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Presidential Race 2012

During the Republican National Convention in Tampa, the Center for Military Readiness worked with other organizations, Resolutions Committee delegates, and the Romney/Ryan Campaign to include seven strong planks on military/social issues in the Republican National Platform

The following analysis compares statements on national defense from both the Republican and Democratic National Conventions:

Strong statements of principle in support of high standards and sound military personnel policies will serve as a guide to future candidates in 2014 and 2016.

Questions on Military/Social Issues

 The Center for Military Readiness is non-partisan and does not endorse candidates.  However, in the interests of informing voters and the media of where the candidates stand on issues of concern, CMR has conducted presidential candidate surveys prior to presidential primary elections. 

The MCC 2012 Presidential Candidate Survey was conducted with fifteen leaders of major organizations affiliated with the Military Culture Coalition (MCC).  It asked six questions about military social issues such as gays in the military, enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the military, religious liberty for chaplains, LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) pride celebrations on military bases, and subjecting women to direct ground combat and Selective Service registration.  

Results of the 2012 Presidential Candidate Survey are posted here:

The survey also provided more detailed background information on each of the questions:

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Where the Republicans Stand

The following are excerpts from the Republican National Platforms that addressed military/social issues in the presidential years 2000, 2004, and 2008.  Democratic National Committee Platforms for the same years took positions in support of liberal social engineering in the military, including women in land combat and repeal of the 1993 law called "Don't Ask, Don't Tell."  That goal, successfully achieved by a lame-duck Congress in December 2010, has imposed LGBT (lesbian, gay, bisexual, transgender) law and related policies on our military.

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Conservative Candidates Answer Survey Questions on Military/Social Issues

 The Military Culture Coalition has released responses to the MCC 2012 Presidential Candidate Survey, which asked six questions about military social issues such as gays in the military, enforcement of the Defense of Marriage Act (DOMA) in the military, religious liberty for chaplains, and subjecting women to direct ground combat and Selective Service registration.  More information is available in the MCC News Release.

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