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Monday, September 3, 2012

Democrats Unveil Party Platform


Democrats unveiled their party's platform on Monday, declaring that with the passage of the health care law, the elimination of Qaeda leaders and the slowly improving economic prospects the country had emerged from the near calamity it faced four years ago.

But not surprisingly, the platform laid out the argument that President Obama's work was unfinished, and warned of a consolidation of power in the hands of the wealthiest should Republicans win the presidency in November.

“This election is not simply a choice between two candidates or two political parties,” the platform said, “but between two fundamentally different paths for our country and our families.”

Indeed, many planks of the platform were diametrically opposed to those in the Republican platform released last week. Along with the emerging threats of cybersecurity, biological weapons and transnational crime, the platform included a call for robust measures to combat climate change. Higher taxes for the wealthy and the protection of abortion rights were also key elements.

And following the president's lead, the platform for the first time expressed support for same-sex marriage.