Virginia Beach, VA, United States (4E) – Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney criticized President Barack Obama over sequestration and vowed he would restore pending defense cuts during Thursday’s campaign event in Virginia Beach, home to a huge military community.
Mitt Romney attacked the president’s policy to implement automatic defense cuts set to take effect at the end of 2012.
Romney focused his speech on his defense policy, a critical issue among military personnel as well as their families and businesses who depend on them who are based in Hampton Roads.
The Romney campaign started airing ads in Virginia last month painting Obama as someone who disregards military job loss.
Echoing the remarks made by Republican Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell, Romney said that the military could see $1tn worth in budget cuts if President Obama was reelected.
Romney was referring to cuts in defense spending after the special congressional committee failed to strike a budget compromise. The special committee was created from a deal between the Obama administration and Congress, which was also supported by Romney’s running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan.
Romney declared that under his administration, defense spending will account for 4 per cent of the country’s gross domestic product by purchasing more ships and aircraft. The move could mean more jobs for contractors and people living in the area.