the Republican powers that be are incredibly frustrating. Obama was extremely vulnerable in this election. He could have been defeated with the right ticket, and I can also think of better choices than Romney.

    • Ken Burgess profile imageAUTHOR

      Ken Burgess 

      6 years ago from Florida


      "The economy is getting better. The jobs reports have shown that."

      That is incorrect, the numbers do not say that, but that is what they told America... that was one of Obama's great strengths during the campaigning, being able to get up there and boldly lie, when the truth is that growth is more stagnant now than it was two years ago, and more people are out of work now than two years ago.

      I agree with you about Abortion... heck I quoted some of the many things Romney said about it... and until the Republicans find a candidate that says "I don't agree with it, but women should have that right, and it's been law for over 30 years in our country and I don't plan on changing it" they will continue to lose the majority (some 60% or more of women voters) on that issue alone.

      Women spoke loud and clear, they make Abortion and related issues their #1 priority over the economy and anything else.

      Their other flaw is not seeking out the Latino vote... that will be close to 30% of the voting block in 2016, and if they can't bring close to 50% of their vote (or better) that will also keep them from the Presidency.

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      6 years ago

      Economy: The numbers spoke for themselves. Did you not see the jobs report for October?

      Pro-choice: In other words, women do not agree with Romney, so they didn’t vote for him. This makes sense, don’t you agree. Why vote for somebody that you do not agree with?

      Abortion: It becomes an issue when Romney says he will repeal Roe vs. Wade. If Republicans do not want abortion to be an issue, then don’t bring it up. Don’t say that you will fight to eliminate it. Say you don’t like it, but say that you will not get rid of it. Romney threatened to get rid of the morning after pill. He also said that he would remove funding for Planned Parenthood. So, he lost.

      Romney lost, because the majority of the country does not agree with his view of the issues facing Americans. The economy is getting better. The jobs reports have shown that.


    • Eric L. Andrews profile image

      Eric L. Andrews 

      6 years ago from Midwestern United States

      There isn't a single blue state that is prospering. I live in Illinois and our future economic picture is horrible and growing worse by the day. The Democratic machine runs the entire show here, and you are now seeing its tentacles on a national level. Half our kids are on welfare, our unfunded state workers' pension funds are in the tens of billions, the graduation rate in the Chicago Public School system is 50%, we are the only state without conceal carry for lawful citizens yet Chicago is going to set a record this year for gun-related homicides, our income tax went up and many businesses jumped ship and headed to Wisconsin, Indiana and Texas, most of our governors end up in prison, most of the Congressmen and women from Chicago are card-carrying members of the Democratic Socialists Party of America, we are putting in high-speed rail to make Obama look good and then we don't have the money to maintain the lines, they raided the teachers' retirement fund (TRS) to keep vendors off Illinois' back (and we owe those vendors tens of billions right now), illegal immigrants work throughout Chicago and take Americans' jobs and cannot be checked out by law enforcement, we up until recently had no legislation to stop babies that survived late term abortions from being put in sinks and closets to die (see Christ Hospital stories by the nurses that worked there; oh and then state senator Barack Obama argued in favor of continuing this murder) and in general we are a disgraceful and corrupt state. Oh, in the last two elections, under various excuses, absentee ballots didn't make it out in time to our armed forces members from Illinois. How sick and disgusting can one be? Yes, my wife and I will be moving from this hell hole when we can. Now you are getting Chicago politics all over America. Have fun!


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