ANC-PAC Talks Politics With Potential Republican Vice Presidential Pick

SANTA CLARITA–As major news outlets reported this week that Mitt Romney is at the top of Senator John McCain’s vice-presidential list, Armenian National Committee – Political Action Committee supporters conferred with the former Massachusetts Governor at an event in Southern California. Romney was in California on July 1, 2008 for a fundraising event in support of Congressman Buck McKeon (R-CA), who had strongly backed Romney’s Presidential bid that ended earlier this year. McKeon is also a strong supporter of Armenian American issues in the U.S. Congress.

"It was good to see Governor Romney tonight and to share with him that we have a lot of folks in our community who respect him," commented ANC-PAC supporter Peter Musurlian. "I am also pleased that he had an opportunity to meet a number of other Armenian American activists, all of whom are keen to change the direction of U.S. foreign policy as it relates to the Armenian Genocide and securing freedom for the people of Artsakh. If he is selected to serve on Senator McCain’s ticket, we look forward to continuing our dialogue with Mitt," Musurlian added.

Romney’s rising stock in Republican circles was reported on this week by the Associated Press, Reuters, U.S. News and World Report and other major media outlets. Specifically the press has cited four main reasons that Romney is being considered to serve as Senator John McCain’s running mate. First, he has the ability to raise money. According to sources within the McCain camp, they believe Romney can raise up to $50 million in 60 days from his national network of supporters. Second, he has been vetted. Third, he is an established campaigner who has a history of being able to stay on message. And lastly, the former Governor has roots in Michigan (where his father was Governor), a crucial swing state in the November general election.

The ANC-PAC is a non-partisan federally registered political action committee established to support campaign committees for Members of Congress who share the values of the Armenian American community. The ANC-PAC is at the forefront of efforts to ensure that the voice of the Armenian American community is clearly heard in our nation’s capital. The ANC-PAC continues a century old tradition of Armenian Americans engagement on the public policy issues facing national political leaders, both in the U.S. Congress and the White House. For more information, you may logon to www.ancpac.org.

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