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Midday Update: GOP’s Platform Economically Conservative

by Newsteam Staff
August 29, 2012

Photo of the Day: Delegates celebrate after Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney clinches the Republican presidential nomination during the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida August 28, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters). Photo of the Day: Delegates on the second day of the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, August 28, 2012 (Jason Reed/Courtesy Reuters).

The GOP platform adopted Tuesday at the GOP convention in Tampa, Florida, takes on  fiscal and social issues in what some analysts says is a sharp lean to the right.

“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

1 Comment

  • Posted by Abo

    Ron Paul can win if the system isn’t toallty corrupt. The other Reps are all the same, so they will splinter the neo-con votes. Also, Ron Paul voters are not apathetic. They will show up and vote.Dean was sidelined by MSM because of the “dean scream.” They have tried to do this with Dr. Paul, but it’s different with the growth of blogs and youtube. Citizen media is informing more about these tricks. For instance, I wouldn’t have known about CNBC taking down Dr. Paul’s successful post-debate results if it weren’t for a comment here on HP. they want us to think he doesn’t have a chance. that the internet is this strange world of fringe voters, when everyone I know uses the internet.not sure if this is true, but I’ve heard that the people being called for the votes bias against RP because 1) they only call land lines, and 2) they call people who voted in the last primary which are the die hard Bush neo-cons.lastly, the anti-abortion issue bothered me too, but he is right to let the states decide on it. it is a complex personal issue. I understand where he’s coming from given that he delivered babies and it’s kind of arbitrary to say it’s okay to destroy what he’s about to deliver until such and such point. so basically if he wins, many states will retain legal abortions because he believes it’s a state issue and he does not push his personal feelings about this on the states. I think this might be the most fair way to deal with such a tough issue when I put my personal feelings aside and try to look at it objectively.