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Barack Obama

332 votes -62 votes needed to winElected!

Mitt Romney

206 votes 64 votes needed to winElected!
332 voted Obama
206 voted Romney

The race for the White House

Barack Obama

Carried to the White House in 2008 by the wave of hope his candidacy sparked, Barack Obama now wants to continue embodying change while accepting his mixed record over the past four difficult years.

This time, in addition to portraying himself as the hope candidate, Obama also aims to appear more pragmatic, hence his new slogan 'Forward'.

Will the charisma and eloquence of this son of a Kenyan-born father and a white American mother move the masses once again?

Joe Biden

A moderate democrat and a vice-president known for both his sincerity and gaffes, Biden has been senator for Delaware for 35 years.

In 2008, after losing the Democratic nomination to Barack Obama, he joined the winner as his VP running-mate. He was seen as having helped convince the white middle-class to vote for the relatively inexperienced Obama.

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney is back in the race to the White House. In 2008, Romney fought for the Republican nomination, eventually won by John McCain.

A Mormon and moderate Republican, Romney has been the establishment’s favourite from the start but has struggled to enthuse the grassroots. In 1968, Romney’s father, George, lost the Republican nomination race to Richard Nixon.

Governor of Massachusetts from 2003 to 2007, Romney chose instead to put forward his experience as a businessman to convince the voters he has the skills to fix the economy.

Paul Ryan

If this candidate for vice-president represents youth and Gen X on the Republican ticket, he is far from a political rookie.

He has been working on Capitol Hill in Washington DC since 1992 when he graduated from university with a joint degree in political science and economics. He has been a representative of his native Wisconsin since 1999.

As a staunchly pro-life Catholic and fiscal conservative who tried to privatise Medicare and a portion of social security, he is much valued by the Tea Party.


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Consultez les résultats des dernières présidentielles en survolant les années sur la carte

Two days after the US election, it is the turn of China to choose a new leader&hellip
(seen by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf) 

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Our illustrator Etienne Barthomeuf had a plan B

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Barack Obama re-elected president of the United States (seen by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf)

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A Viewer's Guide To Who Will Win The Presidential Election

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A &ldquoso-LOL&rdquo selection of pictures of the US election campaign by Buzzfeed. &ldquoThe 20 Weirdest Photo Moments Of The 2012 Campaign. This election got seriously weird. Let&rsquos reminisce.&rdquo

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Imagine&hellip Wednesday morning&hellip The United States wakes up. But neither Obama nor Mitt Romney has been able to claim a majority. Honors even, 269 Electoral College votes to 269. What next? euronews has the answer >>

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US elections D-Day (Picture by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf & Raf)

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“I’ve watched over the last few months as our campaign has gone from a start to a movement. It’s not just the size of the crowds. It’s the conviction and compassion in the hearts of the people,” Mitt Romney said today at a rally in Portsmouth, N.H. “It’s made me strive to be more worthy of the support I have received across the country and to campaign as I would govern, to speak for the aspirations of all Americans, not just some Americans.”

With three days to go, Romney calls his campaign a ‘movement’ Holly Bailey

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The best photos from the race to the White House:

(Top left: AP photo. Others: Getty Images.)

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“A full 86 percent of Obama’s television advertising and 79 percent of Romney’s has been negative, according to the Wesleyan Media Project, which tracks political advertising. By comparison, Obama and John McCain had spent an average of 69 percent of their TV budgets on negative ads by this point in 2008, and George W. Bush and John Kerry had spent 58 percent in 2004.”


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WaPo INTERACTIVE: Make Mitt Romney’s tax plan add up!

The last time the tax code got a deep clean was 1986. Since then, it’s been clogged back up with deductions, credits, and loopholes that have made tax time a burden for individuals and tax decisions distortive for businesses. Eliminating many of these special carve-outs would pay for a reduction in tax rates, deficit reduction, or perhaps even both.

But the minute one moves from that vague goal of making the tax code simpler into the knotty questions of what provisions of the tax code ought to be eliminated, the broad consensus breaks down. Should the next president limit the mortgage-interest deduction, and if so, by how much? Should he end the charitable deduction? What about the tax-free status of employer-provided health benefits?

The reason for trying to fill Romney’s tax plan—as opposed to Obama’s second-term plan—is that you can try filling the shortfall with a mix of tax cuts and tax increases of various types.  It explores the different party approaches and their feasibility for the current budget (setting aside the longer-term impact).  WaPo and Ezra Klein offers three generalized packages but also the ability to select options in each category.

If only ballots included stuff like this, just for measuring support.

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The Federal Register just released a fun new interactive on their web site! You can use the slide rule to look at maps of how the Electoral College voted from 1964 to 2008. 

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A Campaign Map, Morphed By Money

Explore political ad spending through creative cartography. This animated map shows where superPACs and other outside groups spent their money — over a six-month period during the general election — to air political ads aimed at influencing the presidential race.

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We really are reaching campaign-meme critical mass.


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How Will the Animated GIF Affect the Presidential Election? from PBS’ Idea Channel

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Obama — Then and Now by Damon Winter

On The New York Time&rsquos Lens blog: 

&ldquoDamon Winter’s coverage of Barack Obama’s 2008 campaign earned him the 2009 Pulitzer Prize for feature photography. 
Mr. Winter, who has been a New York Times staff photographer since 2007, returned to the campaign trail this time to find a different tone and candidate.&rdquo

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 Jacksonville is energized for a Romney-Ryan victory!

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Hang in there, mid-Atlantic America.


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Here’s an interesting question: Is the American dream possible?

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Swing states&hellip (by our cartoonist Etienne Barthomeuf)

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Obama: from “Yes we can” to “sorry I couldn’t”?

Did President Obama deliver during his first term and keep his campaign promises?

The Pulitzer Prize winning fact-checker Politifact monitored over 500 of Obama’s promises during and after the 2008 campaign and evaluated them, from Broken to Kept, during his first term.

For fairness’ sake, one must keep in mind that President Obama was leading the country facing “unprecedented obstructionism in the Senate” where constant threats of filibusters slowed down the legislative process from 2009 to 2011. The Republicans also regained control of the House of Representatives in the midterm elections of 2010. He nonetheless had the time to deliver on some of his promises and failed to act on others.

In overall the president’s scorecard looks like this: Promises Kept represent 38% of the total, the Compromise 15%, Promise Broken 17%, Stalled 9% and the In the Works 21%.

Euronews chose a balanced sample of 15 of the most emblematic promises of Obama’s first term to see what the fact-checkers’ verdict was. You be the judge.

» Sign the Freedom of Choice Act

Promise Broken

Candidate Obama initially supported the measure, whose most important feature would forbid local, state or federal governments to interfere with a woman's right to terminate a pregnancy prior to viability, and promised he would pass the act once president.

In March 2009, President Obama said the act was not his “highest legislative priority.” The Freedom of Choice Act has since effectively been shelved.

» Repeal the Bush tax cuts for higher incomes

Promise Broken

President Obama, when brokering a major deal on taxes; economic stimulus and welfare benefits in the last weeks of 2010, agreed to maintain the current tax rates for high earners, a rate he repeatedly said during the campaign he planned to let expire in 2011, a deadline set by the George W. Bush administration.

» Require 25 percent renewable energy by 2025

Promise Stalled

If the promise was high on the presidential agenda, recent attempts to implement a quota for renewable energy by a specific date were stopped in their tracks by the lack of bipartisanship in Congress and the Republicans taking control of the House of Representatives in 2010.

» Create a foreclosure prevention fund for homeowners

Promise Broken

While the program was indeed created, and funded with 75 billion dollars, it failed to alleviate house-owners' burden, helping a mere 500,000 when millions are still struggling.

Experts blamed the “lack of enforcement on the part of the U.S Treasury Department” of the rules on the biggest U.S banks owning a majority of the mortgages.

» Remove combat troops from Iraq

Promise Kept

The last US combat brigade left Iraq around August 19, 2010, making good on then president Obama's promise in February 2009 to have combat troops removed by August 31, 2010.

The last US soldiers pulled out of Iraq on December 18, 2011.

» Close the Guantanamo Bay Detention Center

Promise Broken

Barack Obama failed to deliver on this campaign promise when, on March 7, 2011, he signed an executive order resuming military trials for Guantanamo detainees and upheld prolonged detention of detainees even if they have not been charged or convicted.

» End the use of torture

Promise Kept

In an executive order signed on January 22, 2009, only 2 days after office, President Obama modified the administration's stance on torture.

The order said that prisoners “shall not be subjected to violence to life and person (…) nor to outrage upon personal dignity...” With the same stroke of a pen, Obama also nullified all interpretation of federal law on interrogations issued by the Department of Justice between September 11, 2001 and January 20, 2009 under President George W. Bush.

» Provide a path to citizenship for undocumented immigrants

In the Works

Politifact's fact-checkers concluded that with a Congress in which Republicans control the U.S House of Representatives, it was highly unlikely to see an immigration reform pass.

However, actions, meetings and memos from the President makes Politifact think he is trying to “rekindle public conversation and reset the debate in favor of immigration reform.”

» Reduce subsidies to private student lenders and protect student borrowers

Promise Kept

With ever-increasing education costs, the Obama administration managed to keep its promise to act and protect students, pushing for a shift from private to government-managed college loans.

On March 30, 2010, Obama signed a bill to eliminate government subsidies to private student lenders, part of said subsidies now going to expand federal programs to help low-income students fund their education.

» Sign a "universal" health care bill

Promise Kept

One of Obama's main campaign promises and biggest political battle of his first term, the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act was signed on March 23, 2010.

Part of the bill, the so-called individual mandate requiring individuals to purchase health insurance, got challenged at the US Supreme Court, which ruled it constitutional on June 28, 2012, much to the President's relief.

» Support the repeal of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA)

Promise Broken

Candidate Obama vowed to support the end of the Defense of Marriage Act, which was signed by Bill Clinton in 1996 and defined marriage as between a man and a woman, and enact legislation putting an end to the legal exclusion of same-sex couples from more than a thousand federal rights and protections.

As a president though, Obama did not deliver on his promise, the law remains on the books and same-sex couples still do not enjoy the same federal rights and protections as heterosexual couples.

» Repeal "Don't Ask, Don't Tell" policy

Promise Kept

For the past 17 years, the “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” policy banned gays and lesbians from serving openly in the military.

Congress voted to overturn the law, President Barack Obama signed to bill into law on December 22, 2010 and, after a transition period, “Don't Ask, Don't Tell” formally ended on September 20, 2011 according to the White House.

» Create 5 million green jobs

In the Works

Politifact's fact-checkers concluded that “the near future looks bleak for Obama's green jobs promise but since he gave himself a 10-year window,” his promise is In the Works for now.

» Secure the borders


While “many signs point to significant progress on stemming illegal immigration, including added staff and resources in border security”, one must keep in mind that “reports have indicated that a sizeable portion of the border is not under "operational control."

Accordingly, Politifact's fact-checkers rate this promise a Compromise.

» Restrict warrantless wiretaps


Passed in the aftermath of the attacks of 9/11, the Patriot Act saw some of its key features reauthorized by President Obama when he signed on May 26, 2011.

On that day, the US President signed a bill that called for the renewal of controversial elements, for example allowing wiretapping by law enforcement to track targets if they change phones without judicial oversight.

However the Department of Justice decided to independently implement some oversight measures inspired from a failed bill.

euronews special reports

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    Most analysts agree that this November 6 election is mostly centred on economic concerns. We spoke to analyst Ian Bremmer, president of the Eurasia Group, a… 02/11 18:27 CET

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    What are we to make of Mitt Romney, the man who could very well beat Obama to the White House? We put that question to Charles Kupchan, Professor of… 01/11 19:27 CET

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    Mitt Romney was a surprise package in the US presidential race. The Republican traditional conservative base found him not conservative enough. His… 01/11 19:02 CET

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    Paul McDowell, euronews: “Let’s reflect now on some words from Barack Obama’s victory speech in Chicago four years ago. I am joined by ABC News Correspondent… 31/10 16:02 CET

  • Obama’s legacy

    The night Barack Obama changed his sweet home Chicago for a new address at the White House, he was riding a tide of hope across the country. It marked an… 31/10 16:02 CET

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    Against the background of the global economic crisis, domestic issues have trumped foreign policy in the run-up to the US election. To discuss the major… 30/10 19:39 CET

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    Barack Obama’s foreign policy record disappointed many people outside the US, notably in Europe and the Middle East. His speech in Cairo promised more… 30/10 19:06 CET


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