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8 things Barack Obama and Mitt Romney agree on
Storified by Digital First Media · Wed, Sep 26 2012 11:49:36
Though it might seem otherwise, President Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney don’t disagree on absolutely everything. Here are a few issues where they happen to agree.
The NFL should bring back its regular referees.
This week, both Romney and Obama both said that
regular NFL referees will be brought back
. Obama tweeted that he hopes the lockout will be “settled soon,” while Romney said he’d like to see “some experienced referees” return. NFL team owners and the referees association are currently locked in a dispute over pay raises.
Gay Boy Scouts should be allowed to serve.
While running for the Senate in 1994, Romney argued that gays should be allowed to serve in the Boy Scouts of America, a position his campaign says he still holds. In August, President Obama, who like all presidents serves as the honorary head of the organization,
publicly supported the rights of gay Scouts
Student loan rates shouldn’t be raised.
The interest rates on federally subsidized student loans were set to double on July 1 unless Congress acted but Democrats and Republicans disagreed on how to pay for the $6 billion price tag. After both Romney and Obama
came out in support
of extending the rates, Congress
voted to extend
the rates for one year.
Iran shouldn’t be allowed to develop a nuclear weapon.
Both Romney and Obama agree that
Iran should not be allowed
to develop a nuclear weapon. “We are determined to prevent Iran from acquiring a nuclear weapon,” Obama has said. “My red line is Iran may not have a nuclear weapon,” Romney agreed. Of course, the two differ on exactly how to do that.
The individual health insurance mandate is not a tax.
The 2010 health care law signed by Obama requires Americans to buy health insurance. The Supreme Court upheld the law in part by finding that is the same as a tax. Obama disagreed,
saying it is just a penalty
, the same position held by Romney since he included a mandate in a Massachusetts’ health care law.
Women should be allowed to join Augusta golf club.
In April, an Obama spokesman said the president believes
women should be allowed
to join the prestigious all-male Augusta National Golf Club. Romney agreed when asked about the issue. In August, the golf club
former Secretary of State Condoleezza Rice and another woman.
Don’t Ask Don’t Tell should not be brought back.
In 2011, Obama signed a law ending the military’s Don’t Ask Don’t Tell policy, which barred
openly gay members
from serving in the U.S. military. Asked about the issue by the Des Moines Register, Romney replied, “That’s already occurred. I’m not planning on reversing that at this stage.”
The CMT Music Awards should be co-hosted.
The CMT Music Awards, a fan-selected country music video awards show, began this year with a video featuring Obama and Romney, among other notables, being asked whether country singer Toby Keith or actress Kristen Bell should host. Both agreed that
the two should co-host the show