Two Fmr Secty’s of State, Condoleeza Rice & George Shultz, Endorse Romney

At a fundraiser in California last night, Condoleeza Rice, former Secretary of State under President George W. Bush, and George Shultz, former Secretary of State under President Ronald Reagan, officially backed Governor Mitt Romney’s bid for the White House:

A few comments from Rice:

“It’s a delight to see so many friends…I’ve now been out of Washington for over three years…how much fun it is when you know you could be in Washington, but you’re here. My life has changed a lot. Now, I get up in the morning and I read the newspaper and I say…isn’t that interesting? “Because I’m no longer responsible for what’s in it.”

“We care about the future of this country, and the future of our world,’’ she said, and I’m “delighted to join so many friends here in supporting, and in my case, endorsing, Gov. Mitt Romney for President of the United States.”

“Today, more than ever, we need U.S. leadership to affirm that the future belongs to free markets and free peoples.”

“To regain that leadership, we’ve got to first and foremost defend the country,’’ she said. After 911, the country was safe because “it was not because the terrorists weren’t trying, it was because of the vigilance…because men and women volunteer to defend us at the front lines of freedom, and we owe them our eternal gratitude.”

More Rice: “We have to defend the country, not just from strength and power, but from a sense of values of who we are,’’ she said. “Friends, who just want to know, that when the chips are down, we are going to be there for them….and that indeed we know the difference between friend and foe.”

More Rice: “The President of the United States has to understand that the American people have a view…and that our leadership can not be (reduced to) “the lowest common denominator postions.”

“The only thing the American people dislike more” than weak leadership, she said, “is no leadership at all.”

“America’s leadership “is craved in the world, and Gov. Romney, you can bring it back,’’ she said to applause. . . .

A few comments from Shultz:

George Shultz and President Ronald Reagan

George Shultz, secretary of state under Ronald Reagan, also endorsed the presumptive nominee at the fundraiser. In his speech, he defended Romney’s record as an executive at Bain Capital LLC, a Boston-based private equity firm.

“What he has done at Bain Capital has been a major contribution to the American economy,” said Shultz, who also served in the cabinet of Richard Nixon with Romney’s father, George.

Venture capital firms “help make our economy more competitive; they learn how to keep costs under control; they are the kind of people who help figure out where to put investments,” Shultz said.

“He has learned and instinctively can feel what it takes to get this huge amount of money that is sitting on the sidelines of our economy to move forward and invest,” he said.

These two endorsements – from two of America’s most powerful and respected arbiters of foreign policy – are very significant pluses for Governor Romney.

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3 Responses to Two Fmr Secty’s of State, Condoleeza Rice & George Shultz, Endorse Romney

  1. Oh Yeah!

    Does it get any better than this?

    Who needs Colin’s endorsement? His judgment is now suspect after choosing a community organizer to be the top executive in the world.

  2. Jayde Wyatt says:

    @Vic,

    Yes, a few days ago Powell questioned the choice of some of Mitt’s foreign policy advisers.

    But, it looks like Powell has a touch of buyers remorse, so I’ll cut him a bit of slack:

    Former Secretary of State Colin Powell said Tuesday that he’s not ready to endorse President Barack Obama’s reelection, as he’s also considering Mitt Romney, a “good man” he’s known for years.

    “I don’t want to throw my weight behind somebody,” Powell, who endorsed Obama in 2008, said on NBC’s “Today Show.” “I feel as I private citizen I ought to listen to what the president says and what the president’s been doing. But I also have to listen to what the other fellow says. I’ve known Mitt Romney for many years, good man.

    Powell said he “owe[s]” the Republican Party some consideration.

    http://bit.ly/KiCLf5

  3. AfricansforRomney says:

    Amen, Candi! Hope, Gov Romney will pick Candi for VP (I’ve not given up.) or, nice a cabinet position.
    Candi knows the US power decline under Prez Obama. The last 3+ years Mr “Internationalist” buried the American exceptionalism under the rug. I’ve confidence that Gov Romney will restore America. Why i’m here if it is not about American Exceptionalism? It is a no brainer := )))

    Who cares about Colin Powell? He’s out of touch. A week ago, he was laughing at Gov Romney b/c of the Russia comment. Powell has the right to disagree but he is very ungrateful guy. Ummm… H Bush and W Bush carried him on the top not Prez Obama.