Use the following link to answer the Qs on the sheet I gave you. This will help solidify which platform you agree with more:
USA Today Candidate Match Game--who do you more support?

We're going to participate in an online Mock Election. Our votes will be tabulated for SHS, NJ, and the Nation...this is kind of cool!

C-span Coverage--you can listen to speeches by the candidates on the issues, look at the electoral college map, or read up about key states to watch

Side by side comparison of Obama and Romney

Comparison by issue from Christian Science Monitor

The Democrats:
To combat the rise of the Federalist agenda of the federal government in the late 1780s, Thomas Jefferson and James Madison led a breakaway faction to form a rival political party known as the United States Democratic-Republican Party. Three decades later, the Party crumbled under the weight of two opposing factions, leading to the formation of the Andrew Jackson-influenced Democratic Party. It has since become one of, if not the oldest surviving political organization in the country.

The center left party currently has the largest number of registered voters in the country at 72 million. Barack Obama became the 15th Democrat to hold the office of president, the second highest, serving a collective total of 85 years.

The Democratic Party advocates social liberalism grounded in modern progressivism.

Former Democratic Presidents: Jackson (1829-1837), Van Buren (1837-1841), Polk (1845-1849), Pierce (1853-1857), Buchanan (1857-1861), Johnson(1865-1869), Cleveland (1885-1889/1893-1897), Wilson (1913-1921), F.D. Roosevelt (1933-1945), Truman (1945-1953), Kennedy (1961-1963), Johnson (1963-1969), Carter (1977-1981), Clinton (1993-2001), Obama (2009-present)

The Republicans:

The Grand Old Party (GOP), as the Republican Party is sometimes referred to, can trace its roots back to the United States Democratic-Republican Party, a breakaway faction of the ruling Federalist Party of the late eighteenth century. The Missouri Compromise of 1820 and subsequently, the Kansas-Nebraska Act of 1854, triggered an internal revolt within the Democratic-Republic Party. A breakaway faction led by anti-slavery activist Alvan Earl Bovay and Thaddeus Stevens officially announced the formation of the Republican Party on July 6, 1854. Its rise to power was swift, as typified by Abraham Lincoln's victory in the 1860 presidential election, barely four years after the Party fielded its first ever candidate in a national election. Since then, the Party has had another 17 presidents, serving a total of 88 years. The Party boasts of 55 million registered voters, the second largest in the country, and is known as an advocate of American conservatism, espousing the role of religion, nationalism and economics at its core.

Former Republican Presidents: Lincoln (1861-1865), Grant (1869-1877), Hayes (1877-1881), Garfield (1881), Arthur (1881-1885), Harrison (1889-1893), McKinley (1897-1901), T. Roosevelt (1901-1909), Taft (1909-1913), Harding (1921-1923), Coolidge (1923-1929), Hoover (1929-1933), Eisenhower (1953-1961), Nixon (1969-1974), Ford (1974-1977), Reagan (1981-1989), Bush, H (1989-1993), Bush, W (2001-2009)