But it also contains more recent examples of culture war issues that have dominated GOP politics this election cycle as Republicans have rushed to capitalize on parental frustration over Covid-related school closures and anxieties among conservatives about critical race theory and the participation of transgender athletes in sports.
Pence calls for public schools to implement new testing requirements related to students’ knowledge of America’s founding documents and encourages GOP candidates and conservative leaders to “preserve and protect female athletic competition” by limiting sports events to athletes “who share their God-given gender.”
The agenda is split into three sections – “American Opportunity,” “American Leadership” and “American Culture” – and also contains recommendations for confronting Russia’s aggression and threats to the US posed by China and Iran.
According to the release, a number of former Trump White House officials, conservative leaders and longtime Pence advisers were involved in crafting the policy outline.
Even some top Trump rivals provided input. Pence names Arizona Gov. Doug Ducey, whom Trump has criticized repeatedly for his refusal to embrace falsehoods about the 2020 presidential election, as one of the individuals who helped craft his policy agenda. Other contributors include Kellyanne Conway, former White House counselor; Marjorie Dannenfelser, president of the anti-abortion group Susan B. Anthony List; David McIntosh, president of the anti-tax Club for Growth; and former Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, who briefly sought the 2016 GOP presidential nomination.
“The Freedom Agenda presents a bold agenda focused on the future and offers a clear and compelling choice to the American people,” Pence said Thursday.
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