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A political party platform or platform is a political party's principles, goals and strategies designed to address current and relevant political issues.[1] Platforms are typically announced at the party's national convention[1] and may take the form of a manifesto.[2] Platforms provide candidates with campaign themes and policy goals while also providing voters with information about a candidate's beliefs and possible future stance on certain issues.[1]

The platform is broken down into individual topics called planks. Examples of planks include education, welfare, national security or the environment.[2]

2012 party platforms

The following is a summary of some of the issues included in the Democratic and Republican platforms announced during the 2012 presidential election campaign.[3]


  • Support for same-sex marriage
  • Support for abortion rights
  • Opposed to privatization of Medicare
  • Opposed to privatization of Social Security
  • Support for climate change legislation
  • Support for workers' right to organize and collective bargaining
  • Support for reasonable regulation of firearms


  • Support for constitutional amendment defining marriage as between one man and one woman
  • Support for constitutional amendment banning some forms of abortion
  • Support for Medicare reform such as providing those under 55-years-old with an income-adjusted contribution toward a health plan of the enrollee's choice
  • Support for Social Security reform including providing younger workers with the option of personal investment accounts
  • Opposed to all cap-and-trade legislation
  • Support for right-to-work laws
  • Opposed to gun regulation

See also

Ballotpedia:Index of Terms

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