Monday, July 16, 2007

Romney Week in Review
July 13, 2007

With success in early states and a rapidly expanding grassroots team of activists and contributors, Governor Mitt Romney's message of American strength is clearly resonating throughout the country. By uniting conservatives and standing for a strong military, strong economy and strong families – the Three-Legged Stool of the Republican Party, Governor Romney believes that we can and that we must meet the New Generation Of Challenges confronting our nation.

This week, Governor Romney wrote a series of three important op-eds that shed light on his agenda and his candidacy.

First, in Thursday's edition of the New Hampshire Union Leader, Governor Romney described America as at a historic crossroads : "It is no secret that an overwhelming majority of Americans believe that it is time for our country to change our current direction and set a new course to meet a new generation of challenges that affect the future of American families, businesses, military and security. To meet these challenges, there needs to be a change in Washington."

"I propose a different path, one that will grow the economy and address the fiscal problem in Washington. We need to make the Bush tax cuts permanent, kill the death tax once and for all, and make interest on savings, dividends and capital gains tax-free for middle-income Americans. It's the right thing to do for our economy and it is past time to do it ..." "All this talk of jihadists, Salafi Muslims, and the War on Terror makes Democrats like former Sen. John Edwards uncomfortable. He says the War on Terror is only a slogan. Tell that to the people in London, Glasgow, Bali, Malaysia, Pakistan, Lebanon, Tanzania, Kenya, Saudi Arabia, Israel, New York, Boston and Washington, D.C. If there is a war being waged by the terrorists, there will be war waged on the terrorists and we will win ..." "Conservatism, Republicanism, is a philosophy of strength. We believe in a strong military, a strong economy and strong families and values. The way forward is not to look left, but to look ahead. There is too much at stake to do otherwise ..." Click here to read the entire Union Leader op-ed.

Second, on, Governor Romney discussed the importance of the American families and his thoughts on cleaning "the oceans in which our children swim" : "I have great faith in the American people and in the American family. I have faith in our children and our grandchildren. At the same time, I am deeply troubled by the culture that surrounds them today. Following the Columbine shootings, author Peggy Noonan wrote a column describing what she called 'the ocean in which our children swim.' It was a cesspool of violence, sex, drugs, indolence, and perversion. She wrote that the boys who did the shooting had 'inhaled too deep the ocean in which they swam.'"

"We need to clean up the water in which our children are swimming. We need to keep pornography from coming up on kid's computers, and we need to keep drugs off the streets. We need less violence and sex on TV when kids are watching and in movies and video games that are marketed to young people. If we get serious about this, we can do a great deal more to clean the water in which our children swim." Click here to read the entire op-ed.
Third and finally, last Sunday in Michigan's The Oakland Press, Governor Romney remembered his father, Governor George Romney, as a "true man of action" : "On Sunday, George Romney, my father, would have been 100 years old. I expected Dad would be here for the event. I thought that by his sheer, indefatigable will, he would wear death down."

"Last year, a friend gave me one of his old campaign fliers. It said 'George Romney - Man of Action.' Boy, they got that right. From most humble roots, he rose to lead an auto company, a constitutional convention, a state and a federal department. And in each, his will, his integrity and his energy achieved the nearly impossible." Click here to read the entire Oakland Press op-ed.

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