Romney tells military-friendly crowd: ‘We’ll rebuild military might,’ keep God on U.S. currency
September 8th, 2012
04:33 PM ET
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Romney tells military-friendly crowd: ‘We’ll rebuild military might,’ keep God on U.S. currency

Virginia Beach, Virginia (CNN) – Mitt Romney revved up a Virginia Beach audience heavy on military families Saturday by pledging to “rebuild America’s military might” and keep the word “God” on U.S. currency.

“Our pledge says ‘under God,’” Romney told thousands of energetic supporters at the Military Aviation Museum. “I will not take God out of the name of our platform. I will not take God off our coins. And I will not take God out of my heart.”

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Democrats took heat during their national convention after omitting a reference to God in the party’s platform. The word was hastily reinserted in the ensuing public outcry.

Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden said Romney was not referring to any push to remove “God” from U.S. currency, but said the candidate was referring “to an example of where a principle like ‘In God We Trust’ is already on public display.”

Romney also focused heavily on patriotism in his remarks to the flag-waving, cheering audience, framing his speech around the pledge of allegiance.

“For me, the pledge of allegiance and the placing our hands over our hearts reminds us of the blood that was shed by those fighting for our liberty,” Romney said to thunderous applause from the audience, many of whom raised their hands when asked whether they were veterans.

Romney - whose own convention speech provoked controversy when he failed to mention the conflict in Afghanistan - said Saturday American troops were “stretched to the breaking point” and offered full-throated support for the armed forces, “particularly those in Afghanistan who are in harm’s way.”

He then launched into a withering critique of President Barack Obama over congressionally-mandated military cuts, called sequestration, which could kick in next year.

“It’s unthinkable to Virginia, to our employment needs, but it’s also unthinkable to the ability and the commitment of America to maintain our liberty, with liberty for all,” Romney said of the cuts, which were part of a congressional deal to force lawmakers to take action on the national debt. “And therefore if I’m president of the United States we’ll get rid of those sequestration cuts and rebuild America’s military might.”

Before his speech, a campaign aide said Romney spoke with Virginia Gov. Bob McDonnell and controversial evangelist Pat Robertson.

Democrats seized on Romney’s speech and his appearance with Robertson, who did not speak at the event.

“It’s disappointing to se Mitt Romney try to throw a ‘Hail Mary’ by launching extreme and untrue attacks against the president and associating with some of the most strident and divisive voices in the Republican party,” Obama campaign spokesman Lis Smith said, who criticized Romney for being joined at the rally by evangelist Pat Robertson. “This isn’t a recipe for making America stronger, it’s a recipe for division and taking us backward.”

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soundoff (85 Responses)
  1. Ray

    Draft dodger , five deferment , and he pledge of allegiance.?

    September 8, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |
  2. maf

    Sequestration is a direct result of the GOP on the super committee saying that they would not compromise under any conditions. When the committee couldn't come to any agreement, it is now part of the procedure to go into sequestration. The GOP is continually being disingenuous of the process, taking no responsibility for the economic situation that the US is facing. Four more years of the last four years is still better than what it would have been under McCain / Palin and will continue to be a lot better than anything Romney / Ryan can put forward!!

    September 8, 2012 05:46 pm at 5:46 pm |

    Yes, the pandering Mitt is such a true patriot! Anyone recall he did not even mention our troops or our military at the RNC? Wake up you flag waving Republicans. Mitt doesn't care about our country, our troops in harms way, or you! I can't fathom why a military friendly crowd would even show up to hear from Mr. Romney. God help our men and women in uniform if he should get elected.

    September 8, 2012 05:49 pm at 5:49 pm |
  4. Wow

    We'll keep God on the currency? So a continuation of implied conspiracies. You will increase the military and pay for it wth the savings you will find by closing loop holes but not before you give a break to the wealthiest. If you build up the military, does that mean by increasing troop levels? Increasing troops would certainly increase employment. So you can build up the middle class and help the poor by turning them into soilders.

    September 8, 2012 05:57 pm at 5:57 pm |
  5. Reaganrepub2

    We won WWII and other wars before that without God on our currency.

    September 8, 2012 05:59 pm at 5:59 pm |
  6. Pete

    Romney,why don't yah tell that military friendly crowd how yah want to start a war with Iran or maybe even China while he's at it,he's disgraced our country already even though he's not president..Or how do you feel him as possible Commander in Chief when he was a draft dodger,his kids never enlisting either,nice being wealthy elitist ha!!Sure can run away fast to a jet if he has too!!

    September 8, 2012 06:00 pm at 6:00 pm |
  7. Ayn Rand(author of 'Selfishness is a Virtue') was an atheist, so doesn't that make her disciple, Lyin' Ryan, "ANTI-CHRIST"?

    President O had 11,000 at his FL rally and it looks like Myth would be stretching it at 1100.

    September 8, 2012 06:05 pm at 6:05 pm |
  8. DIna

    Is he insane? The US already spends more on the military than the next 20 countries COMBINED. When is enough enough? We need infrastructure and education, not more bombs.

    September 8, 2012 06:07 pm at 6:07 pm |
  9. namryan

    Yes... ehm... how? Not a single idea... keeping God on the money want create jobs for the vets.... We're all in this together.... and corporations don't go at war and die or get injured!

    September 8, 2012 06:08 pm at 6:08 pm |
  10. Dennis1020

    MItt is going to "rebuild America's military might?" Is he saying our military is weak? If I was still serving in the military I would take exception to that suggestion. Of course neither Mitt nor any of his five sons would know about military might since none of them have served.

    September 8, 2012 06:16 pm at 6:16 pm |
  11. Gurgyl

    He does not know what the heck he is talking about–may be he is Drunk. Idiot of GOP is pathetic.

    September 8, 2012 06:27 pm at 6:27 pm |
  12. Mark

    Romney is scary. He will re built our military! into WHAT. This guy knows nothing about the military, never served or had any interest in the military. Yes, he would love to go to war again like G Bush, hoping it would create jobs and get our economy back. But, what about the Debt Rommey, Wars costs trillions to create. Lets stick with a President who has common sense and has kept us safe. We cannot give our nation and lives to Romney.

    September 8, 2012 06:31 pm at 6:31 pm |
  13. Rev. I.J.

    Pander, pander, pander.

    September 8, 2012 06:41 pm at 6:41 pm |
  14. Playing to the paranoids

    Mitt is a fraud

    September 8, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  15. Pam from Texas

    Sad, pathetic man. Absolutely will not answer any policy questions but is more than willing to lie. God bless his soul!

    September 8, 2012 06:46 pm at 6:46 pm |
  16. mcp123

    Yes because any country with enough nuclear weapons to end civilization as we know it ...and spends 10 to 15 times more than any other country on Earth. More than all the other countries on earth combined....

    Is obviously...weak militarily.

    September 8, 2012 06:51 pm at 6:51 pm |
  17. Anonymous

    A bit of perspective on Pat Robertson:

    1. After refusing to back Romney earlier this year, Robertson has since been talking to God, and God told Robertson that Romney would not “interject the Mormon religion into the way he governs". Apparently it's still up in the air as to whether Robertson believes Mormons are Christians. One assumes based on this comment that he doesn't.

    2. Robertson refuses to accept the current Christian White House resident who is apparently not sufficiently Christian enough for Robertson. Something to due with Obama's name: Barack (which is indeed a Biblical name ...) or perhaps it's the Hussein which causes Robertson such angst?

    3. Nevertheless, Robertson himself has revealed that "God had already told him who the next president would be" — and it’s a secret to be shared after the election. Of course, Robertson also said the same thing when he endorsed Giuliani back in 2008.

    Mitt the panderer goes all out - that's for sure.

    September 8, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  18. Dee

    He is appalling and dishonest in all ways he might be a child of God but he certainly caused a lot of heart ache by working for Baine Capital and buying businesses that were Bankrupt and profitting off of them no matter who it hurts.

    Show your tax returns and then we can talk about who we trust. No one should be elected as President of the US that hides his money overseas.

    September 8, 2012 06:53 pm at 6:53 pm |
  19. thetruthandnothingbutthetruth

    lyin again?

    September 8, 2012 06:58 pm at 6:58 pm |
  20. enuff

    Why is making a non=issue the center of his speech? I don't recall any of this being even mentioned = by ANYONE.

    September 8, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  21. Po Boy

    Mitt better be careful how he plays the religion card. As a Mormon, once he wades into the pool, everything is on the table including the Mormon failure to acknowledge Jesus as savior and instead embrace Joseph Smith as a prophet. Also, he doesn't need to re-build the military, we're doing just fine, so that card is not worth playing!

    September 8, 2012 07:03 pm at 7:03 pm |
  22. DocHollywood

    Yes, we'll increase the military budget above and beyond what the joint Chiefs of Staff want and to do so we'll cut any and every program that feeds the poor, especially children's programs. Because children can't vote, and we can disenfranchise the poor. And of course, everyone knows that having God on our coins and currency is much, much better than having him in our hearts.

    September 8, 2012 07:09 pm at 7:09 pm |
  23. Jaime

    Does M. Romney not understand that the President does not make or decree the laws of this nation? The president proposes but congress disposes – which of course is why President Obama got nothing but a consistent zero from the party of "NO" controlling congress.

    September 8, 2012 07:18 pm at 7:18 pm |
  24. pbk

    Would we see currency with Brigham Young on it?

    September 8, 2012 07:24 pm at 7:24 pm |
  25. moonghaelela

    You blew it by not acknowledging the troops. Your belated attempt to right that wrong will get you nowhere.

    September 8, 2012 07:44 pm at 7:44 pm |
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