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Republican Party

Founded in 1854 in opposition to slavery expansion, the Republican Party is one of two major political parties in the United States. In the modern era, the Republican Party (aka G.O.P. or “Grand Old Party”) has been viewed publicly as being in support of a philosophy of limited government, libertarian economics, and social conservatism. In conjunction with the demise of the Democratic Party's New Deal Coalition, the Republican Party benefited from a national partisan realignment during the last quarter of the 20th century and, from 1968 to 2004, won 7 of 10 presidential elections. Though traditionally critical of the media's alleged “liberal bias,” Republicans have successfully used mass communications outlets to foment the party's appeal, largely on the basis of patriotism and family values.

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