Associated Press
August 29, 2012
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 voucher-like program and cut taxes to energize the economy and create jobs. The document opens by warning that while the American Dream has long been of equal opportunity for everyone, ‘‘Today that American Dream is at risk.’’ It pledges that the GOP will ‘‘begin anew, with profound changes in the way government operates; the way it budgets, taxes and regulates.’’ Both parties routinely approve platforms at their conventions every four years, meant to encapsulate their principles and goals. Much of their details are customarily ignored when it comes to actually governing.