Obama officially kicks off campaign
President Barack Obama officially opened his bid for re-election Saturday with two separate rallies, in which he gave speeches about his accomplishments during his three and a half years in office.
I really don’t believe that Obama has to make much of an effort to attract voters, especially considering what he is going up against in the election.
Mitt Romney, who has all but officially locked his position as the GOP nomination, will likely face Obama in the 2012 general election, but I can’t help but feel like he doesn’t pose that much of a threat.
To me, it seems like Romney was the “best of the worst” among Republican voters, who had a choice between Romney, the struggling former Speaker of the House; Newt Gingrich, who couldn’t hang onto a staff; Rick Santorum, who dropped extremely fast after winning Mississippi, Louisiana and Alabama and Ron Paul, who a lot of people like, but can’t seem to get the votes.
While Romney has strong opinions about the economy and wants to reverse all of the government control Obama put in place, his health care plan that many have dubbed “RomneyCare,” shares some striking similarities with ObamaCare.
Despite the threat that Romney may or may not pose to Obama, he certainly said the right things to start off his re-election campaign.
At his first rally at The Ohio State University, Obama touted his foreign policy achievements.
While I think that Obama is going to hype the death of bin Laden as long as he can, he is definitely saying that this the right thing for the Americans who are against the conflicts in the Middle East.
“For the first time in nine years, there are no Americans fighting in Iraq,” he said. “Osama bin Laden is no longer a threat to this country, and al Qaeda is on the path to defeat, and by 2014, the war in Afghanistan will be over.”
Romney, however, doesn’t want to set a troop withdrawal deadline from Afghanistan.
Obama also tried to capture the Latin American vote by throwing his support behind lesser immigration enforcement.
“It’s time to stop denying citizenship to responsible young people just because they’re the children of undocumented immigrants,” he said.
His continual support of greater rights for immigrants will definitely give him an advantage over Romney, who took a hard stance against illegal immigration during the Republican primaries.
As long as Obama stays true to all of his policies that he brought up on Saturday, I think the outcome will be the same in this election as it was in 2008.