Regarding the presidential debate, the New York Times article “A Clash of Philosophies” really characterizes the beliefs of both candidates when it comes to the role of government. They both have a vision for the future of America, but they have drastically different views when it comes to achieving these goals. Obama feels that government is necessary to help the economy, but Romney believes that government is holding America back. They each hold such strong viewpoints that there seems to be no room for middle ground. Personally, with this year being the first time I can vote in in a presidential election, I feel the pressure to choose who I want to side with.