The Democratic Party has demonstrated...that [it] is a party of progress and of change, that it is the party dedicated to serve the needs of our people and to keep America forever abreast of a forever changing world.
- John F. Kennedy
The 2020 Democratic Platform: Who Are We?
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What is the 2020 Democratic Platform?
Before each general election, political parties adopt a party platform, which is a document that outlines what the party stands for. For Democrats, it endorses policies the party wants to see put in place and it embraces the values most Democrats hold dear. The policies mentioned are not binding on any politician, but lawmakers usually vote in line with platform policies. It is a symbolic statement of who we are as Democrats.
Who wrote the 2020 Democratic Platform?
For the 2020 writing of the platform, the Democratic National Committee (DNC) appointed 15 party members to be on the Platform Drafting Committee. It was comprised of both moderate and progressive Democrats, representing both Biden's and Sanders' wings of the party. During the Democratic convention in August 2020, delegates to the convention voted to approve the 92-page platform document that had been put together by this committee.
Where can I read the entire 92-page 2020 Platform?
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What are the sections & highlights of the 2020 Platform?
Note: At 92 pages, the platform discusses many ideas within its 10 sections. The information below is meant to provide examples of what is covered in the platform. To access the entire platform, see the link at the bottom of this page.
Also worth noting: What did not make it into the platform? Several progressive topics frequently mentioned in the media and supported by many Democrats did not make it into the platform: Medicare-for-all, defunding police or abolishing ICE, bans on fracking, the Green New Deal, legalizing recreational marijuana use nationwide, and free public college for all. However, many observers note that the 2020 platform is more progressive than past platforms.