There were several instances during the GOP primary debates where various candidates, at one time or another, seemed to espouse some of the top issues which Congressman Ron Paul had been marginalized for in prior years. One notable policy gaining steam is the desire of many citizens and elected officials to audit the Federal Reserve. Another hot topic is whether the United States should return to the gold standard of currency.

Some of these ideas are now being added to the GOP platform, report from the Financial Times:

The gold standard has returned to mainstream US politics for the first time in 30 years, with a “gold commission” set to become part of official Republican party policy.

Drafts of the party platform, which it will adopt at a convention in Tampa Bay, Florida, next week, call for an audit of Federal Reserve monetary policy and a commission to look at restoring the link between the dollar and gold.

The move shows how five years of easy monetary policy – and the efforts of congressman Ron Paul – have made the once-fringe idea of returning to gold-as-money a legitimate part of Republican debate.

Marsha Blackburn, a Republican congresswoman from Tennessee and co-chair of the platform committee, said the issues were not adopted merely to placate Mr Paul and the delegates that he picked up during his campaign for the party’s nomination.

“These were adopted because they are things that Republicans agree on,” Ms Blackburn told the Financial Times. “The House recently passed a bill on this, and this is something that we think needs to be done.”

The party platforms will be evolving and forming up to the conventions. We’ll lay out both the DNC and RNC platforms as they become formed.