August 29, 2012

GOP votes for tough-talking platform

The document calls for banning all abortions and gay marriages, making Medicare a voucher program and cutting taxes.

By Alan Fram and Philip Elliot / The Associated Press

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Texas delegates cheer as Mitt Romney is nominated for the office of the president of the United States, at the Republican National Convention in Tampa, Fla., on Tuesday.

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In a roll call of states Tuesday, Mitt Romney won the nomination with 2,061 delegate votes, well over the 1,144 votes needed to claim the nomination.

Texas Rep. Ron Paul. received 190 votes, while ex-Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum got nine and former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, Rep. Michelle Bachmann and ex-Louisiana Gov. Charles "Buddy" Roemer each got one each.

Romney is scheduled to accept his party's nomination in a speech Thursday night.

Anti-GOP protesters clashed outside the Republican National Convention with Kansas-based church members who often picket soldiers' funerals.

Tampa police said on its Twitter feed that officers in riot gear separated the two groups for safety reasons Tuesday.

The anti-GOP protesters marched from a makeshift camp toward the official protest zone created by the city. Along the way, that group clashed with members of the Westboro Baptist Church, which had been protesting homosexuality.

After about 20 minutes, the half-dozen Westboro church members retreated from the protest area under police escort.

No one was arrested during protests Tuesday. One was arrested Monday and another Sunday.

Republicans say they are the party of business, but so far their national convention hasn't been the boom some Tampa merchants dreamed of.

What is now Hurricane Isaac kept some visitors away, and Tampa's downtown streets are quiet. Even regulars stayed away Tuesday because of warnings about traffic congestion.

Restaurants that stocked up on extra food and hired more help are worried their investments won't pay off. Some owners say there is no chance they will make a profit this week.

Jeff Morzella had hoped the convention would double business. But on Monday, only 75 customers ate in his restaurant compared to 400 on a typical day.

– From news service reports



The platform supports a Medicare transition to a premium-support model with an income-adjusted contribution toward a plan of the enrollee's choice. Age eligibility in Medicare must be made more realistic in light of longer life spans.

Medicaid services for low-income people would be transformed into a block grant program in which the states would be given the flexibility to determine the best programs for their residents.



The platform makes clear that "we oppose any form of amnesty for those who, by intentionally violating the law, disadvantage those who have obeyed it." It says federal funding should be denied to universities that provide in-state tuition rates to illegal immigrants. It advocates making English the official national language.



It states that a Republican president would use his waiver authority to halt progress in implementing the health care act pushed through by President Obama. It proposes a free-market-based plan that gives consumers more choice.



Republicans support consumer choice, including home schooling, local innovations such as single-sex classes, full-day school hours and year-round schools.



The platform criticizes the current administration for its weak positions toward such countries as North Korea, China and Iran and its cuts in military spending. The Republican national military strategy "restores as a principal objective the deterrence using the full spectrum of our military capabilities."


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