All three major parties put in the time and effort to prepare a detailed platform of 80 pages or more. But each also left relatively little time for that platform to be reviewed by the public.
For the most part, we can fully expect each platform to mirror a party's broader election messaging. But in order to see if there's either more or less than meets the eye, I'll take some time today to examine each of the platforms, with a particular focus on:
- any noteworthy themes or patterns within a platform itself;
- anything particularly important that hasn't been the subject of much public discussion;
- anything that contradicts or conflicts with a party's public messaging; and
- any glaring omissions from a party's platform.