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Wednesday, November 7, 2012

USA Presidential Election 2012 l The highlights of the campaign

1. With the popularity falling, Obama announced his candidacy

On April 4, 2011 the president confirmed, through its website and sending emails, two pillars of its success in reaching the White House in 2008 - which gave everyone already assured: it presented to reelection . At that time, and after the victory of the Republican Party in the midterm elections of 2010, the president's popularity was at its lowest level, with only e l 41% approval of his administration. However, the video that launched that day to accompany the announcement did not reflect any of that disappointment and again put the focus on the community aspect of his previous campaign.

2. The Republican race starts and is very strange ...

The opposition political forces faced a long and unpredictable primary , which included20 televised debates, not fewer scandals and in which each week featured a new favorite. 
One of them, the mpresario pizza Herman Cain , got to be involved in sexual harassment complaints, but not before quoting the song  Pokemon: The Movie  in its final act. 
The Texas Gov. Rick Perry, one of the favorites of the most conservative wing, resigned in January this year after  appearing drunk at a press conference  and  go blank during one of the debates  when trying to say that government agencies would close if it reached the presidency.

3. Romney gets the nomination

In a fight with ultrarreligioso disputed Rick Santorum, who presumed to educate their children at home, compared homosexuality with bestiality. He even called Obama "snob" by claiming that young people go to college, Mitt Romney prevailed also leaving behind libertarian Ron Paul, the Tea Party favorite Michele Bachmann and Newt Gingrich controversial. 
Former Massachusetts governor and millionaire Mormon faith, was placed at the center of the other candidates in the race, except the issue of immigration, the solution was for him the "autodeportaci√≥n" - and got the delegates needed to clinch the nomination.

4. Obama goes to seek the support of minorities

During the first two years of his administration, when Democrats controlled both chambers, was just what the president had done for the Latino and gayBut Obama mid-year, and over a period of 30 days,  first announced their support for marriage between same sex and then they  would stop deporting young people  who entered the United States before the age of 16 years old. 
Despite being criticized by Republicans and even some progressive sectors, considering that these backups were just an electoral strategy, both as homosexual Hispanic community celebrated the announcement and renewed to Democrat support for elections. Yet the promised immigration reform was not a major campaign issue for any candidate.

5. Bill Clinton comes to the rescue, Clint Eastwood speaks with a chair

The duel of the conventions, one of the largest instances of media coverage in the presidential race and whose days are transmitted by broadcast television for the first time, had a clear winner and a clear loser, but none of them who appeared to lead the country for the next four years. 
On the side of the Democrats, the appearance of President Bill Clinton darkened until the time of acceptance of the nomination by Obama, in a speech of nearly an hour in which he remember why, despite almost throwing away his presidency by sex scandal withintern Monica Lewinsky, politics remains the most beloved by Americans. 
The Republicans, however, did not achieve the same jolt in the electorate and theperformance of Clint Eastwood talking to a chair representing Obama was the national laughingstock. The video of his speech went viral in minutes and was mocked by TV comedians for days. Eastwood himself later acknowledged that it was an impromptu speech were unaware that the organizers but said he did not regret his actions.  

 6. Appears a hidden camera and controversy erupts

Disseminated without permission leftist magazine Mother Jones , a recording showed the Republican saying to a group of wealthy donors that 47% of the population pays no income taxes are believed "victims", mocking his Hispanic heritage (her father born in Mexico after his Mormon family had to escape their country persecuted for their religion).He also said that Obama voters have the nerve to believe with rights to health, food and housing. It was definitely the biggest headache of a campaign that was not without scandal precisely. 
Obama said days after the controversy broke out , saying that "a president should work for all Americans, not just for some" and took pictures of the video for their campaign spots, painting Romney as a plutocrat uninterested in improving the lives of the needy.  herself Argentina president Cristina Kirchner came to criticizing the Republican  for her statement, saying that what he said Romney  seemed  "to what some here about that social programs are for people who are lazy or unwilling to work" .

7. Romney regains momentum in discussions

In the middle of a witch hunt in the Republican Party, which already resigned to losing the elections and until the presidential campaign coordinator had resigned, started the first debate between the candidates and, to the surprise of all, Romney won by knockout against a fearless Obama. 
Deployed to do a more moderate, away from extreme rhetoric that had defended, according to many, without quite believing it himself. In these clashes, Obama regain some ground and would be victorious , especially in the third and last, but the launch in polls Romney had made ​​back his enthusiasm to his campaign.

 8. Hurricane Sandy: bad for many, good for the candidate Obama

As the campaign drew to a close, and it appeared that the famous "October surprise"(an unpredictable event that changes the course of the presidential race) would not appeared, Sandy had to cancel a few days the campaigns of both candidates .   Then Obama would give a chance to gain more followers after his good management,which even won the support of the mayor "independent" of New York Michael Bloomberg and praise the Republican governor of New Jersey, Chris Christie.


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