Obama vs. Romney: A Rumble in the Recital Hall

20 Pages Posted: 5 Feb 2013


Presidential elections in the United States are fascinating to observe. During the 2008 nominating process, then-presidential candidate Joe Biden raised eyebrows when he described fellow presidential candidate Barack Obama as “the first mainstream African-American who is articulate and bright and clean and a nice-looking guy.”1 Later in the campaign Biden questioned Obama’s inexperience and affirmed his belief that if elected president, Obama would need “on the job training.”2 Months later we all know that Barack Obama asked Joe Biden to be his running mate. It was also during the 2008 presidential campaign that former U.S. Senator Rick Santorum declared, “Governor Romney is the candidate who will stand up for the conservative principles that we hold dear.”3 But four years later, the very same Rick Santorum pleaded with voters in Wisconsin, “Pick any other Republican in the country. He is the worst Republican in the country to put up against Barack Obama.”4 And these are just the words of presidential candidates. Add to these words the vitriol we now find on social media outlets like Facebook and Twitter by many American citizens who largely ignore politics for about forty-six straight months until the two presidential candidates emerge from the party conventions every four years, and we begin to see why observing U.S. presidential elections can be so captivating.

Suggested Citation

Maxwell, Jewerl and Strickland, Amber, Obama vs. Romney: A Rumble in the Recital Hall. APSA 2013 Teaching and Learning Conference Paper, Available at SSRN: https://ssrn.com/abstract=2212289 or http://dx.doi.org/10.2139/ssrn.2212289

Jewerl Maxwell (Contact Author)

Cedarville University ( email )

United States

Amber Strickland


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