What in the world is a platform?
What is a plank?
Any controversy with any planks in the Republican platform?
Will Romney have to agree with the platform?
Platforms are a series of core beliefs. Some examples of platforms are, pro-life/pro choice, rights to work, immigration, less regulation. They are a bunch of main topics which are core beliefs of the party. A plank is any one of the multiple stated topics or principles comprising a political platform during a election. They have decided to not use military as a plank but will enforce the defense of marriage act and armed forces. Mitt Romney has platfroms such a him being pro-life, being against capitol punishment, and wants to be independent from foreign oil and find alternative sources of fuel. There are many more of his platforms.
The candidate does not have to align with the party platform. Convervatives or liberals may get a plank in the party platform which is "too extreme" for the candidate.