November 15, 2012 — The Massachusetts Republican Committee by voice vote on Tuesday elected to endorse Mitt Romney's presidential platform, including its stance on abortion, as an addition to the state's current platform, rather than adopt the national party platform, the Boston Globe's "Metro Desk" reports.
The GOP national platform opposes abortion without exceptions for rape and incest, whereas the Romney presidential platform included such allowances.
Tim Buckley, GOP spokesperson for Massachusetts, said the Romney platform is "a lot more moderate" and "more focused on jobs and the economy."
However, those who support the national GOP language said the state should not shy away from conservatives' core values.
Dave Kopacz -- president of the Massachusetts Republican Assembly, which supports the strict language -- said, "We cannot go wrong if we focus on a message of life, liberty, and property."
Before the vote, the Massachusetts Republican Party platform did not address abortion (Andersen, "Metro Desk," Boston Globe, 11/14).
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