2012 Presidential Election
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Which candidate should be US president in 2012?
2012 Presidential Election
ProCon.org has researched the US presidential candidates and their views on 75 issues including abortion, bailouts, education, medical marijuana, and taxes. Read our simple, nonpartisan, pro-con presentations and decide for yourself: "Which candidate should be US president in 2012?"

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2012 Presidential Election Results

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2012 Presidential Candidates - Bios and Views
Democrat
Republican
3rd Party / Independent

Barack Obama

Barack Obama

Mitt Romney

Mitt Romney

Paul Ryan

Paul Ryan

Virgil Goode

Virgil Goode

Gary Johnson

Gary Johnson

Joe Biden

Joe Biden

Jill Stein

Jill Stein

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CANDIDATES:

(alpha order)

Bachmann (R)

Cain (R)

Gingrich (R)

Huntsman (R)

Paul (R)

Perry (R)

Roemer (Ind)

Santorum (R)

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9/10/2014  NEW ProCon.org Website! – Should students have to wear school uniforms? - Our 51st website explores the pros and cons in the debate over mandatory school uniforms. Almost one in five US public schools required students to wear uniforms during the 2011-2012 school year, up from one in eight in 2003-2004. Proponents say that school uniforms make schools safer for students, create a "level playing field" that reduces socioeconomic disparities, and encourage children to focus on their studies rather than their clothes. Opponents say school uniforms infringe upon students' right to express their individuality, have no positive effect on behavior and academic achievement, and emphasize the socioeconomic disparities they are intended to disguise.

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