Friday, February 1, 2008


The Wall Street Journal
By Vin Weber
February 1, 2008

"In February 2007, Gov. Mitt Romney stood at the Henry Ford Museum in Dearborn, Mich., and announced his candidacy for President of the United States. As he did then and continued to do throughout this campaign, Mr. Romney spoke to a new vision for a stronger America.

"It is a vision that calls for empowering the American people through conservative change in Washington. From Dearborn to Des Moines to Jacksonville, Mr. Romney has articulated the conservative vision and the conservative policies needed to make America strong again.

"Mr. Romney is ready to meet the call for action. America is the greatest nation on Earth. We were the first nation on the moon; our technology is the envy of the world; and we are a beacon of freedom and opportunity. We are a leader in the world, but that leadership came with great sacrifice. It was won by those of the Greatest Generation who left their children a great nation.

"Now, it is our turn to take the mantle of leadership and ask, what kind of nation will we leave our children and grandchildren? We can leave future generations a greater nation, but only if we are willing to take the action necessary today to overcome a new generation of challenges."

"On each of the major challenges confronting our country, Washington has failed to act. Mr. Romney will not. Throughout his career in business and public service, he has never failed to meet a challenge. That is leadership we need today.

"For far too long, Americans have watched as our borders remain unsecure, our tax burden grows, and long-term challenges are left unfixed. This is a call to action that Mr. Romney has spoken to throughout this campaign. He will build a stronger America and has laid out the conservative strategy to do so."

"In a few short months, the American people will head to the polls to vote for their vision for a stronger America. This is not an election about yesterday and yesterday's fights. It is about winning the future for our children. Mr. Romney has laid out his vision to do that and it is a vision that brings change to a broken system.

"As he has done throughout his career, Mitt Romney is ready to get the hard things done to strengthen America."

Mr. Weber, a former Republican congressman from Minnesota, is policy chairman of the Romney for President campaign.

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