Romney announces Polish American group
July 31st, 2012
03:22 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney announces Polish American group

(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

Filed under: 2012 • Lisa Murkowski • Mitt Romney • Poland • Tim Pawlenty
soundoff (45 Responses)
  1. Darryl

    A Polish American Group ? Thats good, but it is NOT going to take Romney to the W/H. no time soon or even in November. Good Luck with that !

    July 31, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  2. V

    Pandering – plain and simple! This is what Mitt does best. I just wonder with what authority he can make an alliance like this. Oh, I get it, he is just trying to get Polish-Americans to donate and back him . . . Like I said, Pandering – plain and simple. If you think Mitt the Twitt cares one iota about Polish-Americans, I have a colony on the Moon you might be interested in. The only thing Mitt the Twitt cares about is getting the job of his dreams and appeasing his ubber-rich buddies. He doesn't even care about the base of his own Party. The right-winged extremist don't have enough cash to be in Mitt's inner-circle. . .
    Thank God there is another choice – Obama 2012!!

    July 31, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  3. ghostriter

    OK conservatives, this is your time to shine. Let the talk of Romney splitting America into groups begin. I mean, clearly, this is pandering to the polish population. And why do we have hyphenated people anyway? They are not polish-americans. They are Americans. This stinks of racism. Romney is putting polish folks against non-polish folks. What would he say if someone created the Omani's for Obama?

    July 31, 2012 03:36 pm at 3:36 pm |
  4. Jon

    Darryl ... you are right ... It will be the Presidential Helecopter that will take Romney to the White House ... You are also right ... 98 days is not soon enough ...

    July 31, 2012 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  5. RealityBites

    Completely meaningless article on Romney.
    Queue the hate mongers on the left.., CNN's bread and butter.

    July 31, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  6. Jesus Christ Superstar

    umm, we speak the language of freedom? That's a rather odd statement to make...

    July 31, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  7. Rudy NYC

    Clever. This is an attempt to erode the Obama support in and around Chicago. In fact, erode the entire upper midwest. The highest concentrations of Americans of Polish descent live around the Great Lakes, with the highest concentrations in and around Chicago.

    July 31, 2012 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  8. scott

    Uh...ok.....I didn't realize there was such a signifigant Polish-American voting block out there.

    July 31, 2012 03:43 pm at 3:43 pm |
  9. Milton K. Wiah

    And all these people are saying the president is not an American let alone born there. John Sununu even
    did not born in America, nor has any root from America, he is a Cuban, naturalized American. Is he American than
    the president whose mother is an American.
    Let Mitt Romney show his tax returns- A tax cheat.

    July 31, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    Boring. What's amazing here is the stark contrast this draws between his "success" in Poland and the disasters he left in his wake in England and Israel. What, no English Amurikans for Romney or...*gasp*...what about Palestinian Amurikans for Romney? I think it's sortof a mark of how sort of tone-deaf and oblivious his campaign is that it would draw this distinction for us in its hurry to pander effectively and leverage what it thinks was done right during its trip in EU.

    July 31, 2012 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  11. Myviewis

    Wait, African-American, Polish-American,Puerto Rican-American, Cuban-American, Mexican-American, Canadian-American, etc.... wow, a lot of hyphenated people. I think America has already been splitting with Obama for awhile, anti-gay, pro-gay, anti-abortion, pro-abortion, anti-rich, etc..... Seems to me Obama has done a good job getting us split.

    July 31, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
  12. 98 Days until Obama is THROWN OUT

    He doesn't have to form this group. Amercians of Polish descent already support him. They weren't stupid enough to fall for Obama's socialist BS in 2008 and certainly haven't seen anything from the empty suited failure to change their minds over the last 4 long years of disaster.

    July 31, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  13. ThinkAgain

    Mittens: "We uphold the right of every person to live in peace."

    Except, of course, if you are Iran, in which case we want to bomb you back to the Stone Age ...

    July 31, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  14. Woman In California

    Produce the tax returns and long form birth certificate and then, run on YOUR record at Bain and YOUR overstay as governor in Massachusetts? Then, we'll count the votes.

    July 31, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  15. Governor 47th In Job Creation (Excluding Off-shored to China and India)

    Mitt for brains how do square a union pro-labor movement in Poland but not here in "Amercia". When Mitt the twit stops playing dodge the press, perhaps he can answer that question.
    Willard, those tax returns - chop chop. The folks known as "you people" are not going to let this go away. Let's see when you left Bain, let's see how much you profited from shipping US jobs to China, let's see all the tax havens you use to hide money, let's see how you can amass so much in an IRA when "you people" are only allowed 4k/year, let's see just how little a percentage you have paid in taxes compared to people who actually make things.

    July 31, 2012 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  16. Sniffit

    "This stinks of racism. Romney is putting polish folks against non-polish folks. "

    Let's not get carried away. Voter ID laws and "where's his bbirth certificate" are mired in racism. This falls squarely (and only) on the pandering side of things. He's trying to draw attention to the positive parts of his the glad-handing he got from that Polish leader (blanking on last name)....and draw attention away from the parts that were abysmal, like insulting England's Olympics efforts and insulting the Palestinian people in his errant effort to endear himself to the Israeli public. This isn't racism though. It's pathetic, but it's not racism.

    July 31, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  17. ThinkAgain

    Mormons believe that the Catholic Church went off course with Christianity in about 300 A.D. and that Joseph Smith rescued "the church" from apostasy by inventing the Mormon faith.

    Catholics think that Mormons belong to one of the "sillier made-up religions."

    The enemy of my enemy is my friend, apparently ...

    July 31, 2012 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  18. PJ

    "They like me, they really like me". Let's form a Polish-American group (but only those who will vote for me).
    Why didn't I think of this before?

    July 31, 2012 03:54 pm at 3:54 pm |
  19. WeR4Freedom

    Romney is a true leader of freedom and democracey! He has my vote and hopefully enough votes to oust our failed fast and furious president who has failed our economy miserably!

    Romney 2012/2016

    July 31, 2012 03:59 pm at 3:59 pm |
  20. Solidarity Does Not Support Romney

    "Solidarity was a great movement that freed a nation."

    That same Solidarity federation has put out a statement making clear that they "did not invite" Romney because of his history of union-busting.

    "Regretfully, we were informed by our friends from the American headquarters of trade union AFL-CIO, which represents more than 12 million employees ... that Mitt Romney supported attacks on trade unions and employees' rights," Solidarity said in a statement.

    Supporting Solidarity while criticizing unions at the same time: Flippity-flop-flopity-flip-flip-flop. This is the height of unbelievable hypocrisy. Does Romney have any integreity whatsoever?

    July 31, 2012 04:00 pm at 4:00 pm |
  21. Wake up people

    Pandering once again. Yet still no taxes...
    The POTUS is FORCED to show his birth certificate, yet everyone in the country is willing to overlook Willard REFUSING to show his taxes but now the same people want the presidents transcripts. You people are pathetic and you will all be bent forward if Willard and Queen Anne get into the White House.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 31, 2012 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  22. Patriot Awesome

    Is he trying to make up the loss of the Hispanic votes with the Polish vote? I thought someone who does so well with money would be better at math than that.

    July 31, 2012 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  23. Bill

    This guy really is Mitt the Twit. Who is advising him? Oh, I forgot, they are all former Bush appointees, aides or lackeys.

    July 31, 2012 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  24. v_mag

    Where's the outrage from the right today? Rob-money is palling around with socialists! Poles, Israelis, and Brits, of all things! Every one of them covered by socialist health care systems, and no cries of "Communist!" from the wing nuts?

    July 31, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
  25. The Real Tom Paine

    The whole reason for going to Poland was to appeal to Polish-American voters in IL and MI.....I have never heard of Plish Americans being described as a swing-voter group, but, hey, evidently Mitt thinks they are important. So he naturally panders to them by including their hiomeland ina trip. If Mitt thought he could peel votes away from the Democrats by talking up his Mexican roots, he would do a 180 and head to Mexico City for a fundraiser, that would be pandering, and we know he has such frim convictions he would NEVER do something that blatant-wait, he's done it before? ITS THE MEDIA'S FAULT!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 31, 2012 04:13 pm at 4:13 pm |
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