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In mid-June 1976, the 153-member Democratic Platform Committee produced a Party platform through a process marked by compromise rather than the usual factional infighting. It called for “a comprehensive national health insurance system with universal and mandatory coverage … replacement of our existing inadequate and wasteful [welfare] system with a simplified system of income maintenance, substantially financed by the federal government … ratification of the Equal Rights Amendment … a full and complete pardon for those who are in legal or financial jeopardy because of their peaceful opposition to the Vietnam War, with deserters to be considered on a case-by-case basis … annual targets for employment, production and price stability and full and vigorous enforcement of all equal opportunities laws and affirmative action.”


Jimmy Carter, 1976 Presidential Campaign, Democratic Platform