Date registered: Apr 2004
Location: The BlueGrass State
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Again, like 2000 say anything and do what they want if they get in office. Blatant deception and obfuscation.
As I have said all along. Compromise principles to gain power. Cool. Arrogance, Hubris and a complete lack of Principles.
Yep, the third Bush term.
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GOP platform backs off pet issues to help McCain
By MARTIGA LOHN
MINNEAPOLIS (AP) â€” Republicans are putting John McCainâ€™s campaign priorities above some of their pet issues, including drilling for oil in Alaskaâ€™s Arctic National Wildlife Refuge and denying citizenship to the U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants.
Members of the GOP platform committee voted Wednesday to stick with an energy plank that doesnâ€™t mention drilling in the refuge, saying it would only highlight an area where they differ with the Arizona senator. McCain opposes drilling in that protected land, and some committee members said they would rather bring him around on the issue once heâ€™s in the White House than widen their disagreement now.
â€śHeâ€™s not there yet,â€ť said delegate Jeff Grossman of Oregon. â€śPrudence would dictate that we leave the text as it is until our candidate catches up with us.â€ť
Delegates endorsed expanded drilling generally, both offshore and in Alaska, North Dakota and Montana, and declared that the Alaskan refuge should not be put off limits to the oil industry permanently.
McCain doesnâ€™t have to follow the platform and itâ€™s unclear whether he will give it much weight; presidential candidates often donâ€™t. But the 112-member committee working on the statement of party principles in Minneapolis is trying not to stray too far from McCainâ€™s views, while also satisfying the conservative base.
The panel turned back a move to deny citizenship to U.S.-born children of illegal immigrants. Opponents raised constitutional concerns and said the proposal would complicate life for McCain, who has sponsored legislation giving illegal immigrants a path toward legal status but now prioritizes border security.
â€śI want to give him a platform he can run on,â€ť said Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour. â€śI donâ€™t want to stick my finger in his eye.â€ť
On immigration, Barbour said the platform is the toughest ever put forward. It calls for a border fence and English as the official language, and opposes amnesty, driverâ€™s licenses, in-state tuition rates, Social Security and other government benefits for illegal immigrants. GOP delegates also aim to block federal funds to cities that bar police from working with immigration authorities under so-called sanctuary ordinances.
Republicans are also doing a balancing act on climate change.
The platform acknowledges a human role in increased carbon emissions â€” although a sentence linking those emissions to â€śa warming effect on the earthâ€ť was yanked. The GOP is calling for climate change policies that are â€śglobal in nature, based on sound science and technologyâ€ť and donâ€™t hurt the economy. The document also decries â€śno-growth radicalismâ€ť and says solutions should not â€śforce Americans to sacrifice their way of life or trim their hopes and dreams for their children.â€ť
Committee member Trey Grayson of Kentucky called the document â€śthe greenest platform weâ€™ve ever had.â€ť But it lacks an explicit endorsement of McCainâ€™s call for mandatory cuts in emissions in a federal cap and trade program that goes beyond anything supported by President Bush.
Debate and votes are also expected on health care, education and government reform before the platform is approved Wednesday and sent to the Republican National Convention next week for adoption.
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