Conservatives blast GOP platform

Some say language too vague, simple

A number of Republican activists are complaining that the state party’s proposed platform, which is set to be adopted this weekend, is too vague and contains watered-down language on abortion and other issues.

“I think the platform committee was trying to simplify things, and there’s some things you can simplify and others that are documents that need to be in detail. And this is one of those documents that needs to be in detail,” said Karen Testerman, a social-conservative activist and former gubernatorial candidate from Franklin. “They did a lot of hard work . . . (but) it just seems that it was oversimplified, and that is of major concern.”

Both supporters and critics of the draft platform said they expect a debate Saturday at the state party convention in Derry, where a final vote is planned.