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

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. Sheon1

    The GOP set up this deal, don't blame President Obama

    October 25, 2012 10:57 am at 10:57 am |
  2. Sheon1

    What is another LIE for Robot Romney to tell?
    Lies, lies, lies on the lies coming out of his mouth!
    You repubs should be shamed!

    October 25, 2012 10:59 am at 10:59 am |
  3. Laverne

    "Maybe Mr. Romney has not studied how our military works", nuff said!!!!!

    October 25, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  4. We also have fewer muskets ...

    Why don't the Republicans mention that the same issue defense has about "massive cuts" is the same that so-called "entitlement programs" have with "massive cuts"? I always hear Republicans saying that the "draconian cuts" that occur to Dems' programs are actually "reductions in the normal increases" ... which is the same for the defense industry.

    And the Republicans had worked out an agreement with Obama (Romney will never admit that Obama had worked with those "across the aisle") to avoid the "cliff" ... but Boehner got his marching orders from the Teahadists, and had to renege on his end of the deal, or face the TP wrath ...

    October 25, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  5. The Other Dale

    Why is the Romney campaign insistent on spotlighting the ignorant things Romney does? They did it before in the campaign and they're doing it now with this ad. At times it feels that they really want to make sure Obama is re-elected and this just is more of the same proof of that.

    Poor Romney – doesn't even realize that the Republicans really want him to lose.

    October 25, 2012 11:00 am at 11:00 am |
  6. ghostriter

    Actually, the number is 300 and not 313. Romney's using old data again. But that makes sense. His policies are outdated as well.

    October 25, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. gt

    if the media was not so pro obama and tried to trash romney this race would of been over long ago....

    October 25, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  8. maf

    Wow, another episode from Romney/Ryan where they are disingenuous and flat out on the wrong path. If the military hasn't morphed with the type of weaponry and deployment strategies, then there might be an argument.

    This election can't be over soon enough. Wonder how Mitt and Paul sleep at night knowing that everything out of their collective mouths is some form of twisted innuendo??

    Get out and vote Democrats!! Unseat incumbent Republicans!!

    October 25, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. California Gary

    The remark was intended to show how "backward" Romney's thinking is, and it made the point in a humorous way. Mission accomplished!

    October 25, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  10. Dave

    President Obama was just proving a point that the size of the Navy should not be measured in ships, because our current Navy is more capable than any Navy we've ever had thanks to modern technology and aircraft carriers, which might count as "1 ship" but are really mobile forts with the ability to take out an entire fleet of enemy ships. Instead of conceding the point, Romney has decided to double-down on stupidity. "Look, we've got fewer ships! Obama is making defense cuts!"

    October 25, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  11. rs

    With all of Mr. Romney's vast military experience, all he knows about hoses is how to turn one into a $78,000 tax deduction for he and Ann.

    October 25, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  12. Joey

    Remember the Government don't create jobs remark you keep saying! So how is it any different that you are willing to "invest" or spend government money to create jobs via military spending? his lies can't keep up with his last lies! IJS

    October 25, 2012 11:09 am at 11:09 am |
  13. n

    But, but-but . . . But, Romney endorsed President Barack Obama for re-election based on the president's foreign policy approach during the last debate held on this past monday. Now Romney is double downing on the same old antiquated approach to the military.

    October 25, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  14. Jeremiah Jones

    How do you keep a zinger alive? By retorting it. Silly Romney.

    October 25, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  15. Montykoolaid

    Well Romney, I guess you don't want to talk about how during G.W. Bushs 8 years the number of ships went down, then when Obama came in he ratcheted it up.

    More ships now than when Republicans were in the White House

    October 25, 2012 11:21 am at 11:21 am |
  16. RoMoney's Horse

    I make a RoMoney noise when I walk. Flippity Flop, Flippity Flop, Flippity Flop. Neeeeeeeeeeee!

    October 25, 2012 11:22 am at 11:22 am |

    "As Commander-in-Chief, Mitt Romney will reverse Obama's defense cuts."
    You mean those same defense cuts that Paul Ryan voted YES on? Your campaign is full of poop.

    October 25, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  18. Paul "Look at MEEE!!! I'm working in a soup kitchen!!!" Ryan

    The Ryan Voucher Plan will include a "Legalize Euthanasia" clause and a free gun. The seniors will need to commit suicide when their health care dollars run out. But then again.......That's what the GOP WANT!!!!!!

    October 25, 2012 11:24 am at 11:24 am |
  19. Thomas

    If the Navy is smaller and needs more men . Why doesn't one of Mitt Romney's five sons , whom all avoided voluntary military service go enlist ?

    October 25, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  20. Bill from GA

    " Mitt Romney will reverse Obama's defense cuts "

    From 1999 to 2009, our military spending increased by about 75%, in order to fight 2 wars and maintain troops for other needs in the World.

    To suggest that we need further increases in military spending, as these 2 wars are winding down, is irresponsible. The USA needs to spend more money on our country and less trying to defend our allies.

    The 'Missile defense system' for Europe is an example. Why are we paying for the defense of Europe, while they spend money on roads and bridges and other needed transportation, on Health Care, Education, long vacations?

    If the spending is for jobs ( Government doesn't create jobs, they say, except when it is military spending ), let's build highways and high speed rail with that money. Those are jobs.

    October 25, 2012 11:28 am at 11:28 am |
  21. Rich Park

    If you want to play the super power that polices the world, and wants to cover every "hit them where they ain't" guirrella tatic, we can soon go the historical way of the over extended Persian, Roman and British empires of the past. Romney's just out to fear monger and dupe old folks

    October 25, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |

    LOL......Obama's still in this guys ad bro. weak ad. The President owns foreign policy......& w/ the endorsement of President Obama by Gen. Colin Powell now in his pocket, along w/ his scathing criticism of everywhere Mitt, Romney is left standing naked......He will NOT be commander in chief.

    October 25, 2012 11:30 am at 11:30 am |
  23. Independent Voter

    This is not a real conversation, when as a candidate you intend to put measures in place that benefit only a small segment of the population, the 1%. Mitt R. has sold his soul to the religious "wrong" and Wall Street. His history will show that Mitt will say anything and change any view to manipulate a situation in order get what he wants. Mitt R. was rude to the president and the moderators in the first, second and third debates. Apparently, it's OK for him to speak strongly but not "That One".

    October 25, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  24. T'sah From Virginia

    ►Romney beats back on 'horses and bayonets'◄
    Face it Romeny – you're behind the times – Haven't you gotten it yet???
    We are far beyond Windows 3.1 and booting your computer from a 51/4" diskette
    Maybe in the next four years you'll realize that while you struggle from losing trying to forget!!

    Obama/Biden 2012 – The Only Trusted Way Forward!!

    October 25, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
  25. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Bummer to Rummer,
    Excuse me kid, go back and play in your sand box and let a real man run things. We have all the battleships we need see. We don't have horses and bayonets anymore. The real battle in on the View, see. I have opened a new front there. And remember kid, we have your back. Just look what we did in Bengasai. See ya kid.

    October 25, 2012 11:36 am at 11:36 am |
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