Tuesday, 3 January 2012

ACLU Liberty Watch 2012

US Presidential politics notches up a gear later today as the Iowa caucus takes place and Republican's take the first key step towards selecting their can date for the Presidential race in November.

The San Francisco Chronicle reports the timely issuing by the American Civil Liberties Union of Liberty Watch 2012, its report card for presidential candidates on issues like surveillance, torture, gay rights and immigration. No one gets an A, including President Obama.

The survey 'report card' can be viewed here.  As the race goes on Obama will have to position is campaign in the centre but he also needs to provide a reason for Democrats to vote for him other than "have you seen the scary Republican candidate?".   His report card is a reminder of just how disappointing he has been as a President - great at campaigning, poor at governing - but there will no doubt be much lobbying going on behind the scenes to push him further down the reforming road.

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