2016 Republican Presidential Candidates


Family Unit is Key to Happiness and Success


  1. The collective body of persons who live in one house, and under one head or manager; a household, including parents, children, and servants, and, as the case may be, lodgers or boarders.
  2. The group comprising a husband and wife and their dependent children, constituting a fundamental unit in the organization of society.
  1. Good luck; good fortune; prosperity.
  2. An agreeable feeling or condition of the soul arising from good fortune or propitious happening of any kind; the possession of those circumstances or that state of being which is attended with enjoyment; the state of being happy; contentment; joyful satisfaction; felicity; blessedness.
  1. That which comes after; hence, consequence, issue, or result, of an endeavor or undertaking, whether good or bad; the outcome of effort.
  2. The favorable or prosperous termination of anything attempted; the attainment of a proposed object; prosperous issue.

Constitutional Quotes

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2004 Republican Platform Quotes

  •  Introduction and Preamble
    •  Our Party’s 2004 platform addresses the major issues facing America in the first decade of the 21st century:
      •  Ushering in an Ownership Era - because a vibrant entrepreneurial spirit will keep our economy strong and provide more opportunities for workers and families.
      • Protecting Our Families - because we respect the family's role as a touchstone of stability and strength in an ever- changing world.
  •  Winning the War on Terror
    •  Honoring and Supporting Our Armed Forces
      •  We hail those much-deserved increases, as well as the action of the President and the Republican Congress in this year's Defense Appropriations Act to fund permanent increases for the Family Separation Allowance and Imminent Danger Pay.
    •  International Institutions
      •  The United Nations was created to benefit all peoples and nations, not to promote a radical agenda of social engineering. Any effort to address global social problems must be firmly placed within a context of respect for the fundamental social institutions of marriage and family. We reject any treaty or convention that would contradict these values. For that reason, we support protecting the rights of families in international programs and oppose funding organizations involved in abortion.
      •  We also praise President Bush for his efforts at home, where he has tripled the number of traffickers criminally charged and doubled the number of convictions, while supporting the good work of organizations that are rescuing women and children from exploitation.
  •  Ushering in an Ownership Era
    •  Tax Relief: Making it Happen, Making it Permanent
      •  In 2001, President Bush signed historic tax relief into law. This year, 43 million families with children are receiving an average tax cut of over $2,000. The 2001 law:
        •  Doubled the child tax credit to $1,000;
        •  Reduced the marriage penalty for 33 million married couples;
        •  Phased-out the death tax that penalizes family-owned small businesses and farms;
        •  Increased the adoption tax credit and the child care tax credit.


  •  Building an Innovative, Globally Competitive Economy
    •  In 2001, President Bush and the Republican Congress worked together to pass the most sweeping tax relief in a generation. By letting families, workers, and small business owners keep more of the money they earn, they helped bring America from recession to a steadily expanding economy.
    •  Lower Taxes and Economic Growth
      •  The proof is in the numbers, and the numbers prove our economy is strong and growing stronger.
        •  Homeownership rates are at record levels - seven out of ten American families own their own home today.
      •  We know what brought us this success - the hard work of the American people and the Republican commitment to low taxes. Now we must keep our economy on the right path by preventing taxes on families from going up next year, making the tax relief of the last four years permanent, and reforming the tax code to make it simpler, fairer, and more growth-oriented.
  •  Strengthening Our Communities
    •  Long-Term Care Insurance
      •   Sacrifices are being made by millions of men and women to care for their mothers and fathers. We support proposals by President Bush and Republicans in Congress to recognize and reward individual responsibility and compassion by creating an above-the-line tax deduction for premiums of long-term care insurance and allowing an additional personal tax exemption for taking care of an elderly parent at home.
  •  Protecting Our Families
    •  Families are the cornerstone of our culture - the building blocks of a strong society. In families, children learn values and ideals, as well as the basic lessons that get them started on a lifelong path of education. We believe that every child deserves the chance to be born and grow up in a loving family. We also believe that while families exist in many different forms, there are ideals to strive for. Evidence shows us that children have the best chance at success when raised by a mother and a father who love and respect each other as well as their children. We also know that family breakdown makes America less stable. To create a sturdy foundation for the strength and success of our citizens and our nation, Republicans support policies that promote strong families. We also support a government that makes it easier for parents to raise their children in a world that offers unprecedented opportunities and new challenges. We offer an approach based on our common values and our common hopes. It will lead to a better America, one family at a time.
    •  Promoting Healthy Marriages and Responsible Fatherhood
      •  We support the President's welfare reform proposals that promote child well- being and stronger marriages. We recognize the importance of having in the home a father and a mother who are married. The two-parent family still provides the best environment of stability, discipline, responsibility, and character. We recognize that fathers play a critical role in providing stability for their children. Studies show that children are much more likely to do well in school and avoid crime and drugs when they have a responsible father in their lives. Promoting responsible fatherhood will have long- lasting benefits for families and for communities. We support President Bush's initiatives to reaffirm the important role fathers play in their children's lives and to help men meet the responsibilities of fatherhood.
    •  Supporting Adoption and Foster Children
      •  We support the President's strong efforts to promote adoption through increased tax incentives and bonuses to states that place older children in permanent family homes, as well as his efforts to promote foster care by increasing the allocation of funds for preventive and family services.
    • Improving Work Schedule Flexibility
      •  The President and Republicans in Congress are working to provide private-sector workers the same flexible scheduling options that government employees already enjoy. Now that more families have both parents in the workforce, American workers need more control over their work schedules. More flexibility in the workplace will help Americans to better manage the demands of work and family. And that will make families stronger. Comp-time and flex-time enable employees to choose paid time off as an alternative to overtime pay. Both of these programs would be voluntary to employees and would include employee protections to prevent employers from coercing or forcing employees to take time off in lieu of receiving overtime pay.
  •  Summary and Call to Action
    •  We stand for the freedom of families and individuals to have good schools, good health care, and affordable housing and services.

Republican Family Values


Administrative Policy Initiatives

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Republican Sponsored Legislature

  • Charity Aid, Recovery, and Empowerment Act of 2002

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