Mitt Romney: Strong traditional family structure will solve economic inequalities

“I’m hopeful that together we can set a new direction in federal policy, starting where many of our problems do … Continued

“I’m hopeful that together we can set a new direction in federal policy, starting where many of our problems do – with the family. A study from the Brookings Institution has shown that for those who graduate from high school, get a full-time job, and wait until 21 before they marry and then have their first child, the probability of being poor is two percent. And if those factors are absent, the probability of being poor is 76 percent. Here at the NAACP, you understand the deep and lasting difference the family makes. Your former executive director, Dr. Benjamin Hooks, had it exactly right. The family, he said, “remains the bulwark and the mainstay of the black community. That great truth must not be overlooked.” Any policy that lifts up and honors the family is going to be good for the country, and that must be our goal. As president, I will promote strong families – and I will defend traditional marriage.”

Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney told members of the nation’s oldest civil rights organization at their annual convention in Houston on July 11, 2012.


Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney pauses during a speech to the NAACP annual convention, Wednesday, July 11, 2012, in Houston, Texas.

  • DavidJ9

    Romney needs to tell the racists of America that they need to stop trying to destroy families of minorities if he wants to see strong families everywhere. He needs to make sure that jobs pay a living wage. He needs to support health care for all. When he does that, I will take his claim seriously.

  • dwaldman

    Translation — “Supporting a strong family structure is critical for our society, and marriage is an important part of that — except for gay families.” The younger generation of the GOP is realizing this doesn’t make sense. Gay people will still be gay, and they will still seek to form lasting relationships and start families just like straight people. How can you tell young straight people that they should be married before having sex and raising children together, and then say that gay people don’t need to live by the same rules(or more accurately, shouldn’t even have the opportunity to live by those rules)?

  • Catken1

    Amen. Destroying some people’s families does nothing to boost other people’s families. Denying some kids the benefits of married parents does nothing, anywhere, to benefit any child.

    And the growth of poverty and economic distress in this country does FAR more to threaten family health than stable, loving gay families do.

  • Secular1

    What a patronizing dipscat.

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