Romney will call for a "new type of Marshall Plan" Thursday night.
WASHINGTON (CNN) - Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney will call for a "new course" in the war on terror by proposing "a new type of Marshall plan" in a speech Thursday night.
According to the prepared text of of the speech he will deliver to members of the conservative American Enterprise Institute, Romney will call for a partnership that "would assemble resources from developed nations to work to assure that threatened Islamic states had public schools, not Wahhabi madrassas, micro-credit and banking, the rule of law, human rights, basic healthcare, and competitive economic policies."
The Republican presidential candidate will also call for a "Special Partnership Force," made up of personnel from the Army's special forces and the intelligence community.
"Their goal is to build national institutions of stability and freedom, and to promote the rule of law and human rights," Romney will say.
6:30 p.m. ET UPDATE: The Edwards campaign points out the former North Carolina senator proposed a similar new type of Marshall plan "weeks ago."
“John Edwards has proposed a strong, smart national security policy to fight terrorists, keep our country safe and restore our place of moral leadership in the world," Edwards' Deputy Campaign manager Jonathan Prince said in a statement. "He has called for the creation of a ‘Marshall Corps’ to help weak and failing states, a global effort to provide public education, improve public health, and expand economic opportunity; it’s promising that Gov. Romney seems to be joining us with his call for a ‘new type of Marshall Plan.'"
– CNN Ticker Producer Alexander Mooney