Many say the current presidential race is the most uncivilized in modern American history. Civility in public discourse, why it seems to have hit a new low and long-term implications for the democratic process.
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.
- Kirsten Kukowski press secretary for the Republican National Committee.
- Anna Greenberg Democratic pollster and senior vice president of Greenberg Quinlan Rosner Research.
- David Keene president of the National Rifle Association and former chair of the American Conservative Union.
- Jonathan Allen congressional reporter for Politico.
- Norman Ornstein resident scholar at the American Enterprise Institute.
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