"Country Club Republican" also known as a "Country Club Conservative" or "Establishment Republican" is an expression employed, usually pejoratively, to describe certain members of the Republican Party in the United States. Some of the characteristics attributed to country club Republicans are higher than average income or inherited wealth, fiscally conservative opinions but with liberal, moderate or indifferent views on social issues such as abortion, censorship, and gay rights. They are more likely to have attended prestigious colleges and universities than other Republican Party members.
Politicians said to be country club Republicans include: President George H. W. Bush, former Secretary of State Rex Tillerson, former Secretary of State Colin Powell, former Massachusetts Governor and presidential candidate Mitt Romney, former governor of New Jersey Thomas Kean, and Texas Senator Kay Bailey Hutchison.
- The Country Club Image The Christian Science Monitor 1992-08-14.
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- Faith Shapes Bauer's Visions for the White House The Christian Science Monitor 1999-11-23
- Raising Kean's Name The New York Times 2004-06-13
- Senator Trails in Texas, and Slugs Alone The New York Times 1993-06-03
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