On Wednesday, Nov. 7, a day after the Nov. 6 general election, two Franklin & Marshall College government professors offered their views for "2012 Election Reactions," two videos reflecting on the outcome of the heated contest between President Barack Obama and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney -- and what's next for the United States.
Voters in many ways maintained the status quo: They re-elected Obama and ensured the Democrats maintain their majority in the U.S. Senate, and that the GOP continues to dominate the U.S. House of Representatives. But Associate Professor Stephen Medvic, author of "Campaigns and Elections: Players and Processes" and Professor Matthew Schousen, who studies the American presidency, said some key things are likely to change as Obama enters his second term.
In the accompanying videos, Medvic and Schousen, who address these topics in the classroom at F&M, talk about factors that figured prominently in the campaigns, such as the economy, health care, immigration and changing national demographics.