(CNN) - In the wake of his visit to Poland, Mitt Romney on Tuesday announced he was forming Polish Americans for Romney.
"Polish Americans share the love of individual liberty that makes our country exceptional, prosperous, and free," Romney said in a statement announcing the group shortly after he departed Poland following a two-day trip. "This community has made tremendous contributions to America spanning business, science, and more."
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The statement said former Minnesota Gov. Tim Pawlenty - who is of Polish and German ancestry - is among the group's co-chairs. Pawlenty was a former candidate for the Republican presidential nomination and has been suggested as a possible vice presidential pick for Romney - although Pawlenty has refused to discuss the process.
Sen. Lisa Murkowski of Alaska and Rep. Dan Benishek of Michigan, both of Polish descent, will also co-chair the group.
Romney visited Poland as part of a foreign trip which also took him to London and Israel over the last week.
In Warsaw on Tuesday, he said the U.S. draws inspiration from the people of Poland.
"Our nations belong to the great fellowship of democracies," Romney said. "We speak the same language of freedom and justice. We uphold the right of every person to live in peace. I believe it is critical to stand by those who have stood by America. Solidarity was a great movement that freed a nation. And it is with solidarity that America and Poland face the future."
Romney also landed well-wishes from Polish Solidarity movement leader Lech Walesa, who met with the candidate on Monday and was a founder of the first noncommunist government in the former Soviet bloc.
– CNN's Kevin Liptak and Gregory Wallace contributed to this report