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No One Can Say that American Don't Have a Genuine Choice (La Stampa, Italy)


"American democracy is invigorated by debates. The voters will have a clear choice in November between two men with different personalities. ... No repeating the old cliché, 'Voting is pointless since nothing changes.' As in the 2013 elections in Germany and Italy, this time the results really matter. ... Americans will make their choice in freedom. It is a ritual some snobs scorn as 'ideology,' but whose real name is 'democracy.'"


By Gianni Riotta



Translated By Alessandro Marsiglio


October 19, 2012


Italy - La Stampa - Original Article (Italian)

Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney on the hustings: People around the world are coming to grips with the fact that he could be the next president.

PRESS TV, IRAN [STATE-RUN]: Iranian coverage of the third and final U.S. presidential debate, Oct. 24, 00:09:24RealVideo

It was just as wrong to conclude that Obama had been beaten in the race for the White House after his failure in Denver, as it would be premature to assume that he has won thanks to a more exuberant performance against Republican challenger Romney in New York.


The political campaign was undecided before and remains so, and the debates haven't altered its deeply-set dynamic: Democratic candidate Obama is leading the race in the toss-up states, especially in strategic Ohio, while the former Massachusetts Governor, his rival, is close behind, in Pennsylvania for example.


American presidential elections, marathons that can last for years, in this case costing over $2 billion (1.6 billion), involves billions of people, and despite what media believe, is not decided in a single face-to-face encounter. In fact, by studying the first analysis of "Big Data" - the galaxy of voter reaction gathered from social networks and blogs across the Internet, the reality is different. President Obama is not the invincible candidate idealized in propaganda. He suffered a humiliating loss in the 2010 mid-term elections, with the country discontented with economic crisis and a controversial health care reform. And unlike Bill Clinton, when at the hands of the Newt Gringrich radicals suffered a similar defeat in 1994, Obama has not comforted moderates, which would have cast his reelection in stone.


When unemployment reaches 8 percent, U.S. presidents don't get reelected. If Obama is still in the race, he can thank three factors: 1) His personal charisma and tenacity Tuesday night allowed him to stand tall before the Democratic base; 2) The natural reluctance of voters to refuse a president a second term - in fact, in the post-war period, only two were defeated, Jimmy Carter and George H.W. Bush - and G.H.W. would likely have survived without independent candidate Ross Perot's 19 percent; 3) the $40 billion economic maneuver of FED Chairman Bernanke, throwing "helicopters of money" at the crisis," as economists say: it may not be perfect, but it gives a sense that businesses will get more help from Washington with Obama than with a Republican administration.


During the first debate, Mitt Romney was happy to exploit the difference between propaganda and reality, which harmed the president. Is he a clumsy, right wing, Tea Party Mormon, ready to enslave 47 percent of citizens; or a businessman whose management of Bain Capital was defined as "stellar" by Democratic idol Bill Clinton; or a centrist who, in order to win in the primaries, decided to wed himself to conservative stereotypes, and is now backtracking on his positions on abortion, women and the tax burden? In the first debate, "centrist" Romney defied the caricature and took the lead. On Tuesday, his new image was redefined by Obama’s harsh criticism on Hispanic immigration, contraception, national health care, equality for women and the middle class.




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American democracy is invigorated by debates. The voters will have a clear choice in November between two men with different personalities. Even on a physical level, the aversion of the two as they approached one another during their political confrontation was glaring - on political philosophy, economic plans and their most profound beliefs. They are united only on foreign policy, and despite the rumors, Romney will not break up with China, and the situation in the Pacific will not change, as you will see in the final debate. It is true that PACs have invested obscene amounts of money polluting the campaign, thanks to the recent Supreme Court ruling, but in the end, every citizen will have a good basis to choose. Let's hope that will soon happen in our country as well: debates, primaries, transparency (perhaps with less waste).


After taking in all the data, Obama and Romney are right where they were, with a slight advantage for the president, and with a chance for Romney to win in the final sprint. For Americans, the outlines of the referendum are becoming clear. Obama represents the status quo, lots of money from the Federal Reserve, and the hope that the anemic recovery will finally lift the U.S. out of the crisis that began in 2008. Romney represents a change in economic policies, "more market, less government, " and "soft" cuts, with benefits deriving from innovation rather than the disadvantages of each "Keynesian" stimulus. No repeating the old cliché, "Voting is pointless since nothing changes." As in the 2013 elections in Germany and Italy, this time the results really matter.

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Eighty three percent of Americans followed the debate on TV - "old media" is alive and well - and only 4 percent online, but while watching the duel on television, one in five Americans commented on social networks like Facebook, Twitter, and blogs. Among voters under 39 years of age, one in three used TV and the Web in tandem to take in the global political broadcast. Thanks to the analysis of Big Data, the campaign staffs of Obama and Romney know their names, surnames, tastes, opinions, reading choices and habits, tailoring their messages to undecided voters.


But one must take care: if wavering voters get the impression they are being targeted with political messages tailored to them, they may rebel and as a result, change their minds. Thanks to Big Data, in the era of digital democracy, politicians read their electoral fates in the palms of citizens - but being excessively intrusive can backfire.


Finally, a word on debate moderator Candy Crowley, a journalist who doesn’t mistake reporting for a mud-wrestling match. She isn't posing for pin ups and is capable of keeping Obama and Romney in line when it comes to important matters like Benghazi and working women. What counted wasn't the "gaffes" of the candidates; it was keeping them talking about politics before millions of Americans, who will make their choice in freedom. It is a ritual some snobs scorn as "ideology," but whose real name is "democracy."



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Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: Obama Fires, Romney Falters, but 3rd Debate Fails to find Flourish

BBC News, U.K.: Global Poll Shows Rest of World Favors Obama

The Economist, U.K.: A Win for Obama

Guardian Unlimited, U.K.: Obama vs. Romney: Third Debate in Gifs

La Repubblica, Italy: Game Change: Obama Comes Across as 'Non-Leader'

El Universal, Mexico: U.S. Ruling Class Favors Obama Victory

El Pais, Spain: President Romney Will Come to Regret Damaging Remark about Spain

El Mundo, Spain: Romney Lies About Government Expenditures in U.S. and Spain

El Semanal, Spain: Spain Asserts it has 'Little to Envy' in Regard to U.S.

El Pais, Spain: Mitt Romney and Spain: Is Ours a Failing Brand?

Le Figaro, France: U.S. Presidential Debate: Pro-Obama Media Suffers Major Defeat

Handelsblatt, Germany: For Germany, a Romney Win 'Would Have its Advantages'

Guardian, U.K.: U.S. Debate: No Zingers, but Romney Finally Lifts Off

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Gazeta, Russia: Why America's Republicans have No Foreign Policy



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