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    Re: Did Obama win a mandate with his reelection as president?

    Is anyone else sick and tired of the word mandate?

    Who cares if he has a mandate or not? All that matters is he was elected based, in part, on the campaign promises he made. He owes it to the electorate to do his best to keep those campaign promises. And yes, the Republicans in Congress were elected by their constituents in part based on their campaign promises and, likewise, they owe it to their constituents to do their best to keep those campaign promises.

    Same ol', same ol'.

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    Re: Did Obama win a mandate with his reelection as president?

    Quote Originally Posted by mac View Post
    Popular vote was 51/49. You know this. The actual votes are more important than the electoral college.
    Gee, Presudent G W Bush got less popular votes than Gore in 2000 and yet he became President.
    President G W Bush got about 3.6 million votes than Kerry in 2004.
    President Obama got about 3.5 million votes than Romney in 2012.

    Just sayin....
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    Re: Did Obama win a mandate with his reelection as president?

    The election was too close, I don't think anyone got a mandate.

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    Re: Did Obama win a mandate with his reelection as president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Navy Pride View Post
    Romney actually won many more states but Obama won the big ones with the biggest electoral vote.
    Romney won in 22 states.
    President Obama won in 28 states and DC,

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    Re: Did Obama win a mandate with his reelection as president?

    No. It was pretty much a 50/50 split with what? something like a less than 5% margin? I mean really, that is no mandate. Of course that's just me as people have different views on what is an acceptable margin for a "mandate."
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    Re: Did Obama win a mandate with his reelection as president?

    As far a I can tell, Obama ran on one thing--to raise taxes on the rich--and he won. So I guess he has a mandate to do that even though convincing 51% of the people to raise taxes on someone else is not a real accomplishment. But republicans should give him his sole issue so that people can see how meaningless that tax increase really is and how empty the Obama tank of ideas really is.

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    Re: Did Obama win a mandate with his reelection as president?

    Nah, he didn't win a mandate. In fact I think the whole concept that suggests if you won an election in a big way, that means you can ignore often evolving public sentiment is arrogant and the best way to see your approval ratings drop. He won a second term but he'd be wise to pursue policy that is popularly supported.

    What did happen and is happening more is the beginning of a powerful national Democratic party due to shifting demographic tends. However, if this goes to the party's head and they use that position of greater influence to ram policies through that are not universally popular, they'll lose that position of greater influence. They need to always remember, the people are the boss and they are the employees.
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    Re: Did Obama win a mandate with his reelection as president?

    Quote Originally Posted by minnie616 View Post
    Gee, Presudent G W Bush got less popular votes than Gore in 2000 and yet he became President.
    President G W Bush got about 3.6 million votes than Kerry in 2004.
    President Obama got about 3.5 million votes than Romney in 2012.

    Just sayin....
    Yeah, You're saying what I'm saying. If Obama got a mandate...so did Bush.

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    Re: Did Obama win a mandate with his reelection as president?

    Quote Originally Posted by iguanaman View Post
    Then Bush lost the 2000 election to Gore and the entire 8 year nightmare was all a dream.
    You're missing the point. All this fuss over getting a mandate simply for winning the election is hogwash.

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    Re: Did Obama win a mandate with his reelection as president?

    Quote Originally Posted by Jonsa View Post
    No, I do have an issue, I do not beleive Mr. Bush ran on a platform that said, elect me and I'll invade Iraq. It wasn't until 2002 he started focusing on Iraq and invaded before the 2004 election.

    He had no mandate to go to war.
    What transpired was that democracy worked and the elected officials made the call in supporting both war initiatives. That is why there are elected representatives of the people, they are empowered to make decisions on the people's behalf when unexpected things come up.
    Then why did he get re-elected after going to war? A mandate, that's why.

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