The delegates at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Florida, wasted little time in voting Mitt Romney the party’s official candidate to run against President Barack Obama in this November’s elections.
They also approved a 62-page platform statement of what the conservative party stands for. (This is routine for both parties.)
Under these guidelines, Obama’s new reforms of the health care insurance system would be stopped, immediately. They promise to create a system that promotes the free market.
The committee that wrote the “vision of where we are headed” document is convinced that nothing less than the American Dream is at stake in declaring ‘zero tolerance’ for illegal immigrants.
It would axe Obama’s temporary deportation suspension programme, the recent Dream Act, and reinforce the borders and force employers to tighten checks on employees.
The party calls for a constitutional amendment banning abortion. There were no exceptions in the Convention principles – not for victims of rape or incest, or to save the life of the mother. The Republicans said: “the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed.”
The platform would have states and the federal government not recognise same-sex marriage. It supports a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of a man with a woman.
The Republicans say they would reverse defence cuts. They underscore Iran’s and North Korea’s nuclear programmes as major threats to the United States, and call for reviving the Bush era anti-missile shield programme, which Obama cancelled. US armed forces inventories would be modernised and replaced, and troop numbers increased.
The conservatives say they will get tough on China for any undervaluing of its currency. If Beijing continues to refuse to let the currency exchange markets to set the value of the yuan, Romney’s camp threatens to raise corrective duties on Chinese goods imported into the US.
To increase transparency at the central bank, the platform echoes a longtime libertarian demand: an annual audit of the Federal Reserve.
It says it would extend the Bush-era tax cuts to revitalise the economy and create jobs. The conservatives say they “reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, [or to] fund unnecessary or ineffective programmes”.