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In Speech, Romney Emphasizes Importance of Family

The campaign released some excerpts from the speech Mitt Romney will deliver tomorrow at Liberty University’s graduation:

 

I’m not sure quite why, but lately I’ve found myself thinking about life in four-year stretches.  And let’s just say that not everybody has filled these past four years with as much achievement as you have.

In the most practical, everyday terms, the best cultural assets are values as basic as personal responsibility, the dignity of hard work, and, above all, the commitments of family.  Take those away, or take them for granted, and so many things can go wrong in a life.  Keep them strong, and so many things will go right.

Their great-grandfather, my Dad George Romney, was successful by any measure you’d care to apply.  I asked him once, “What was your greatest accomplishment?”  Without a moment’s pause, his answer was, “Raising you four kids.”  I had his example to follow, and I have never once regretted missing any experience or opportunity in business in order to be with my wife and five sons.  Regrets usually come the other way around, from missing moments with your children that don’t come again.  The same holds true for time with your parents as the years fall away.  Among the things in life that can be put off, being there when it matters most isn’t one of them.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...

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