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The 2012 Presidential Election: Obama vs. Gingrich or Romney

Updated on January 26, 2012

It is fair to say that after summer has passed, the Republican candidate will be either Gingrich or Romney. Paul and Santorium really have little chance, although, perhaps they will be selected for Vice president, which I also doubt. Sarah Palin, while many laugh at her, remains viable as a VP, she is popular even with some democrats because she is "normal folk" and outside the political box. John McCain might even be a VP, whoever the VP choice is, the strategy is to appeal to the Republicans and those Democrats that are sitting on the fence, and there are many!

As far as President Obama, there could be no better VP candidate choice for him other than Hilary Clinton. If this were to happen, the Democrats would win in a "slam dunk". End of story. She has been an excellent Sec. of State, yet, talk is that she is not interested in this secondary position. But, talk is cheap at this early stage.

I tend to think that Newt Gingrich would really challenge Obama in debates, much better than Romney, who is more uneasy in these forums. Gingrich comes across as someone who analyzes the problems, gets professional opinions and make a decision. He is a deeper thinker much like Obama is. Both are great debaters in their own way. Both are very comfortable in this forum. Romney is fine yet is less secure and tends to stumbles at times.

The only other surprise to this election year is Donald Trump. He has said that he will not make a definitive decision about his quest for President. This will not come until May or so and will depend on who is the Republican candidate. If Donald Trump enters the race, it toss the Republicans into divisions. Many think Trump is tough but knows what to do about the economy and to take a stand on it and foreign policy. Others, feel like it would be a catastrophe for the party.

Right now, all eyes are on the Republicans, who they eventually choose to take on Obama is critical. Obama inherited a lot of chaos from the Bush administration but not all of the economic mess can be attributed to Bush. Obama is partially to blame. He knows it and owns up to it. He has made some bad moves, some good moves. Of course, when any president has a half the government from one party and the other half, from the other party, the result is a mess because of a lack of cooperation.

There is more than enough blame to go around for both political parties in this election year!


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    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      well, I just think the two left standing are them. who knows, maybe after Florida it will just be one.

    • Kathleen Cochran profile image

      Kathleen Cochran 

      6 years ago from Atlanta, Georgia

      Glad to see you don't let the folks who have already drunk the Koolade discourage you. It's one think to disagree politically. It's another thing to criticise you personally for your differences. Good to find another moderate voice.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      Time will tell who is right.

    • J Elaine profile image

      J Elaine 

      6 years ago from Northern Minnesota


      Nice try but your lack of political experience is showing. I'm from Minnesota where the Democrat machine is a force to be reckoned with. Their method of winning elections is to vilify their opponent in the media (and then cheat at the polls). We have Mark Dayton (who is a total buffoon) as Governor because we nominated Tom Emmer instead of Marty Seifert. Seifert would have won because they didn't have any dirt on him. They were terrified he would get the nomination. Live and learn.

      The only candidate that can beat Obama is the one they have the least ammo against and that candidate is Santorum. They're drooling at the prospect of Gingrich getting the nomination and Romney is the evil rich capitalist that says "I like to fire people."

      Hopefully Santorum can sit back and let Gingrich and Romney destroy each other. He's our only hope.

    • MG Singh profile image

      MG Singh 

      6 years ago from Singapore

      Overall Obama did a reasonable job, given the fact that the ills on his shoulders were inherited by him from the Presidents up from Ford in the sixties. There is no serious challenger as well and I suppose Obama will romp home a winner, maybe by a slim majority. But that will not solve America's problem.

    • adjkp25 profile image


      6 years ago from Northern California

      I ask my anti-Obama friends to tell me how different things would have been if McCain had been elected, but they usually don't have a response. One person was not going to fix the mess we had in a couple of years, period.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I totally agree with radmasters!!

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      6 years ago from Southern California


      It doesn't appear that the 2012 election has the change necessary to help the country. Even if the Republicans win as they have in past elections.

      Remember it was the work of many Congresses and Many Presidents to bring us to the state of this country today. None of the political parties, nor their elected politicians stopped or helped to recover from the 2008 Economic Collapse in this country.

    • perrya profile imageAUTHOR


      6 years ago

      I can also see the GOP raise the old Obama citizenship issue about whether he his an American or not. I can see them also throwing more mud saying that Obama as a student at occidental college in 1980 got 'foreign student aid". Donald Trump may really stir the GOP pot!

    • junko profile image


      6 years ago

      Romney Or Gingrich, neither can beat the President. The only hope for the GOP is who ever runs for Vice President. Chaney gave Bush the Conservative votes Nationwide. Usually Vice Presidents sit on the bench and never get the chance to lead the team, but who sits on the bench should be able to lead. When getting the job depends on a strong Vice President to make a weak President appear strong, we the people will be misrepresented.

    • learnlovelive profile image


      6 years ago from U.S.

      I'm voting Federalist this year. To Hell with partisanship. Good Hub, nothing too serious but A for effort. It's not a game, this is our lives. It's not a fiction or some story these people are real and they are making real decisions that REALLY affect us "simple folk". The Repulicans want to exault Corporate America and the Democrats just want to see something work out for everyone for once. It's not hard. It's real simple actually.

      It's pertty dumb. And yes, that was intentional misspelling.

      It's a messed up world when politicians can regulate the legistlature that pertains to their own pay checks.

      They work for us, simple as that...we could march on Washington D.C. and kick them out; pad lock the doors; and just wave through the windows.

      But the Average American doesn't know ANYTHING about the foundation of American Idealism. About what it means to be a real American. This country has roots; it has history; it has a declaration, read it. It has a constitution, read it - you're PART of that constituency. If you are still confused, read the Federalist.

      This is your roots, this is your foundation, these are your Founding Fathers.

      Hamilton was the first Secretary of Treasury; he was also the most forthcoming leader of the Federalist Party. The people who ratified the constitution and fought for equality just so that big pharma; big religion; and big poli could come and steal it for themselves like a bunch of selfish pricks. Hamilton was the FIRST SECRETARY OF TREASURY - he was a Federalist; he helped found America...but yet we still seem to get the facts messed when it comes to what really matters. This man could have started an empire or taken advantage of that seat; a seat of great power over the money in the country...did he?

      There is no reason for corporate america. Stop buying from the stores and stop funding this political warfare. That's all we're doing here is funding their bullshit. WE have no direct bearing other than helping the blind lead the ignorant; or vice versa.

      Found your ideals. Not in a dollar bill. But in your BRAIN. Woah. Woooooahhhhhhh.

      Whatever...hope you folks have a good day because it doesn't matter who gets in there; being happy is up to the individual...this means finances and all. It doesn't matter what crap they pull or what system they inaugurate next; we the people stand by the people - for the people. There is no strife in the world that can overcome the triumph of human spirit, even the strife itself in and of its very essence can be quelled with love and compassion; understanding and intelligence.

      Ignorance is a disease; a sick sick disease that plagues people and rapes them of their lives. It consumes them and contorts the desires of their heart with jealousy and misunderstanding. Fascism and bigotry abound.

      Oh well. When we all die over money I guess someone will understand.

      Till then, get cope and stand up; stop standing BEHIND other people's ideals and formulate your own.

      What happens when people stop passing around IDEALS and start passing IDEAS?

    • TeaPartyCrasher profile image


      6 years ago from Camp Hill, PA


      You fail to see that Newt and Mitt are both showing themselves as little more than fellow "tools", like yourself of the "%1".

      Of course, that's because you rely only on voices of the "%1".

    • American Romance profile image

      American Romance 

      6 years ago from America

      too vague, you failed to mention Obama had TOTAL control for 2 years with ZERO results! You failed to mention he will be slaughtered in a debate with Newt and no teleprompters! You failed to mention Obama has imposed over 600 new regulations forcing business to close, lower salaries and move overseas! Not to mention the gigantic burden of health care! If he truly admits to these staggering problems why doesn't he do something about it? I'm sure the Republicans would work day and night to overturn his irresponsible spending and his total lack of concern when it comes to Americans working again!

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      Bhavesh Naik 

      6 years ago from Maryland, USA

      A balanced analysis - refreshing for a change! - of the presidential elections. I don't see how Palin or McCain can be chosen for VPs. Clinton for VP? That would electrify things for the democrats. I agree that Gingrich would be a much better debater than Romney.


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