More Florida Sunshine for Romney: Congressman Jeff Miller Endorses Mitt

The latest news from The Sunshine State is making the sun shine a little brighter here at MRC as the work week comes to a close…

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney today announced the support of Florida Congressman Jeff Miller.

I am proud to have Congressman Miller’s support,” said Mitt Romney. “He is a committed public servant both to the state of Florida and our country’s veterans and I will work with leaders like him to revitalize the state.”

“After three years, it is clear to Florida voters that President Obama’s liberal policies are not working,” said Congressman Jeff Miller. “The differences between President Obama and Mitt Romney are stark. At home, President Obama had no experience in the real world and has failed to improve the economy; Mitt Romney is a conservative businessman who has a lifetime of experience turning around troubled enterprises. Abroad, President Obama has weakened relations with allies; Mitt Romney has laid out a foreign policy that strengthens America’s relationships with our allies while providing for our military men and women overseas and at home. I am proud to support Mitt, and look forward to working with him to help create jobs in Florida and provide the care that our servicemen and veterans deserve.”

(emphasis added)

Background On Congressman Jeff Miller:

Congressman Miller

Jeff Miller Has Represented Florida’s 1st Congressional District In The U.S. House Of Representatives Since 2001. He is the Chairman of the House Committee on Veterans’ Affairs as well as a member of the House Armed Services Committee and the House Permanent Select Committee on Intelligence. Prior to entering Congress, Miller served in the Florida House of Representatives and as a deputy sheriff. He was also a real estate broker.

Let the sunshine in!

► Jayde Wyatt

Concord, NH: Fmr NH Gov John Sununu Endorses Romney, Primary Ballot Papers Filed

UPDATETo view video of the events, click here.

Former NH Gov John H. Sununu looks on as Romney fills out primary ballot papers at the Statehouse in Concord, NH. Oct 24, 2011

Mitt Romney’s primary election bid in New Hampshire is now official.

A memorable day began for Governor Romney yesterday as he filled out primary ballot papers in NH Secretary of State Bill Gardner’s office at the Statehouse in Concord. A large crowd of supporters and media then moved to the steps outside the Statehouse where, before Romney spoke, former NH Governor John Sununu officially endorsed him.

I believe he will be our next president.” ~ Fmr NH Gov John H. Sununu

After fmr NH Gov John Sununu endorsed Mitt Romney outside the Statehouse in Concord, NH, Gov Romney spoke to the assembled crowd. Oct 24, 2011 (Photo/Emily Friedman, click on photo to enlarge)

Boston, MA – Mitt Romney announced today the support of former New Hampshire Governor and White House Chief of Staff John H. Sununu. Governor Sununu will serve as chairman of the Romney for President campaign’s national steering committee and advise Romney on policy and national issues.

I am deeply appreciative of Governor Sununu’s friendship and support,” said Mitt Romney. “Governor Sununu is one of the most respected public servants in New Hampshire and he has stood for the values embodied by Granite Staters: hard work, individualism, and fiscal responsibility. His advice and counsel will be important as I work to earn support from voters in the Granite State and work to fix our troubled economy.”

I’m supporting Governor Romney because he is a solid conservative who is committed to reducing taxes, cutting spending and preserving America’s military strength. Mitt has served as a governor, had a successful career in the private sector, and acquired the executive experience needed to turn around our economy and fix our broken government,” said Governor Sununu. “He has demonstrated that he is the strongest candidate to take on President Obama in 2012 and restore fiscal sanity to Washington.”

Background On Governor John H. Sununu:

John Sununu served as New Hampshire’s 85th governor from 1983 to 1989. During his three terms in office he also served as the Chairman of the National Governors Association and the Republican Governors Association.

In 1987, Sununu joined then-Vice President George Bush’s presidential campaign. He helped Bush win New Hampshire’s first-in-the-nation primary and secure the Republican presidential nomination.

Following Bush’s general election victory, Sununu was named White House Chief of Staff — a position that he held from 1989 to 1991. After leaving the White House, Sununu co-hosted the political affairs show Crossfire on CNN from 1992 to 1998.

Sununu came out of political retirement in 2009 to serve as Chairman of the New Hampshire Republican Party. Under Sununu’s leadership, Republicans won 7 out of 8 state special elections and achieved historic victories in the 2010 midterm elections. Granite State Republicans swept all federal races, won supermajorities in the NH House and Senate, and captured all five seats on the Executive Council. The current 19-5 Republican advantage in the State Senate is the largest since 1962, and the pickup of 124 seats in the State House is the biggest gain ever recorded in a single election cycle.

To see a video report of the event from TheBostonChannel.com/WCVBtv, click here. (A flat tax question was asked.)

From ABC News:

CONCORD, N.H. – A crush of supporters, media and protesters met Mitt Romney today at the New Hampshire Statehouse, where the presidential candidate filed his paperwork for the state’s primary and scooped up the coveted endorsement of former Gov. John H. Sununu.

Stopping to shake hands on his way into the office of Secretary of State Bill Gardner, Romney said, “Big day today, we have to make sure it takes this time.”

After signing his papers in Gardner’s packed office and making his run in the Granite state official, Romney and Sununu held a rally on the steps of the statehouse.

“I want to thank you all for taking the time to come out this morning and since I like to be as efficient as possible, let me introduce the gentleman I believe will be the next President of the United States and the man I’m endorsing in that endeavor, Gov. Mitt Romney,” Sununu said to cheers from the crowd.

Romney then took the podium, railing against big government and vowing to bring change to Washington.

“This team of people around me, this is the volunteer team that will turn out voters on Primary Day, which by the way, will be the first primary in the nation as it ought to be,” he said.
[...]
“President Obama and his friends believe America should be a nation led by government. They’re wrong,” Romney said. “Government has become too intrusive, too big, too fat and that’s why it’s been so difficult for this government to turn around.”

(emphasis added) Continue reading here.

FOX News’ Carl Cameron reports on the GOP primary calendar (NH’s election will take place on January 10, 2012) and Romney’s day:

Additional photos (click on images to enlarge):

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Romney on Obama’s Decision to Withdraw Troops From Iraq

President Obama announced today that America will withdraw nearly all troops from Iraq by the end of the year, effectively bringing the war in Iraq to an end.

“After nearly 9 years, America’s war in Iraq will be over.” – Barack Obama

His announcement isn’t without controversy. It came after negotiations, that might have allowed a continued military security presence (which some reports say the Obama administration was dragging their heels on), broke down amid disputes as to whether U.S. troops would be immune to prosecution by Iraqi authorities.

Earlier in the process, U.S. military officials on the ground in Iraq recommended 15,000 troops were needed in Iraq beyond 2011 to help with the transition – aid in training and security. Obama decided 3,000 troops were sufficient. Last week, the AP reported a number of 1,000 troops would be the final number, spurring more concerns that Iraq would be at risk.

Of the 39,000 troops currently in Iraq, about 150 will remain to assist in arms sales. The remainder will be out of Iraq by December 31.


Mitt Romney issued the following statement on President Obama’s decision to withdraw troops from Iraq:

“President Obama’s astonishing failure to secure an orderly transition in Iraq has unnecessarily put at risk the victories that were won through the blood and sacrifice of thousands of American men and women. The unavoidable question is whether this decision is the result of a naked political calculation or simply sheer ineptitude in negotiations with the Iraqi government. The American people deserve to hear the recommendations that were made by our military commanders in Iraq.”

House Armed Services Chairman Buck McKeon, R-CA, released a statement shortly after the announcement, expressing concern that a full withdrawal was premature:

Multiple experts have testified before my committee that the Iraqis still lack important capacities in their ability to maintain their internal stability and territorial integrity,” he said. “These shortcomings could reverse the decade of hard work and sacrifice both countries have endured to build a free Iraq.

U.S. soldiers in Iraq patrol newly dug ditch. Oct 16. 2011 (Photo/Getty Images)

Was Obama’s failure to secure legal immunity for U.S. soldiers a matter of political expediency? He’s had nearly three years to negotiate. Despite the President’s assurances that all will be well in Iraq, the outcome of this complete withdrawal of U.S. troops in such a hasty process remains to be seen.

I will close this post by issuing a deep, heart-felt thanks on behalf of MRC to all who have served in Iraq, to those who have been wounded, to their families, and especially to the loved ones of those who gave their lives in liberty’s cause. We pray for the safety of those still on Iraqi soil and for Iraqis earnestly seeking to strengthen a democratic system of governance.

May the sacrifice of United States and allied blood and treasure not be in vain.



► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Endorsed by Florida’s Sayfie & Bayliss, Judy Woodruff Interview (VIDEO)

A view of beautiful Biscayne Bay, Florida... Gov Mitt Romney has been endorsed by Florida's Justin Sayfie and Slater Bayliss. Oct 6, 2011


Two great endorsements from Florida for Governor Romney have been announced. Justin Sayfie, former senior policy adviser for FL Gov Jeb Bush and recent FL Co-Chair for Gov Tim Pawlenty, is backing Romney. Slater Bayliss, who also served under Jeb Bush in the Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development and as Director of Florida’s Committee of 100, has also endorsed Romney:

Florida is one of the most critical states for my campaign and for the 2012 election,” said Mitt Romney. “Having Justin and Slater join my team in Florida only makes us more competitive in the state. I look forward to working with them as I continue to visit Florida, reach out to voters and work to bring jobs back to the state.”

In announcing his support, Justin Sayfie said, “We need a president who will create jobs, keep taxes low, and cut spending. Mitt Romney will bring leadership and experience to the White House that will be critical to solving our country’s economic problems. I am proud to support him.”

Slater Bayliss said, “Florida voters need a leader who will get our economy back on the right track. Mitt Romney understands how to create jobs and restore fiscal sanity. His record speaks for itself. His experience in the real economy will provide real leadership in Washington.”

(emphasis added )

Background On Justin Sayfie and Slater Bayliss:

Justin Sayfie co-founded Blosser & Sayfie In 2001. He recently was Florida Co-Chair for Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign. Previously, he served in Gov. Jeb Bush’s administration as a senior policy advisor, spokesman, and chief speechwriter. Prior to entering public service, he practiced law in Miami. President George W. Bush appointed him to the President’s Commission on White House Fellows in 2007, where he served until 2009. He is a Trustee of the Museum of Discovery and Science and serves on the board of theBroward Workshop. Sayfie also publishes Florida’s top political news site, SayfieReview.com.

Slater Bayliss is a partner at Cardenas Partners and a Florida Co-Chair of Maverick PAC, a political action committee comprised of next-generation Republicans who promote conservative principles of personal and fiscal responsibility in public service. He recently served as Florida Co-Chair for Gov. Tim Pawlenty’s presidential campaign. Previously, he was the Executive Director of “Floridians for Responsible Spending” and served in Governor Bush’s Office of Tourism, Trade, and Economic Development where he focused on business recruitment efforts. From December 2000 through November 2002, he served as personal assistant to Governor Jeb Bush. He also was Director of the Republican Party of Florida’s Committee of 100 and a Bush-Cheney 2004 Maverick. He serves on the board of the Florida Sports Foundation.


After Mitt Romney delivered his excellent foreign policy speech this week, he sat down with Judy Woodruff (PBS News Hour) for a thoughtful 20-minute-plus interview:





H/t Jeff for interview

► Jayde Wyatt

Romney Delivers Powerhouse Foreign Policy Speech at The Citadel, Releases White Paper

Speaking before an audience of cadets, Mitt Romney delivered a major foreign policy speech at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. October 7, 2011

“This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world. In an American Century, America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world. … Let me make this very clear. As President of the United States, I will devote myself to an American Century. And I will never, ever apologize for America.” – Mitt Romney

Governor Mitt Romney delivered his first major foreign policy address of his 2012 presidential campaign today at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina. It was a muscular and inspiring speech in which he outlined four core principles and eight steps he would take in the first 100 days as President of the United States. He emphasized the necessity of making this an AMERICAN CENTURY:

But I am here today to tell you that I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world. In an American Century, America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world.

God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will. Without American leadership, without clarity of American purpose and resolve, the world becomes a far more dangerous place, and liberty and prosperity would surely be among the first casualties.

Let me make this very clear. As President of the United States, I will devote myself to an American Century. And I will never, ever apologize for America.

From The Washington Post:

Romney as the anti-Obama commander in chief

By Jennifer Rubin
October 7, 2011

The roll out of Mitt Romney’s foreign policy team, a major address and a comprehensive white paper on his views on national security reveal two things about the candidate, one we have seen before and another less apparent up until now.

As he did on his jobs plan, Romney’s foreign policy rollout is detailed, organized, professional and aided by very smart people. The logistics of assembling a big team of top advisors, crafting a short but bold speech and coming up with a detailed written document are daunting and impressive. The level of detail is unlike anything any other candidate has attempted, and far exceeds what we usually get in campaigns. This is Romney the executive, Romney the smart guy and Romney the polished professional. His message is clear: I’m prepared and I know what I am doing.

…[H]is foreign policy statements are bold, unqualified, and not couched for political advantage.
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He repeatedly distinguished himself with Obama and timid voices in his own party: “I will not surrender America’s role in the world. This is very simple: If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your President. You have that President today. The 21st century can and must be an American century. It began with terror, war, and economic calamity. It is our duty to steer it onto the path of freedom, peace, and prosperity….Let future generations look back on us and say, they rose to the occasion, they embraced their duty, and they led our nation to safety and to greatness.”

(emphasis added ) Continue reading here.

Here’s a quick ‘tout’ video of Romney with cadet Kyle Taylor at The Citadel before giving his foreign policy speech:


UPDATE – Here is the complete video of the speech:

“I will not surrender America’s role in the world. This is very simple: If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your President. You have that president today.” – Mitt Romney

Read Mitt Romney’s white paper on foreign policy here.

A fact sheet on Romney’s strategy to ensure an AMERICAN CENTURY may be found here.

Transcript of Romney’s speech:

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Romney Speaks to Veterans on USS Yorktown, Will Deliver Foreign Policy Speech 10/7/11

Mitt Romney speaks to veterans aboard the USS Yorktown, South Carolina. October 6, 2011 (Photo ABC/News)


Standing aboard the USS Yorktown today, a World War II-era aircraft carrier in South Carolina, Mitt Romney addressed veterans and offered a preview of his foreign policy speech which he will present tomorrow:

“The speech will present a strategy for securing America’s enduring interests and ideals in a world of growing threats, and it will discuss specific policies to implement that strategy. It is a strategy that does not assume American decline, but recognizes that American strength — in our values, economic strength, and military strength — is the best ally peace has ever known. “Andrea Saul a Romney for President Spokesperson said in a statement.” This is a strategy of American leadership, one in which our ties with our allies are strong and our policies clear and resolute.”

From ABC News:

“You would think the President would recognize the importance of the US military,” Romney said. “My view is, we cannot and should not shrink the Department of Defense budget.”

Romney says he would rebuild the Navy, Air Force, and add 100,000 active duty personnel. He also says he would treat veterans the way they should be treated.

I will protect the United States of America by protecting a strong military,” said Romney. “I don’t want to go down the path Europe did by cutting back their military. Europe doesn’t have it right. America has it right. I will not shrink the military budget.”

More:

Romney said he would protect the United States by protecting the nation’s military and cut spending at the Defense Department to reduce waste. But he said the nation would be mistaken to follow the example of European nations, which cut their military and then use the savings for social programs.
[…]
The investment is necessary, he said, because the U.S. faces increased threats from emerging countries such as China, India and Russia as well as threats from unstable nations such as Pakistan, which possess nuclear weapons.






Mitt Romney will deliver a foreign policy speech tomorrow morning (10/7/11) at 10:45 AM ET at The Citadel in Charleston, South Carolina.


With the Citadel as his backdrop (also known as the military college of SC), Romney will deliver his foreign policy speech tomorrow morning (Oct 7th) in the Buyer Auditorium in Charleston at 10:45 AM ET.

On October 3rd, Romney did a radio interview with Sean Hannity. He was asked about his upcoming speech. Listen here.

Later tomorrow afternoon, The Gov will also speak to veterans at 2:00 PM at Patriots Point in Mount Pleasant, SC.

When/if viewing info becomes available, we’ll post it here and on MRC chat. Check back for updates.

UPDATE: I’ve removed the CNN link; it isn’t working. The speech is also being livestreamed here. Another livestream link may be found here.

UPDATE 2 - Here’s the transcript of Romney’s speech:

Mr. Romney: It’s a great honor to be in South Carolina, where patriotism is a passion that tops even barbeque and football.

And it’s a great honor to be here at the Citadel.

Every great university and college produces future engineers, doctors, lawyers and entrepreneurs. Here at the Citadel, you do all that but you have another specialty – you produce heroes. Over 1400 of your alumni have served in Iraq, Afghanistan, and elsewhere fighting the war against terrorism. And sixteen have paid the ultimate price.

Since 1842, every tyrant, petty thug or great power that threatened America learned that if you wanted to take on America, you were taking on the Citadel. That’s a line of heroes that’s never broken and never will be.

This is a true citadel of American honor, values and courage.

The other day I heard the President say that Americans had gone “soft.” I guess he wasn’t talking about how hard it is for millions of Americans who are trying to get a job or stretch a too small paycheck through the week.

As each of you looks beyond this great institution, to the life before you, I know you face many difficult questions in a world fraught with uncertainty. America is in an economic crisis the likes of which we have never seen in our lifetime. Europe is struggling with the greatest economic crisis since the Cold War, one that calls into question the very definition of the European Union.

Around the world we see tremendous upheaval and change. Our next President will face extraordinary challenges that could alter the destiny of America and, indeed, the future of freedom.

Today, I want you to join me in looking forward. Forward beyond that next Recognition Day, beyond Ring Weekend to four years from today, October 7th, 2015.

What kind of world will we be facing?

Will Iran be a fully activated nuclear weapons state, threatening its neighbors, dominating the world’s oil supply with a stranglehold on the Strait of Hormuz? In the hands of the ayatollahs, a nuclear Iran is nothing less than an existential threat to Israel. Iran’s suicidal fanatics could blackmail the world.

By 2015, will Israel be even more isolated by a hostile international community? Will those who seek Israel’s destruction feel emboldened by American ambivalence? Will Israel have been forced to fight yet another war to protect its citizens and its right to exist?

In Afghanistan, after the United States and NATO have withdrawn all forces, will the Taliban find a path back to power? After over a decade of American sacrifice in treasure and blood, will the country sink back into the medieval terrors of fundamentalist rule and the mullahs again open a sanctuary for terrorists?

Next door, Pakistan awaits the uncertain future, armed with more than 100 nuclear weapons. The danger of a failed Pakistan is difficult to overestimate, fraught with nightmare scenarios: Will a nuclear weapon be in the hands of Islamic Jihadists?

China has made it clear that it intends to be a military and economic superpower. Will her rulers lead their people to a new era of freedom and prosperity or will they go down a darker path, intimidating their neighbors, brushing aside an inferior American Navy in the Pacific, and building a global alliance of authoritarian states?

Russia is at a historic crossroads. Vladimir Putin has called the breakup of the Soviet empire the great tragedy of the 20th Century. Will he try to reverse that tragedy and bludgeon the countries of the former Soviet Union into submission, and intimidate Europe with the levers of its energy resources?

To our South, will the malign socialism of Hugo Chavez’s Venezuela, in tight alliance with the malign socialism of Castro’s Cuba, undermine the prospects of democracy in a region thirsting for freedom and stability and prosperity?

Our border with Mexico remains an open sore. Will drug cartels dominate the regions adjoining the United States, with greater and greater violence spilling over into our country? Will we have failed to secure the border and to stem the tide of illegal immigrants? And will drug smugglers and terrorists increasingly make their way into our midst?

This would be a troubling and threatening world for America. But it is not unrealistic. These are only some of the very real dangers that America faces, if we continue with the feckless policies of the past three years.

But of course, it doesn’t have to be this way. This isn’t our destiny, it is a choice. We are a democracy. You decide. In this campaign for President, I will offer a very different vision of America’s role in the world and of America’s destiny.

Our next President will face many difficult and complex foreign policy decisions. Few will be black and white.

But I am here today to tell you that I am guided by one overwhelming conviction and passion: This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world. In an American Century, America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world.

God did not create this country to be a nation of followers. America is not destined to be one of several equally balanced global powers. America must lead the world, or someone else will. Without American leadership, without clarity of American purpose and resolve, the world becomes a far more dangerous place, and liberty and prosperity would surely be among the first casualties.

Let me make this very clear. As President of the United States, I will devote myself to an American Century. And I will never, ever apologize for America.

Some may ask, “Why America? Why should America be any different than scores of other countries around the globe?”

I believe we are an exceptional country with a unique destiny and role in the world. Not exceptional, as the President has derisively said, in the way that the British think Great Britain is exceptional or the Greeks think Greece is exceptional. In Barack Obama’s profoundly mistaken view, there is nothing unique about the United States.

But we are exceptional because we are a nation founded on a precious idea that was birthed in the American Revolution, and propounded by our greatest statesmen, in our fundamental documents. We are a people who threw off the yoke of tyranny and established a government, in Abraham Lincoln’s words, “of the people, by the people, and for the people.”

We are a people who, in the language of our Declaration of Independence, hold certain truths to be self-evident: namely, that all men are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights. It is our belief in the universality of these unalienable rights that leads us to our exceptional role on the world stage, that of a great champion of human dignity and human freedom.

I was born in 1947, a classic baby boomer. I grew up in a world formed by one dominant threat to America: the Soviet Union and Communism. The “duck and cover” drills we learned in school during the Cuban Missile Crisis resulted from a threat by a known, identifiable enemy, with clear borders and established leaders. We needed spy planes to find the hidden missile bases in Cuba but we didn’t need them to find Nikita Khrushchev. President Reagan could negotiate with Soviet Premier Mikhail Gorbachev and sign treaties for which each side could be held accountable. And when we caught the Soviets cheating, we could bring the world’s attention to their transgressions.

Today, our world is far more chaotic. We still face grave threats, but they come not from one country, or one group, or one ideology. The world is unfortunately not so defined. What America and our allies are facing is a series of threatening forces, ones that overlap and reinforce each other. To defend America, and to secure a peaceful and prosperous world, we need to clearly understand these emerging threats, grasp their complexity, and formulate a strategy that deals with them before they explode into conflict.

It is far too easy for a President to jump from crisis to crisis, dealing with one hot spot after another. But to do so is to be shaped by events rather than to shape events. To avoid this paralyzing seduction of action rather than progress, a President must have a broad vision of the world coupled with clarity of purpose.

When I look around the world, I see a handful of major forces that vie with America and free nations, to shape the world in an image of their choosing. These are not exclusively military threats. Rather, they are determined, powerful forces that may threaten freedom, prosperity, and America’s national interests.

First, Islamic fundamentalism with which we have been at war since Sept. 11, 2001.

Second, the struggle in the greater Middle East between those who yearn for freedom, and those who seek to crush it.

The dangerous and destabilizing ripple effects of failed and failing states, from which terrorists may find safe haven.

The anti-American visions of regimes in Iran, North Korea, Venezuela, and Cuba—two of which are seeking nuclear weapons.

And these forces include rising nations with hidden and emerging aspirations, like China, determined to be a world superpower, and a resurgent Russia, led by a man who believes the Soviet Union was great, not evil.

There is no one approach to these challenges. There is no Wall that the next President can demand to be torn down. But there is one unifying thread that connects each of these possible threats: when America is strong, the world is safer.

Ronald Reagan called it “Peace through Strength” and he was never more right than today. It is only American power—conceived in the broadest terms—that can provide the foundation of an international system that ensures the security and prosperity of the United States and our friends and allies around the world.

American strength rises from a strong economy, a strong defense, and the enduring strength of our values. Unfortunately, under this President, all three of those elements have been weakened.

As President, on Day One, I will focus on rebuilding America’s economy. I will reverse President Obama’s massive defense cuts. Time and again, we have seen that attempts to balance the budget by weakening our military only lead to a far higher price, not only in treasure, but in blood.

My strategy of American strength is guided by a set of core principles.

First, American foreign policy must be prosecuted with clarity and resolve. Our friends and allies must have no doubts about where we stand. And neither should our rivals. If the world knows we are resolute, our allies will be comforted and those who wish us harm will be far less tempted to test that resolve.

Second, America must promote open markets, representative government, and respect for human rights. The path from authoritarianism to freedom and representative government is not always a straight line or an easy evolution, but history teaches us that nations that share our values, will be reliable partners and stand with us in pursuit of common security and shared prosperity.

Third, the United States will apply the full spectrum of hard and soft power to influence events before they erupt into conflict. Resort to force is always the least desirable and costliest option. We must therefore employ all the tools of statecraft to shape the outcome of threatening situations before they demand military action. The United States should always retain military supremacy to deter would-be aggressors and to defend our allies and ourselves. If America is the undisputed leader of the world, it reduces our need to police a more chaotic world.

Fourth, the United States will exercise leadership in multilateral organizations and alliances. American leadership lends credibility and breeds faith in the ultimate success of any action, and attracts full participation from other nations. American leadership will also focus multilateral institutions like the United Nations on achieving the substantive goals of democracy and human rights enshrined in their charters. Too often, these bodies prize the act of negotiating over the outcome to be reached. And shamefully, they can become forums for the tantrums of tyrants and the airing of the world’s most ancient of prejudices: anti-Semitism. The United States must fight to return these bodies to their proper role. But know this: while America should work with other nations, we always reserve the right to act alone to protect our vital national interests.

In my first 100 days in office, I will take a series of measures to put these principles into action, and place America—and the world—on safer footing.

Among these actions will be to restore America’s national defense. I will reverse the hollowing of our Navy and announce an initiative to increase the shipbuilding rate from 9 per year to 15. I will begin reversing Obama-era cuts to national missile defense and prioritize the full deployment of a multilayered national ballistic missile defense system. I will order the formulation of a national cybersecurity strategy, to deter and defend against the growing threats of militarized cyber-attacks, cyber-terrorism, and cyber-espionage.

I will enhance our deterrent against the Iranian regime by ordering the regular presence of aircraft carrier task forces, one in the Eastern Mediterranean and one in the Persian Gulf region. I will begin discussions with Israel to increase the level of our military assistance and coordination. And I will again reiterate that Iran obtaining a nuclear weapon is unacceptable.

I will begin organizing all of our diplomatic and assistance efforts in the greater Middle East under one official with the authority and accountability necessary to train all our soft power resources on ensuring that the Arab Spring does not fade into a long winter.

I will launch a campaign to advance economic opportunity in Latin America, and contrast the benefits of democracy, free trade, and free enterprise against the material and moral bankruptcy of the Venezuelan and Cuban model.

I will order a full review of our transition to the Afghan military to secure that nation’s sovereignty from the tyranny of the Taliban. I will speak with our generals in the field, and receive the best recommendation of our military commanders. The force level necessary to secure our gains and complete our mission successfully is a decision I will make free from politics.

And I will bolster and repair our alliances. Our friends should never fear that we will not stand by them in an hour of need. I will reaffirm as a vital national interest Israel’s existence as a Jewish state. I will count as dear our Special Relationship with the United Kingdom. And I will begin talks with Mexico, to strengthen our cooperation on our shared problems of drugs and security.

This is America’s moment. We should embrace the challenge, not shrink from it, not crawl into an isolationist shell, not wave the white flag of surrender, nor give in to those who assert America’s time has passed. That is utter nonsense. An eloquently justified surrender of world leadership is still surrender.

I will not surrender America’s role in the world. This is very simple: If you do not want America to be the strongest nation on Earth, I am not your President.

You have that President today.

The 21st century can and must be an American century. It began with terror, war, and economic calamity. It is our duty to steer it onto the path of freedom, peace, and prosperity. My hope is that our grandchildren will remember us in the same way that we remember the past generations of Americans who overcame adversity, the generations that fought in world wars, that came through the Great Depression, and that gained victory in the Cold War. Let future generations look back on us and say, they rose to the occasion, they embraced their duty, and they led our nation to safety and to greatness.

The Greatest Generation is passing. But as their light fades, we must seize the torch they carried so gallantly at such sacrifice. It is an eternal torch of decency, freedom and hope. It is not America’s torch alone. But it is America’s duty – and honor – to hold it high enough that all the world can see its light.

Believe in America.

Thank you, and God Bless the United States of America.


► Jayde Wyatt

ROMNEY Announces Impressive Foreign Policy & National Security Advisory Team


Today, Mitt Romney announced today his very impressive Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team:

Boston, MA — Mitt Romney announced today his Foreign Policy and National Security Advisory Team. This group draws on a wide array of experience to advise Governor Romney on foreign policy strategy, defense issues, intelligence matters, counterterrorism, and regional policy. These advisers will assist Governor Romney as he presents his vision for restoring American leadership in the world and securing our enduring interests and ideals abroad.

America and our allies are facing a series of complex threats. To shape them before they explode into conflict, our foreign policy will have to be guided by a strategy of American strength,” Governor Romney said. “I am deeply honored to have the counsel of this extraordinary group of diplomats, experts, and statesmen. Their remarkable experience, wisdom, and depth of knowledge will be critical to ensuring that the 21st century is another American Century.”

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Special Advisers and Co-Chairs of regional and functional working groups are listed below. Titles and affiliations are for identification purposes only.

SPECIAL ADVISERS

• Cofer Black
• Christopher Burnham
• Michael Chertoff
• Eliot Cohen
• Norm Coleman
• John Danilovich
• Paula Dobriansky
• Eric Edelman
• Michael Hayden
• Kerry Healey
• Kim Holmes
• Robert Joseph
• Robert Kagan
• John Lehman
• Walid Phares
• Pierre Prosper
• Mitchell Reiss
• Daniel Senor
• Jim Talent
• Vin Weber
• Richard Williamson
• Dov Zakheim

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Romney Interviewed by NH Eagle Tribune, Will Work to Make USA Best For JOBS


Mitt Romney sat down with members of the New Hampshire Eagle Tribune editorial board last week. They shared about an hour together.

The Gov spoke about the economy, foreign policy, Obamacare and MA private-market insurance, Social Security and Medicare, national defense, and trade. He also spoke about wisdom gained from political losses…

Mitt Romney gets down to business

Oct 2, 20121 – By John Toole

Romney wants to help business. In helping business, he thinks the United States will grow jobs and find its way out of the current economic mess.

I understand how business works and am intent on making this the most attractive place for enterprise, small and large,” Romney said. “I want America to be the most pro-business, pro-investment, pro-jobs nation in the world.”

Romney, 64, is the former governor of Massachusetts, a man who once led the Olympic games in the U.S. He met with The Eagle-Tribune editorial board for more than an hour last week to talk about his run for president.

Romney admits he is a different candidate than the one who lost to John McCain four years ago in the 2008 race for the Republican nomination.

“You learn from losses,” Romney said.

He learned not only from his loss to McCain, but also his loss in a Senate race to Ted Kennedy, he said.
“I’m one of those hard learners,” Romney said. “I’ve got to lose once or twice to figure out what to do right.”

What he’s learned is that, unlike business, a lot of what happens in politics is out of your control. He’s learned, too, to deliver a clear message. Romney said a candidate has to say what he believes, express his convictions, describe his experience.

“If the American people want that group of qualities, then you get elected,” Romney said. “If they don’t, you don’t.”

The political lessons have enabled him to, in his words, be a little more calm. He knows he has a great life, a great wife, children and grandchildren who love him. There’s always business, too.

I’m focused on telling people what I believe, honestly and directly,” Romney said. “If they like it, wonderful.”

Besides, Romney thinks the time is right for him.

“Today the issue America cares about most is the economy,” Romney said. “It’s a time which is more geared to someone for whom the economy is their wheelhouse, like me.”

Romney said he is worried about the country’s future.

Mitt and Ann Romney with some of their grandchildren, Dec 2010. (click to enlarge)

“I’m really concerned for my grandkids,” Romney said. “Kids in their early teens and younger. What will America be like for them? Will there be jobs there?”

There are tough challenges ahead, he said, but the American people not only are up to the challenges, they will welcome the sacrifices to meet them. That means working together, working longer and harder, taking risks, he said.

“As a people, we like being called to do something great,” Romney said. “Politicians have been getting elected by promising free stuff. …

Romney said he believes the people are looking for a leader to restore America to greatness.

On the Obama economy:

“I think they are badly disappointed with this president,” Romney said. “He’s been a disappointment. Both internationally he’s failed and domestically.”

Unemployment is extremely high and in one term President Obama has stacked up as much debt as all other presidents combined, Romney said.

“It’s a presidency that is now casting about to blame somebody,” Romney said.

He has no use for a second stimulus from Obama.

“It’s too late for a stimulus,” he said. “We need a fundamental restructuring of America’s economy to make sure we’re a competitive economy that attracts employers, investment, entrepreneurs and jobs.”
Romney would build economic recovery around seven categories, what he describes as “the seven habits of highly effective economies.”

He would lower taxes on business.

“I’d bring our corporate employer tax rates down at least to the level of competing nations,” Romney said.

He would loosen regulation to encourage free enterprise, rather than burden it.

“Streamline, update, modernize regulation and get regulators to see business as their friend and their ally,” Romney said.

CEOs have told Romney that paying taxes and complying with regulatory policies, as well as energy expenses, cost them nearly 18 percent more here than doing business in foreign countries.

On foreign trade:

Romney wants more foreign trade, agreements with other nations to open more markets. He wants to crack down on competitor nations that unfairly undercut America.

“China is cheating,” Romney said. “You have to say, ‘stop.‘”

(emphasis added ) Read the entire interview here.

Romney during an Eagle-Tribune editorial board meeting (Sept 29, 2011):


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Romney Names Sen. Norm Coleman as Special Adviser on Policy

Fmr Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman


Former Minnesota Senator Norm Coleman, a prominent figure in the Republican Jewish community, will serve as Mitt Romney’s Special Adviser on Policy:

“I am happy to announce Senator Coleman as an adviser to my campaign,” said Mitt Romney. “His advice will be critical as I lay out my vision for improving our economy at home and strengthening our partnerships around the world.”

“The United States is facing an important moment in our nation’s history,” said Senator Coleman. “Whether it is turning around our struggling economy or maintaining our relationships with international allies, the next President must have the experience and leadership to keep America strong at home and abroad. Electing someone who has not been tested by the fire of experience results in failure. The last three years have proven that. Throughout his life, Mitt Romney has displayed the leadership that will be needed to get our economy back on track and to preserve, and in some cases mend, our relationships with allies around the world. As a strong supporter of Israel, I am also confident that he is the best candidate to restore America’s relationship with Israel.”

Background On Senator Norm Coleman:

Senator Coleman Served In The Senate From 2003 To 2009. He was a member of the Foreign Relations Committee, Chairman of the Western Hemisphere Subcommittee, and Ranking Member of the Near East Subcommittee. As Chairman of the Permanent Subcommittee on Investigations, Senator Coleman led a major investigation of the United Nations Oil for Food scandal. Senator Coleman was the Mayor of St. Paul from 1993 to 1998. Prior to his election, Senator Coleman served as a Chief Prosecutor in the Minnesota Attorney General’s office and as the Minnesota Solicitor General. Currently, Coleman is the Chairman of the American Action Network, a Senior Governmental Advisor at Hogan Lovells, and a member of the Board of the Republican Jewish Coalition.

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This is wonderful news. Welcome aboard, Senator Coleman!

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Troops in Afghanistan: What Does Rick Perry REALLY Believe?


In comments published from an interview this afternoon, a Rick Perry campaign adviser said Perry does NOT support a withdrawal of American troops from Afghanistan:

Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry kicked up a firestorm inside the GOP when he seemed to endorse Jon Huntsman’s call for a speedy withdrawal from Afghanistan during this week’s debate, but his real views on Afghanistan don’t match those of Huntsman, the GOP hawks, or President Barack Obama, a senior Perry foreign policy advisor told The Cable. ‘In the dynamic of a debate when you follow someone, you kind of play off of them, and what Gov. Perry wanted to do was to express a similar sentiment to Gov. Huntsman that he very much wants to bring the troops home, we all do, but he wasn’t saying “I want to bring the troops home now,”’ the advisor said.” (Josh Rogin, “Rick Perry Clarifies: No Speedy Withdrawal From Afghanistan,” Foreign Policy’s The Cable Blog, 9/15/11)

Perry adviser:

“A precipitous withdrawal is not what he’s recommending.” (Josh Rogin, “Rick Perry Clarifies: No Speedy Withdrawal From Afghanistan,” Foreign Policy’s The Cable Blog, 9/15/11)

However, Governor Perry – on two separate occasions within the last week said he wanted to withdraw our forces from Afghanistan:

On Monday, Perry said that the best way to “deliver our aid” to Afghanistan is to “bring our young men and women home.”

PERRY: “I think the entire conversation about, how do we deliver our aid to those countries, and is it best spent with 100,000 military who have the target on their back in Afghanistan, I don’t think so at this particular point in time. I think the best way for us to be able to impact that country is to make a transition to where that country’s military is going to be taking care of their people, bring our young men and women home, and continue to help them build the infrastructure that we need, whether it’s schools for young women like yourself or otherwise.” (Gov. Rick Perry, CNN Tea Party Debate, Tampa, FL, 9/12/11)

Perry, from remarks published earlier today:

“I think we need to try to move our men and women home as soon as we can – not just in Afghanistan, but in Iraq as well.” (“Rick Perry Exclusive,” Time’s Swampland Blog, 9/15/11)



What does Rick Perry really believe? Will he change his mind tomorrow?

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