US elections 2012: President Obama declares agenda for his second term

US elections 2012: President Obama declares agenda for his second term

Washington : DC : USA | Oct 24, 2012 at 8:07 AM PDT
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White House hopeful Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney has been repeatedly criticizing President Obama and complaining that he does not have any agenda for his second term in office - to counter that, Barack Obama has now released 3.5 million copies of a 20-page booklet.

It is titled Blueprint for America's Future and it outlines President Obama's plan to improve education, increase manufacturing jobs, enhance US-derived energy supplies, reduce the federal deficit and impose additional taxes on the wealthy.

The timing of the release is significant – it comes after he trumped his adversary in the third debate and the agenda has robbed the Republicans of a weapon and should help take out some of the sting from Romney’s bites.

Final campaigning in states

On Tuesday President Obama appeared in Florida and then Ohio, while his rival Mitt Romney went to Nevada and Colorado.

The president will travel to six more battleground states with special focus on Ohio; this state is considered as the jewel in the crown and could swing the election.

The unemployment rate in Ohio is 7 percent, below the national average of 7.8 percent.

Admittedly, Obama has a tough task on hand because even though he had got the better of his adversary in both the 2nd and 3rd debates, Romney appears to be gaining ground and improving his chances.

Romney, the former Massachusetts governor visited Nevada and Colorado for rallies with running mate Paul Ryan on Tuesday and, during an appearance in Henderson, Nev., he told a large crowd of cheering supporters that Obama’s campaign was slipping while theirs was gaining steam.

Republicans prepare for takeover of White House

Preparations are reportedly underway to prepare for takeover of the White House and Romney’s West Wing team is taking up positions.

The confidence in the Romney camp is so high in North Carolina that it has started to shift its staff out of the state and, prominent among those who are being posted out is Robert Reid, the chief Romney spokesman in North Carolina – he is headed for Ohio.

The logic is that with North Carolina more or less in their pockets, the resources can be allocated to other more needy regions.

Buoyed by Romney's performance in the debates and anticipating a win, the Romney camp has called upon its transition team called the Readiness Project led by former Gov. Mike Leavitt of Utah to set in motion the formation of a new set in the White House.

The team has got together a list of probable candidates but no one has been interviewed.

Apparently, heavy lobbying is on and members of the Transition team are inundated with calls and e-mails.

Republican camp on a high

The feeling in the Republican camp after the third presidential debate appears to be one of elation and celebration – it has taken for granted the defeat of Democrats and win for Republicans.

Let us hope that the Romney camp is not putting cart before horse.

In the opinion of Fox news, Romney came through as a more plausible presidential candidate and did not appear to be a danger to national security as was being touted by Obama and was, in fact, seen as a perfectly plausible commander in chief.

In short, Romney appears to have negated the charges of Obama that the Republican is an unsuitable alternative, and unless something dramatic happens, Fox News feels that Romney would sail through comfortably to the White House.

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US President Barack Obama (R) and Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney
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