Election 2012: It's All About the Economy

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Forget immigration and Obamacare, the big issue is the lackluster U.S. economy

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Robert Reich: Tax the Rich, Fix the Debt, It Makes Cents

Robert Reich, Chancellor's Professor of Public Policy at the University of California at Berkeley, makes the case why the rich should pay more in taxes. He asserts that the richest 400 Americans have more wealth than the bottom 150 million Americans put together, and according to Reich, logic dictates that you raise taxes on the top.

Lessig: 'Unlimited Campaign Contributions Are Corrupt'

Lawrence Lessig argues that America's current system of unlimited political campaign contributions is corrupt.  Campaign financing is concentrated among too few people, which makes politicians overly dependent on these donors and undermines the very nature of democracy.  

How Can Congress Possibly Solve the Fiscal Cliff Crisis?

An expert panel of political and fiscal experts discusses how the U.S. can avert the crisis of the impending fiscal cliff. The panel isn't optimistic that the politicians in Congress will find compromise within the next President's first term.

George Lakoff: How to Win Over Swing Voters

George Lakoff, co-author of The Little Blue Book: The Guide to Thinking & Talking Democratic, discusses how language frames a political message and the best way to win over swing voters. To convince someone of your opinion, he insists that you must "use your frames with your moral system, and not use theirs--even to argue against them."

Will Raising Taxes on the Rich Really Cut the Deficit?

The Intelligence Squared US debaters arguing whether the rich should pay more in taxes debate whether a higher tax rate on America's wealthiest will have any impact on the deficit.

Ron Kaufman: Mitt Romney Is the Tea Party Movement

Ron Kaufman, senior advisor to the Romney campaign, asserts why Mitt Romney is the leader for the Tea Party movement. According to Kaufman, Romney is "the right person at the right time" to avoid financial disaster and repair a deeply partisan Washington.

Election 2012: Scariest Poll Numbers for Romney & Obama

Kellyanne Conway, founder and president of the polling company™ inc./WomanTrend, shares the scariest poll numbers that Obama and Romney must overcome in the election of 2012  if they hope to win the presidency in  November.

John Boehner: Akin's Rape Remarks a Real 'Distraction'

Speaking to reporters at the Republican National Convention, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner argued that media attention directed at Missouri Senate candidate Todd Akin's controversial remarks on abortion were providing "another distraction" from the real issues of the election. "Americans aren't asking, 'Who's Todd Akin?'" argued Bohener. "They're asking, 'Where are the jobs?'"

2012 Presidential Election: What Is the Number One Issue?

Joel Benenson and Kevin Madden, expert political strategists and advocates for Barack Obama and Mitt Romney, respectively, frame the issues for their chosen candidates. Peter Brown, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Polling Institute, judges both arguments, and focuses the discussion on the number-one issue in the 2012 presidential election.

Will Romney Become the First Mexican-American President?

Because Mitt Romney's father was born in Mexico, Univision journalist Jorge Ramos asks why Romney doesn't frame himself as the potential first Latino president.

Election 2012: Does Romney's Welfare Ad Play Race Card?

Election 2012: Ron Kaufman, senior advisor to the Romney campaign, defends the Romney welfare ad targeted at Barack Obama, and Kaufman asserts that the Romney camp is not playing the race card.

John Boehner's Party Platform: 'One Sheet of Paper'

Speaking to reporters at a Monitor-hosted Lunch in Tampa, Florida,  U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) described his ideal for the Republican Party platform: "One sheet of paper."

GOP Strategists: What Obama Must Do to Defeat Romney

Republican political strategists Sara Fagen and Terry Nelson declare how Barack Obama and his approval rating that is less than 50% can defeat an unlikeable Mitt Romney. 

Bob Schieffer Predicts Presidential Convention Future

CBS News journalist Bob Schieffer, James Bennet, editor-in-chief of The Atlantic, and Ronald Brownstein, Editoral Director of the National Journal, predict the future of the Republican and Democratic presidential conventions.

Jeff Zeleny on Obama's Chances for Second Term

New York Times political correspondent Jeff Zeleny discusses how Obama might perform in the 2012 Election. With a struggling economy hanging over his Administration, Zeleny argues that Obama's team is "completely attune to the idea that he may be a one term president."

Don't Tax the Rich, It Won't Boost Economic Growth

R. Glenn Hubbard, dean of Columbia Business School and economic advisor to the Mitt Romney campaign, makes his closing case for why the rich should not pay more in taxes. Hubbard asks how will the country be better off if the rich pay more?

Obamacare's Rotten Foundation and Romney's Secret Plan

David Brooks, an op-ed columnist for the New York Times, believes the fiscal foundation of Obamacare is ultimately unsustainable and has a few harsh words for Romney's pathetic inability to talk about his own healthcare plan.

Krugman: Our Economic Catastrophe Could Be Solved Easily

Paul Krugman, columnist for The New York Times and author of End This Depression Now!, asserts that Congress and uncompromising politicians are standing in the way of true economic recovery. Krugman believes that there are "easy fixes", but that leaders are failing to act.

Election 2012 Must Focus on Economy, Jobs & Fiscal Order

Former United States Comptroller General David M. Walker, Founder and CEO of the Comeback America Initiative, declares that the 2012 Election carries high stakes for America's economic prospects.

John Boehner on Republicans and Minority Voters

Speaking to reporters at a Monitor-hosted Lunch in Tampa, Florida, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner (R-OH) expressed optimism that Republicans may be able to make inroads with minority voters in November. "I think our economic message, in this election cycle, will help us recruit more of those groups than we would have otherwise."

Senator Bill Bradley: A Simple Plan for Creating Jobs

Former Senator Bill Bradley, author of We Can Do Better, outlines a new, more targeted stimulus strategy to create lasting jobs.

Gov. Walker on the 'Virus' Eating Government Budgets

Speaking to reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker calls out what he sees as a growing problem for state and local governments around the country: "Public employee benefits -- pension and healthcare -- are like a virus eating up more and more of the budget."

Is Obamacare Really Just a Huge Tax Increase?

Joel Klein, a columnist and senior writer at TIME, and Vin Weber, a prominent and successful strategist in the Republican Party, discuss the Supreme Court's view that Obamacare is a tax and offer a few predictions on how voters in the presidential election will react to this large tax increase. 

Alan Krueger: Extreme Inequality Damages US Economy

Alan B. Krueger, chairman of President Barack Obama’s Council of Economic Advisers, argues that the middle class is the largest driver of the U.S. economy. While the top 1% of wage earners control most of the nation's wealth, they often sit on the sidelines regarding consumer spending.

Wisconsin Gov. 'Fixed' Public Employee Pension Problems

Speaking to reporters at a breakfast hosted by the Christian Science Monitor, Wisconsin Governor Scott Walker responds to critics of his controversial moves to address his state's budget issues. "My problem is… I fixed it, then talked about it," says Walker. "Most politicians talk about it, and never fix it."

Van Jones: The Financial Sector is Sucking America Dry

Van Jones, acclaimed author and President of Rebuild the Dream, and Eliot Spitzer, former Governor of New York, discuss the actors who triggered the 2008 financial collapse and the ramifications of the regulatory failure on middle class America.

Obama vs Romney: It’s About the Resume, Not Likability

Kevin Madden,  Executive Vice President of Public Affairs of JDA Frontline and Communications Director for the 2008 Romney campaign, argues that results and not popularity will define the 2012 Presidential Election.

Boehner: House GOP Seeks to Expand Majority

Speaking to reporters at the Republican National Convention, U.S. Speaker of the House John Boehner expressed optimism at the GOP's chances to expand their majority in his chamber of Congress. "We're in a strong position," said Boehner. "I want to keep our team on offense all the way through Election Day."

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November 6, 2012

About this series


After a long and bitter battle, the presidential election is finally here. Today, voters head to the polls to ultimately decide on what leader, Romney or Obama, has the right experience and character to turn America's economic troubles around.

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