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15 November 2010

Republicans Can't Waste Time On Gay Marriage & Abortion

Nearly twenty years ago, former Georgia Governor Zell Miller delivered a speech to the southern Democratic caucus in which he said Democrats needed to stay away from social issues like abortion and gay marriage that "not only divide us but also defeat us."

Almost two decades later, it now appears that the Republican Party is heeding some very good advice from a very popular Georgia Democrat.

In a letter to be released Monday, the group GOProud and leaders from groups like the Tea Party Patriots and the New American Patriots, will urge Republicans in the House and Senate to keep their focus on shrinking the government.

"On behalf of limited-government conservatives everywhere, we write to urge you and your colleagues in Washington to put forward a legislative agenda in the next Congress that reflects the principles of the Tea Party movement," they write to presumptive House Speaker John Boehner and Senate GOP leader Mitch McConnell in an advance copy provided to POLITICO. "This election was not a mandate for the Republican Party, nor was it a mandate to act on any social issue."

Smith and Tau (2010-11-14). Avoid social issues, GOP urged. Politico. Retrieved on 2010-10-15.

With unemployment teetering near double-digits, massive budget deficits and out-of-control spending, the incoming Republican majority literally has no time to waste on gay marriage and abortion. The priority for the GOP should be balanced budgets and economic stimulus.

Get the economy on track. Get the spending under control. Reduce the size of government. Those should be items one, two and three on the Republicans' "honey-do" list.