The Romney campaign surprised more than a few observers hitting the stump in Pennsylvania this week. Speaking at Valley Forge Military Academy and College in Delaware County he took the opportunity to take the Obama Administration to task over crippling cuts in defense spending as well as a flailing foreign policy in the face of Islamic extremists:
Mitt Romney journeyed to a military college here Friday, aiming to make Pennsylvania a more competitive election battleground and tearing into President Obama on foreign and domestic policy in a speech delivered before a backdrop of stoic, uniformed cadets. The Republican presidential nominee charged that Obama has failed to lead both abroad, during a year of tumult in the Middle East, and on the home front, through a prolonged economic recession. “The president wants to go down the same path he’s been on for the last four years,” Romney said. “He wants to keep the status quo. I don’t think we can afford four more years like the last four years. The president calls his campaign slogan ‘Forward.’ I call it ‘Forewarned,’ all right? We know where it heads; we don’t want to go there.”
Crippling Defense Cuts
He argued that Obama would cut the military budget by $1 trillion over the next decade and that cadets looking for a regular job after graduation would have trouble finding one. The defense cuts Romney referred to are automatic spending cuts that would go into effect next year if Congress does not agree to a long-term plan to reduce the deficit.
Note: the classic liberal bias is in this report where the President is doing absolutely nothing about stopping these defense cuts but the Post reporter takes time to make sure readers know Obama has mouthed the words he against the defense cuts> The reporter also ensures the opposing campaign can respond to the charges. When Obama levies an attack it is presented unchallenged by the reporter and often without any response from the Romney campaign.
Obama, Romney said, is not providing real leadership as deadly protests sweep the Middle East. “As we’ve seen over the last year, the world needs American leadership,” he said. “I think we look around and say: Why is it we are at the mercy of events? Why are we not shaping events?”