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Who should I vote for in 2012 - an unbiased look.

Updated on August 12, 2012

Who to vote for?

Who to vote for is a very individual decision, but this unbiased guide should help you make your decision if you are on the fence. As in most presidential elections, it's not really about finding the perfect candidate, it's about finding the candidate that you agree with on the most issues. Very few people are going to agree with any candidate on everything, but if you agree with one guy on six major issues, and another guy on two major issues, your decision should be pretty simple.

So before you can determine who you want to be president, you must first decide what is most important to you, and then find someone who believes in those issues as well.

Please keep in mind this is a small portion on what each candidate has in mind for the country. I would encourage you to take a look at each candidate in greater detail by visiting their campaign websites and watching videos of their campaign speeches on YouTube. I also encourage you to watch the debates for a better gauge on how each candidate feels on individual issues.


Romney on Taxes:

Individual taxes

  • Maintain current marginal tax rates; make the Bush tax cuts permanent
  • Get rid of the tax paid on inheritance
  • Eliminate taxes on interest, dividends, and capital gains for individuals with incomes below $200,000
  • Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

Corporate taxes

  • Cut the corporate tax rate to 25% (Currently 35% for big corporations)
  • Make the R&D tax credit permanent (Research and Development Tax Credit for those who Research and Develop new ideas/products)
  • Repeal the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)
  • Move to a territorial tax system where US companies will not have to pay U.S. taxes on income earned overseas even when repatriated.

To pay for tax cuts Romney would like to get rid of some deductions, like the mortgage deduction for second homes, the deduction you get for paying state income and property taxes. He will also look for cuts in the Department of Education and the Department of Housing and Urban Development (HUD).

Obama on Taxes:

Individual taxes

  • Let Bush-era tax cuts expire for households where income is more than $250,000
  • A "Buffett rule" where individuals with incomes more than $1,000,000 (one million Dollars) are required to pay a certain minimum tax rate (30%) regardless of the source of their income

Corporate taxes

  • Tax Credits for manufacturing firms
  • "Eliminate tax breaks for companies that ship jobs overseas"

Social Issues

Gay Rights:

Romney - Opposes Gay Marriage, in support of Civil Union. Supported "Don't ask, Don't Tell", Supported EDNA the act that would ban employers discriminating against gays.

Obama - Supports Gay Marriage, Repealed "Don't ask Don't tell"


Romney - Believes Roe vs. Wade should be overturned (which has allowed women to legally seek abortions) Believes that embryonic Stem Cell research breaches a moral boundary.

Obama - Supports a woman's right to choose. Supports Stem Cell research to help cure disease.


Romney: Enforce employment laws more strictly. When illegal immigrants can not find work they will self-deport.

Would make English the official language of the US and "turn off the magnets like tuition breaks or other breaks that draw people into this country illegally"

Obama - Passed an executive order that will allow children who have been brought to the US under the age of 16, have finished High School, have no criminal record and are under the age of 30 to remain in the US. They can no longer be deported.

Obama has deported more illegal immigrants in his 4 years than Bush did.

Supports a path to legalization for illegal immigrants that includes learning English and paying fines; toughen penalties for hiring illegal immigrants; voted for fence along Mexican border

Foreign Policy

Romney - Can not allow Iran to get Nuclear Weapons, Does not believe we should have withdrawn from Iraq, Believes civil Liberties do not apply to terrorists, believes President has the right to do what he believes makes the country safer.

Obama - Says that nothing will be off the table if Iran develops Nuclear weapons, Withdrew troops from Iraq, publicly opposes wars, but says that congressional approval not needed for war if the President has UN approval.

Freedom of Speech

Romney: Has not taken a public position

Obama: Signed H.R. 347 allowing the Secret Service to limit protest based upon threat assessment and proximity.


Romney - Created a popular Health Care bill in Massachusetts that was used to base the National Health Care bill on. Says he would repeal Obama's Health Care bill because he does not believe it should be a national bill, should be up to the states. Would encourage people to purchase health care individual instead of relying on employers.

Obama - Passed the 2010 health-care overhaul bill. Calls for patient protections like allowing coverage for pre-existing conditions, not letting insurers cancel policies when patients get sick, and requiring individuals to buy health insurance or pay a fine. Also requires that kids can stay on their parents insurance while they are in college.

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson will be on the Ballot in all 50 states as the Libertarian candidate for president. Many Ron Paul supporters are now supporting Gary Johnson. Because of this, hei is included here.

The information here is taken from candidate Gary Johnson's website -

Gary Johnson is a real libertarian who offers America something completely different.

Gary Johnson will end deficit spending and cut federal spending by 43%.

Gary Johnson will move America to the Fair Tax plan and believes our current tax system as a impediment economic growth.

Gary Johnson will end the manipulation of our money by the Federal Reserve.

Gary Johnson supports the Second Amendment and opposes gun control.

Gary Johnson will end expensive foreign wars in places like Libya and Afghanistan where our national interest is not clear.

Gary Johnson will cut the over-regulation of our families, our businesses and our lives.

Gary Johnson supports a women's right to choose.

Gary Johnson supports marriage equality for gay Americans as required by the Constitution.

Gary Johnson supports the legalization of marijuana, which will save us billions and do no harm.

Gary Johnson will demand a government free of special interest influence, crony capitalism and corruption.

Gary Johnson will return strict adherence to Constitutional principles to our government.


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    • Kim Cantrell profile image

      Kim Cantrell 

      5 years ago from Deep In The Pages of a Book

      Hi Mandy, I just wanted to drop a quick note and let you know this article has been stolen by this blog: Pathetic people can't come up with their own material!

    • Chuck Bluestein profile image

      Chuck Bluestein 

      6 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      The latest is Johnson has 5% of the vote and Stein has 3% of the vote. Stein spent most of her time getting on ballots. Now that she is on enough to get 85% of the vote, she is focusing on getting people to vote for her.

      Obama and Romney are both in favor of sending our soldiers to fight in non-wars and get killed. They are not defending our country. They are invaders!!!!

      Ron Paul said that we just marched on in and we can jsut march on out. It costs the U.S. over a trillion dollars that we need here. Jill Stein says we should not be cops of the world-- all troops home. Same with Johnson. Law requires congress to declare war. Last war we had was World War II.

      So what is the REAL reason to send soldiers overseas to get killed and leave widows and father-less children? It is to make billions for the corporations that sell weapons. They support Romney and Obama.

      There are articles on the vanishing middle class. The very rich get richer and everyone else is going broke. With marijuana being illegal, the drug dealers make billions and you must pay $50,000 a year to support each person in jail for just possessing marijuana.

      Stein and Johnson want to make marijuana legal so the drug dealers will go broke and the U.S. will make billions on it. Also we will save the money of having to support people arrested for possessing it to the tune of $50,000 a year EACH. Note like Ron Paul, Stein is a medical doctor and says marijuana helps people in pain and hemp is a beneficial natural fiber like cotton.

    • Mandy M S profile imageAUTHOR

      Mandy M S 

      6 years ago

      I think it's growing too Chuck, people are increasingl dissatisfied with the options given to them. Gary Johnson is an interesting alternative.

    • Mandy M S profile imageAUTHOR

      Mandy M S 

      6 years ago

      Yes, things would change quite a bit if the got rid of the electoral college, wouldn't it?

    • Chuck Bluestein profile image

      Chuck Bluestein 

      6 years ago from Morristown, AZ, USA

      Obama and Romney are both controlled by the big corporations. They are supposed to say whatever they can that will get them elected so they can serve the big corporations not the individual people.

      Gary Johnson endorsed Ron Paul for president 4 years ago. Dr. Jill Johnson is the Green Party nomination for president and she has a similar stance on the important issues as Ron Paul and Gary Johnson. But she lost to Romney when running for governor, while Gary Johnson was a 2 term governor unlike Romney. So right now I am for Gary Johnson for president in 2012. Ron Paul believes the Ron Paul revoltion is growing but he is no longer running for president in 2012.

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      6 years ago from NE Pennsylvania

      Hey people, don't be fooled by the dance, your vote does not count in any way or form. The Electoral College is the vote, not the People. We are given the chance to vote to make it look like we have a say in who is voted as President. Google Electoral College and see what I mean or go here: It's all a shell game and we are the marks. We are being led around by a chained society, and " WE THE PEOPLE" are just what it means The people separate from Government, and controlled by that government who was bought by Foreign interests, and we are the property of the Government, but not an open Government, but a shadow Government that was paid for by the World Bank and the United Nations who are just a mirage to hide the real agenda of an Elite group of people. You can put me down all you want but the truth is still the truth and I just told you the truth.

    • Mandy M S profile imageAUTHOR

      Mandy M S 

      6 years ago

      Agreed - we need more independants! People who vote the party line without regard to what the members of the party are about are abusing their voting rights.

      I agree with you on everything, but I'm a fan of SS, Medicare and I don't know enough about Obamacare to know. I like the idea of knowing old people are being taken care of. I think these programs should be self-sustaining by law though, and if the money coming in isn't enough, then we need to pay more, or they need to re-evaluate spending.

      Too bad logic is a dirty word in Washington.

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      6 years ago from Southern California


      We need more independents, less government, less government run TAXES like SS, Medicare and Obamacare. For pro defense we need better border protections, and crack down on the drug cartels. In the past the US has gone half way around the world to attack drug cartels, yet we can't seem to handle the ones right across our border.


    • Mandy M S profile imageAUTHOR

      Mandy M S 

      6 years ago

      Thank you for the thoughts.

      Bob - I agree that things would be much better off if we simply debated based on the facts!

      LoneStar- I'm also a Ron Paul fan, I have read a couple of his books and athough I don't agree with everything he does, I find him to be honest and interested in the future of the US, not just the future of his career.

      ibradmasters- I agree, voting on one issue tend to make a bad voter, but voting on a variety of issues should make an informed voter.

      I'm a registered Dem, but mainly just to be able to caucus. I consider myself an independant and vote all over the place. I believe the govt. should stay out of my business, but I stongly believe in the govt as a safety net for the poor and elderly. I'm anti war but pro defense. Those are the issues I vote on. :)

    • ib radmasters profile image

      ib radmasters 

      6 years ago from Southern California

      It is a bad idea to look at a favorite issue and make it a voting decision for the presidency.

      President Obama had four years to come up with his plan, his plan whatever it might have been didn't work.

      Now Obama has another plan, why would a new one work?

      Romney has a plan, whether it will work can only be determined if he becomes president.

      The better approach would be if the voters called the important issues and what they want. But the voters especially the loyal party voters are sheep. So no matter who wins the presidency, the voters will still be sheep.

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      Rod Martin Jr 

      6 years ago from Cebu, Philippines

      I find it hard to believe the stances of either Obama or Romney. Both are such flip-floppers. Obama was such a betrayer; so many of his campaign promises evaporated. He didn't even get his Oath of Office right, and then proceeded to trash the Constitution (treason).

      Gary Johnson sounds like a good choice, but I'm still leaning toward Ron Paul.

    • Bob Zermop profile image

      Bob Zermop 

      6 years ago from California, USA

      Helpful, and I also appreciate the intent behind writing this article. Even if we don't all agree on solutions, we can find facts to solidly debate on. Good hub.


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