The 2012 Ballot

2012 has shaped up to be a fiercely competitive election year.

Mitt Romney overcame formidable challengers in Newt Gingrich and Rick Santorum to become the Republican Party nominee to challenge President Obama. Congressional redistricting and voter frustration with the debt ceiling stand-off have created a number of hotly contested House and Senate seats.

Explore conversations from the show and a breakdown of the presidential election.

Share your thoughts on who might get your vote on November 6 and what issues matter to you most.

Inside This Feature

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    Former New York Times Op-Ed columnist Frank Rich gives his take on election 2012.
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    Democracy Now! host Amy Goodman looks ahead to the next four years.
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    Iconic talk show host Larry King helps dissect election 2012's historical results.
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    POLITICO's Jonathan Martin assesses the impact of Hurricane Sandy on the presidential campaign and describes Electoral College possibilities.
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    Univision America Network radio show host Fernando Espuelas assesses critical issues in winning the Latino vote.
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    Following the final presidential debate, veteran political journalist Adam Nagourney examines how the rest of the race for the White House might play out.
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    Salon.com’s editor-at-large, Joan Walsh, weighs in on the presidential campaign.
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    With the close of September’s Democratic National Convention in Charlotte, NC, and the previous week’s Republican National Convention, it is safe to say that the race for the presidency is heating up. Here’s a round up of some of our political guests during the weeks of the national conventions and their insights on the 2012 Election.
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    The New York magazine’s national affairs editor and Game Change author John Heilemann weighs in on the presidential campaign.
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    Professor of politics Peter Drier examines the role of social justice issues in the presidential campaign.
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    The Nation magazine’s political correspondent Ari Berman assesses the impact of Voter ID laws and the new era of politics.
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    CivWorld president and president-founder of the Interdependence Movement Benjamin Barber reflects on the DNC, joblessness in America and the power held by undecided voters.
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    Jeffrey Sachs, world-renowned economist and co-founder of the nonprofit Millennium Promise Alliance, explains his work on economic development and the fight against poverty.
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    The former labor secretary and Beyond Outrage author discusses the upcoming unemployment report and his sense of mistakes made by the past two presidential administrations.
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    From the DNC in Charlotte, the Huffington Post founder Arianna Huffington reflects on the RNC, the tone of the presidential campaign and how social media can help extend the scope of conversations on current issues.
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    Ben Stein, the author of the forthcoming text, How to Really Ruin Your Financial Life and Portfolio, weighs in on abortion, the defense budget, the economy, poverty and how voters choose their candidate.
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    Former FDIC chair Sheila Bair talks about her role on the Systemic Risk Council and her assessment of the U.S. financial crisis, as detailed in her book Bull by the Horns.
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    CBN’s chief political correspondent, David Brody, dissects Romney’s conservatism and how the media portrays the GOP candidate; he also discusses his text on the Tea Party, Teavangelicals.
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    Chris Cillizza, managing editor of <em<The Washington Post‘s online politics coverage, assesses this year’s election.
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    Former Republican congressman J.C. Watts discusses the upcoming general election and why he agrees with the notion that the GOP can possibly become nonexistent.
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    Hedrick Smith, Pulitzer Prize- and Emmy-winning journalist/producer, talks about his text, Who Stole the American Dream?
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    Former GOP presidential candidate Newt Gingrich explains his rationale for encouraging his delegates to support the Republican nominee and shares how his party can broaden its appeal to voters.
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    Consumer and political activist Ralph Nader shares his opinions on how minimum wage and the weakened labor movement will play into the 2012 presidential race.
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    It is apparently easier for a person of color to be president of the United States of America than it is for a journalist of color to be selected to moderate a presidential debate.
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    Pulitzer Prize winner Paul Ingrassia examines the synonym of Detroit and the auto industry, as detailed in Engines of Change, and weighs in on whether the U.S. is doomed for a double-dip recession.
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    Washington Post associate editor Rajiv Chandrasekaran weighs in on the war in Afghanistan—which he writes about in his new text, Little America, and whether the U.S. should continue to fund it.
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    Georgetown law professor and longtime anti-poverty advocate Peter Edelman discusses his text, So Rich, So Poor, and examines the high poverty rates in the U.S.
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    Nobel laureate Joseph Stiglitz assesses the current state of the U.S. economy, inequality and poverty in the country, as detailed in his text, The Price of Inequality.
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    Retired Army general Colin Powell shares why he has yet to endorse anyone in the 2012 presidential race, explains his views on domestic policy and unemployment and details his book, It Worked for Me.
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    The New York Times columnist and best-selling author Gail Collins discusses her text, As Texas Goes…, and shares her thoughts on events surrounding this year’s presidential election.
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    Bill Bradley, best-selling author and former senator, discusses his text We Can All Do Better, in which he assesses the state of the U.S., the toll placed on its people and what role each American can play to help the nation reach its full potential.
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    Best-selling author Robert Draper explains the inspiration behind the title of his new book, Do Not Ask What Good We Do, comments on whether the media has an impact on Congress and shares his thoughts on this year’s “freshman class” on Capitol Hill.
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    George Pataki, former three-term New York governor explains why he decided not to run in the 2012 presidential election, comments on Mitt Romney’s success on Wall Street in the wake of poverty and offers his views on the NY primary.
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    Noam Scheiber, senior editor of The New Republic, reflects on President Obama’s first term, assesses whether the present administration has learned lessons about the economy and discusses his book, The Escape Artist.
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    Trita Parsi, the founder-president of the National Iranian American Council—the largest Iranian American organization in the U.S.—describes his expectations for the upcoming U.S.-Iranian talks.
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    Rep. Xavier Becerra, California Congressman and member of the Budget and Ways and Means committees, offers his thoughts on how the deficit discussion will play out on the 2012 campaign trail.
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    Former senator Russ Feingold explains why he feels the U.S. has “gone to sleep on international issues” and offers his prediction on the outcome of the presidential campaign.
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    Morning Joe host and former GOP congressman from Florida Joe Scarborough weighs in on campaign finance reform, whether there’s room in the GOP for moderates and why the Washington of the 1990s is so different from Washington today.
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    Democratic strategist Debbie Dingell discusses the GOP presidential primary season and the impact of money on politics.
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    POLITICO’s senior political reporter Jonathan Martin shares his thoughts on the “topsy-turvy” GOP presidential primary season.
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    The National Journal Group’s editorial director Ron Brownstein, who was in Florida ahead of the state’s GOP presidential face-off, explains why this primary season has been the most unsettled for either party in the modern era.
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    While the GOP searches for its candidate, President Obama works to rebuild his popularity among voters who are concerned about the direction of the country under his leadership. Check out our candidate cheat sheet and join the discussion.
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    Democrats hold the majority in the Senate with 53 seats, but more than 30 of those seats are up for grabs, and many of the races are competitive. Check out our list of top Senate races to watch.
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    With redistricting and heavy recruitment by Democrats in swing districts, there are a number of competitive contests this year. Check out our list of House races to watch.
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    Several governors' mansions are up for grabs, as incumbents retire, are term-limited, or are at risk of being ousted by restless voters considering their options. Check out our list of the gubernatorial contests to watch this fall.
  • Dan Slaby

    This election is a choice between two visions for the future of America: One vision is for continuation of the progressive vision of a balance between equality and freedom as the moral foundation of justice, and a more recent conservative vision of an entitlement due the wealthy and the equivalence of corporations to the rights and protections of natural persons under the Constitution.

    A progressive future is one in which government is a custodian of the public trust and advocates for justice; where justice is a balance between equality and freedom. Government as a custodian of the public trust means that everyone plays by the same rules and that everyone is equal before the law. Public trust means the rights of the people to preserve and protect the common property of the United States is not severable to the interests of privatization. Public trust means that a corporation has no rights except those given to it by law and does not have equal standing with a natural born person under the Constitution.

    The conservative future is one of a hostile corporate takeover with privatization of government functions. The corporate takeover means that having wealth is an effective barrier to others participating in the process of government. It means that government would no longer serve the interests of the community but collaborate with the wealthy corporate owners to establish a separate set of laws that entitle them to preferential treatment while creating barriers to competition by eliminating opportunities for others.

    The free market is a myth: if it isn’t regulated by government to prevent fraud, it is regulated by the corporate oligarchy to prevent competition. Free means not having to go to jail for fraud and theft.

    Freedom of speech for corporations is a political myth: the right to free speech is a right of the natural born person, not an artifact of legal convention.

    The conservative options for health care are no birth control, no abortion and no health insurance unapproved by a corporate CEO. The progressive option is universal health care and the right of women to make their own health decisions.

    This election is about protecting the American value of living according to one’s conscience, as opposed to having a religious elite create intrusive bureaucratic regulations supporting their sectarian religious doctrine.

    This election is about education for citizenship, not choice for a privileged elite who don’t want to associate with the classes below them.

    This election is about living in fear, or finding a means to reducing the violence that haunts personal security.

    This election is about who gets to rewrite the tax laws: a privileged elite who personally benefits from tax entitlements to the wealthy, or one who advocates for tax fairness.

    This election is about who gets to nominate justices to the Supreme Court: pack a court with conservative judicial activists who want to roll back human rights, or one who advocates for judicial competence.

    This election is a moral choice between affiliation or aggression, empathy or egotism, service or selfishness, cooperation or competitiveness.

    The tale of two visions is the difference between a government of the people, by the people and for the people, and a government run by a plutocracy of wealth and corporate power.

Last modified: January 18, 2013 at 2:58 pm