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Platforms Spell Out What Political Parties Stand For

Most voters in the United States know that of the country’s two major political parties the Democrats are more liberal on social and economic issues, while the Republicans are more conservative. As party officials gather every four years to select their presidential candidate, they also do the important work of spelling out in detail how they view a variety of domestic and foreign policy issues. The resulting document is called a platform. Each party uses a similar process by which a...

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