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11/05/2012 08:57 pm ET Updated Jan 23, 2014

'Forward': Obama's Slogan for His Voters

Tomorrow, general elections are held in America, and we'll soon know who will be the next president of the United States. According to the latest surveys, Romney and Obama are almost tied.

"The country will be on your side for all the time needed for recovery," says Obama, and the "Forward" slogan sums up his intention to carry on after the famous "Yes, we can." The unemployment rate has dropped to below 8 percent, and this should give us some encouragement for the future. Obviously, Romney reasserts: "We are at a deadlock."

It's going to be a head-to-head battle with Romney, who has quite irritated Italians by defining Obama's politics as so bad they will make America look like Italy: "We will end up like Italy." Obama wants to cut taxes on less wealthy classes, Romney on everyone, obviously favoring the rich.

Regarding education, they are divided over college student loans, which are one of the biggest items of the U.S. debt. Obama has launched the "Race to the Top" initiative, allocating states funds amounting to over $4 billion to improve the quality of teachers. Romney launched "A Chance for Every Child," which is the opportunity to choose what school to attend, and supports, with Obama, "charter schools," public schools set up by private funds.

Gay marriage. Only six states have legalized gay marriage, while the rest still have not. Obama favors the legalization of gay marriage. Romney opposes it. Obama provided health insurance to the citizens who lacked it, an important initiative especially for the elderly. In June, the Supreme Court has confirmed the legitimacy of the obligation for health insurance, scoring another point in favor of Obama. Romney wants to repeal the reform.

The candidates are divided over abortion, too: Obama supports it, while Romney said his presidency will be "in favor of life." They are divided also over terrorism, although the death of Bin Laden was one of Obama's key operations. Romney opposes the withdrawal of forces from Afghanistan and blames Obama for having been unable to handle relationships with Israel from where the fight against Islam should start. Obama is determined to stop Tehran from carrying out nuclear experiments. He insists on finding a diplomatic solution. Romney accuses Obama of weakness and supports military intervention.

Obama embraces immigration as a means of cultural enrichment for the country. The Republican candidate intends to make borders safer, also, by building barriers. Obama supports green energy, and advocates clean energy. He has stopped works to build the Keystone XL oil pipeline, which was designed to connect Canada to the Mexican Gulf. Romney wants to make America independent as regards to energy supplies, and therefore supports the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and of nuclear plants.

This was a quick and concise sum-up, but I thought it was important to know for whom the Americans will vote. Don't accuse me of being superficial. This is just a recap, a five-minute read, of the main points of dissent between the two presidential candidates.