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C. Boyden Gray: Not Enough GOP Emphasis on School Choice

Monday, 15 Apr 2013 02:56 PM

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Former European Union Ambassador C. Boyden Gray says he believes Republicans haven’t done enough to promote the successful school choice programs they’ve put in place over the last decade.

In an interview with Newsmax TV, Gray also argued the issue could be a vote winner for Republicans in inner city areas with high concentrations of minority voters.

“If you look at the polling in big cities with big minority populations, these choice programs get very high polling results. Here in the District of Columbia it’s 70, 80 percent approve of more choice for parents,” the former special counselor to President George H.W. Bush said.

Gray said he's been disappointed when national Republican candidates did not take advantage of opportunities to champion the success of school choice programs during their election campaigns.

“I’ve always thought it was the issue that Republicans should emphasize since they have such a long track record of supporting it. The lengths of the connections are not made correctly,” he said.

“This is a Republican issue, this is a conservative issue, and we ought to take advantage of it,” he added.

C. Boyden Gray served as the US Ambassador to the European Union from 2006 to 2008.



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