Republican Party Platforms
Support for Puerto Rico statehood has been espoused in nearly every Republican Party Platform since 1940.
In 1940, the Republican Party Platform first voiced its support for statehood.
“Statehood is a logical aspiration of the people of Puerto Rico who were made citizens of the United States by Congress in 1917; legislation affecting Puerto Rico, in so far as feasible, should be in harmony with the realization of that aspiration.”
Today, the Republican Party has become more direct in its support for statehood.
"Congress should approve an enabling act with terms for Puerto Rico’s future admission as the 51st state of the Union."