We know it’s not specifically West Chester news but it effects everyone across the United States, therefore I just wanted to remind everyone that the second presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney will be held tonight at 9 p.m.
Nearly 60 million people tuned in Oct. 3 to watch the first presidential debate between President Barack Obama and Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney. In that first confrontation, viewers and pundits claimed that Romney won, and his campaign got a bump in the polls as a result. Will Obama vindicate himself this time?
Voter turnout for Republicans and Democrats in Chester County matched other counties in Pennsylvania: It was pretty bad. With some 90 percent of county precincts reporting Tuesday night, the Republican turnout in Chester County was about 27 percent; the Democratic turnout was about 14 percent.
The turnout appeared to spike in areas where the parties had primaries for state representative. For example, the Democratic contest between Bret M. Binder of East Bradford and West Chester Borough Councilwoman Cassandra L. Jones pushed turnout. Binder, a lawyer, recorded 1,251 to 1,114 for Jones in unofficial returns. Jones ran up her tally in the borough but it appears that Binder overcame that in the surrounding township precincts.
Similar Republican campaigns for state representative in the 155th district in the Downingtown area between Becky Corbin and John Mark Muller pushed turnout upwards. Corbin won. ILikewise, incumbent Republican State Rep. Duane D. Milne bested a challenge from former East Whiteland Supervisor Joe Corrigan in the 167th District of the Malvern area. The Republican presidential primary lost its luster when former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum dropped out. Mitt Romney, the leading Republican contender for president, bested all other challengers in Chester County with 66 percent of the vote against Santorum, former U.S. House Speaker New Gingrich and U.S. Rep. Ron Paul, who finished second with 14 percent of the vote.
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President Obama will use his State of the Union address Tuesday evening to make a renewed case for an overhaul of the tax reform, one of a host of “common sense” ideas advisors say he’ll offer to shore up the American economy and tackle the growing deficit. That message comes as Obama is also beginning in earnest to ask voters to give him another four years in Washington. And as he presses for what the White House calls “tax fairness,” he was offered a new political weapon from a potential Republican rival, Mitt Romney.
The former Massachusetts governor’s campaign on Tuesday detailed his income and tax burden for 2010 and an estimate for 2011. He had an effective tax rate of $13.9% in 2010 and 15.9% in 2011 on income of more than $20 million each year. Senior White House advisor David Plouffe said in a round of interviews Tuesday morning that Romney’s tax rate illustrates the “tax reform we need.”
Obama’s speech is intended to serve as a bookend to the major speech he delivered in December in Kansas, where he said the American middle class is at a “make-or-break moment.” He invoked a Republican predecessor, Theodore Roosevelt, in railing against growing income inequality. It is indeed an election year, and Obama’s address to Congress — his sixth overall — is not expected to include the kind of laundry list of policy offerings that previous addresses did. And he’ll quickly take his message on the road with the traditional post-State of the Union barnstorming tour, which this year is a three-day itinerary of likely electoral battlegrounds in the fall.