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Republican governors have become some of America’s greatest Presidents. Governors like Teddy Roosevelt and Ronald Reagan went from being successful Governors to leaders who changed our nation.

It is not the critic who counts: not the man who points out how the strong man stumbles or where the doer of deeds could have done better. The credit belongs to the man who is actually in the arena, whose face is marred by dust and sweat and blood, who strives valiantly, who errs and comes up short again and again, because there is no effort without error or shortcoming, but who knows the great enthusiasms, the great devotions, who spends himself for a worthy cause; who, at the best, knows, in the end, the triumph of high achievement, and who, at the worst, if he fails, at least he fails while daring greatly, so that his place shall never be with those cold and timid souls who knew neither victory nor defeat."
"Citizenship in a Republic,"
Speech at the Sorbonne, Paris, April 23, 1910

Restoring America’s Greatness

Theodore Roosevelt was elected Governor of New York in 1898 and became President of the United States in 1901. Teddy Roosevelt’s presidential achievements are impressive. In foreign affairs, he led us into the arena of international power politics, thrusting aside the American tradition of isolationism. President Roosevelt’s “Square Deal” promised a fair shake for the average citizen and promoted free-market competition to expand opportunities for American businesses.

Ronald Reagan holds the distinction of being the only California Governor to become President of the United States. As one of America’s greatest Presidents, Ronald Reagan built up the U.S. military and cut taxes for all Americans. His policies led to the greatest economic revitalization in American history and the creation of over eight million new jobs. His courageous policies led to the collapse of the Soviet Union and won the Cold War.

Sparking the Republican Revolution

In 1993, Republican victories in New Jersey and Virginia gubernatorial elections foreshadowed the 1994 Republican Revolution and GOP control of Congress.

Over the past 15 years Republican governors have led the way by enacting welfare reform, cutting taxes, raising educational standards, limiting frivolous lawsuits and implementing other conservative principles.

Today and new generation of Republican governors like Jon Huntsman, Jr., Bobby Jindal, Linda Lingle, Sarah Palin, Tim Pawlenty and Mark Sanford are bringing conservative solutions to the challenges facing their states. It’s this next generation of Republican governors who will lead our party and nation to greatness in the future.


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