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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Biden: “Middle Class BURIED Last Four Years”, Couldn’t Have Said it Better for Romney/Ryan (New AD)

VP Joe’s moment of clarity!

Talk about timing!

On the eve of the first Presidential debate, Veep Joe dramatically, fiercely, earnestly spewed a truth out of his lying lips:

This is deadly earnest, man. This is deadly earnest… How they can justify — how they can justify — raising taxes when the middle class has been buried the last four years… How in Lord’s name… — Vice President Joe Biden, spreading the conservative message at a campaign event in Charlotte, North Carolina, Oct 2, 2012.

Contrary to all the lies shooting out of the Obama/Biden calumny camp, Governor Romney will NOT raise taxes on the middle class. He and Paul Ryan are CHAMPIONING the middle class AND the poor; they will kick-start Obama’s cardiac-arrest economy and create upward mobility for all.

Under Obama/Biden, 23 million fellow citizens DO NOT HAVE JOBS, one in six Americans now find themselves in POVERTY, food stamp and disability enrollments have exploded, and average Americans have lost income to the tune of $4,000. Many lucky enough to have a job are often overworked for less pay and are afraid a pink slip is just around the corner. Under spend-’n-go Barack and Joe, gasoline and food prices have flown out the roof!

Romney’s tax plan - from his website:

Individual Taxes

America’s individual tax code applies relatively high marginal tax rates on a narrow tax base. Those high rates discourage work and entrepreneurship, as well as savings and investment. With 54 percent of private sector workers employed outside of corporations, individual rates also define the incentives for job-creating businesses. Lower marginal tax rates secure for all Americans the economic gains from tax reform.

Make permanent, across-the-board 20 percent cut in marginal rates
Maintain current tax rates on interest, dividends, and capital gains
Eliminate taxes for taxpayers with AGI below $200,000 on interest, dividends, and capital gains
Eliminate the Death Tax
Repeal the Alternative Minimum Tax (AMT)

Without going into specifics right now because they’re outlined on his website and because The Gov will speak more on his plan at tonight’s debate in Denver, Romney will also CLOSE TAX LOOPHOLES for the wealthy.

From Team Romney/Ryan:

The Obama economy has crushed the middle class—with more than 23 million Americans struggling for work.

Yesterday, Vice President Biden finally admitted that the last four years have “buried” the middle class.

We couldn’t have said it better ourselves.

Couldn’t Say it Better:

The only thing Biden is earnest about is deceiving Americans.

Oh… Ol’ Joe’s usage of the Lord’s name to emphasize his lie that Romney will raise taxes on the middle class? Earnestly shameful.

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