New Policy Details Unlikely to Come at the Convention

Published Aug 27, 2012. By Damian Paletta and John D. McKinnon.


Quadrennial political conventions typically are a time for high pomp and political symbolism, not policy specifics. This week's Republicans gathering in Tampa, Fla., is no different: Chances are few policy details will be released there.

Mitt Romney's decision to select budget wonk Rep. Paul Ryan as his running mate triggered speculation the race for the White House could become a debate over the tax code and federal deficits.

And while policy debates have flared briefly, including over Medicare, the Romney campaign has decided, at least for the moment, not to divulge fresh details of its economic platform, campaign officials said. ...