Mitt Romney: If you were an Iraqi, how would you view America?
Widely recognized for his leadership and accomplishments as a public servant and in private enterprise, former Massachusetts Governor Mitt Romney currently serves as the Honorary Chairman of the Free and Strong America PAC.
In 2008, Governor Romney was a leading candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and distinguished himself as an important voice in favor of strengthening our economy, military, and families. Elected Governor of Massachusetts in 2002, Governor Romney presided over a dramatic reversal of state fortunes and a period of sustained economic expansion. Without raising taxes or increasing debt, Governor Romney balanced the budget every year of his administration, closing a $3 billion budget gap inherited when he took office. By eliminating waste, streamlining the government, and enacting comprehensive economic reforms to stimulate growth in Massachusetts, Romney got the economy moving again and transformed deficits into surpluses. One of Governor Romney’s top priorities as Governor was reforming the education system so that young people could compete for better paying jobs in the global economy of the future. Romney was CEO of Bain & Company, co-founded Bain Capital and served as the CEO of the 2002 Winter Olympics. Born in 1947, Romney earned his B.A. at Brigham Young University and his J.D. and M.B.A. from Harvard University.
Question: If you were an Iraqi, how would you view America?
Mitt Romney:I would be grateful and appreciative that American soldiers have surged their support such that the Iraqis themselves are now able to rid themselves of the peril of Al Qaeda. The last thing I think any society wants is to have Al Qaeda or Taliban type leadership, or Hezbollah ruling the day in their country. And that’s of course what was happening in Afghanistan. It is something which has become part of the landscape in Iraq in the most recent few years. And our effort has helped the Sunnis reject that violence and that extreme. And if I were an Iraqi citizen, I would be appreciative of that.
Recorded on: 11/26/07
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