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Governor Mitt Romney's Address to the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit

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Governor Mitt Romney's Address to the Family Research Council's Values Voter Summit

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I think those who know me would say that I am pro-family on every level, from personal to political. I know this: the greatest blessing in my life is Ann and our five sons and daughters-in-law and ten grandchildren. My driving motivation is to have our kids and grandkids grow up in an America that is safe, prosperous and strong.

To achieve that, it's not just what happens in the White House that matters, it is also what happens in your house. America's future will determined not just by heads of state but also by heads of households.

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But there is another reason, a societal reason, for the fundamental role of family. Family is the building block of the nation; it is the economic unit of our society. This is not just rhetoric. It is reality.

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For all these reasons, a society is wealthier, healthier and stronger when it has strong families. In America, then, the family is a vital economic unit, the foundation of our nation. And it is the strength of this nation's families that ultimately determines America's strength in the family of nations.

That is why I believe that the most important work for the future of America is the work that goes on within the four walls of the American home.

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One of the biggest threats to the fabric of our society is out-of-wedlock childbirth. 1) Ann and I will use the bully pulpit to teach America's children that before they have babies, they should get married. It's time to make out-of-wedlock births out-of-fashion again!

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Bill Cosby related that in some inner cities: "There are whole blocks with scarcely a married couple, whole blocks without responsible males to watch out for wayward boys, whole neighborhoods in which little boys and girls come of age without seeing up close a committed relationship and perhaps never having attended a wedding." This simply breaks my heart. And then there are the broad national implications of this tragedy. A nation built on the principles of the founding fathers cannot thrive when so many children are being raised without fathers in the home.

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And if I am elected President, I will convene a White House Summit to look at ways we can strengthen the family, particularly in the inner city.

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I will work with the people in this room as I have for the past 4 years, to champion a federal marriage amendment to protect marriage as the union of a man and a woman. They said it was in our state Constitution. John Adams, who wrote it, would be surprised. It was not in our Constitution, but it was in the heads of a one vote majority on the bench to birth new law without the benefit of the democracy.

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I will appoint and fight for justices who follow the law and the constitution, who understand judicial restraint and who won't legislate from the bench. But being a pro-life president also means promoting policies that reflect our respect for the sanctity of life. I will oppose taxpayer funding of abortion, oppose partial birth abortion, oppose abortion in military clinics, oppose funding abortion in international aid programs, and I will work to ban embryonic cloning. I will work to increase adoptions by making the adoption tax credit permanent and raising awareness about embryonic adoption, or snowflake babies.

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Actually, I'm pleased that so many people of many faiths have come to endorse my candidacy and my message. My campaign is about changing Washington to strengthen America: I want to build a stronger military, a stronger economy, and stronger families. I call these the three legs of the Republican stool. These three unite the coalition of conservatives that Ronald Reagan championed -defense conservatives, economic conservatives, and social conservatives.

We won't win the White House with only 2 out of 3 or 1 out of 3. Republicans win the White House by motivating all 3 parts of our coalition to carry us to victory. We're not going to beat Hillary Clinton by acting like Hillary Clinton.


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