2 Arkansans To Have Hand In Drafting GOP Platform

Jul 11, 2016

File photo of Attorney General Leslie Rutledge speaking at the Capitol in August 2015.
Credit Michael Hibblen / KUAR News

With a presumptive presidential nominee who has split from the party on several key issues, Arkansas' two representatives to the Republican Party's platform committee say they hope to avoid fights over specific policies and instead focus on the GOP's principles.

Attorney General Leslie Rutledge and businessman John Nabholz are set to be in Cleveland this week as the 112-member committee drafts the GOP's platform ahead of the Republican National Convention next week. Both are delegates for presumptive nominee Donald Trump, the billionaire and reality television star who won Arkansas' primary in March.
 
Both say they want the GOP's platform to lay out broad principles that unite Republicans and avoid getting bogged down into too many specific policy ideas.