Michelle Obama at a soundcheck before the 2012 Democratic National Convention
Unlike fact-checking a speech, evaluating a party platform is difficult, because it's nearly impossible to judge such a document without dragging your own beliefs into the matter. In their platforms, Democrats and Republicans identify similar problems, but propose very different fixes. Each of those approaches is a gamble, so the only way to assess them objectively is to see which party offers the most evidence in support of its plan (even though, given the nature of platforms, that evidence is necessarily biased).
On that count, Democrats eke out a slight edge over their Republican rivals. Both rely heavily on ideology to make their points, but the Dems offer more concrete plans for improvement and evidence to back up their arguments. Of course, voters will have the final say on which party wins the debate -- and the White House.
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