What were similarities between the Progressive and Democratic platforms of 1912?
There were many similarities between the two platforms. Indeed, the primary difference had to do more with rhetorical emphasis than ideological difference. In general, Wilson's Democratic platform advocated using government power to clear the way for individual freedoms, while Roosevelt argued for a more nationalistic collective approach. Both party platforms included lowering national import tariffs, with the Progressive platform' proposed rate somewhat lower. Both supported legislation protecting the rights of labor unions to organize. Both included rhetoric about restricting the size and power of trusts, though Roosevelt argued that they should be restricted rather than dissolved outright, as Wilson did. Both also railed against the power of the ultra-rich, and Wilson would eventually champion a progressive income tax, which was a central plank in the Progressive platform.