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Our View: Election gives us a fresh start

Published: Thursday, November 8, 2012

Updated: Thursday, November 8, 2012 14:11

Barack Obama was re-elected as the 44th President of the United States Tuesday night, defeating Republican challenger Mitt Romney by a count of 303 electoral votes to 206, making Obama the 21st president to be elected to a second term.

After two years of endless primary and presidential debates and countless campaign ads, the 2012 election is over.

No matter what outcome an election has, there will be finger pointing and name calling from both parties. Social media was alive soon after Obama was declared the winner.

As news streams were filled with statuses celebrating success, as well as those decrying the loss of their candidate or proposition, we watched young Americans voice their opinions across the country.

The election was hard fought by both sides. Even though there are those who think Obama shouldn’t have been re-elected, the president won both the electoral vote and popular votes.

Whether you like it or not, Barack Obama is our commander in chief for the next four years and he deserves the respect the office commands.

We have the Constitutional right to vote for who we want to lead the country, and no one should be belittled for accepting that right, whether they voted for Obama or Romney.

Don’t place blame for the election result on anything other than what voters truly wanted; saying it is anything else only weakens what should be an important moment in our lives.

It has been a rough campaign, but we hope this election gives people a chance to finally set aside their differences and work together toward a better future for the U.S.

“Our View” is written by the editorial staff. The opinions are not necessarily reflective of the student body, faculty or administration of Arkansas State University.

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