2012 Election ProCon.org, New Nonpartisan Website Reveals Presidential Candidate Views on Controversial Issues

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ProCon.org has researched the US presidential candidates and their pro, con, or not clearly pro or con views on 25 controversial issues ranging from abortion to global warming to medical marijuana to waterboarding, with dozens more topics in the works.

The results appear on the nonprofit organization’s 43rd website, 2012 Election ProCon.org (https://2012election.procon.org). ProCon.org gives the public simple, nonpartisan, pro-con presentations in order to help readers decide for themselves: “Which candidate should be US president in 2012?”

Statements from Barack Obama appear alongside nine Republicans including Michele Bachmann, Herman Cain, Newt Gingrich, Jon Huntsman, Gary Johnson, Ron Paul, Rick Perry, Mitt Romney, and Rick Santorum.

ProCon.org, a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity, is America’s premier online destination for free and nonpartisan research on controversial topics. It provides millions of readers with in-depth information on important social issues in order to stimulate critical thinking and educate without bias.

ProCon.org plans to add at least 50 more pro-con questions, several related research projects, new candidates (including third party and independent candidates), and more over the coming months.

The 2012 Election ProCon.org website features a “Find Your Match” quiz where readers answer 25 questions to find which candidate’s responses most closely matched their own responses. The site also offers a survey where readers select which questions they want ProCon.org to ask the candidates.

In addition, the latest ProCon.org website contains a presidential election history, glossary, debate transcripts, how to become president guide, primary and caucus calendar, Did You Know? facts, and more.

Some of the Did You Know? facts include:

1. Incumbents have run in 30 of the 55 presidential elections in US history through 2008. The incumbent won 20 times (66 2/3%) and lost 10 times (33 1/3%).

2. Rick Perry and Mitt Romney have opposing views on only one of the 25 issues. Perry is “pro” to the question “Should Social Security be privatized?” while Romney is “con.”

3. Barack Obama is “pro” while all nine Republicans are “con” to the question “Are the March 2011 health care reform laws good for America?”

4. Gary Johnson, former Governor of New Mexico, is the only Republican “pro” to the question “Should abortion remain a legal option in America?”

5. Ron Paul, US Congressman (R-TX), is the only Republican “pro” to the question “Is it appropriate to build the ‘Ground Zero Mosque’ near the World Trade Center?” Obama is also a “pro.”

ProCon.org normally launches a new website when it is considered complete; however, it has made an exception with its 2012 presidential election website so that readers can learn more about the candidates and their views as upcoming primaries and caucuses get nearer.

For more information on the 2012 presidential election, visit https://2012election.procon.org.

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ProCon.org (online at www.procon.org) is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charity whose mission is promoting critical thinking, education, and informed citizenship. Information is presented on 43 different ProCon.org issue websites in subjects ranging from abortion, alternative energy, and medical marijuana to the death penalty, illegal immigration, and health care reform.

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