Tonight on AC360: What Obama's win means for America
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November 7th, 2012
06:57 PM ET

Tonight on AC360: What Obama's win means for America

The outcome of the 2012 presidential race answered the immediate uncertainties about the next phase of leadership in the country, but there are bigger questions remaining.

Take the balance of power in Congress. The Democrats retained control in the Senate, with a net gain of one seat and maybe two depending who the new Senator from Maine wants to caucus with when they convene next year. The scorecard is 54 Democrats, 45 Republicans and 1 Independent. We know the GOP will still be the majority in the House of Representatives, and the final tally will be made after the seven unresolved races are settled. Will the legislators compromise with each other and the president and leave politics aside?

Another question: What's next for the party that lost the White House? Does the GOP need an image and platform makeover, and a reality check about the changing demographics in the country? Tonight we'll look at the exit polls and the issues most important to Hispanics, African-Americans, women, gays, and the youth in the U.S. Anderson will talk with Republican Senator Lindsey Graham from South Carolina about the elections and his party's identity. Graham told Politico, “If we lose this election there is only one explanation — demographics.”

Now that President Obama can get back to work without the distraction of campaigning, many are waiting to see what will happen with Iran, the fiscal cliff, jobs, the global economy and more. Insight from our experts, and Anderson's interview with Rudy Giuliani at 8 and 10 p.m. ET tonight.

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  1. Bob

    Does anyone know the official estimate of the deficit that will be present if all the Tax Cuts expire and the budget cuts go foward, popularly called "falling off the fiscal cliff?" I haven't heard any news organization mention it. BTW, I prefer the term "existing law" to fiscal cliff. If we do not have a budget surplus after this "cliff" or if you prefer existing law passed by our Congress and signed the President goes into effect, shouldn't we be supporting additional tax increases and cuts to further reduce this deficit?

    November 7, 2012 at 10:31 pm |
  2. mike

    The nation is and will be deeply decided. I hope only the people who voting for Obama loosing their job in future. All Republican should quit in Congress. Let the smart welfare democrats run the country in to the ground. The President Obama acting in the past like a dictator with his executive orders.
    A shame the 53% US population, never wanna learn from history. We will not invest in the US anymore.

    November 7, 2012 at 9:24 pm |
  3. Paul

    To JK's comment:

    I look at not only the candidate but also the party. After all, the candidate aligned him/herself with that party because I assume there is commonality between the candidate and the party on all sorts of issues. The Party provides the platform. You need to fit the platform before the party accepts you and lets you run for President.

    November 7, 2012 at 9:01 pm |
  4. stefania stefansdottir

    I believe that the biggest problem of the Republican party is their policy on social issues.The second problem is how close their voters want to bring the responsibility of government and their religious beliefs that are for the most part a christian belief of some kind. They have to come with the terms that the US has become more secular and young people that are ever so more connected with the out-side world do not stand for injustice based on religion, sexual orientation, race and gender. The republicans say they want to run on freedom and opportunity for all but the major part of the republican electors are very religious christians who put judgements upon others that do not believe in the same things. It feels like these people want jesus christ to decide how our government works! Sometimes I wonder how these radicals separate themselves from the fanatic muslim regimes in the middle east! I support moderation and that is what the people voted for last night!

    November 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  5. Jk

    I hate to dislusion the media but majority of americans vote for the person not the party. Everyone I know does not vote for a candidate because of the party the represent. We vote for the person. The majority of Americans are sick of the democrats and republicans not working for the welfare of the American people

    November 7, 2012 at 8:49 pm |
  6. Ben

    Rudy Juliani is right. I voted for Obama twice because I'm for the social issues. But I'm also for a conservative government and very much against a welfare state. If the Republicans had the social views of the Democrats I would have voted Republican. I can't in good conscience vote for a party that seems like the home for small minded thinking. No matter how bad the economy is! These are the people who wanted to outlaw Rock and Roll when Elvis was king. Their day is done. And so is the Republican party until they rid them selves of this.

    November 7, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
  7. Carolyn DeWolfe

    Lindsey Graham supports the idea of doing away with tax exemptions for home owner taxes and donations. The upper income level folks probably don't have a mortgage on their homes!! at least, many of them don't. And tax exemptions for donations encourage people to donate to good causes, so doing away with those will probably discourage generosity to some extent from all income levels.

    November 7, 2012 at 8:19 pm |