Observing US Election

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Editor's note: The American Presidential Election is moving into the critical stage as both the political parties have named their Presidential and Vice-Presidential candidates at their respective national conventions.

Wei Hongxia, now a visiting scholar in the US, has the opportunity to observe the Presidential race firsthand. What does the political game look like? Why do Americans pour so much money in an election that takes place every four years? How much actual difference can the policies of different would-be Presidents make? How does the US maintain political continuity with the rotation of ruling parties?

In this column she shares with us her observations and perspectives concerning the American society, politics and culture.


Storm gives rise to challenges and opportunities

Just one week away from the presidential election's grand finale, Armageddon seemed to befall on America, posing new challenges to both candidates.


Young voters will determine US election

Considering changes to the U.S. economic and social landscape, will young voters who supported Barack Obama in 2008 turn out for him again?


Romney - consistently making mistakes

Romney's constant gaffes on the campaign trail have put him in an awkward position as November approaches.


Obama, Romney talk tough on China to lure voters

US President Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney take turns bashing China to drum up votes in the final push of the 2012 campaign.


A bad week

After correctly judging the irony of the Chicago teachers' strike, Mitt Romney looked decidedly unpresidential in his response to the Libyan consulate attack.


The problem of Obama's skin color

Although many Americans believe race has disappeared from presidential politics, it hasn't.


Romney's popularity within his party

As the Republican presidential candidate, Romney should naturally get much support from the Republican-dominated Congress. But how popular is he among his Party peers?


Determining factors in a presidential race

With 50-odd days to go, who will stand out as the right candidate for the US President, Obama or Romney? Three factors need to be considered in order to gain some in-depth perspective on this.


Presidential election and the inheritance of values

Amidst all the changes that the US presidential candidates are promising to bring the American people, where have traditional American values gone?


A political game

Although the presidential election is a very serious matter, in truth it is more like a complex political game.



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