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Republicans ditch rightist litmus test

Republicans ditch rightist litmus test

A Republican Party panel on Thursday strongly backed a proposal that would require party officials to determine whether candidates "wholeheartedly" adhere to the party platform before they can win financial support.
The Republican National Committee's resolutions panel supported the measure instead of another, more rigid proposal that would have forced candidates to agree to a litmus test of 10 conservative principles before receiving party campaign dollars.
Party Chairman Michael Steele and state Republican leaders strongly opposed the conservative litmus test proposal, which was sponsored by lawyer James Bopp, an RNC member from Indiana.
"I wanted some mechanism to hold our candidates accountable," he said, adding that adherence to the GOP platform is just one of the factors party leaders would have to consider.
"Republicans at their peril deviate from conservative principles," Bopp added. "I mean, we just nominated the poster boy for the moderates in (U.S. Sen.) John McCain (of Arizona), and he got defeated."
The latest proposal is expected to be considered by the full Republican National Committee on Friday.
In an interview earlier Thursday, a leader of the Tea Party movement called on the RNC to accept Bopp's original amendment as a signal that the party really is interested in gaining support from the movement's members.
Dick Armey, chairman of FreedomWorks and a former House Republican leader from Texas, said the party's failure to establish a standard by which to measure candidate positions would hurt the Republican Party.


Updated : 2021-03-09 16:41 GMT+08:00