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2012 Presidential Candidates

Barack Obama (D)  
     
Current Office: President, United States
Education:
JD, Harvard Law School, 1991
BA, Columbia University, 1983
Political Experience:
President, United States of America, 2009-present
Senator, United States Senate, 2005-2008
Keynote Speaker, Democratic National Convention, 2004
Senator, Illinois State Senate, 1996-2004
Professional Experience:
Community Organizer, Chicago, 1985
Author
Former Attorney, Sidley and Austin
Former Professor, Constitutional Law, University of Chicago
Campaign Contact:
PO Box 803638 | Chicago, IL 60680
312-698-3670
barackobama.com
   

 

Mitt Romney (R)    
     
Current Office: N/A
Education:
JD, Harvard Law School, 1975
MBA, Harvard Business School, 1975
BA, Brigham Young University, 1971
Political Experience:
Candidate, United States President, 2008
Governor, Commonwealth of Massachusetts, 2002-2006
Candidate, United States Senate, 1994
Professional Experience:
President/Chief Executive Officer, Salt Lake Winter Olympics Organizing Committee, 1999-2002
Chief Executive Officer/Chairman, Bain and Company, Incorporated, 1991-1993
Vice President, Bain and Company, Incorporated, 1978-1984
Founder/Chief Executive Officer/Managing Partner, Bain Capital, Incorporated
Campaign Contact:
PO Box 149756 | Boston, MA 02114-9756
857-288-3500
mittromney.com
   

Where do the Candidates Stand on the Issues?

  Barack Obama (D) Mitt Romney (R)

Trucking &
Transportation

  • The President's Department of Transportation issued regulations that:
    • Proposed reductions in driving time.
    • Put new restrictions on the 34 hour restart provision.
    • Counted accidents against drivers regardless of fault.
    • Lists tickets on the drivers CSA record even though they have been overturned in court.
    • Counts warning tickets against the driver’s CSA record. 
  • Believes "infrastructure enhancement in this country is a positive way to long-term improve the job prospects in America." 
  • Has stated that the U.S. has "thousands and thousands of structurally deficient bridges, we have roads that are in terrible disrepair, we have choke points across the country that are affecting commerce. An infrastructure plan is going to be needed."
Taxes & Regulations
  • Wants to cut taxes for middle class families and small businesses.
  • Has called for reforming the Tax Code and closing tax loopholes for millionaires, billionaires, hedge fund managers, private jet owners and oil companies.
  • Supports making refundable tax credits permanent, simplifying confusing provisions in the tax code and encouraging saving.
  • Has proposed to reduce the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 28 percent, except for manufacturers, which would receive a special rate of 25 percent.
  • Wants to make the Research & Experimentation Tax Credit permanent.
  • Would institute a minimum tax on earnings that multinationals make overseas.
  • Wants to cut taxes and reduce regulations.
  • Believes marginal rates must be brought down to stimulate entrepreneurship, job creation, and investment, while still raising the revenue needed to fund a smaller government.
  • Wants to make the Bush-era tax cuts permanent.
  • Supports slashing the corporate tax rate from 35 percent to 25 percent.
  • Wants to switch to a territorial tax system.
  • Would strengthen and make permanent the R&D tax credit.
  • Supports repealing the corporate Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT).
Health Care
  • Passed the Affordable Care Act (ACA). 
  • Under the ACA, everyone must buy health insurance or pay a fine.
  • The ACA requires employers with more than 50 full time employees to provide health care coverage or pay a fine.
  • The health care law bars insurers from denying coverage to people with a preexisting condition.
  • Will repeal the Affordable Care Act.    
  • Supports policies that give each state the power to craft a health care reform plan that is best for its own citizens. The federal government's role will be to help markets work by creating a level playing field for competition.
  • Supports empowering individuals and small businesses to form purchasing pools.
  • Wants to prevent discrimination against individuals with pre-existing conditions who maintain continuous coverage.
  • Will end tax discrimination against the individual purchase of insurance.
  • Supports purchasing insurance across state lines.
Energy
  • Has stated support for putting in place an 'all-of-the-above-strategy' which includes increasing domestic oil production and reducing our dependence on foreign oil, increasing natural gas production, investing in clean coal, increasing the use of biofuels, harnessing wind energy, expanding solar energy production and expanding nuclear energy.
  • Supports limited expansion of oil and gas drilling: EPA and the Interior Department have approved permits for drilling in U.S. waters in the Arctic Ocean off the Alaskan coast. 
  • Is supportive of hydraulic fracturing to extract deposits of oil and gas trapped in shale, although EPA has issued new regulations for the process.
  • Delayed a decision on the 1,700 mile Keystone pipeline.
  • Would end loan guarantees, cash grants, tax incentives, and other such spending on clean-energy research. 
  • Supports more domestic energy (including oil, natural gas and nuclear power) and a streamlined approach to regulation.
  • Would permit drilling 'wherever it can be done safely,' including off the Atlantic and Pacific Coasts, in the Arctic National Wildlife Refuge, in the Gulf of Mexico, and off the Alaskan coast.
  • Would promote 'fracking' of gas and oil, trapped in shale, allowing states to regulate fracking without enduring 'overly aggressive intervention' by EPA.
  • Supports the construction of the Keystone Pipeline.
Deficit
  • Has put forward a plan of spending cuts and revenue increases that reduce the deficit by more than $4 trillion over the next decade, including $1 trillion in spending cuts he signed into law last summer as part of a deal with congressional Republicans.
  • Proposes to:
    • Cap Spending At 20 Percent Of GDP.
    • Return Non-Security Discretionary Spending To Below 2008 Levels.
    • Build A Simpler, Smaller, Smarter Government.
Social Security
  • Is committed to protecting and strengthening Social Security.
  • Believes that no current beneficiaries should see their basic benefits reduced and he will not accept an approach that slashes benefits for future generations.  
  • Stands firmly opposed to privatization.
  • Wants to save social security. His proposals will not raise taxes and will not affect today’s seniors or those nearing retirement.
  • Proposes:
    • For future generations of seniors, the retirement age should be slowly increased to account for increases in longevity.
    • For future generations of seniors, benefits should continue to grow but that the growth rate should be lower for those with higher incomes.

Source: FMCSA Hours of Service Notice of Proposed Rulemaking; FMCSA Hours of Service Final Rule; csa.fmcsa.dot.gov; atri-online.org; datags.fmcsa.gov; nationaljournal.com; whitehouse.gov; barackobama.com; mittromney.com; realclearpolitics.com; nam.org

*Positions stated are pulled from the candidate’s official websites or statements and do not constitute an endorsement.

 

 

 

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