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The DNC issued this typically misleading press release attacking Gov. Romney for not permitting members of the media to attend his speech to AEI’s World Forum. But as The Politico‘s Mike Allen notes, the speech was “closed to the press under AEI rules.”
The DNC then moved on to criticize the Governor for issuing “canned quotes from his prepared remarks.” Continuing on that theme, spokesman Damien LaVera said:

“If Mitt Romney expects the American people to trust him to lead our country in a time of war, he should respect them enough to publicly outline his views on the issues, not try to spoon-feed them canned quotes and empty slogans.”

That makes the DNC 0 for 2. In truth, Gov. Romney released the 31 Power Point slides he used while speaking to the AEI folks. I challenge anyone to review those slides and conclude that they are full of “canned quotes and empty slogans.” To the contrary, Gov. Romney displayed impressive mastery of the material–understanding that disparate Islamic groups are united by the same ideology; that U.S. security was severely compromised by the Clinton intelligence cuts of the 90s; and that the U.N. is too busy criticizing Israel and patting itself on the back to take any real action against Iran. Then he takes it to another level of sophistication by linking the long-term potency of Islamic radicalism with a population spike in the Muslim world–one that coincides with remarkable population declines in the West. (Paging Mark Steyn!).
In these slides and in the excerpts from the speech, we see Gov. Romney’s analytical capabilities brought to bear. We see him analyzing a complex problem by understanding its related parts. We see him offering innovative solutions, such as the Partnership for Prosperity and Progress. In short, we see him thinking like a president. That’s probably why The Politico‘s Allen said Gov. Romney’s speech was “very ambitious and serious…departing from the populist stuff that’s so common on the campaign trail.”


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