A Collegiette's Cheat Sheet to Election 2012



Obama has made it clear that he is all about educational reforms. He plans to transition the bulk of the burden of student loans from college students to the federal government by ending subsidies to bankers, increasing Pell Grant funding, decreasing required loan payments and forgiving debts. By 2020, he would like the United States to be the world leader in college degree attainment.


Romney’s plan for education reform is called A Chance For Every Child and involves shifting the responsibility of student loans away from the federal government and instead splitting it between students, their families, the federal government and the private sector. He wants to ensure students are well-enough informed to be able to choose a college and borrowing plan that is affordable for them.

A more in-depth explanation of the two candidates’ stances on student loans is can be found here.

Women’s Issues


Obama identifies himself as a dedicated defender of issues that are important to women. His position is that women rely on preventative sexual healthcare and the federal government should fund these services. This is apparent in the provision of Obamacare that requires many insurance plans to fully cover birth control charges.

However, the president supports a federal funding ban on abortion. He is an advocate of the Roe v. Wade decision, but wants to keep the government out of the “private family matter” of women’s sexual health. Check out this article for more information on the President’s stance on women’s issues.


Romney believes that birth control and abortion shouldn’t be purely women’s issues, but rather issues of morality. His repeal of Obamacare would also repeal the directive that insurance companies must provide free birth control coverage, as he considers this mandate to be an inhibitor of the religious freedom of the insurance companies involved.

Romney is strongly pro-life and like Obama, supports a federal funding ban on abortion. However, unlike Obama, his opposition to abortion would also end funding to places that support it, such as Planned Parenthood. He would like to see the Roe v. Wade decision overturned.

Read a thorough explanation of the candidates’ opinions on women’s issues here.

Same-sex marriage


When Obama first took office in 2008, he was against same-sex marriage. However, since then, he condemned Proposition 8, repealed Don’t Ask Don’t Tell and finally personally endorsed earlier this year. However, he has no current plans to apply gay marriage rights at a federal level.


Romney has made it very clear that he is not only against same-sex marriage, but also civil unions. He believes that marriage should be between a man and a woman and has signed the National Organization for Marriage pledge which supports this definition.

For a complete low-down on the same-sex marriage issue, check out this article.

There you have it: a rundown on the upcoming presidential election. Now it’s up to you to decide who will better serve our country during the next four years. Your vote matters, so get out there on November 6th and make a difference. See you at the polls collegiettes!

Megan McCluskey is a recent graduate from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill with a B.A. with Distinction in Journalism and Mass Communication, and a second major in French. She has experience as a Campus Correspondent and Contributing Writer for Her Campus, a Public Relations Consultant for The V Foundation, an Editorial Assistant for TV Guide Magazine and Carolina Woman magazine, a Researcher for MTV, and a Reporter and Webmaster for the Daily Tar Heel. She is an obsessive New England Patriots and Carolina basketball fan, and loves spending time with her friends and family (including her dogs), going to the beach, traveling, reading, online shopping and eating bad Mexican food.

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