Who will make a better US President?

US Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama walks past each other on stage at the end of their last debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, US, on 22 October 2012.

US Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov Mitt Romney and President Barack Obama walks past each other on stage at the end of their last debate at Lynn University in Boca Raton, US, on 22 October 2012. AP/Pablo Martinez Monsivais

By Lobsang Wangyal

MCLEOD GANJ, India, 31 October 2012

Americans will go to polls in a week’s time to elect their new president.

Polls show that the incumbent President Barack Obama and rival Republican nominee Mitt Romney are in a narrow race the closing week before the election. Three rounds of debates between the two contenders have mostly ended in a face-off.

Both the candidates advertise that they would improve education, the health care system, and the crippled American economy, and provide tax cuts and better infrastructure.

Obama wants to end the wars in the middle east and further east in Afghanistan that the US is embroiled in. He says that ending the wars started by his predecessor George W Bush would restore the damaged American reputation and the US standing around the world. Romney would have kept thousands of American soldiers in the battlefields for America’s own “security and peace around the world”. Romney says “…first for the United States, but also for all those everywhere who believe in the cause of freedom.”

Although both Obama and Romney have not spelled out any clear-cut policy with regard to Tibet, and since the few thousand votes from Tibetan-Americans will not make much difference on the vote count, Tibetans are nevertheless anxious about the results of the election. With the continuing critical situation of Tibetans in Tibet, particularly with the spate of self-immolations occurring there, Tibetans will want a president who could help to ease the dire situation in Tibet.

Who do you think would make a better president in general, and who would support the Tibetan people’s quest for a free Tibet?

What is your opinion on this?


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  1. 9.
    dezmo says:on 6 November 2012 at 8:35 am

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  2. 8.
    Tsering Choekyap says:on 1 November 2012 at 6:15 pm

    For the immediate future it seems president Obama seems to be more consistent in words and practice in domestic and foreign policy matters. Romney seems to be a little inconsistent in his philosophy, as he changes his thinking every now and then. The better side of Romney is his flexibility and ability to learn from his opponent in the debates.

    I think on the Tibet issue president Obama will be more serious to talk about it with Chinese leaders. Since he has gained more familiarity with the Tibetan cause during his first term, I think he will be more confident to take up Tibet issue more forcefully in his second term if re-elected.

    However the bottom line of the American policy on Tibet is that “Tibet is a part of China”. So not much change is to be expected from either of them. Unless the Chinese leaders admit that Tibet is an issue, there is not much outsiders can do to influence them.

    Tibetan people who are outside of Tibet must unite themselves under one political government/administration, one political leader, one objective of middle-way approach, and speak with one common voice everywhere in the free world. Unity is the need of the hour.

  3. 7.
    khen says:on 1 November 2012 at 5:48 pm

    I’m neutral, when it comes to Tibet issue, because none of them are bold enough to come forward and speak up about Human rights in Tibet.

    In general, I would vote for Obama, because of his health care for everybody. Whereas Romney wants to build America and bring back from the long time problem of jobless rates. But how? more jobs means more factories, industries, which I think is only good for the short terms.

    But more jobs from industries and factories also means we need more natural resources. The “Sandy” storm could be just one example of how our world is changing dramatically. As a citizen of this world, I would say we all need to slow down in terms of materialism. Electing Romney means we all are exhilarating in full speed towards disaster, to destroy our world!!

    I vote Obama.

  4. 6.
    G.Wangchuk says:on 1 November 2012 at 5:45 pm

    So far as Tibet’s problem is concerned, the President Obama, if he wins, may become even more distant because of America’s big economic and other domestic problems which, in turn, affect the freedom and democracy elements of its foreign policy negatively. Moreover he is an inward-looking and China-appeasing American president.

    Romney is unknown but unlikely to be much better — though very unlikely to be worse. I don’t know how much he is prepared to use the traditional Republican harder approach towards American-unfriendly countries. But most likely the economic interest will have the last say.

    Not really much to be cheerful about whoever wins, from a Tibetan angle.

    Ultimately our last refuge lies in ourselves. We must accept that reality. And that reality is if we could ever muster the determination to break the rock by pinpricks, and empty the ocean by drinking it by spoonful.

    Gyaltsen Wangchuk, Dharamshala

  5. 5.
    Tsering says:on 1 November 2012 at 11:22 am

    I will go for Obama!

  6. 4.
    Tenzin D says:on 1 November 2012 at 11:04 am

    As far as I see, the 2012 US Presidential election would be very close. Since September all the polls are showing that both the candidates have almost equal number of supporters.

    Apart from all the domestic problems that they have discussed, I thought they would discuss a tiny bit on Tibet on their third debate on foreign policy. However, they did not bring it up on table at all, rather both candidates stated America will stand with ideologies freedom, equality, and how to pull back offshore business to the US land.

    With this, if you ask me if I am not going to vote, my answer would be YES. Remember President Obama came to the white house when America’s financial stability was underwater, millions were laid off from their work every month. Remember again people put President Bush for the second time mainly because people felt he got an unfinished job to do in far east, which was to eliminate Osama [bin Laden].

    Likewise, I strongly feel President Obama totally deserves another 4 more years in the white house and build America once again stronger and more stable world leader … FORWARD!

  7. 3.
    Thierry Dodin says:on 31 October 2012 at 11:33 pm

    They’ll both say they will and they’ll both won’t. Wanna bet? There are many differences between them, but in that regard not.

    • 2.
      Tenzin D says:on 1 November 2012 at 12:25 pm

      Well, I didn’t quite get you if you are talking just about Tibet or else. The problem with Romney is he changes his words every now and then, which scares me of his proper stand. President Obama actually had to say “Romnesia”.

      • 1.
        Tsering Choekyap says:on 1 November 2012 at 6:25 pm

        WoW! I agree with the post of Tenzin D above.

        At war is the presidential race between Obamacare and Romnesia!

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