Log Cabin Republicans, who support gay rights, have already met with Republican staffers writing the first draft of the platform, from which the Platform Committee will work, to encourage a different path.
So did representatives of the Family Research Council, which opposes same-sex marriage and had expressed concern that specific questions about the marriage issue were not included on a Republican survey distributed to solicit input about issues of concern to party members.
The rise of the tea party movement, with its intense focus on spending and deficits, as well as Romney’s selection of deficit hawk Ryan as his running mate, may shine new light on the sections of the platform dealing with the federal budget.
It will likely endorse balancing the federal budget. But will it outline how quickly the nation should aim to do so? The budget Ryan authored as chairman of the House Budget Committee would balance around 2040. But many conservatives would like to see faster action.
Will it endorse the elimination of specific federal agencies, as many supporters of former presidential candidate Rep. Ron Paul (R-Tex.) might suggest? Will it embrace block-granting Medicaid or specific Medicare reforms? Will it mention the nation’s debt ceiling and outline when and how it may be raised?
Will it endorse making tax rates enacted during President George W. Bush’s administration permanent, or will it suggest dropping them still lower, by weeding out tax breaks and deductions through comprehensive tax reform?
Onetime supporters of Paul have already said they will push for a plank calling for an audit of the Federal Reserve. That seems like a good candidate for inclusion, given that the GOP-led House of Representatives has already passed a resolution calling for such an audit. However, a return to the gold standard, another top priority of some Paul supporters, seems unlikely to make it.
McDonnell said RNC staffers and Platform Committee leaders have taken “broad input” from different interest groups and grass-roots activists, and he encouraged those with thoughts to continue to offer them over the next two days via the committee’s Web site.
“Hopefully, it gets some readership among independent voters who will look at what we believe in and contrast that with the other team,” he said.