Some key elements of the Republican platform, which is to be approved Tuesday at the party's national convention in Tampa, Fla.:
The platform opens with the warning that "the American Dream is at risk. It promises that Republicans will "begin anew, with profound changes in the way government operates; the way it budgets, taxes and regulates."
It states that the best jobs program is economic growth. "We do not offer yet another made-in-Washington package of subsidies and spending to create temporary or artificial jobs."
The GOP pledges to reform the tax code to make it easier for businesses to generate more capital and create more jobs.
"We reject the use of taxation to redistribute income, fund unnecessary or ineffective programs or foster the crony capitalism that corrupts both politicians and corporations." It said a Republican administration would extend the Bush tax cuts of 2001 and 2003 pending reform of the tax code. It said the party would strive to eliminate taxes on interest, dividends and capital gains altogether for lower- and middle-income taxpayers. It would also work to repeal the estate tax and the alternative minimum tax.
The party backed constitutional amendments to balance the federal budget and require a super majority for any tax increases.
The platform affirms the rights of states and the federal government not to recognize same sex marriage. It backs a constitutional amendment defining marriage as the union of one man and one woman.
"Voter fraud is a political poison," the platform says. It praises legislation to require photo identification for voting and to prevent election fraud.
The party says it opposes legislation intended to restrict Second Amendment rights by limiting the capacity of clips or magazines or otherwise restoring the assault weapon ban passed during the Clinton presidency.
The party states that "the unborn child has a fundamental individual right to life which cannot be infringed." It opposes using public revenues to promote or perform abortion or to fund organizations that perform or advocate abortions. It says the party will not fund or subsidize health care which includes abortion coverage.