Romney assembles top-notch foreign policy team
October 6th, 2011
09:32 AM ET
3 years ago

Romney assembles top-notch foreign policy team

(CNN) – On the eve of his foreign policy speech at The Citadel in South Carolina, former Massachusetts Gov. and Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney announced selections for his foreign policy and national security team.

Romney revealed the names Thursday. They include former Sec. of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, who will serve as a special adviser and co-chair Romney's counterterrorism/intelligence working group.

Romney's 22-member team of special advisers also includes former Minnesota Sen. Norm Coleman and former Missouri Sen. Jim Talent.

The current frontrunner for the 2012 GOP presidential nomination-according to the latest national polls-also assembled thirteen working groups to tackle international affairs, national security, defense, and human rights with specific groups dedicated to regions around the world.

Romney's Friday address will be his first on major speech on foreign policy.

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Filed under: 2012 • Foreign Policy • Michael Chertoff • Mitt Romney
soundoff (17 Responses)
  1. Lynn

    Top-notch? I scrolled through the list at The Page. Most all served in the Bush administration in some capacity or come from conservative think tanks, AEI and the Heritage Foundation. No, thanks.

    October 6, 2011 10:01 am at 10:01 am |
  2. Rudy NYC

    Why does the article describe Romney's team as "top notch"? Who made that judgment and why are they reporting it as news? If you insist on assigning an attention grabbing adjective to describe the team, wouldn't "experienced" come across as less biased sounding?

    October 6, 2011 10:02 am at 10:02 am |
  3. mgc tampa

    Wow, Michael Chertoff, he did such a great job with Katrina not to mention nominating that guy in Ny for a post but Oops, he ended up going to jail. And norm coleman, a lackluster senator who did nothing for minnesota. Wow, I am as impressed with them as I am with you Romney lol.

    October 6, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  4. nick

    Hiring people to think for you because you don't know anything... genius!

    October 6, 2011 10:21 am at 10:21 am |
  5. notinthismoment

    Really, top notch?? This reporter apparently is very easily impressed.

    October 6, 2011 10:22 am at 10:22 am |
  6. Democrat Class Warfare - Destroying the economy, destroying the country

    Romney has got his act together. He'll hit the ground running when he takes office in Jan. 2013 The country can't hold out for one second longer.

    October 6, 2011 10:23 am at 10:23 am |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Chertoff is there to keep tabs on the Tea Party?

    October 6, 2011 10:27 am at 10:27 am |
  8. Lynda/Minnesota

    At some point Mitt really is going to have to "define" who he really is. One day he's a "conservative", the next day he's a "moderate", and the next day he touts his "liberal" leanings. Those he surrounds himself with only add to the "who is the real Mitt Romney" phenomena. Pawlenty, and now Norm Coleman ... both not sure who, or what, they represent. Adding to that list is Michael Chertoff, and then throwing in Heritage Foundation Jim Talent isn't making it any easier for Romney to reach out to any of us - causing him to look more of a fumbler than an actual leader. What will we get with a Romney Administration, and does Romney himself even know which direction he wants to take, besides confusion? Not into a blind leading the blind candidacy, sorry.

    October 6, 2011 10:29 am at 10:29 am |
  9. Anonymous

    Norm Coleman....lol give me a break.........Chertoff is cool.......Romney nor any GOP candidate can take the national security key from this current president....Obama 2012!!!!!

    October 6, 2011 10:38 am at 10:38 am |
  10. Romney = Breaking up American companies, laying off American workers, outsourcing American jobs.

    Wall Street and big business like Romney because he's willing to sell his soul to get elected and puts the pursuit of profit ahead of the well-being of our nation.

    Do a little research, and you'll agree.

    October 6, 2011 10:40 am at 10:40 am |
  11. Joe Shmoe

    If by "top notch", you mean typical neocons and more of the same...than yeah they're pretty "top notch".

    October 6, 2011 10:42 am at 10:42 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens is really out of his element. I would not trust this flip flopper in any dealings with Pakistanis, Afghans, or even Israel. With no knowledge of our foreign policy, he made an Israel policy speech, undermining the efforts of the US to keep that region stable.

    October 6, 2011 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  13. thomas

    Why not include all five of Mitts sons who did no Military service .

    Michael Chertoff , , whats next Dick Cheanry as energy adviser ?

    October 6, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  14. 2607

    what a smuck... he thinks he is already the POTUS

    October 6, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    He begins, "Yor are either fer us or yure agin us." How refreshing he will want to return to the failed Bush policy.

    October 6, 2011 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  16. Wiz

    "Top Notch" includes Norman Colman? Wow.

    October 6, 2011 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  17. mgctampa

    Top noch? Really, easily impressed are we??

    October 6, 2011 11:11 am at 11:11 am |