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Republican Party Platform, 2012

Published August 28, 2012

The Republican Party of the United States released its 2012 platform on August 28, 2012.

The press release states, "Today, the delegates of the 2012 RNC Convention formalized the 2012 Republican Party Platform, which is the definitive statement of the Republican Party's principles and ideals. The document is a culmination of work done by the Committee on Resolutions and 111 delegates from every state and territory. A special thank you goes out to the entire Committee on Resolutions, especially the Chairman, Governor Bob McDonnell and Co-Chairmen, Congressman Marsha Blackburn (TN-7) and North Dakota Senator John Hoeven, for their hard work and dedication.

The all-inclusive platform drafting process contained contributions from over 30,000 people from around the country through social media including the party's own www.gopplatform2012.com website and @GOPPlatform2012 Twitter account. The process was one of the most open and united as we've seen in recent memory as delegates from Mitt Romney, Rick Santorum, Newt Gingrich, and Ron Paul gathered to discuss how the party would move forward. For the first time, the Committee included a section recognizing the importance of the Constitution.

The 2012 Republican Party Platform has a strong focus on the issues impacting Americans each and every day from the economy, to jobs, and spending. It also includes a dedication to protecting Medicare for seniors while strengthening it for future generations, the GOP's strong commitment to valuing every human life, and the recognition of traditional marriage between one man and one woman. The platform also affirms the Republican Party's commitment to veterans, a strong national defense, and defense of Israel."

[Editor's Note: Click here for more CFR 2012 campaign resources, which examine the foreign policy and national security dimensions of the presidential race.]

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