How social issues and religion will shape 2012 election (besides same-sex marriage)
May 10th, 2012
11:14 AM ET
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How social issues and religion will shape 2012 election (besides same-sex marriage)

(CNN) - Everyone knows the 2012 presidential race is about jobs and the economy. As likely Republican nominee Mitt Romney said a couple weeks ago: "It's still about the economy, and we're not stupid."

But have you noticed how the culture wars keep intruding into this it's-all-about-the-economy election?

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Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Religion
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  1. GI Joe

    They are all personal issues and should not be dictated by a Federal or State government.

    I'll answer to My God, you answer to yours.

    May 10, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  2. GI Joe

    And don't try to shove YOUR religion down MY throat and I'll do you the same favor.

    ALL OF YOU.

    May 10, 2012 11:17 am at 11:17 am |
  3. Richard

    I don't undderstand why the liberals want to denstry something that is existing for centuries. Why don't they fight for a civil union rather than fighting for a marraige.

    May 10, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  4. Richard

    I don't undderstand why the liberals want to destroy something that is existing for centuries. Why don't they fight for a civil union rather than fighting for a marraige.

    May 10, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  5. Jules

    As a born again, evangelical Christian, my opinion is that the right to marry is a civil rights issue the same as the civil rights legislation of the 60's was a civil rights issue. This should n ot be a religious issue, but the question should be, should the gay and lesbian community of our country be afforded the same rights as every other American. Of course, that answer must be yes if we are to remain the country we were intended to be, which is one of freedom.

    May 10, 2012 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  6. Thomas

    @Richard
    I don't undderstand why the liberals want to destroy something that is existing for centuries.

    In the same way as Slavery or the right for woman to vote .

    May 10, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  7. John. PA

    culture wars DON"T keep intruding into this it's-all-about-the-economy election!

    This is the Obama campaign tactic, Obama has to make the election about character, being likeable or social issues rather than being a referendum on the Obama record of FAILURE.

    May 10, 2012 11:32 am at 11:32 am |
  8. Al-NY,NY

    Jules

    As a born again, evangelical Christian, my opinion is that the right to marry is a civil rights issue the same as the civil rights legislation of the 60's was a civil rights issue. This should n ot be a religious issue, but the question should be, should the gay and lesbian community of our country be afforded the same rights as every other American. Of course, that answer must be yes if we are to remain the country we were intended to be, which is one of freedom.
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    Not born again, but an excellent post. Now if we could get "Richard" on board as well as the others, ALL Americans could be afforded the same rights and not have "separate but equal".....that sounds strangely familiar.....hmmmm

    May 10, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  9. Albert Friday

    When is Obama going to address the concerns of the American people? Such as: the economic crises, “Fast and Furious”, immigration, the Secret Service scandal, Solyndra scandal and a host of other failures in his administration.

    May 10, 2012 11:37 am at 11:37 am |
  10. Anonymous

    Well, it is clear that the GOP has championed wedge social issues for many years in elections. More simply though, in the light of their complete lack of action to produce any bills in Congress to help the American people (with jobs, or hiring or anything that resembles support of the middle class and poor), all we got was anti-abortion, anti-birth control, anti-women, anti-health care, anti-education, anti-poor, anti-elderly, anti-gay, anti-hispanic bills that drive home the fact that the GOP is only out to support their own return to power by favoring the rich and corporate, and by denying rights and support to pretty much everybody else.
    Playing with religion in the public square carries risks. Yes, it may attract a certain number of voters to your camp (i.e catholics and birth control), but largely, in the end it backfires when the majority od Americans see their choices diminished by having some one else's religion or religous beliefs pushed upon them.

    May 10, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  11. Albert Friday

    Obama just creates other crises to cover up the previous failures in his administration.

    THEY THINK YOUR STUPID!

    May 10, 2012 11:41 am at 11:41 am |
  12. rs

    Albert-so you just want to hear Obama respond to Rush's list of made-up or inflated controversies? Do you want to hear Romney's positions on the same? I certainly would like to hear his take on the disaterouse economic policies of the Bush administration, or Gun Walking under Bush, or describe why he supports lavish tax cuts for the rich over healthcare for the poor, or tax cuts to the middle class.

    May 10, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  13. Robert jay

    Really – nothing important going on our univrese so lets all get focused on ideological social and religous issues. Only a higher power knows there isn't anything more important than who sleeps with who and weather a tax sheltered religious group dispenses condoms. To hell with the starving, sick, impoverished, persocuted people we have real issues here ! RIGHT – Get a life.

    May 10, 2012 11:49 am at 11:49 am |
  14. ST

    We should not cheat ourselves. It will always be social issues first and the rest follow. Yes we understand that we need a stable economy that all can rely on , but this will not change overnight. It will take sometime if not years.

    May 10, 2012 11:51 am at 11:51 am |
  15. FLIndependent

    "When is Obama going to address the concerns of the American people? Such as: the economic crises, “Fast and Furious”, immigration, the Secret Service scandal, Solyndra scandal and a host of other failures in his administration."
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    Other than the economic "crises" you mention, no one is concerned with the other things..they are non-issues. As far as the economy this President has turned things around and we are headed in the right direction. It amazes me that more people won't acknowledge this and don't realize that he has (at least so far) saved us from a full=blown depression. Jobs are becoming more plentiful and the unemployment rate is declining.

    May 10, 2012 11:55 am at 11:55 am |
  16. Myviewis

    This is nothing more than a distraction that would have worked in years past when there was no Internet, Facebook, Twitter. Now, all I have to do is go into the internet and see the long lines of unemployment, read the stories of foreclosures, people exhausting their savings, having to take a less paying job, the money we lost in Solyndra. Internet changed the way elections can go, someone just forgot to tell Obama we can look up the truth now.

    May 10, 2012 12:06 pm at 12:06 pm |
  17. Rudy NYC

    Myviewis

    This is nothing more than a distraction that would have worked in years past when there was no Internet, Facebook, Twitter. Now, all I have to do is go into the internet .....someone just forgot to tell Obama we can look up the truth now.
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    The truth is Pres. Obama didn't destroy the economy. What destroyed the economy were the "boom then bust" tax policies favored by conservatives. You can look it up on the internet, too. "Deficits don't matter", said Dick Cheney.

    May 10, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  18. Independant Texan

    Myviewis, have you totally forgotten the economic "trainwreck" Bush left Obama to sort out? Two unfunded wars, coupled with " tax cuts" that mainly benefit the wealthy. ---- Kinda like they were grabbing all the cash they could before the house of cards came tumbling down.

    May 10, 2012 12:25 pm at 12:25 pm |