Karl Rove vs. Robert Gibbs: Who Will Win the 2012 Elections?


Today's world is full of challenges. Our economy is still below capacity and unemployment for millennials is astronomically high. Our federal deficit is above $1 trillion. The Middle East is in turmoil, with violence in Syria and the potential that Iran might obtain a nuclear weapon. The country is divided over social issues. Immigration reform remains a distant dream. 90,000 Americans are still fighting a resurgent Taliban in Afghanistan. Many other problems remain equally salient for millennials.

Which of the two political parties is best prepared to tackle our problems?

Karl Rove, the political strategist behind President George W. Bush's successful 2000 and 2004 presidential campaigns, will be making the case that the Republican party has the vision to lead the U.S. and triumph in November. Robert Gibbs, President Barack H. Obama's former press secretary, will be arguing that President Obama is best able to continue confronting the challenges facing our nation.

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