In the year 2012, Democratic President Barack Obama ran against Republican Mitt Romney. According to presidency.ucsb.edu, President Obama received 332 electoral votes while Mitt Romney got 206. The difference of electoral votes between these two candidates are due to the types of foreign and domestic policies they support. Each president has a different agenda, and a way of presenting their own political views through a National Platform. Barack Obama’s 2012 Democratic National Platform is mainly focused on economy, economic security, jobs, education, healthcare and re-establishing the American Dream. It centers around the idea of helping those who are struggling to pay bills, dependent on low health care cost, affordable student loans, the idea of hard work and focuses on implementing immigration policies. Democrats believe that to fully restore the economy and reconstruct the American Dream, work needs to be down from the middle out (“2012 Democratic Party Platform”). The opposing candidate, Mitt Romney, claims that the American Dream is at risk. The vision of both the Democratic and Republican Party are vastly different. Unlike Barack Obama, Mitt Romney declares that to restore the American Dream, the rebuilding should start from the top and work its way down. “We must begin anew, with profound changes in the way government operates; the way it budgets, taxes, regulates” (“2012 Republican Party Platform”). Democrats argue that by utilizing the same old approach, the wealthy will continue to be rich causing the economy to crash and leave the middle class poorer. The Republican Party Platform concentrates on freedom and democracy. In other words, limiting government, respecting federalism, adhering the rule of law, reaffirming that our rights come from God, and guaranteeing opportunity, not outcomes. Both political platforms want the economy to prosper, promise the creation of more jobs, and both bring up the topic of health care. Democrats and Republicans have the same interest in topics, but the difference can be easily seen in the way that they view the issues and their plan of action. For example, when it comes to the American Dream, Democrats strongly believe that to work as a society, everyone should work together. Working as a collective group can benefit the economy to move forward and gives everyone the equal chance to succeed. Another strong difference between the Democratic and Republican Party is the issue on gay rights. Democrats recognize that gay rights are human rights. “Recognizing that gay rights are human rights, the President and his administration have vowed to actively combat efforts by other nations that criminalize homosexual conduct or ignore abuse” (“2012 Democratic Party Platform”). The Republican Party makes no mention of gay rights in their political platform. Also, both political parties agree that the issues of social security and Medicare are a posing threat.
The saying, “not a dime’s worth of difference” between the two parties” was stated by George C. Wallace’s during his proclamation in 1968 (“The Yellow Dog”). Observers who claim, “there’s not a dime’s worth of difference between the two parties” are incorrect. This comment implies that both parties are alike. The issues that are being discussed between the parties are the same, but, the plan of action the political parties are taking are what makes them different. It is evident that Democrats and Republicans have diverse political viewpoints. For example, Democrats are opposed to the Electoral College because it seems to favor the Republican Party. Republicans protect the National Popular Vote Interstate Compact and Electoral College because it ensures a guarantee of corruption and staking presidency. When it comes downs to the issue of immigration, Republicans blocked immigration reform in Congress. Instead of promoting the national interest, “Republicans use the issue of immigration as a political wedge” (“2012 Democratic Party Platform “). Another difference between both of these political parties is their race and ethnicity. Barack Obama is an African American and Mitt Romney is an American white male. Statista.com claims that during the exit polls of the 2012 presidential elections, about 71 percent of Hispanic voters nationwide voted for Barack Obama. Barack Obama received a lot of Hispanic and African American votes. His opponent, Mitt Romney received 59% votes from white individuals and only 6% support from African Americans (“Exit polls of the 2012 presidential elections”). The foreign and domestic policies that the President supports can greatly affect voter turnout and voter support.