Mitt Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee for U.S. president, said the values of peace and liberty have marked the strong relationship between the United States and Poland. He spoke in a public address in Warsaw on July 31, 2012.
“I, and my fellow Americans, are inspired by the path of freedom tread by the people of Poland,” Romney said to an audience of more than 700 people, including dignitaries, members of the public, and the press gathered at the University of Warsaw Library.
The speech by the former governor of Massachusetts came on the last leg of a three-country tour that also included the United Kingdom and Israel. The Warsaw event was co-organized by the Polish Institute of International Affairs, the German Marshall Fund of the United States, and Lech Walesa Institute.
“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 said.
“Poland has no greater friend and ally than the people of the United States.”
The two countries have a shared military history that has seen them as allies in several wars from America’s Revolutionary War to World War II and the Iraq and Afghanistan wars. The United States also supported Poland during its time behind the Iron Curtain.
“It is not surprising that a people who waited so long, and endured so much, for the sake of liberty, are today enjoying liberty to the fullest,” Romney said.
In opening remarks, GMF Warsaw Office Director Andrew Michta said that the speech was in the spirit of the German Marshall Fund’s mission of promoting stronger transatlantic cooperation. “We learn more by talking to each other, by working together, and by acting on our common values,” Michta said.