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Statement by Governor Mitt Romney on Venezuela

December 03, 2007


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Boston, MA – Today, Governor Mitt Romney issued the following statement regarding Sunday's constitutional referendum in Venezuela:

"Yesterday's referendum in Venezuela marks an important victory for Venezuela's democracy and people. Despite Hugo Chavez's best efforts to use state resources, violence and intimidation to overwhelm the populace into submission, the Venezuelan people used democracy's best weapon to defeat him – their votes.

"Sunday's 'No' vote and the courageous efforts of Venezuela's pro-democratic movement are inspiring to all of us who cherish democracy. They peacefully and intelligently campaigned for democracy, and won. They made a compelling case that the people should put the national interest above those of one man. I am hopeful that this moment will allow Venezuelans to begin reclaiming their country, their freedoms and their future.

"While the friends of democracy are right to celebrate the Venezuelan people's victory, the international community must also continue to be vigilant about Chavez's dictatorial ambitions. Now is the time for the friends of freedom in and out of Venezuela to resist reprisals by Chavez against those who oppose him."

Mitt Romney, Statement by Governor Mitt Romney on Venezuela Online by Gerhard Peters and John T. Woolley, The American Presidency Project

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