Asks: Which Romney Shows UP For His Foreign Policy Speech Today?

 ·  VoteVets, Press Release

Will Romney toss aside past positions and statements like he did at the first debate?  Will anyone call him out on it?

WASHINGTON, DC - The largest progressive group of Veterans in America,, is asking questions about the apparent change in foreign policy coming from Mitt Romney, in a speech today in Virginia.  Romney is being increasingly criticized for changing his positions on domestic policy, on the fly, at the first Presidential Debate.

In a statement, Jon Soltz, Iraq War Veteran and Chairman of said:

"It will be interesting to see if Mitt Romney shows up for this foreign policy speech, or the "Debate Romney," who pretends he never said or did any of the things he's said or done.

Mitt Romney has a pretty clear record:  He hired a foreign policy team that is a "who's who" of Bush neocon advisors who got us into Iraq.  He was for the war in Iraq, well after we knew there was false intelligence used to sell it, and against removing all of our troops from Iraq.  He's against the President's plan to end the war in Afghanistan.  Yet, today, it seems that Governor Romney will advocate a return to the days of Truman and Kennedy, both Democrats, who never would have ordered a pre-emptive war against Iraq.

And, while he may finally mention our troops in a speech, will he stick with his choice of a Vice President whose plan could have cut $11 billion from veterans care for our returning troops.  Will he talk about the fact that flirted with the idea of voucherizing the Department of Veterans Affairs?

In short, will Mitt Romney stand up for his past positions, statements and decisions, or will he just change them on the fly?  And, more importantly, will the media call him out on it?"


The Facts:


Seventeen out of twenty-four Romney foreign policy advisors are neocons from the Bush-Cheney Administration


Gov. Romney, even after intelligence failures were known, said he would have still invaded Iraq. In response to a question from Tim Russert on whether he would have invaded Iraq, given what we know now, Romney said, "It was the right decision to go into Iraq. I supported it at the time; I support it now."


Mitt Romney called the decision to end the war in Iraq a "astonishing failure."


Gov. Romney was against the decision to wind down the war in Afghanistan, calling it "misguided"


Mitt Romney was favorable to the idea of voucherizing the care Veterans receive from the Department of Veterans Affairs, during a roundtable in New Hampshire last year


Paul Ryan's budget could have cut $11 billion, or 13 percent, from veterans care


Founded in 2006,  and backed by over 220,000 members, the mission of is to use public issue campaigns and direct outreach to lawmakers to ensure that troops abroad have what they need to complete their missions, and receive the care they deserve when they get home. also recognizes veterans as a vital part of the fabric of our country and will work to protect veterans' interests in their day-to-day lives. is committed to the destruction of terror networks around the world - with force when necessary - to protect America.  While non-partisan, the group is the largest progressive organization of veterans in America.




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