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brooklynite Donating Member (1000+ posts) Send PM | Profile | Ignore Sat Jan-30-10 09:39 AM
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G.O.P. Adopts ‘Purity’ Pledge After Revisions
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Source: NY Times

HONOLULU — The Republican National Committee on Friday approved a watered-down resolution designed to deal with a demand by conservative committee members that candidates agree to support a list of conservative positions as a condition of receiving financial support from the party.

The original so-called purity resolution set off intense opposition from Republican leaders who feared it would complicate efforts to recruit candidates for elective office, and would damage the party’s image at a time when it was trying to expand its appeal. The resolution would have required candidates to support 8 of 10 positions on issues including abortion, immigration and the war in Iraq in order to receive party endorsements and campaign money.

Its opponents included the party’s national chairman, Michael Steele, who called it a litmus test.

Under the compromise, the Republican National Committee “urges its leadership and the leadership of all Republican organizations” to examine the record of candidates to determine if they support positions expressed in the party’s platform. It also “urges” that no financial support be given to candidates who do not support the platform.


Read more: http://www.nytimes.com/2010/01/30/us/politics/30purity....



Maybe they could give Purity Rings to those who agree; I understand they're very popular in conservative circles.

By the way, why is the RNC holding its meeting in an exotic place like Hawaii? Why not hold it in the USA?
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