The diversity of our nation is reflected in this platform. We ask for the support and participation of all who substantially share our agenda. In one way or another, every Republican is a dissenter. At the same time, we are not morally indifferent. In this, as in many things, Lincoln is our model. He spoke words of healing and words of conviction. We do likewise, for we are bound together in a great enterprise for our children’s future.
We seek to be faithful to the best traditions of our party. We are the party that ended slavery, granted homesteads, built land grant colleges, and moved control of government out of Washington, back into the hands of the people. We believe in service to the common good — and that good is not common until it is shared.
We believe that from freedom comes opportunity; from opportunity comes growth; and from growth comes progress and prosperity.
Our vision is one of clear direction, new ideas, civility in public life, and leadership with honor and distinction.
This is an election with clear alternatives. The Republican Party offers America a chance to begin anew: To give purpose to our plenty. To apply enduring principles to new challenges. To extend to all citizens the full promise of American life.
With confidence in our fellow Americans and great hopes for the future of our country, we respectfully submit this platform to the people of the United States.
This platform is dedicated to the memory of Paul Douglas Coverdell (1939-2000) United States Senator from Georgia, practical visionary, principled unifier, proud American, and our friend.
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