Saturday, November 3, 2012

The US Presidential Campaign

I have always had Democratic leanings, both while living in California and now in British Columbia. The Republicans have always made me shudder, with the exception of Ronald Reagan from recent memory. Ever since I moved to North America, I have actively followed the Presidential campaigns, rooting for Bill Clinton, Al Gore, John Kerry, and Barack Obama. I was delighted at the election of such a charismatic leader as Bill Clinton as President, and overjoyed at history being made with the election of Barack Obama, but was devastated to see Gore and Kerry lose their respective campaigns. I also couldn't understand how the Americans could be so dumb as to elect Bush to a second term! Well, it's that time of year again, needless to say!

Like countless others around the world, I have been absolutely riveted by the nomination campaigns of both the parties, keenly followed the Presidential debates, avidly lapped up the poll numbers, carefully listened to all the political pundits and their analyses through their partisan prisms, and hotly debated at the water cooler and the lunch table at work as to who would make a better President, all without having a vote in the US elections, mind you! Only goes to show how captivating the US elections can be, even for those with no vested interest in America!

Next Tuesday will reveal who the next president is going to be, Obama or Romney. The polls indicate a closely fought race, a hotly contested election that is down to the wire, so to speak. As a lay person, my opinion is that this election is going to be all about the economy. The average jobless American needs a job in order to be able to bring home a pay check, pay the bills and put food on the table. It remains to be seen which candidate managed to convince the average American on that front, the incumbent or the challenger. It is that candidate, for sure, who is going to be the next President of America!

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