Written by: Sandra Neri
Yes America, we have a new president…well sort of. Thanks in large part to the Latino and Female vote; President Barack Obama and family get to keep their current address at the White House. According to CNN, 71% of Latinos voted for Obama, while 27% voted for Romney. It is speculated that what swayed them away from Romney was his statement in 2011 that he would “veto the DREAM Act”. During Romney’s second debate, he failed to provide an alternative solution that could replace the DREAM Act.
Romney had also been under scrutiny for his statement about those on any type of government assistance, stating “There are 47 percent of the people who will vote for the president no matter what. All right, there are 47 percent who are with him, who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims.” Romney did not apologize for this statement, but merely clarified that his statements were not “elegantly stated” and were spoken “off the cuff”.
According to CNN, 55% OF women voted for Obama, and 44% for Romney. The GOP’s relentless efforts to limit reproductive rights, and a series of unwelcomed comments from Republican Senators backed by Romney seem to have sunk the Republican’s chances to claim the Presidential win in 2012. Missouri senator (supported by Romney)Todd Akin’s statement about how women cannot get pregnant if they are victims of “legitimate rape” because their bodies will just say no, was not well received. During his campaigning, Romney dodged questions about an equal pay for women legislation, he pledged to defund Planned Parenthood, overturn Roe v. Wade, and actually support legislation that would allow employers to deny women birth control coverage.
And then there was a Hurricane…
The 2012 Presidential Election received a very rude and uninvited guest…Hurricane Sandy. While doing damage to some 13 states, makeshift polling places had to be fashioned all throughout the East coast. While some did not let this get in the way of their voting, others had a different way of looking at this situation. According to Huffington Post, Pinky Milsen, a 62-year-old retired retail worker forced from her home on Long Beach Island, drove to a polling place on the mainland to cast a ballot for President Barack Obama. “They said you could do it on the computer, but I said no, I want to push the lever. I want to make sure Obama wins,” Milsen said. Others had too much to deal with to consider voting. New Jersey college student Cynthia Barreau was flooded out of her Toms River home and stood in a long line outside a FEMA processing center in Brick Township. “I’m thinking a lot of people are not going to vote today; I just don’t see it happening,” she said. “We don’t have homes. The last thing on our minds today is looking for a place to vote.”
…Things got weird
Among those supporting Mitt Romney, was actor/director Clint Eastwood. While I am sure this seemed like a dream come true for Romney, maybe not so much after Eastwood’s improvised speech to an empty chair he used to address an “invisible” President Obama. Satirical at times, Eastwood’s speech was also described as “rambling” by critics and media
Donald Trump did not take the news of President Obama’s second term win very well. ABC News reported that late Tuesday, after Obama’s victory over Mitt Romney was certain, the billionaire real estate mogul and one-time 2012 presidential contender tweeted, “Well, back to the drawing board!”. He went on to Tweet, “We can’t let this happen. We should march on Washington and stop this travesty,” Trump also commented, “Our nation is totally divided! Let’s fight like hell and stop this great and disgusting injustice! The world is laughing at us. This election is a total sham and a travesty. We are not a democracy!”
Romney “Shell-shocked” at Election results
The results of the 2012 Presidential election came as a surprise to Republican candidate Mitt Romney, as he did not see need to prepare a speech conceding defeat. CBS news reported that both Romney’s wife Ann, as well as Paul Ryan’s wife Janna “looked stricken” as they walked out on stage after Romney finished his remarks. They also reported that “Ryan himself seemed grim. They all were thrust on that stage without understanding what had just happened.” “He was shell-shocked,” one adviser said of Romney. It was a close race, and a very animated one at times, but the majority has spoken and all we can do is wait and see what happens next…