Democrats' platform puts economy, social issues at forefront
September 4th, 2012
08:23 AM ET
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Democrats' platform puts economy, social issues at forefront

(CNN) – Democrats released a party platform late Monday focused on improving the economic situation for middle class Americans, a central theme of President Barack Obama's presidential campaign and an issue the party hopes will win votes come November.

The Democratic platform also contains language endorsing same-sex marriage for the first time, a move that brings the party's official stance in line with that of the president, who said for the first time in May that he supports marriage rights for gays and lesbians.

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The document spells out accomplishments made over the past four years, but argues for a second Obama term by saying more work remains on fixing the economy and making the country more secure. It also pins the blame for high debts and a diminished jobs outlook on former President George W. Bush's administration – a tack that many Democrats have used this week in defending Obama's record.

"Four years ago, Democrats, independents, and many Republicans came together as Americans to move our country forward," the platform reads. "We were in the midst of the greatest economic crisis since the Great Depression, the previous administration had put two wars on our nation's credit card, and the American Dream had slipped out of reach for too many."

"Today, our economy is growing again, al-Qaeda is weaker than at any point since 9/11, and our manufacturing sector is growing for the first time in more than a decade. But there is more we need to do, and so we come together again to continue what we started," the platform continues.

Democrats claim in their platform that Obama has cut taxes by $3,600 for a "typical family," and vows to keep taxes at their current rate for Americans earning less than $250,000 per year. The platform says Democrats will "always vigorously oppose the type of tax reform supported by Mitt Romney," which they say would place an unfair burden on middle class families while benefiting the wealthy.

Social issues, which occupy a smaller portion of the Democrats' platform, align closely with traditional liberal viewpoints. On abortion, the platform states that Democrats "strongly and unequivocally" support Roe. v. Wade, the Supreme Court decision allowing abortion. Democrats write that abortion is right every woman should be afforded.

"We oppose any and all efforts to weaken or undermine that right," the platform states. "Abortion is an intensely personal decision between a woman, her family, her doctor, and her clergy; there is no place for politicians or government to get in the way."

And on same-sex marriage, the party writes it supports "marriage equality" and opposes "discriminatory federal and state constitutional amendments" that would prohibit gays and lesbians from marrying.

Democrats also write they support repealing the Defense of Marriage Act, a law signed by President Bill Clinton in 1996 that defined marriage as a legal union between one man and one woman. Clinton is scheduled to speak at the Democratic National Convention in Charlotte on Wednesday.

Other issues included in the official party document are a commitment to reducing the influence of monied special interests in politics, a pledge for comprehensive immigration reform that "brings undocumented immigrants out of the shadows and requires them to get right with the law, learn English, and pay taxes in order to get on a path to earn citizenship," and a staunch defense of Obama's health care law, which the platform says has improved the lives of millions of Americans.

"No law is perfect and Democrats stand willing to work with anyone to improve the law where necessary, but we are committed to moving forward," the platform reads.

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soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. vic , nashville ,tn

    Bush gave tax cut to the rich to invest in USA unfortunately money went Swiss secret account

    September 4, 2012 08:46 am at 8:46 am |
  2. John

    "No law is perfect and Democrats stand willing to work with anyone to improve the law where necessary, but we are committed to moving forward"

    I'm an independent and this makes the most sense to me. The ACA is not perfect by any means, but anybody who who has brain knows that the solution is to continue working at it, rather than repeal and return to the crap we've had for years.

    Not impressed with Obama at all, but honestly, I just cannot vote for Romney if he continues to NOT define an economic policy. The Ryan budget is complete crap so if he's going on that, then it's a no brainer for me. Ryan's budget doesn't achieve deficit reduction anytime soon and is simply the same spending but appropriated to other parties (defense??).

    People need to think; it's not "anybody is better than Obama" because it can certainly get worst.

    September 4, 2012 08:52 am at 8:52 am |
  3. The GOP Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun to commit suicide

    The seniors will need to commit suicide the GOP way.

    September 4, 2012 08:55 am at 8:55 am |
  4. v_mag

    I'm still outraged over the suggestion by Repugnants that America is somehow not better off now than when Bush left office. That is by far the most blatant lie from them yet. We were headed into depression and had 2 wars going on and Bin Laden was alive and the debt was mounting at the fastest rate in history. They have the gall to say things were better than they are now? That's not only a lie, it is an extremely insulting lie.

    But now that they have brought up the Bush regime: Romney = Bush = disaster, again.

    September 4, 2012 08:56 am at 8:56 am |
  5. Randy, San Francisco

    Democrat's fight for the middle class is better than GOP/Tea Party's vision of America with no middle class, just rich and poor.

    September 4, 2012 08:59 am at 8:59 am |
  6. Mindie in Indie

    Who loves america? The person who doesn't invest in America and keeps his money in the cayman islands? OR perhaps it's the person who worked hard to outsource our good manufacturing jobs?

    Is it the person who rose up by his bootstraps from a poor family to be America's leader? Perhaps it's the person working hard to return those same mfg. jobs to America.

    Those who say Obama doesn't love America obviously isn't looking at the true Mitt Romney – who obviously doesn't even believe in America anymore. If the GOP get in power again – there will never be another election – they will never take the chance of losing power again.

    September 4, 2012 09:01 am at 9:01 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Lyin' Ryan and Mittens the bold faced liar are now asking, "Are you better off than you were 4 years ago?" Four years ago Bush was still in office, gasoline was over $4 a gallon, we were in two unfunded wars, bin Laden was still in charge of al Qaida, the stock market was on its way to 6500, we were losing jobs at a record pace. This is republican economics and foreign policy at its best.

    September 4, 2012 09:04 am at 9:04 am |
  8. T'sah From Virginia

    FACT CHECK – RobMe/Lyan's claim that they can create 12,000,000 jobs in the next four years is MISLEADING – especially since they do not explain HOW they are going to go about doing it!!!!

    Many Economists state that 12,000,000 jobs will be created "naturally" in the next four years no matter who the president is..... BUT,

    Think about it – What if President Obama DID NOT stabilize the economy and prevent us from going into another depression??? The markets would have CRASHED – 4 million jobs would not have been created – the auto industry would have been demolished and we most likely would NOT have been able to pass ObamaCare!! Now with this in mind, could 12,000,000 jobs be created in the next 4 years if President Obama failed in the last four???????????????

    America IS doing better than the last four years and the Republicans opened up a can of “whoop ash” for asking that question!! America on a WHOLE is doing better than 4 years ago!! And before the next four is over, we will be doing GREAT!!

    Obama 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward and YES, We Know You Built That – We ALL Did!!

    September 4, 2012 09:07 am at 9:07 am |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans didn't talk about social issues or any detailed plan for the economy and if they think all they have to do is appear on stage and bash Obama, that's not going to fly. People need facts, truth and a detail plan for the economy, so far it appears the Republicans only plan is the Ryan Budget but they're not talking about it because they know it will sink their ship before they get a chance to sink us and enrich them.

    September 4, 2012 09:12 am at 9:12 am |
  10. Pete

    Republicans let's see how fast the convention "does" speak of our troops overseas,let's see.Didn't see it at all from your chicken hawk republicans that if you fact check only had about 30% active ,nonactive members that were ever in the military,Democrates over 70% ,check out facts on Google it'll open your eyes on how supposidly patriotic your hypocrites really are about war,Romney a perfect example running to France to stay out of Vietnam,his 5 sons never enlisting..So talk about red meat issues like war and you know your party is full of chickens,just look it up it would make you sick the biggest advocates for war were hiding when it was their turn to go overseas for this country,Limbaugh,McConnell,Boehner,Cantor,ask them all,none served,all somehow getting deferrments or just draftdodging,that's your MO isn't it!!Yah can talk the talk, but yah definitly can't walk the walk,really unpatriotic,really pathedic,really republicans!!!

    September 4, 2012 09:16 am at 9:16 am |
  11. Gurgyl

    Look at the MOB, I bet it is going to be filled like crazy!!! GOD BLESS YOU, USA, OBAMA12.

    September 4, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I see the Fox foreign owned media is going to compare Obama to Carter. Carter had 12 million jobs created in one term, and Bush had a net gain of one million jobs in two terms, after losing 8 million in his last three years, and losing 800,000 per month in his last months in office. We had gas lines under Nixon, and Carter had an energy plan that would lower our dependence on foreign oil. Reagan eliminated it. Republican presidents are responsible for $12 trillion of our national debt. (including TARP, the unfunded wars, the unfunded drug programs, and the tax cuts for the wealthy)

    September 4, 2012 09:24 am at 9:24 am |
  13. Rudy NYC

    Voters need to remember what the real agenda is for Republicans. Mitt Romney said that we have too many firefighters, teachers and police officers. Romney has said he likes firing people. Romney has praised the fight against collective bargaining. Romney has said previously stated that he would sign the Ryan Plan into law, knowing full well that it would reduce his own federal taxes to under 1%. Romney has called himself "severely conservative" and raised his hand during a debate signifying that he would reject at 10:1 compromise on spending cuts to revenue increase.

    Romney once endorsed RomneyCare as a model for a national plan at a time when most leading conservatives were cynically offering up advice to a new, young POTUS as if they were saying, "Hold the fork like this, son." Much to everyone's surprise, Pres. Obama took Romney's advice expecting conservatives to embrace the conservative idea. We all know how that story went and continues to this day.

    September 4, 2012 09:29 am at 9:29 am |
  14. Fake Conservative

    Just because we didn't go into a depression and the stock market is doing good and businesses are profitable doesn't mean Obama has done anything. Unemployment is still the problem! And GM should have been left to fail! The government shouldn't step in to save millions of jobs. People without healthcare should be left without insurance, they don't need it anyway haven't you liberals ever heard of Medicaid! I just bought a new house and boat I'm rich you can't hate me because of Obamas failed policies!

    September 4, 2012 09:34 am at 9:34 am |
  15. SuperD

    Yeah, high taxes, regulation, more govt involvement in the economy is going to save us. That's what we've been doing for the past 4 years and as long as you are not a slobbering Liberal, you know darn well things are a mess and you can lay that blame at the feet of the Messiah. Democrats, YOU built this.

    September 4, 2012 09:44 am at 9:44 am |

    When you have the likes of BACHMANN Ryan cantor mc connell romney the tax cheat atkins armey,tom delete and rover nitwitquest againest Obama care ,you know it would be good for the American people . If a vote was needed for another tax break for oil companies and insurance companies and millionaires and billionaires like trump and romney the tax cheat ,you know these Gop bafoons would be right there with their vote at your exspense!!!!

    September 4, 2012 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  17. gt

    the dnc platform wont play well in the midwest or the south....that s why there are only a very few conseravative room for them with nancy and her far left wing ideas...

    September 4, 2012 10:11 am at 10:11 am |