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Political Parties

functions, types

Matt Basinger

on 1 October 2010

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Transcript of Political Parties

Functions of Political Parties
Search for candidates.
Establish a party platform
Raise money for their candidate
Watchdog when out of power.
Founded by Alexander Hamilton
Supported England in foreign policy
Supported loose interpretation of the Constitution.
Implied powers - powers NOT written in the Constitution
Wanted to expand federal government's power
Founded by Thomas Jefferson
Supported France in foreign policy
Supported strict interpretation of the Constitution
Expressed powers - powers written directly in the Constitution
Wanted limited government
Equality for all
Focus on environment
decentralize power and wealth
Don't limit the economy to help environment
Take the battle to the terrorists
Certain people pose threats to our freedoms
Protect the 2nd Amendment
guns should be restricted for safety
Protect our environment
diplomacy first, then military action
Everyone deserves cheap healthcare
individual people can make their own choices.
no war unless attacked
limit taxes; balanced budget
no crimes without victims
Party Platform
a series of statements expressing the party's principles, beliefs, and positions on election issues.
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