Democratic Platform Embraces Obama's Change Theme

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press

A committee drafting the Democratic platform has met privately for more than two hours over breakfast in Cleveland.

The committee's draft is scheduled to be approved Saturday when the full platform committee meets in Pittsburgh. The final proposal will go to the Democratic convention, beginning Aug. 25 in Denver.

The committee agreed to include suggestions from Sen. Hillary Rodham Clinton, whose campaign emphasized universal health care. Nominee-in-waiting Barack Obama also campaigned on improved access to health care, although the two candidates often sparred over how to make it happen and whether it should be mandated.

The Republican platform committee meets in late August to develop a draft to present to the GOP convention beginning Sept. 1 in St. Paul, Minn.

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