Tony Perkins

Republicans face prospect of platform free-for-all at convention

With three Republican presidential candidates still fighting for the nomination, conservative activists say they have unusual leverage to get their priorities inserted into the party platform.

The continuing fight for delegates among businessman Donald Trump, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich means there's less likelihood the candidates will push back against their proposals, conservatives say.

Some party activists say they've been stymied for years from making a strong imprint on the Republican national platform, the framework document that spells out core principles, by candidates who are concerned about opening debates over contentious issues.

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