America’s role in the world took center stage on the presidential campaign trail today, with President Obama speaking in Golden, Colo. [full C-SPAN video here] and GOP nominee Mitt Romney speaking in Fairfax, Va. Both states are seen as keys to winning the White House on Nov. 6.
Romney’s remarks [full C-SPAN video here] included questioning Pres. Obama’s budget priorities regarding the military and national defense.
“This president has done something I find very hard to understand,” said Romney. “Ever since FDR, we’ve had the capacity to be engaged in two conflicts at once. And he’s saying, ‘No, we’re going to cut that back to only one conflict.’ And so he’s put in place cuts of almost $1 trillion…With his budget cuts and the sequestration cuts, we’ll have almost $1 trillion of cuts to our military. If I’m president of the United States, we will restore our military commitment and keep America the strongest military in the world.”
“The world needs American leadership. The Middle East needs American leadership. And I intend to be a president that provides the leadership that America respects…and will keep us admired throughout the world.”