By Philip Eliot, AP
Republicans emphatically approved a toughly worded party platform at their national convention Tuesday that would ban all abortions and gay marriages, reshape Medicare into a voucherlike program and reject federal spending as an antidote for the nation’s ailing job market.
The document pledges that the GOP will “begin anew, with profound changes in the way government operates; the way it budgets, taxes and regulates.”
A poll by the nonpartisan Pew Research Center found more people interested in the GOP platform than in the upcoming acceptance speeches by presidential candidate Mitt Romney and his running mate, Paul Ryan. The survey found that 52 percent said they were interested in learning about the Republican platform, compared with 44 percent interested in Romney’s speech and 46 percent interested in Ryan’s.
Here are key elements of the Republican platform:
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