WASHINGTON - 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.
"Our platform represents a party that is unified and dedicated to the most important issues of our day: getting the economy back on track and restoring fiscal responsibility," said RNC Chairman Reince Priebus. "Americans are hurting all over this country because of President Obama's failed polices and broken promises that have made it harder for job creators to grow their businesses and hire new workers. We've also reaffirmed that we're a party of life, traditional values, a strong national defense, and a reverence for the rights and liberties granted by our creator and laid out by our Founders in the Constitution."
"I am greatly appreciative of the hard work and dedication to core principles of the members of the platform committee," said Governor Bob McDonnell. "Our party understands the importance of a strong national defense to protect the liberty we cherish at home and abroad. We also know as a party how crucial it is for America to become energy independent so we won't be beholden to foreign powers for our energy needs. Our platform reflects the need to explore new energy in this country and pursue an all of the above energy policy."
"The platform we developed represents the inclusiveness of our party and reaffirms the idea that we are the 'Big Tent Party,'" said Congressman Marsha Blackburn. "We received input from thousands of people, groups, and leaders in our party to develop a platform that represents the issues we care about and values we hold dear. I am pleased that we were able to work together as one party to kick-off our convention in a meaningful way. We are unified as a party and ready to elect the Romney-Ryan ticket this November."
"Our party's platform reaffirms a commitment to getting our spending under control and restoring fiscal responsibility," said Senator John Hoeven. "Governor Romney and Congressman Ryan understand that we need to get our economy growing and our people back to work, and they have a plan to do it. They know that our best days are still ahead and believe in empowering the American people to create a brighter future for ourselves and our children."
The hard work of the Committee on Resolutions has kicked-off our 2012 RNC Convention in a meaningful way that has set a good example for the rest of the convention to follow. Our party will continue to work to prepare our organization to build the momentum necessary to elect America's Comeback Team this November.
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