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Republican Party adopts platform test

 Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle speaks at the National Republican Commitee's luncheon during the committee's winter meetings being held at the Hilton Ha...

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Hawaii Governor Linda Lingle speaks at the National Republican Commitee's luncheon during the committee's winter meetings being held at the Hilton Ha...

The Republican National Committee, pressed to find a way to more clearly distinguish itself from Democrats, on Friday adopted a rule that requires Republican candidates to support the party's platform to obtain financial support.
The resolution, enacted by voice vote with no opposition at the party's winter meeting here, is an alternative to a more stringent proposal that would have required Republican candidates to support 10 policy positions if they wanted party help.
That proposal, sponsored by Indiana Republican National Committee member James Bopp and backed by the RNC's more conservative members, was strongly opposed by party Chairman Michael Steele and a group of state party chairs.
The alternative, offered by RNC member Bill Crocker of Texas, does not contain a specific litmus test and thus grants party officials more flexibility in how to vet Republican candidates seeking party support.
It urges leaders of local, state and national Republican parties to "carefully screen" the voting record and positions of Republican candidates that want party backing, and determine whether they "wholeheartedly support the core principles and positions" of the party as laid out in its platform.
The platform is adopted every four years at the party's presidential nomination convention.
The new rule will not prevent support for moderate Republican candidates but will bar funding for those judged to be too far to the left, Crocker said.
Crocker urged the party to "present candidates who will be attractive" to the public, including those upset with President Barak Obama's spending policies.


Updated : 2021-04-19 12:22 GMT+08:00