Interview and article by Evie Ryan
The U.S presidential election is merely a few days away.
After months of planning, campaigning and rallying there is no clear front-runner. President Barack Obama has been unable to maintain support for his ‘hope’ and ‘change’ agenda that lead to his success in the 2008 polls. Instead he has been matched in popularity by Republican candidate Mitt Romney. Governor Romney’s early race was dominated by gaffes, as shown by his much documented trip to London prior to the Olympics Games.
Romney has managed to scrape back support while Obama has struggled to outshine him. The recent three debates marked a turning point in the polls. Nothing remarkable occurred, other than in the first clash on 3 October debate when President Obama did not give the fight the public was expecting. Now the candidates are literally neck to neck in the polls; each currently hold 48% of the popular vote as of 4th November.
With less than a week to go, the next few days alone matter more than the last months put together.
There are many factors which make up a US Presidential election campaign. The BBC’s North American Editor, Mark Mardell, gives Redbrick an exclusive insider’s view from the election trail. Redbrick conducted a Twitter-style interview, with each answer limited to 140 characters.