Republican and Democrat logos

Republican and Democrat logos

By Faye Gaston

This is the second week to compare 2020 party platforms in the Herald. For the weeks leading to the November 3, 2020, General Election, the Herald will publish a "nonpartisan party platform summary" for the Democrat Party and the Republican Party to compare several issues.

These are direct quotes from the two-party platforms. Last week the Herald compared platforms on Life and Abortion and also Marriage and Sexuality.

Israel and foreign policy: Democrat Platform, "Democrats recognize the worth of every Israeli and every Palestinian. We support a negotiated two-state solution that ensures Israel's future as a Jewish and democratic state with recognized borders and upholds the right of Palestinians."

Republican Platform, "We reaffirm America's commitment to Israel's security and will ensure that Israel maintains a qualitative military edge over any and all adversaries."

Healthcare: Democrat Platform, "We must guarantee health care not as a privilege for some, but as a right for every single American. For a century, Democrats have fought to secure universal health care." Republican planform, "Any honest agenda for improving healthcare must start with repeal of the dishonesty named Affordable Care Act of 2010: Obamacare."

Religious Freedom: Democrat Platform, "Democrats, celebrate America's history of religious pluralism and tolerance, and recognize the countless acts of service of our faith communities, as well as the paramount importance of maintaining the separation between church and state enshrined in our Constitution." Republican Platform, "We value the right of America's religious leaders to preach, and Americans to speak freely, according to their faith. Republicans believe the federal government, specifically the IRS, is constitutionally prohibited from policing or censoring speech based on religious convictions or beliefs..."

Next week's Herald will compare two more categories in platforms. For independent research, sources are: and

The Herald will publish the names of candidates on the ballot. The ballot will contain six statewide amendments and one Bullock County referendum.

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