Party Platform

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A party platform is a list of beliefs and ideas which a party promises to work towards and accomplish if elected. The platform positions generally reflect the political leanings of the party's base. For example, Republicans generally run with a low-tax platform; whereas Democrats generally run on a platform calling for increased taxes to pay for social programs.

Most Americans do not read party platforms before voting.

The individual issues that make up a platform are called planks.

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