“It calls for an audit of the Federal Reserve and a commission to study returning to the gold standard,” The Washington Post‘s Marc Fisher writes. “There are odes of fidelity to the Constitution but also calls for amendments that would balance the federal budget, require a two-thirds majority in Congress to raise taxes, and define marriage as a union between one man and one woman. The new plank urges the transformation of Medicare from an entitlement to a system of personal accounts, increased use of coal for energy, and a ban on federal funding to universities that give illegal immigrants in-state tuition rates.”
CFR’s Shannon O’Neil looks at the platform’s stances on immigration and Latin America generally, saying “the Republican Party generally seems to see the region (when it considers it at all) as a threat rather than an opportunity.”
Mitt Romney officially became the Republican nominee for president (WSJ) Tuesday night amid speeches aimed at building support for his policies.
Details of next week’s Democratic convention being reported (NYT) include plans to designate one evening as “national security night.”
“Thursday night will feature a specific national security segment, including a speech by Senator John Kerry, chairman of the Senate Foreign Relations Committee, and a decorated combat veteran, and a tribute to the men and women of the United States Armed Forces,” an Obama campaign official told the New York Times.
While Republicans meet in Florida, President Barack Obama is making an appeal to college students (Reuters), campaigning in Colorado and Iowa Tuesday touting his 2010 healthcare law, his economic policies, and his work to keep student loan debt low.
“Four years ago, you believed we could put a college education within the reach of all who were willing to work for it. So we created a college tax credit that’s saving families up to $10,000 for college tuition over four years,” he said at an event at Iowa State in Ames. “We took on a student loan system that was giving billions of taxpayer dollars to big banks, and we said let’s give the money directly to students, and we doubled grant aid for millions of students.”
At Foreign Policy, Elan Journo examines the influence of Ayn Rand’s philosophies on Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan’s foreign policy.
— Gayle S. Putrich, Contributing Editor