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Republican platform targets social issues

Republicans at their national convention in Tampa on Tuesday approved what they have dubbed the party’s “most conservative platform in modern history,” a manifesto that calls for constitutional amendments banning same-sex marriage and abortion in all cases, and aligns with presidential nominee Mitt Romney’s plans to lower tax rates, reverse defense cuts, and take Medicare to the private insurance market.

The GOP platform has generated uncommon interest this year — more, even, than Thursday night’s acceptance speech by Romney, according to a Pew Research Center poll. The strict abortion plank made headlines last week, though it has changed little since 1984, because of the uproar in both parties over remarks by Representative Todd Akin of Missouri.

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