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Where can I find the official political platforms?

Asked by augustlan (47711points) August 22nd, 2012

I’d like the official sites for:

- The Republican party’s platform
– The Democratic party’s platform
– The Romney/Ryan platform
– The Obama/Biden platform

I don’t want this to be a discussion on said platforms, just info on how to find them. Thanks!

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flutherother's avatar

This is as close as I can get:

Romney’s platform
Barack’s platform

The campaign speeches are here:

Bill1939's avatar

The official Party Platforms have yet to be written. Republicans will soon be revealing what is being written as I write at their convention.

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Aethelflaed's avatar

@Bill1939 So then how is it that all these news outlets are in the know about the GOP’s abortion platform? Do they release parts, bit by bit? Is there some press secretary who’s issued an official statement? Journalists who know a guy on the inside?

bkcunningham's avatar

@Aethelflaed, the GOP convention doesn’t start until August 27. I think what your story is referring to is one republican committee. The final platform has not been adopted yet.

Here is the photo caption from your linked article: Republican party delegates are in Tampa this week carving out the GOP platform that will be voted on at the convention. The plank on abortion is receiving more attention than usual following controversial comments by Rep. Todd Akin. The Washington Post’s Ed O’Keefe reports.

Aethelflaed's avatar

@bkcunningham You should then read the entire link.

bkcunningham's avatar

I did read the entire link. What are you getting at, @Aethelflaed?

Aethelflaed's avatar

@bkcunningham That just going “Bill is right” is not actually answering my question, so I’m going to wait for Bill to answer my question.

bkcunningham's avatar

@Aethelflaed, the article you linked clearly says this is a potential “plank” in the republican platform that won’t be voted on for inclusion in the GOP platform until the convention. I’m sorry I thought that by pointing out the previous things like the photo caption, the date of the GOP convention and the portion of your link where it says this is a committee within the GOP, you’d understand.

Your story points these things out.

bkcunningham's avatar

Additionally, @Aethelflaed, the video I liked explains a little bit about the issue and the process of the GOP delegates meeting prior to the convention.

Aethelflaed's avatar

Cool. Still waiting for Bill to answer me.

bkcunningham's avatar

@Aethelflaed, they put out press releases and do interviews. Priebus did interviews where he made the statements that are included in the stories you are referencing.

I’m sorry, I just realized what you were asking. My brain was working in a different direction.

Bill1939's avatar

It is my understanding, @Aethelflaed, that the platform committee meetings are open to the public and are being televised live via cable TV, and also that members of the committee are sharing information about the proceedings with the media. It is not like the good-old-days when cigar smoking men met secretly behind close doors to prepare the platform.

Googling “republican party platform” provides:

“The Republican National Committee (RNC) is responsible for promoting Republican campaign activities. It is responsible for developing and promoting the Republican political platform, as well as coordinating fundraising and election strategy. Its current chairman is Reince Priebus. The chairman of the RNC is chosen by the President when the Republicans have the White House or otherwise by the Party’s state committees.”

“Over the years, the major parties’ election-year platforms have been regarded as Kabuki theater scripts for convention week. The presidential candidates blithely ignored them or openly dismissed the most extreme planks with a knowing wink as merely a gesture to pacify the noisiest activists in the party.

“That cannot be said of the draft of the Republican platform circulating ahead of the convention in Tampa, Fla. The Republican Party has moved so far to the right that the extreme is now the mainstream. The mean-spirited and intolerant platform represents the face of Republican politics in 2012. And unless he makes changes, it is the current face of the shape-shifting Mitt Romney.”

I trust this answers your question.

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