Romney Announces Co-Chairs of Veterans Policy Advisory Group


Yesterday, Mitt Romney announced the co-chairs of his Veterans Policy Advisory Group – Anthony Principi and Jim Nicholson. The advisory group will counsel Romney on issues of importance to the nation’s veterans and help to formulate policies that will ensure America keeps its commitments to the men and women of the armed services while they are on duty and after they return home.

Romney revealed elements of his veterans policy yesterday while aboard the U.S.S. Yorktown in Mount Pleasant, South Carolina.

America can never fully repay our veterans for the sacrifices that they have made for our country,” said Mitt Romney. “But we can do everything in our power to support them in the field and at home. My Veterans Policy Advisory Group is helping to identify the needs of our Departments of Defense and Veterans Affairs and to develop policies to ensure that we meet those needs.”

Principi and Nicholson issued a joint statement: “Mitt Romney cares about our men and women in uniform, our nation’s veterans, and their families. He has spent his career leading organizations and strengthening their performance, and under a Romney administration those who have served our country can be assured their Department of Veterans Affairs will be there for them. We are at a critical juncture in our nation’s history. Governor Romney will ensure that veterans receive the world-class medical care and benefits they deserve, and supply the men and women in uniform today the military they need to win wars and come home safe.”

Background On The Co-Chairs Of Mitt Romney’s Veterans Policy Advisory Group:

Anthony Principi Served As The Secretary Of The Department Of Veterans Affairs From 2001 To 2005. Principi is a 1967 graduate of the U.S. Naval Academy. He commanded a River Patrol Unit in Vietnam’s Mekong Delta and also served in the Navy JAG Corps after receiving his law degree. He has worked as Republican chief counsel and staff director for the U.S. Senate Committee on Armed Services and for the U.S. Senate Committee on Veterans Affairs.

Jim Nicholson Served As The Secretary Of The Department Of Veterans Affairs From 2005 To 2007. Nicholson is a 1961 graduate of the U.S. Military Academy and served as a paratrooper and Ranger-qualified officer in the U.S. Army, retiring from military service in 1991 with the rank of Colonel. He has also served as Chairman of the Republican National Committee and as the U.S. Ambassador to the Holy See.

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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.”

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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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