PRESS RELEASEMonday, August 20, 2012
Tom Zawistowski

Tampa, Florida – Republican Party Platform Committee members met today to debate the contents of  the 2012 Republican Party Platform prior to the start of next week’s Republican Convention.  In the initial draft of the Party Platform, a total of 10 of the 12 proposals put forward by TEA Party members from across the nation [were accepted], through the efforts of Washington, DC based FreedomWorks and their Freedom Platform project.  A group of  12 TEA Party Leaders from around the nation, including Gena Bell from the Cincinnati based Eastern Hills Community TEA Party and Tom Zawistowski from the Portage County TEA Party and the Ohio Liberty Coalition have been discussing the Freedom Platform with Platform Committee members for the past two weeks.

“To get 10 of our 12 issues included in the initial draft of the Republican Party Platform is very significant.” said Russ Walker, vice president of political and grassroots campaigns for FreedomWorks who is leading the effort in Tampa.  “We are very happy that we were able to get the Audit the Fed issue included along with the Balanced Budget Amendment. These items are important to our movement as are the eight other issues that were included.  The two issues that were not included by the Platform Committee were the Flat Tax and the Elimination of the Department of Education. We are attempting to offer amendments to the platform over the next two days in order to address both of those issues in some substantial way.”

The “12 for ‘12” are:

  1. Repeal Obamacare; Pursue Patient-Centered Care
  2. Stop the Tax Hikes
  3. Reverse Obama’s Spending Increases
  4. Scrap the Code; Replace It with a Flat Tax
  5. Pass a Balanced Budget Amendment
  6. Reject Cap and Trade
  7. Rein in the EPA
  8. Unleash America’s Vast Energy Potential
  9. Eliminate the Department of Education
  10. Reduce the Bloated Federal Workforce
  11. Curtail Excessive Federal Regulation
  12. Audit the Fed

Tom Zawistowski, said “I am very pleased with the initial response from the Republican Party Platform Committee to our proposals.  I think this party platform will excite our movement and give us every reason to support the Romney-Ryan ticket this year.  I look forward to sharing the final platform documents, once they are adopted by the convention, because our members will find a lot to like in its contents.  Several years ago we stood on the steps of the Capital and shouted “can you hear us now”, by the adoption of the vast majority of our platform issues, I think that it is clear that one party, the Republican Party, is finally hearing what we have to say.”

The Freedom Platform’s commissioners, who are charged with promoting the document among members of the RNC’s platform committees, represent a broad cross-section of the conservative grassroots, including members from important swing states such as Ohio, Florida and Pennsylvania, as well as states that have already felt the impact of the Tea Party in the 2012 election cycle, including Indiana, Texas and Utah.

The Freedom Platform presents the 12 boldest, most important solutions for the nation in 2012 as judged by the conservative grassroots through crowd sourcing and face-to-face meetings. In June and July 2012, more than 1 million votes were cast at, where voters were asked to choose between randomly selected pairings from an extensive list of policy proposals. The survey’s special technique, combined with input from on-the-ground activists across the country, has produced an agenda that is truly reflective of grassroots opinion.