Differences between Democratic and Republican Platforms
It is impossible to say you don’t have a clear choice this presidential
The Democratic and
Republican platforms show
worldviews 180 degrees apart.
The Democrats’ statement of principles encompassed many of
Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders’ views, giving him a victory even
as he lost the presidential nomination to former U.S. Secretary of
State Hillary Clinton. The Republican platform shifted to the right
of its nominee, businessman Donald Trump, amid concern that he wasn’t
At 55 pages, the Democratic document is 11 pages shorter
than the GOP platform.
Here are 10 huge differences in the party platforms:
unequivocally, like the majority of Americans, that every woman
should have access to quality reproductive
health care services, including safe
and legal abortion.”
Abortion should be illegal in all cases and the Constitution
should be amended to ban the procedure.
“We assert the sanctity
of human life and affirm that the unborn child has a fundamental
right to life which cannot be infringed,” the platform said.
The GOP argued that supporting the constitutional right to abortion
was the “extreme” position.
2. SAME-SEX MARRIAGE
Applauded the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized
Condemned the court decision.
“Five unelected lawyers robbed 320 million Americans of their
legitimate constitutional authority to define marriage as the union
of one man and one woman,” the platform said.
Called for fixing the “broken immigration system,” including
a path to citizenship for 11 million undocumented immigrants.
call for a wall along the US-Mexican border though was silent on
whether to back their nominee’s
demand to deport all 11 million.
4. CLIMATE CHANGE
change poses a real and urgent threat to our economy, our national
security, and our children’s
health and futures.”
They cast doubts on whether the climate is changing,
rejecting the findings of the United Nations’ Intergovernmental
Panel on Climate Change as “a political mechanism, not an unbiased
scientific institution” with “intolerance toward scientists
and others who dissent from its orthodoxy.”
They would not only would “fight any attempts
by Republicans in Congress to privatize, voucherize, or ‘phase
out’ Medicare,” but would allow Americans older than
55 to enroll.
They would end the health care program for the elderly
as we know it, requiring seniors to either enroll in a private insurance
plan or face limits on how much the government will pay.
6. WALL STREET
The party promised to “vigorously implement, enforce,
and build on” banking regulations enacted to curb risky practices
by financial institutions and “will stop dead in its tracks
every Republican effort to weaken it.”
They blamed the Great Recession on “the government’s
own housing policies,” not Wall Street actions, and called
the regulations “an excuse to establish unprecedented government
control over the nation’s financial markets.”
President Barack Obama’s agreement to relax economic
sanctions on Iran in exchange for curbs on its nuclear program “verifiably
cuts off all of Iran’s pathways to a bomb without resorting
The deal “gravely threatens our security, our
interests, and the survival of our friends.” The Republican
platform called it “a personal agreement between the president
and his negotiating partners and non-binding on the next president.”
The platform backed a “secure and democratic Jewish
state” of Israel and a chance for Palestinians to “govern
themselves in their own viable state, in peace and dignity.”
While both parties support Israel, the Republicans
said nothing about the two-state solution that has been the bipartisan
cornerstone of U.S. foreign policy for decades.
9. MONEY IN POLITICS
Want to overturn the Citizens
United decision, which eased restrictions
on corporate and union campaign spending.
“We need to end secret, unaccountable money in politics by
requiring, through executive order or legislation, significantly
more disclosure and transparency — by outside groups, federal
contractors, and public corporations to their shareholders,” the
They would repeal or raise contribution
limits and allow outside groups
spending millions on campaigns
to hide their donors.
joined the political arena so that the powerful can no longer beat
up on people who cannot defend themselves,” Trump
said in accepting the presidential nomination.
The GOP platform would make things much easier for the powerful.
10. VOTING RIGHTS
The party said it would fight laws requiring certain
forms of voter identification “to preserve the fundamental
right to vote.”
A leader of the 1963 landmark Selma-to-Montgomery voting rights
march, Rep. John Lewis (D-Ga.), helped nominate Clinton for president.
The GOP platform endorsed state efforts to impose
voter identification requirements that the U.S. Justice Department
and several federal and state courts have said discriminate against
minority and poor voters. The platform called Justice’s actions “bullying.”
Cases of in-person voter fraud, which such voter-ID laws are supposed
to prevent, are “nearly non-existent,” according to the
Brennan Center for Justice at New York University Law School.
Thanks to Jonathan D. Salant, NJ Advance Media, firstname.lastname@example.org
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