• President Obama repealed the “Don’t Ask Don’t Tell Law” in 2011, allowing gays to openly serve in the military. Was this a wise decision on Obama’s part? Does this affect the military in any way?

 

  • Steve Colbert of “The Colbert Report,” after gaining support in his home-state of South Carolina, decided to run in the Republican primaries in the state under the name Herman Cain as it was too late to put his name on the ballot. Does such a publicity stunt take away from seriousness of politics or simply point out its flaws? Or was this a publicity stunt? Though he failed in his attempts, what would have happened if he had actually succeeded?

 

  • Rick Perry’s political ad that was deemed anti-gay sparked a lot of controversy and became one of the most disliked videos on YouTube. Was this one of the reasons he dropped out of the race? Is America becoming more accepting of gay rights and if so, can a candidate gain support if he his openly against such rights, especially with younger voters?

 

  • Religion seems to be playing a big part in the campaign trail with many of the candidates claiming they want America to return to the “Christian values the country was built on.” Obama was even under fire when Republicans accused him of being anti-Christian by sending Christmas cards that said, “Happy Holidays.” I remember when saying such a phrase was the “politically correct” thing to say. Now it seems it’s a crime to be anything but Christian. How do other religions feel about this sudden return to religion in politics and will this influence their vote?

 

  • It was said last presidential election that Obama gained support through social media sites. Is social media playing a part in this election? If so, how? What candidate is using this valuable medium the most effectively? Could this affect the outcome of the election or encourage more people to vote?
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