Romney beats back on 'horses and bayonets'
October 25th, 2012
10:52 AM ET
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Romney beats back on 'horses and bayonets'

(CNN) - In a new radio ad released Thursday, Mitt Romney's campaign featured one of the biggest flashpoints from the final presidential debate, attempting to turn the tables on the president's quip about "horses and bayonets."

The one-minute spot, "Our Navy," features Romney's argument that the Navy is smaller than any time since 1917, citing a downsizing of 313 ships to 285 ships.

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When he made the point during Monday night's debate, Obama fired back: "[W]e also have fewer horses and bayonets."

The new radio ad describes the president's sarcastic comment–which quickly spread online as the debate season's latest catchphrase–as insulting, but telling.

"Sure, his flippant remarks insult Mitt Romney, but do they also expose how President Obama views the world and America's place in it?"

The ad's narrator continues: "As Commander-in-Chief, Mitt Romney will reverse Obama's defense cuts. He will invest in our military, creating jobs, and defending our freedom."

Romney has aggressively gone after the president over the impending defense cuts, scheduled to trigger at the start of 2013 if Congress fails to reach a deficit-reduction plan by the end of the year.

The one-minute radio spot specifically targets voters in New Hampshire, saying the Pentagon cuts could threaten the 3,600 Navy jobs in the Granite State.

A "toss-up" state according to CNN's Electoral Map, New Hampshire has four electoral votes.

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soundoff (58 Responses)
  1. Cadillacjoe

    Someone please explain how these two statements make sense together:
    1. Government does not create jobs, businesses do.
    2. I know how to create jobs, let me run your government.
    It seems Mitt is far to valuable to our economy to waste his talents where they would do the least good.

    October 25, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  2. kk

    I think there is no one more qualified than Mitt Romney to lead this country. I think Obama was so under-qualified the first time and it shows. He is a massive failure. Romney/Ryan 2012!

    October 25, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  3. plain&simple

    Hear,s the deal. Obama is listening to the military leaders to fund where they suggest .....Romney listens to his marketing advisors. Who you trust?

    October 25, 2012 12:15 pm at 12:15 pm |
  4. Bessy

    He's just pandering to get the votes from the military in Virginia. Even the men in the Navy know that with our modern ships we do not need as many as we did at the time of WWI. This man is just so stupid that he cannot come into the real world. Just because he has money doesn't mean he is intelligent. His team of lawyers, accountants, etc. handles everything for him.

    October 25, 2012 12:17 pm at 12:17 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "Last time I checked we still use bayonets."

    Last time I checked, he said "fewer" not "none." Reading comprehension is important.

    October 25, 2012 12:19 pm at 12:19 pm |
  6. Terrab

    @Cadillacjoe – He means he knows the private sector creates jobs and he knows how to get government out of the way to allow the private sector to do so.

    October 25, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  7. End the two parties

    We spend 15 times more on war than the entire world combined. I long for the day when our schools get the funding they need to educate the next generation and the Military has to have bake sales to get the next battleship.
    Neither party will make the reductions needed to return this country to that of a neutral peaceful people.

    October 25, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
  8. Sniffit

    "Obama's defense cuts."

    "I got 98% of what I wanted.'
    -Captain Orangeglow

    October 25, 2012 12:22 pm at 12:22 pm |
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