Romney Record: Expanding Economic And Political Freedom In The Americas

Governor Romney Has Put Forth A Seven-Point Plan For Reinvigorating Our Partnership With The People Of The Americas:

First, We Must Continue To Isolate Castro With Economic And Diplomatic Sanctions. "America will never back down to the Castro brothers. There will be no accommodation, no appeasement. There will be no end to our insistence that political prisoners are set free, and that Cubans themselves are finally given the privileges that today are enjoyed only by Castro's cronies, and by foreign tourists. After 50years, with so much suffering, so much sacrifice, we will not relent until the day when the Castro brothers meet their ignominious end and their history is written among the world's most reviled despots, tyrants and frauds." (Romney For President, "Expanding Economic And Political Freedom InThe Americas,"Press Release, 3/9/07)

Second, We Must Help Our Friends. "Foreign aid and foreign investments must be focused on those who stand alongside us. In spite of great progress over the last few decades, tens of millions in the Western Hemisphere still live in poverty. United States aid and investment programs promote transparency and the economic and political reforms needed to spur development." (Romney For President,"Expanding Economic And Political Freedom In The Americas," Press Release,3/9/07)

Third, We Must Once Again Act To Inform Public Opinion In Latin America . "We should use our world renowned media and communications savvy to spread the truth about American freedom, and Castro tyranny. N ew strong-men('caudillos') must not reverse the Hemisphere's hard-fought economic and political freedoms. The United States and our partners in the region must continue to reject the policies of leaders such as Venezuela 's Hugo Chavez that move to consolidate power, limit dissent and revert to failed socialist policies." (Romney For President, "Expanding Economic And Political Freedom In The Americas," Press Release,3/9/07)

Fourth, We Must Improve Our Economic Ties . "The President has negotiated vital free trade agreements with Latin American neighbors like Peru, Colombia and Panama, but some Democrats in Congress are so beholden to their labor bosses, that they have refused to pass them. It is time to put the interests of humanity and of the nation first." (Romney For President,"Expanding Economic And Political Freedom In The Americas," Press Release,3/9/07)

Fifth, We Must Rebuild Relationships Of Respect And Trust And Friendship. "Our Latin American friends must always feel welcome in the White House." (Romney ForPresident, "Expanding Economic And Political Freedom In The Americas,"Press Release, 3/9/07)

Sixth, As We Finally And Belatedly Solve The Problem Of Illegal Immigration By Securing The Border, We Must Reaffirm Our Appreciation Of Legal Immigration . "We are a nation of immigrants, and they have contributed a great deal to our culture of hard work, entrepreneurship, faith in God, love of family, and respect for human life." (Romney For President, "Expanding Economic And Political Freedom In The Americas,"Press Release, 3/9/07)

Seventh, We Must Never Ignore Latin America Again. "It is a great deal easier to prevent a crisis than to solve one. Since the end of the Cold War and since the terror of 9/11, America has become so preoccupied with other regions that we have forgotten our friends in our own Hemisphere. We need robust cooperation to expand opportunities in the Hemisphere and address common threats such as drug trafficking and terrorism." (Romney For President,"Expanding Economic And Political Freedom In The Americas," Press Release,3/9/07)