August 29, 2012 Print

GOP Confirms Ticket, Strong Social Issues Platform

by Karla Dial

The Republican Party formally nominated former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney as its presidential nominee Tuesday, along with his running mate, Wisconsin Congressman Paul Ryan, on the opening night of its national convention.

Delegates also approved a platform that is the strongest it has ever put forward on social issues — including support for a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman and recognizing that both states and the federal government have the right not to recognize same-sex marriages. It also states unconditionally that preborn children have “a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”

“Parts of it could have written by us at CitizenLink, it was so strong,” said CitizenLink Executive Director Tom Minnery, who is attending the convention. “We’re in an era when people seem to be downplaying the social issues, but the party came back boldly and embraced them fully.”

In addition, the platform states Republicans will not send taxpayer dollars to organizations that perform or advocate for abortion, nor will it fund or subsidize health care that includes insurance coverage of abortion. It supports legislation requiring voters to provide photo identification, school choice — including homeschooling — and promotes abstinence-centered education instead of contraceptive-based sex education in schools. The platform also includes a section addressing the harms of Internet gambling and pornography.

Should Romney win the election, the platform states that on his first day in office, he would use his waiver authority to halt immediately the implementation of the Patient Protection and Affordable Care Act; it also states that if Republicans retain control of the U.S. House of Representatives and take control of the Senate in November, they will guarantee it’s never fully implemented. Instead, it proposes a plan that lowers the cost of health care through competition, rather than government oversight.

The mood at the convention is “euphoric,” Minnery said. “People sense a rising tide of moral support. The addition of Paul Ryan was seen as a boon by the delegates, and Ann Romney hit a home run with her speech.”

Mrs. Ryan addressed women — whom polls suggest favor President Obama — in her speech.

“I am not sure if men really understand this, but I don’t think there is a woman in America who really expects her life to be easy. In our own ways, we all know better,” she said. “You know that, and that’s fine. We don’t want easy. But the last few years have been harder than they needed to be. 

“We’re too smart and know that there are no easy answers, but we’re not dumb enough to accept that there are not better answers.”

Ryan will deliver his acceptance speech tonight.

Learn more about what’s happening at the Republican National Convention.
Read the party platform.