With the debate season closed and the presidential election near, some commentators have noted the silence from the candidates on issues such as poverty and the war in Afghanistan. Yet, it has gone largely unnoticed that, in the 2012 presidential debates, the word ‘rape’ was never used. Not once. In the only vice presidential debate of 2012, the word ‘rape’ was mentioned, yet only within the context of reproductive rights.
The Nevadan Asian American and Pacific Islander (AAPI) vote is, and will be, the margin of victory in this year's presidential election and the critical vote to re-elect President Obama and move this country forward.
AAPIs of the Silver State are a microcosm of the colors and energy of this country. Even as AAPIs grew the fastest out of all ethnicities -- growing 46 percent from 2000 to 2010 nationally -- Nevada's AAPI community grew at an astounding rate of 116 percent and now comprises 9 percent of the state. Despite our community's impressive growth, however, only 55 percent of AAPIs are registered to vote nationally and one-third of AAPI voters remain undecided.
Missing from Governor Romney’s campaign promises for cuts is needed moral reflection on the future of Medicaid. He plans steep reductions to Medicaid’s with no weighing of the consequences for human life. Of all the cuts that Romney proposes, what he would do to Medicaid is the cruelest and it would hit Americans hard.
The extraordinary disconnect of Governor Romney’s opening position in the final presidential debate almost went unnoticed as he tried to distance himself from some of his previous foreign policy statements.
Before the debate, I urged the candidates to have a substantive discussion about how best to fight terrorism, one in which they addressed the need to align U.S. policies with American ideals and to restore the country’s standing in the world.
With the third and final presidential debate now in the history books, the extreme makeover of Mitt Romney is now complete. In the first two debates, we learned that the former governor of Massachusetts was against reducing the share of the tax burden for the wealthiest Americans, for increasing Pell grants, for means-testing Social Security benefits so wealthier seniors would receive less, for the auto bailout (I’m glad you followed my advice, President Obama), and for affirmative action in the hiring of women in his cabinet. In the last debate, we learned that Romney is now for increasing foreign aid, for expanding the rights of women and enhancing economic development in the Middle East, against any military option in the case of Iran or Syria, and for – generally – world peace.
In his breathtakingly swift shift to the center over the last three weeks, it is safe to say that the October surprise in the race for the White House in 2012 is the resurfacing of Massachusetts Mitt.
In September 2004, the Log Cabin Republicans – a national organization representing gay and lesbian Republicans – voted to withhold their endorsement of then President George W. Bush, which marked the first time in the organization’s history that it did not endorse the Republican nominee for President. According to then-Executive Director Patrick Guerriero, “Certain moments in history require that a belief in fairness and equality not be sacrificed in the name of partisan politics; this is one of those moments.”
That moment in history stands in stark contrast to yesterday when Log Cabin endorsed Governor Romney’s candidacy for the presidency. What this means is that the organization has officially thrown its support behind a candidate who is even more staunchly opposed to LGBT equality than President Bush was in 2004.
One has not truly arrived in politics until Saturday Night Live makes you the butt of a skit. Undecided voter, welcome to center stage.
These undecided voters’ apparent inability to choose between the “stark choices” and “clear differences” the competing presidential campaigns claim to offer is the source of frustration for many. The truth is these voters are disenchanted and, frankly, uninterested, in policy wonkiness.
They simply want one thing: a president who makes them feel better about tomorrow. The winning candidate is the one who best instills confidence that the American Dream will remain intact. It is not jobs or the economy, it is trust.
While I concur that this administration has largely pursued the right strategies on the global stage, I am concerned by the apparent lack of critical thought Mr. Romney has given to his positions as he campaigns to be our next commander in chief. He simultaneously criticizes and agrees with our current approach, twisting himself in knots to appeal to his party’s hardline neoconservatives by painting the president as weak, while he avoids sounding too hawkish to a citizenry wary of intervention and tired of war. These inconsistencies are troubling from one who hopes to make the final call on our most consequential national security decisions.
In the final presidential debate Monday evening, Mitt Romney allowed Obama to get away with perpetuating several myths that Republicans have, to their detriment and the detriment of the nation, allowed to be baked into political history. Left unchallenged, these stories have left Republicans bleeding on the political battlefield with collateral damage to economic freedom and national security.