US Presidential Election 2012

The United States' 57th quadrennial presidential election took place in November 2012. Incumbent President and Democrat Barack Obama won election and is running for a second term. His major challenger was former Massachusetts Governor, Republican Mitt Romney. From January to June, Americans voted in nationwide state level primaries and caucuses, which serveed the purpose of selecting party representatives of states to be sent for the party convention. The key issues in this race for the White House were social issues including the state of the economy, abortion and contraception, gay marriage, and immigration.

A good week for … (October 7, 2012)

PUBLISHED : Sunday, 07 October, 2012, 12:00am
UPDATED : Sunday, 07 October, 2012, 2:09am

Mitt Romney

The Republican saw his US presidential election campaign reignited with a convincing victory over Democratic incumbent Barack Obama in the first debate. Romney has seen his deficit in the polls grow, but was hailed by pundits and pollsters for a commanding performance in the debate on domestic issues. One of the few downsides for Romney was the mocking he received on Twitter for comments about Big Bird, a character from the Sesame Street television shows, as he pledged to withdraw government funding from the broadcaster PBS.


Li Yuanchao

The Communist Party's personnel chief was one of four top cadres to score an approval rating of more than 95 per cent in an internal poll of members of the party's Central Committee, boosting his chances of a place on the powerful Politburo Standing Committee. Others to score more than 95 per cent included the two Standing Committee members who are staying on, leader-in-waiting Xi Jinping and Vice-Premier Li Keqiang, along with Li's fellow Vice-Premier Wang Qishan.


Jose Maria Olazabal

The Spanish golfer saw the European team he captained stage a spectacular final-day comeback to win the Ryder Cup. It was extra special for Olazabal as it was the first Ryder Cup since the death of his old friend Seve Ballesteros, whose star power helped revitalise the transatlantic competition in the 1980s. The Europeans were trailing 10-6 as the final day dawned, but dominated the singles competition.


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