GOP approves party platform

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The committee co-chairmen, Sen. John Hoeven (N.D.) and Rep. Marsha Blackburn (Tenn.), said the platform gives states more power to make decisions.

Hoeven said the platform urges the construction of the Keystone XL pipeline and other job-creating measures. 

“From this day forward, the GOP will be known as the Great Opportunity Party,” Blackburn said. 

Speaker John Boehner (Ohio) presided over the vote to approve the platform.