Romney's vision for 'an American century'
October 7th, 2011
10:53 AM ET
11 years ago

Romney's vision for 'an American century'

Charleston, South Carolina (CNN) – One day after President Barack Obama referred to the jobs crisis in America as "an emergency", GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney will deliver his first major foreign policy speech, sharply criticizing the president while laying out his own vision for what he calls "An American Century" including calling for increased military spending.

In an advance draft of his planned remarks he'll deliver before cadets at The Citadel in Charleston, Romney is expected to lay out his vision that combines economic and military strength, noting that "God did not create this country to be a nation of followers."

"This century must be an American Century. In an American Century, America has the strongest economy and the strongest military in the world. In an American Century, America leads the free world and the free world leads the entire world."

Claiming America's standing in the world and the economy have "been weakened" by the Obama administration, Romney is expected to call for more military spending.

The former governor of Massachusetts will lay out eight foreign policy-related actions he would implement in his first 100 days as president, including expanding the United States warship fleet, consolidating Middle East policy into the office of a regional director, and creating economic opportunity in Latin America through a "robust public-diplomacy and trade promotion campaign."

Romney will also reinforce that the U.S. has a special responsibility to allies such as Israel, the United Kingdom and Mexico.

On Thursday, Romney announced his foreign policy advisers, many of whom are drawn from the Bush's administration including former Secretary of Homeland Security Michael Chertoff, Jim Wilkinson, Meghan O'Sullivan and Dan Senor.

While Romney has previously called for America to withdraw from Afghanistan, Democrats were quick to criticize his new national security team as the group responsible for U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place.

Romney will also say an early administration priority will be to review the need for a continued U.S. presence in Afghanistan, with an emphasis of consulting generals on the ground.

soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Anonymous

    Looks like failed policies from the past. NO thank you Mittens.

    October 7, 2011 11:02 am at 11:02 am |
  2. Al-NY,NY

    So MIttens wants to INCREASE military spending. Where is your budget cutting going to come from? You know as well as everyone else (but will not acknowledge it), that cutting the EPA, FDA, PP, and the other miniscule expenses will not even cover more than a few percentage points of the real spending. Pander away Mittens. Your quest to become POTUS will not happen as the zealots will not give you the opportunity. Unless you are a bible thumping Christian (according to THEIR standards of being a Christian), you don't stand a chance

    October 7, 2011 11:03 am at 11:03 am |
  3. Anonymous

    Call for MORE military spending? Who in their right mind will vote for that crap?

    October 7, 2011 11:06 am at 11:06 am |
  4. Dave

    Give me a break. The only vision Romney has is seeing himself in the Oval Office and he will say and do anything to get there. He has no character and no integrity. Romney just wants the power.

    October 7, 2011 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  5. BB

    Vision? he doesn't even have a dream!!! this is another clueless wall street lapdog!! a vote for him is indirectly a vote for more chinese crap products. Mitts whom did you have lunch with recently?

    October 7, 2011 11:12 am at 11:12 am |
  6. thomas

    Cadets at The Citadel in Charleston will listen as Mitt Romney explains why none of his five sons volunteered for any military service .

    Corporations are solders too !

    October 7, 2011 11:13 am at 11:13 am |
  7. rs

    If Romney and the rest of the GOP/TP want an "American Century", I would humbly suggest that they take an interest in Amercans and their problems. They seem increasingly fixated on promoting the top 1% of super-rich wage earners and corporations over all else; rebuilding Iraq and not, say, Detroit; and pushing to create a theocracy- a really funny thing for people wrapped in the flag, who CLAIM to love the Constitution.

    Perhaps they should take themselves and create something in Somalia instead....

    October 7, 2011 11:14 am at 11:14 am |
  8. EdSantaFe

    An American century of war? Money to the Pentagon while you throw seniors under the tank? NO TO YOU, ROMNEY.

    October 7, 2011 11:15 am at 11:15 am |
  9. Victoria

    I don't trust the repub candidates with social issues and certainly do not trust them with foriegn policy. Obama has that area completely under control. Bad guys are dropping like flies.

    October 7, 2011 11:19 am at 11:19 am |
  10. logic in LA

    Increased military spending will get him NRA backing but not most of us. We only need a military for defense, not power building – have we learned nothing?

    October 7, 2011 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  11. Tex71

    As usual, Romney's statements are perfectly truthful and reasonable IF you understand "American" to mean only the super-wealthy, and the entire middle/working class to be nonpersons who count only as property of the rich.

    October 7, 2011 11:23 am at 11:23 am |
  12. Lynda/Minnesota

    "While Romney has previously called for America to withdraw from Afghanistan, Democrats were quick to criticize his new national security team as the group responsible for U.S. involvement in Iraq and Afghanistan in the first place."

    They absolutely ARE the group responsible for Iraq, and also for the "Axis of Evil" talking point montage of idiocy spouted by GW Bush. Oh, Mitt. Sitting on the right hand of God now, are you? Not sure I've read the part in the Bible which states God created America for any specific military purpose, but no doubt the same folks who coined "Axis of Evil" still think it's a "selling" point to insist America be the military right hand of God. Sorry to see you become such a gullible fool in following their lead.

    October 7, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  13. Steve

    Increased military spending... with what money?

    October 7, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  14. texan

    Ironically people in power always want a strong military. Dictators especially use their military to put down revolts to stay in power. I feel the Republicans want it for the same reasons as the nation`s wealth shifts dramatically to a very small %. --- Read history up to and during the Great Depression.-- Very similar shifts in wealth took place.

    October 7, 2011 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. jarjar

    Sounds like boilerplate neoliberal talking points. Bush redux.

    October 7, 2011 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Carole

    Why is CNN giving free coverage to a CANDIDATE??? If Obama calls a press conference at the White House, the Right Wing is all over him saying he's using the press conference for "his own political agenda." Yet, here you are, running an entire speech by Mitt Romney. What gives? You're not reporting on the speech, you're just airing the entire speech!!!! What the hell! What next, do we get to hear another incoherent rant from that psycho bitch Bachman?
    You're supposed to COVER THE NEWS. You're not supposed to be a platform for any nut job that comes along!!!

    October 7, 2011 11:27 am at 11:27 am |
  17. Brendan H., San Antonio, TX

    "An American Century" – Doesn't that sound eerily like the Project For A New American Century or PNAC that was being pushed by "W's" minions? You know the project that didn't/doesn't work?!

    October 7, 2011 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  18. Joe Shmoe

    Where is the money for this increased military spending going to come from again? Sorry Mittens, you can keep your Project For A New American Century team and shove it.

    Ron Paul is the only true fiscal conservative in the race.

    October 7, 2011 11:29 am at 11:29 am |
  19. Michelle

    Romney said if elected president he will "reverse President Obama's 'massive' defense cuts"... What is he even talking about? Anyone fact checking this???

    October 7, 2011 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  20. Argento

    So basically Romney is saying God is a military dictator? God owns the apocalypse, what would God need with bullets & bombs. I had to chuckle at the notion of -creating economic opportunity in Latin America through a "robust public-diplomacy and trade promotion campaign."- until Latin America addresses its own political corruption it would be no different then giving aid (money) to Pakistan and Afghanistan and having it end up in the hands of the Taliban & Al Qaeda. When will Romney and the rest of the front runners understand it is policies like these that make the GOP and the Tea Party laughingstock of not just America, but the world.

    October 7, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  21. Sorensen

    This is why classic management consultants are very danderous and potentially disastrous.
    First, the 21 century is already the Chinese/Pacific century. The US had the 20th century.
    What Romney is preaching is potential major civil unrest and high chance of starting a third world war.
    Even higher concentration of wealth with the top 1% and major military build-up to dominate the world. (It does not
    work now and it will never work.
    To change America's fortunes in the 21st century will take a highly sophisticated, brilliant, diplomatic political genius,
    totally non-partisan and only interested in what is best for all americans over time. Obviously not a republican or a
    democrat, but someone from a new third party.
    And it most certainly is not little, old Romney, with no personality, no opinions (Or rather all opinions), no class, no guts,
    no nothing. Just slippery, transparent plastic. Perfect politician. Perfect management consultant. From Bain!

    October 7, 2011 11:33 am at 11:33 am |
  22. Viet.Vet

    Sure you are right Mitt, the old Bush Policy double down, I thought he had somnething new.

    October 7, 2011 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  23. Keling

    Yes vote for this guy and we'll be invading every country that stands in the way of "Freedom". This dude is a joke I mean more military spending? We are already spending way too much in the military as it is...

    October 7, 2011 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  24. jake

    I dont know if he understands that money doesnt come from thin air. He talks a lot about building up the military even more so than it is right now!? That is not cheap.. He also pretty much talks about having another arms race but this time with China cause they are planning to eventually be the world leading military power. I guess you can do all this by cutting even more taxes.. his "plan" does not add up
    I also hate the whole notion that if we dont have a constant military presents all over the world the world will go to shit. We cant keep sticking our noises where they dont belong, people dont like America trying to parent them. We have enough problems at home and thats what we should be worrying for the least, the next 10 years.

    October 7, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  25. Rachel

    Don't even get me started on the sickening theology of his statements. I'm sorry, President Obama needed to apologize to the world for the abhorant bullying behavior of the US policies in the Bush era. Ater traveling to the UK just before Obama's term began I began to see what the world saw in our "God bless the USA" philosophy and how destructive the our-country-is-especially-blessed-by-God-and-to-hell-with-everybody-else attitude had become. When President Obama extended a tad of humility on behalf of this country I was again "Proud to be an American". The candidates level of disrespect for excuse me, PRESIDENT OBAMA heightens my disgust. Hello?! He won the election! Get over it. When you criticize him you dishonor the office and the MAJORITY of the US citizens who VOTED for him. Listening to their smack – yes, that means you too Romney – makes me want to dig my heals in all the more "NO one BUT Obama!" It's easy to criticize from afar isn't it?! I would bet If these candidates walked into the oval office today and had deal with what our CURRENT PRESIDENT does they would PEE THEIR PANTS!!

    October 7, 2011 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
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