Wrapping up his overseas tour Tuesday in Poland, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney praised the nation as a model of small government and free enterprise, as well as a "defender of freedom" alongside the United States.
Poland is considered one of the most pro-American countries in Europe and, although not always highlighted, aided in the war on terror in Iraq and Afghanistan.
Romney talked about the strong ties between Poland and the United States, as well as the ongoing challenges in the Middle East.
"I express deep appreciation for your willingness to fight with us, to stand with us, and to be our friend in times of crisis and military conflict," Romney declared.
"It is critical to stand by those who stood by America," he said. "In a turbulent world, Poland stands as an example and defender of freedom."
Before heading home, Romney paid tribute to the hundreds of thousands of Poles who died in World War II by laying a wreath at the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.
Some saw Romney's trip to Poland as significant for the upcoming election.
"This visit could be a factor in safeguarding the Polish American vote in the election, but it also sends a message to other voters in the U.S. It proves there are still countries where American politicians are cheered," explained Marek Jablonowski, professor and director at the Institute of Journalism of the University of Warsaw.
While in Poland, Romney met with Polish President Bronislaw Komorowski and Foreign Minister Radoslaw Sikorski.