The Republican Party Platform
Election year party platforms usually don’t get much attention. But this year’s draft Republican platform is different. It’s making national headlines thanks to comments made by Missouri congressman Todd Akin -- and by a widening gap in philosophies within the G.O.P. Akin’s remarks about rape made the party’s proposed adoption of a no-exceptions ban on abortion big news, even though similar restrictions have been in the platform for nearly three decades. Other planks include tougher immigration rules and a decision not to spare mortgage tax deductions. Diane and her guests discuss the Republican party platform and what it could mean for the Romney-Ryan ticket.
press secretary for the Republican National Committee.
resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
congressional reporter for Politico.
president of the National Rifle Association and former chair of the American Conservative Union.
Democratic pollster and senior vice president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.