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  1. 1. Interest Aggregation in theCurrent U.S. Republican Party
  2. 2. Divisions within the Republican PartySocial Conservatives Economic Conservatives • Pro-life • Favor free market • Opposed to same-sex o Laissez-faire system marriage • Personal responsibilityCapital Punishment over the welfare system • Generally support stricter punishment and • Reduction in taxes as enforcement much as possible
  3. 3. Social and Economic Issues of Debate
  4. 4. Balancing the Budget• The candidates are overall divided on the best way to balance the budget• Tax Cuts• Cut wasteful spending• "Business Oriented“• Bachmann suggested a "balanced budget" amendment to the constitution • This has been ruled out as unrealistic because it could not pass the Senate or survive a Presidential veto
  5. 5. National Security: Immigration & Securing Borders• Source of population growth and cultural change• US-Mexico border = most frequently crossed international border• Republican Party is in support of: – Tightening the Border – Setting up a fence across the entire border – Preventing illegal immigrants from receiving citizenship
  6. 6. National Security: War in Afghanistan and Iraq The War on Terror continues to be an important issue and is playing a large role in the 2012 election The majority of candidates support continued fighting in Afghanistan and Iraq until the region is stable
  7. 7. Healthcare All candidates wantDemocratic Health CareReform Bill repealedReplace with "patient -centered" and free marketapproach to health care
  8. 8. Republican Candidates
  9. 9. Mitt Romney • Former Governor of Massachusetts • Opponent of “Obamacare”, supports market-based reforms, and state-funded healthcare • Government-run Security program is essential • Increased legal immigration, decreased illegal immigration and amenities • Supports maintaining troops in the Middle East
  10. 10. • Viewpoint on Social Security Newt Gingrich • believes that the system has been broken for decades and thinks that instead of "reshuffling", "restructuring" is necessary• Viewpoint on National Security o supports putting up a fence, securing the borders and enforcing the laws o wants to continue fighting in Afghanistan and believes that part of the War on Terror involves fighting in Iraq• Viewpoint on Healthcare o “Obamacare” is health care watch/thu-january-26- "deformed": repeal & replace. o Medicaid/Medicare fraud: stop paying 2012/indecision-2012---2012- the crooks -a-space-oddity
  11. 11. Rick Santorum• Viewpoint on Social Security o supports voluntary privatization of Social Security o wants to raise retirement age• Viewpoint on National Security o strongly opposes the withdrawal of troops from Afghanistan and Iraq o against granting rights to immigrants, supports establishing a fence on the Mexican-American border• Viewpoint on Healthcare o strongly disapproves of “Obamacare”, 1st executive order = repeal o doesnt approve of prescription medicine coverage with Medicare
  12. 12. Ron Paul • Doctor and Author, as well as US Congressman for 14th Congressional District of Texas • Six-point plan to stop illegal immigration • Foreign policy of non- intervention, neutrality, and independence • Against Obamacare and for affordable insurance
  13. 13. Michele Bachmann• leader of the Tea Party Caucus and US Representative from Minnesota• Supports privatizing Social Security, repealing “Obamacare”, and introducing the Ryan Plan• 4-Point Immigration Platform• Supports continuing in the Middle East
  14. 14. Herman Cain • • Born December 13, 1945 in Atlanta, GA CEO of Godfathers Pizza • Vice President of Pillsbury • Host of the Herman Cain Talk Show • Only candidate who isnt a politician • Nine Nine Nine - tax plan • On Social Security: o Believes that instead of "reshuffling" Social Security, "restructuring" it is necessary • On National Security: o Wants to secure border with fence o Believes War on Terror involves fighting in Iraq • On Healthcare: o Wants to repeal and replace “Obamacare” with free market approach
  15. 15. Rick Perry Governor of Texas • Reform Social Security • National Security o Immigration o Afghanistan o Send troops back to Iraq • Viewpoint on Healthcare o Wipe out “Obamacare”
  16. 16. Republican Party presidential primaries
  17. 17. Iowa
  18. 18. New Hampshire
  19. 19. South Carolina
  20. 20. Florida
  21. 21. What’s next?