Sen. John Barrasso (R-Wyoming) had a major national role this summer in chairing the committee that wrote the 2016 Republican Party platform. The platform puts Barrasso’s efforts in the spotlight for those who may not have followed the Wyoming Senator’s work before.
The platform has drawn mixed reviews. In a July 18, 2016 editorial, the New York Times wrote, “It is as though, rather than trying to reconcile Mr. Trump’s heretical views with conservative orthodoxy, the writers of the platform simply opted to go with the most extreme version of every position.”
Barrasso said there’s nothing extreme about the platform, and that it’s closely in line with the values of Wyomingites. “Well it is a conservative platform, it’s a Republican platform,” he told Wyoming Public Radio. “I think Donald Trump said it was a Trump platform and I’m delighted because these are the visions and the views that I hear home at Wyoming every weekend.”
The sole Wyomingite on the Democratic Platform Committee (of 190 people), Richard Kusaba of Kemmerer, was a Sanders delegate. He told WyoFile that the old saying “Don’t let the perfect be the enemy of the good” pretty well summed up his perspective on the final product.
Read the full text of the platform that Sen. Barrasso helped craft:
Read the full text of the Democratic Party’s 2016 platform: