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Old August 10th, 2012 (09:38 PM). Edited August 29th, 2012 by Netto Azure.
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This thread is dedicated to discussion of the upcoming US Presidential, Gubernatorial and Congressional election in November 2012. The purpose of this thread is to discuss the various candidates, their positions, and the various other positions being voted on across the country. All news and discussion of the upcoming election will be placed in this thread, and once the results are in a possible new thread dedicated to the 113th Congress could be made.

The usual forum rules apply (be considerate of others and their opinions, no flaming or cyclical posting, try and provide sources when possible, etc), and try not to get too caught up in the News coverage of the elections (i.e., we all know the mainstream media is inherently biased (toward the right and the left), so try not to create too much discussion based on how bad you perceive the individual networks are skewing the various elections). To clarify further, you can post any clips or excerpts you feel will add to this thread (as so long as they are actual news clips and not simply talking heads), but do not get too focused on the source of the information (which is partially irrelevant to the discussion topic)...

Former Governor Mitt Romney is the Republican nominee for the 2012 Presidential cycle.

President Barack Obama is the likely Democratic nominee for the 2012 Presidential cycle.

Multiple 3rd party candidates will be announced as the election approaches.

11 States and 2 territories will have Gubernatorial elections. 33 Senatorial Elections will take place, and all 435 Representative seats are up for election. And, of course, a variety of state and local elections will take place.

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Wow, the GOP just chose the Rich Venture Capitalist and the Social Safety Net shredding Ayn Rand disciple. This has got to be one of the most ideologically polarizing ticket I've seen in a while.

Anyways, I seriously want to see a through and knowledgeable debate about the role of government towards society this election cycle. But it still seriously ironic how the current 2012 Ryan Budget was scaled down to "Slash everything except the sacred cows of Defense, Medicare, and Social Security" after his original 2011 Budget proposal was effectively used by Democrats as a Piñata.
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