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Republican Party, the

From Longman Dictionary of Contemporary EnglishRepublican Party, thethe Republican PartyReˈpublican ˌParty, the  one of the two main political parties in the US, which is generally regarded as more conservative than the Democratic Party. The first Republican president of the US was Abraham Lincoln (1861–65) and its most recent president is George W. Bush (2001–). The Republican Party tends to support the owners of businesses and industry, and to oppose high government spending on welfare (=help for poor people, people without jobs etc). It represents a wide range of opinions, from fairly conservative to very right wing. It is sometimes called the Grand Old Party or GOP, and its symbol is an elephant.
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