Romney says he won't cut militarySubmitted by deleted-by-requ... on Fri, 07/20/2012 - 14:59
"Mitt Romney has been vague on his plans for defense, but in a new interview with American Legion Magazine the Republican presidential candidate doesn’t mince words: “I will not cut the military budget.”
In an exclusive interview with The American Legion Magazine’s upcoming October issue, Romney says he wants to reverse the course set by President Barack Obama that has seen massive budget buts, a thinning of the ranks and now the looming threat of an additional $500 billion in automatic cuts if the so-called “sequester” is put into effect on Jan. 1.
“I am fully committed to strengthening America through our values, through a growing economy, and through a military that’s second to none,” Romney said. “I will not cut the military budget. I will instead expand our essential weapons programs and our (number of) active-duty personnel. I do these things not so that we have to fight wars, but so that we can prevent wars.”
In the interview, Romney also addresses the claims backlog at the Department of Veterans Affairs, the U.S. military’s role in the Middle East, illegal immigration, America’s dependence on foreign energy resources, and how returning veterans can help in economic recovery.
The magazine said it also posed the same questions to Obama, and his interview will also appear in the same issue."