GRAND RAPIDS, Mich. (WOOD) - In the time before the Nov. 6 election, voters will be inundated with images and messages trying to influence their choice for the next President of the United States.
Over the next eight weeks, 24 Hour News 8 Political Reporter Rick Albin will break down the details behind the rhetoric.
Both Pres. Barack Obama and Republican nominee Mitt Romney have fairly standard stump speeches -- on a daily basis, they say more or less the same things when the make their appearances. But there are some variations.
There are also a lot of details that they don't cover on a regular basis despite having some rather involved explanations on their websites on various issues.
In the last two weeks, for example, both candidates have made longer, more detailed speeches as they accepted their party's nomination.
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney accepted his party's nomination in Tampa a week and a half ago.
Romney's plan, as he laid it out there, would have to create on average 250,000 jobs per month during his four-year term.
His "Plan for Jobs and Economic Growth" outlines how he proposes to do that. The plan, provided on his website, says he would address tax policy by "hold the line on income tax rates" and other changes.
He would also focus on regulatory reform, including the repeal of healthcare reform, and address trade and energy policy -- among other issues.
Obama also focused on jobs in his Thursday acceptance speech.
According to the president's website, his plan would also create 12 million jobs in the next four years -- again, an average of 250,000 per month.
That would include creating 1 million jobs in manufacturing jobs by 2016 and doubling exports over five years.
He would also work on corporate tax reform and providing more training for workers.
Both candidates who claim to be able to put 12 million people back to work in four years. But can that be done? And if so, which plan would work best?
Romney and Obama have similar approaches -- for example, changing tax and regulatory codes -- but the changes they would make would be quite different.
Details of those plans are available at the candidates' websites.
There's also a breakdown of where each candidate stands on the issues at OnPolitix.
Barack Obama's campaign website
Mitt Romney's campaign website
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