The Republican Party will adopt its official platform at this week's Convention in Philadelphia. The draft platform basically mirrors the position of candidate George W. Bush and will likely be approved with little modification. Two weeks from now, the Democratic Party will complete their own platform for adoption by the Party convention in Los Angeles.

The approach to arms control and non-proliferation is an area of contrast between the two candidates, and the issue of missile defense has already become a very public issue in the campaign. Foreign policy may well play an increasing role in the election as November approaches.

Below are excerpts of each candidate's position on foreign policy/arms control issues.

Governor Bush

  • Supports "sweeping reorganization of [U.S.] nuclear weapons program;"
  • Supports deployment of a missile defense system to protect "all 50 states, America's deployed forces overseas, and our friends and allies;"
  • Supports a "negotiated change in the Anti-Ballistic Missile Treaty," but will withdraw from the treaty if Russia refuses to accept changes;
  • Supports reevaluation of America's nuclear force posture, including unilateral nuclear arms reductions to "lowest possible numbers consistent with national security;"
  • Opposes ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty as an "anachronism of obsolete strategic thinking."

Vice-President Gore

  • Supports "development of the technology for a limited national missile defense system," but will base deployment on President Clinton's four criteria;
  • Places a "high value" on developing a missile defense system compatible with the fundamental rationale of the ABM Treaty;
  • Supports ratification of the Comprehensive Test Ban Treaty;
  • Supports continued work in reducing nuclear arsenals as progress towards "strategic nuclear stability at progressively lower levels."