and Republicans hold huge national conventions every four years,
and all of the states participate. This event takes place in the
summer before the presidential election. Representing the state’s
voters, each state party sends delegates to vote for the candidate
preferred in their state.
Each party will
have chosen its final candidates for president and vice president
when the conventions end. Each party also writes its platform at
the conventions. “Platform” is a plan of action for
the government in the next four years. The platform lists the ideas
that the party will “stand” on. It also outlines the
party position on the important problems that face the nation.
the biggest issue when Abraham Lincoln was a candidate. The Vietnam
War was on everyone’s mind in the 1960s and 1970s. Candidates
and parties, more recently, have had to show where they stand on
health-care reform, the economy and budget, and the environment.
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