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Mitt Romney on Families & Children

Former Republican Governor (MA)


Child development enhanced by having a mother & father

The attack on faith & religion is no less relentless. Tolerance for pornography and sexual promiscuity, combined with the twisted incentives of government welfare programs have led to today’s grim realities: 68% of African American children are born out-of-wedlock; 45% of Hispanic children; 25% of White children. How much harder it is for these children to succeed in school and in life. A nation built on the principles of the Founding Fathers cannot long stand when its children are raised without fathers in the home.

The development of a child is enhanced by having a mother and father. Such a family is the ideal for the future of the child and for the strength of a nation. I wonder how it is that unelected judges, like some in my state of Massachusetts, are so unaware of this reality, so oblivious to the millennia of recorded history. It is time for the people of America to fortify marriage through Constitutional amendment, so that liberal judges cannot continue to attack it.

Source: Speeches to 2008 Conservative Political Action Conference Feb 7, 2008

FactCheck: Teenage birth rate declined from 1991 to 2005

Romney also said federal programs to combat teen pregnancy are “obviously not working real well.” Actually, the teenage birth rate declined consistently from 1991 to 2005, dropping 45% for 15-17-year-olds, and 26% for 18-19-year-old. It’s true that the most recent report shows the birth rates for these age groups increased in 2006, but the change was small: a 3% increase for 15-17-year-olds and a 4% increase for 18-19-year-olds. There was a 14% decrease for 10-14-year-olds.
Source: FactCheck.org on 2007 Des Moines Register Republican debate Dec 12, 2007

Strong military, strong economy, and strong families

A Boy Scout-led recitation of the Pledge of Allegiance and a prayer set the stage for former Massachusetts governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney’s family-values appearance in Cedar Rapids. Romney stressed his core beliefs in a strong military, a strong economy and strong families. “Family-oriented American people, God-fearing people who love liberty, who will sacrifice for liberty, that is the source of America’s strength,” said Romney. “It always has been, it always will be.”
Source: Danny Valentine, Des Moines Register Jun 17, 2007

To strengthen America, strengthen the American family

Romney said, “People, not government, are the source of America’s strength. There is no place that is more important to the future strength of America than the American home. ‘The work that goes on within the walls of a home is the most important work that is ever done in America. And if we want to strengthen America, we need to strengthen the American family.” Romney’s speech stressed family values, the need to cut off investments linked to Iran, and the belief in less government.
Source: Jason Spencer, Spartanburg Herald-Journal Feb 23, 2007

Other candidates on Families & Children: Mitt Romney on other issues:
Nominees:
GOP: Sen.John McCain
GOP V.P.: Gov.Sarah Palin
Democrat: Sen.Barack Obama
Dem.V.P.: Sen.Joe Biden

Third Parties:
Constitution: Chuck Baldwin
Libertarian: Rep.Bob Barr
Constitution: Amb.Alan Keyes
Liberation: Gloria La Riva
Green: Rep.Cynthia McKinney
Socialist: Brian Moore
Independent: Ralph Nader
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