A candid date with candidates
Their faces say it all. At least, all they said in the last debate.
Abortion and Birth Control
Romney is currently opposed to abortion rights, though previously supported them. He proposes state aid to Planned Parenthood should be cut and abortion rights should be guided by state laws, meaning abortions should only be allowed in cases dealing with rape, incest, or mortal danger for the mother.
He supports the plan to draw troops out of Afghanistan by 2014. Though he also plans to increase the armed forces strength by adding $100 billion to the 2016 Pentagon budget.
Romney opposes education benefits to illegal immigrants and is in favour of the U.S./Mexico border fence. He feels legal status should only be given to those illegal immigrants who will serve in the armed forces, but not for those who would just like to attend college. Furthermore he feels that employers should be punished if they hire citizens who do not obtain a legal status.
He opposes the idea of creating new, stricter gun laws, but favours tougher enforcement of existing gun laws.
Romney is opposed to the auto bail out. By the end of his first term, he would like to cap federal spending at 20% of gross domestic product. This means it would be cut 23.5% from where it is now. He also supports the balanced budget amendment.
Obama supports of abortion rights but prohibits federal funding for elective abortions. He also states that health care laws require contraceptives to be available to those women with workplace health plans.
He made a big step towards ending the Iraq War. During this time he increased the presence of U.S. troops in Afghanistan to begin wrapping up the mission and have all troops out by 2014. He plans to cut $487 billion in military spending in the next decade.
Obama believes immigrants brought to the states illegally as children should not be deported and instead granted work permits, if such permits apply. He failed to deliver on a promise for an immigration overhaul, though he claims he is still committed to it. A record number of illegal immigrants have been deported under his leadership.
Though his term showed no motivation to push for stricter gun laws, he has previously backed the idea of stronger gun control. During his term, he signed laws allowing individuals to carry concealed weapons in checked bags on Amtrak trains, as well as in national parks.
Obama won approval to raise the debt limit in order to avoid default. He would like to take on the debt issue with a mix of spending cuts and revenue increases. He prefers that Bush-era tax cuts expire for those couples making + $250,000.