Romney’s Foreign Policy Speech (VIDEO, full text): Confidence, Clarity, Resolve

Mitt Romney delivers a foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute in Lexington, VA., today, Oct 8, 2012. (Photo – Charles Dharapak/AP)

In a sweeping critique of Obama’s lead-from-behind foreign policy, Governor Mitt Romney today delivered a powerful, robust foreign policy speech at the Virginia Military Institute. Speaking of the recent explosion of violence and upheaval in the Middle East, Romney said it is “time to change course in the Middle East.”

Punctuating his national security positions before his next presidential debate on October 16th with Obama (foreign policy will be the topic), Romney said, “That course should be organized around these bedrock principles: America must have confidence in our cause, clarity in our purpose and resolve in our might. No friend of America will question our commitment to support them… no enemy that attacks America will question our resolve to defeat them… and no one anywhere, friend or foe, will doubt America’s capability to back up our words.”

Foreign policy expert and columnist, K.T. McFarland, today on television program ‘The Five’ (FOX News) enthusiastically exclaimed, ”I’ve been waiting 20 years for this speech! He [Romney] was channeling Reagan!” She also went on to say Romney’s “speech was actually really phenomenal and I commend him for doing it!” (MccFarland served as Deputy Assistant Secretary of Defense for Public Affairs under President Ronald Reagan from 1982 to 1985 and speech writer for Defense Secretary Caspar Weinberger.)

‘The Mantel of Leadership’:


Transcript:

I particularly appreciate the introduction from my good friend and tireless campaign companion, Gov. Bob McDonnell. He is showing what conservative leadership can do to build a stronger economy. Thank you also Congressman Goodlatte for joining us today. And particular thanks to Gen. Peay. I appreciate your invitation to be with you today at the Virginia Military Institute. It is a great privilege to be here at an Institution that has done so much for our nation, both in war and in peace.

For more than 170 years, VMI has done more than educate students. It has guided their transformation into citizens, and warriors, and leaders. VMI graduates have served with honor in our nation’s defense, just as many are doing today in Afghanistan and other lands. Since the September 11th attacks, many of VMI’s sons and daughters have defended America, and I mourn with you the 15 brave souls who have been lost. I join you in praying for the many VMI graduates and all Americans who are now serving in harm’s way. May God bless all who serve, and all who have served.

Of all the VMI graduates, none is more distinguished than George Marshall—the Chief of Staff of the Army who became Secretary of State and Secretary of Defense, who helped to vanquish fascism and then planned Europe’s rescue from despair. His commitment to peace was born of his direct knowledge of the awful costs and consequences of war.

General Marshall once said, “The only way human beings can win a war is to prevent it.” Those words were true in his time—and they still echo in ours.

Last month, our nation was attacked again. A U.S. Ambassador and three of our fellow Americans are dead — murdered in Benghazi, Libya. Among the dead were three veterans. All of them were fine men, on a mission of peace and friendship to a nation that dearly longs for both. President Obama has said that Ambassador Chris Stevens and his colleagues represented the best of America. And he is right. We all mourn their loss.

The attacks against us in Libya were not an isolated incident. They were accompanied by anti-American riots in nearly two dozen other countries, mostly in the Middle East, but also in Africa and Asia. Our embassies have been attacked. Our flag has been burned. Many of our citizens have been threatened and driven from their overseas homes by vicious mobs, shouting “Death to America.” These mobs hoisted the black banner of Islamic extremism over American embassies on the anniversary of the September 11th attacks.

As the dust settles, as the murdered are buried, Americans are asking how this happened, how the threats we face have grown so much worse, and what this calls on America to do. These are the right questions. And I have come here today to offer a larger perspective on these tragic recent events—and to share with you, and all Americans, my vision for a freer, more prosperous, and more peaceful world.

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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.”

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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

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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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