RCAP’s Top 50

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Representing the 50 states, the following are the strong beliefs and personal public statements of Republican leaders who Care About People

1. Jack Kemp -Former U.S. Congressman & Secretary of Housing Urban and Development

“There really has not been a strong Republican message to either the poor or the African American community at large. Our goals for this nation must be nothing less than to do double the size of our economy and bring prosperity and jobs, ownership and equality of opportunity to all Americans, especially those living in our nation’s pockets of poverty.The chance to own a home; chance to own an education; chance to get access to capital. This is the real civil rights battle of the twenty-first century. When people lack jobs, opportunity, and ownership of property they have little or no stake in their communities.”

2. Senator Marco Rubio

“There are significant number of Americans that do not have equality of opportunity. We need to address the fact that we have 40-some odd million people who feel trapped in poverty and do not feel like they have an equal opportunity to get ahead. As far as the war on poverty is concerned, its programs have utility–they do help alleviate the consequences of poverty–but they don’t help people to emerge from that poverty. And that’s why I feel like the war on poverty has failed because it’s incomplete. I think we have to take the next step, which is to help people trapped with inequality of opportunity to have the opportunity to build for themselves a better life.”

3. Paul Ryan, Speaker of the United State House of Representative

“There was a time when I would talk about a difference between Makers’ and takers’ in our country, referring to people who accepted government benefits. Bust as I spent more time listening, and really learning the root causes of poverty, I realized I was wrong. Takers’ wasn’t how to refer to a single mom stuck in a poverty trap, just trying to take care of her family. Most people don’t want to be dependent.” I was “callous and oversimplified and castigated [low income] people with a broad brush.”

4. Jennette Bradley, Former Lieutenant Governor & Ohio State Treasurer

“Diversity is good for government because it adds the voices of people who haven’t been represented,” she says, saying that she remembers all too well when women and blacks had far fewer opportunities. “I remember the old ways, but I’m part of the new way,” she says. “We’ve become a better nation because we’re more open now.” Being the first Black woman to be elected as a Lieutenant Governor in the United States, she adds, “Maybe the goal is that one day we won’t have to identify people as the `first’ or the `only.’ Hopefully, because of me, it will be a little easier for them.”“The issue of race still casts a shadow over our society, despite the impressive progress we have made over the last 40 years to overcome”

5. Joseph P. Watkins, Former Whitehouse Presidential Advisor and Current News                     Contributor to MSNBC, CNBC & Al Jazeera

“The GOP has to work hard to broaden its tent to include groups that don’t currently vote Republican. I have been involved in public service because I care deeply about people and helping people including those who are disadvantage. To that end I have been a pastor in the inner city for nearly two decades. Our party will have a better chance of winning national elections when we better demonstrate to all Americans including minority groups and LGBT community and the poor that Republicans care about all people.” 

6. Robert L. Woodson, Sr., Founder & President, Center for Neighborhood Enterprise

“In a Wall Street Journal article, Robert “Bob” L. Woodson, Sr. stated that he sees opportunities for the GOP to do right by the poor without abandoning its conservative principles or pandering. He points to the successful outreach efforts of former Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan and former Indianapolis Mayor Stephen Goldsmith, two Republicans who worked with local minority communities to push market-driven urban redevelopment and were rewarded politically by blacks for doing so.”

 6. General Colin Powell, Former U.S. Secretary of State

“The issue of race still casts a shadow over our society, despite the impressive progress we have made over the last 40 years to over come the legacy of our troubled past. So, with all the success we have enjoyed and with all the wealth we have created, we have much more work to do and a long way to go to bring the promise of America to every American.”