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Obama Faces Romney: Which Presidential Candidate Are You Going to Be Voting For?

Now that the Democratic and Republican delegates have officially chosen their nominees, Patch wants to know: Who are you betting on?

It's official: With President Barack Obama's acceptance speech in Charlotte Thursday night, both the Republicans and Democrats have formally chosen their nominees for the 2012 presidential election. Let the real race begin.

A lot can change between now and Nov. 6: Gaffes, scandals or even major international news events could shift the dynamics of the campaign.

The latest Gallup Polls show registered voters preferring Obama to Mitt Romney by just one percentage point, 47 percent to 46 percent. A USA Today/Gallup poll taken just before the party conventions found American voters think Obama is more likeable, but trust Romney more to handle the economy.

Pundits have been busy for months handicapping the major-party candidates on various factors: incumbent advantage, fundraising clout, even religion.

Patch wants to know: Regardless of who you support for President, who do you think will actually claim victory in November?

Vote in our poll below, comment your reasons for the way you are voting.

Doug Strickland September 07, 2012 at 02:52 PM
It was refreshing hearing The President talk about citizenship last night.
CLIFTON BUCK-KAUFFMAN September 07, 2012 at 05:13 PM
I am voting for the candidate of the GREEN PARTY, Jill Stein. She isn't a puppet of the .001% and their corporate stooges, like the two evil, and less evil, "major" party nominees. I am not squandering my precious vote for a war criminal, or a wanna-be war criminal. We need a new direction besides being goons for our oppressors in nations around the world. None of us benefit, even a little, from our wealth being squandered on these ridiculous wars being waged in our names. Imagine how much better our lives would be if our resources benefitted us, the same workers who created the prosperity being wasted on destruction and murder.
Ernest Giono September 08, 2012 at 04:26 PM
Romney scares me but Obama terrifies me...I will go for Romney, the lesser of the two evils, I guess.
Doug Strickland September 08, 2012 at 04:30 PM
I would love to understand your position Ernest. I've been trying to find a Romney supporter that can explain their choice. Specifically, how has your life been adversely affected by something that President Obama has, or has not done? I mean this in all sincerity, and really want to have this conversation in a forum like this. No hatred, no personal attacks, no agenda, open minds?
"The Black Panther of Poetry" September 08, 2012 at 10:00 PM
STUPID IS HOW STUPID VOTE!! Thank God for Stupidity for it has its’ place Thank God it transcends all Genders, Religions and Race Thank God for Stupidity The step-child of Humanity No brains required just loyalty and vanity If stupidity was a Country at some point we’d all be citizens eager participants and soldiers fighting for its’ Soverienity Hell I’ve pledge allegiance to its’ flag on many occasions I’ve fought in its’ wars with blind faith and pursuasion So in November when you go out of your house and into the voting booth with little or no wisdom,no knowledge No Ruth Allow me to tell you when you got like that and why you did It was the day you voted for Mitt Romney and Now you know STUPID!!!
Tom September 13, 2012 at 03:20 AM
Well Doug, I don't know if this will answer the question, but, for me, food costs are up, cigarette taxes were added to the sum of $20 a carton, gas is up just about $2 a gal. just to name a few. But, As I see the bigger picture, looking at the national debt clock online, it makes my head spin. I know 5 trillion of it has been added to the debt in just the past 3 1/2 yrs, unemployment is still above 8%, no national budget has been set in the last 3 years, I'm not pointing the finger at anyone, but President Obama said if he couldn't fix it in 3 yrs he'd be a one term President, I'd have to say, I don't believe he's fixed it, so I think it's time to give someone else a try....just my thoughts
Doug Strickland September 13, 2012 at 04:30 PM
Thanks Tom, I appreciate your taking the time to share. When I read your comments though, I can't find anything that is the result of the President's actions. Food costs are up due to a number of things, the greatest being the drought, then fuel costs, etc. Hardly a presidential thing. The cigarette taxes you mention are the result of a state initiative, so blame the governor, not the president. The budget was submitted to Congress in February, lets see why Congress hasn't passed it? (http://bit.ly/TONLEU). Indeed, unemployment is way too high. Again, can we point to one person? Could the Senate have done a little more to get bills passed without the regional rhetoric that special interests drive? "I'd rather be a really good one-term president than a mediocre two-term president." is what Obama said in the ABC interview you refer to. That's not quite the same as your quote. But I think that Obama has learned a lot while in office, and among those lessons has been a sharpening of his tactics when dealing with foot-dragging-just-say-no opposition. Doesn't Mitch McConnell's comment "The single most important thing we want to achieve is for President Obama to be a one-term president" put that lack of progress into perspective? That's saying that the GOP's recovery, and financial objectives, putting people to work, etc. are second place at best?! Never has such blatant self-interest been so public.
"The Black Panther of Poetry" September 13, 2012 at 05:12 PM
Amen Doug!!!
Your Name September 13, 2012 at 10:42 PM
Well said Doug. Your approach, calm demeaner and factual based replies were the best thing that I have read to day. Well done sir!
Tom September 14, 2012 at 08:21 AM
Well thank you Doug, But, As I stated, taxes on my bad habit (cigarettes) were raised, I'm sure my home state has bent me over a time or two, but so has the Fed. http://www.factcheck.org/2011/02/obamas-tax-tale/ http://www.gallup.com/poll/117214/cigarette-tax-affect-low-income-americans.aspx And,I know the President can't make gas prices go down, but every President gets blamed for it. (Just trying to be fair) Or credit, depending on which way the prices go. And thank you for the Presidents full comment, I still contend that things haven't gotten any better in his first term. 2008 we had about 13.5 million Americans unemployed, 2012 we now have about 22.6 million Americans unemployed. 2008 we had about 31.9 million Americans getting food stamps, now we have in 2012 about 46.8 million Americans getting them. http://www.usdebtclock.org/ Sorry, but I can't say that that's been a good job. And on top of that the EPA is trying to shut down more of our coal fired power plants, which are a large producer of electricity for us, prices will continue to rise.(And they want us to drive plug in cars?) http://www.instituteforenergyresearch.org/epa-powerplant-closures/ And now we have QE3, my hard earned money just lost more of it value! The way I see it, the President asked for the job and felt he could fix it, but at this point I can't say that he has, and if he were a CEO of a company I think we'd have to let him go. Again, just my thoughts
The Voice of Reason October 01, 2012 at 07:49 PM
I don't understand how anyone could support Romney, unless they are rich, white, male, and heterosexual, and hate everyone who isn't. I'm 3 of those 4, and would never even consider voting for him, even if I were rich.
The Voice of Reason October 02, 2012 at 04:41 AM
Romney is far more evil.

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