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Romney radio ad in Florida says Obama 'flippant' about military cuts



The Romney campaign is going up on Florida radio with this ad that plays off the foreign policy debate in Boca Raton, where the candidates sparred over the size of the military.

"Our Navy is smaller now than at any time since 1917," Romney said in the debate (BTW: Pants on Fire on the Navy claim, according to PolitiFact.) "The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission. We're now down to 285. We're headed down to the low 200s if we go through a sequestration. That's unacceptable to me."

A narrator adds: "To Mitt Romney, that’s a problem. To President Obama, it’s a chance to deliver a punch line," followed by Obama's debate quip that the military has fewer horses and bayonets.

"The state of our Navy, the state of our entire U.S. military, is crucial for America," the narrator says. "Our freedom depends on it. And so do many of our jobs, 41,900 in Florida alone. Does President Obama know how much his defense cuts will hurt us? Sure, his flippant remarks insult Mitt Romney, but do they also expose how President Obama views the world and America’s place in it?”

Listen to the ad here

[Last modified: Thursday, October 25, 2012 2:23am]


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