2012 Election Guide for Western Pennsylvania
As we look ahead to November’s elections, Chartiers Valley Patch is devoted to bring you the information you need about every race in town. Here’s our start on the candidates and issues we’ll be covering as November draws near. Bookmark this page for updates.
President Barack Obama versus former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney.
Pennsylvania has delivered its 20 electoral votes to the Democratic nominee for President in the last five elections, and if current polls hold steady, Mr. Obama will make it six in a row in November.
The President has not taken Pennsylvania’s support for granted, and has made several trips to western Pennsylvania area in the past several years, even going as far as choosing Pittsburgh to host the G-20 summit in the fall of 2009. In his most recent visit in October of 2011, the president lobbied for his $447 billion dollar American Jobs Act, which continues to face an uphill battle in the Republican-controlled Congress.
The president has also sent what many consider his most potent weapon, his wife, to shore up support in the Pittsburgh area. First Lady Michelle Obama visited with service members of the 911thAirlift Wing and 171st Refueling Wing in April. Vice President Joe Biden also visited the Moon Township base in May.
He returned for an April campaign stop in Bethel Park, where he outlined his plans for the economy. “I’d like to reduce the burden on middle-income taxpayers,” Romney said. “I’d like to see anyone making $200,000-$250,000 or less—which is 98 percent of Americans—save their money tax-free. No capital gains. It’ll make filing taxes a lot easier and people can save money for things they care about.”
Romney was back in Pittsburgh a month later, criticizing the president for the nation’s unemployment rate during a visit to a family-owned manufacturing plant in O’Hara.
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