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Romney Proposes Increased Military Budget

DES MOINES-- Former Massachusetts Gov.Mitt Romney on Friday said that as president, he would increase America's military budget between $50-60 billion a year "in order to demonstrate America's strength to the world."

In an appearance at the Fort Des Moines Military Museum Romney, touched briefly on his Thursday speech on faith in public life, but told reporters he could not judge how effective it had been in blunting the criticism of his Mormon religion from some Christina conservatives.

"It was not a political address" Romney insisted.

--David Broder

By Washington Post editors  |  December 7, 2007; 4:31 PM ET
 
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David Broder writes
"Former Massachusetts Gov.Mitt Romney on Friday said that as president, he would increase America's military budget between $50-60 billion a year "in order to demonstrate America's strength to the world.""

Mr Broder - a minor question.

Did the former Governor happen to mention where he would come up with 50 to 60 billion every year to pay for this buildup?

Posted by: bsimon | December 10, 2007 1:54 PM | Report abuse

romney, 5 sons,,,, he has Never nor have his adults kids served the USA.
but they sure the hell have taken

send your kids to war, die for romney

Posted by: newagent99 | December 8, 2007 3:13 PM | Report abuse

If we learned anything from the last 7 years is that you can't trust a self-proclaimed religious Republican with the security of America. Feel safe yet?

Posted by: thebobbob | December 8, 2007 11:17 AM | Report abuse

Plus he plans on paying for it with tax cuts. Take more than magic underwear to make numbers add up.

Posted by: merganser | December 7, 2007 7:02 PM | Report abuse

I am a long-time proponent of having a strong DEfense; I believe in Reagan's vision of peace through strength. However, what many people don't understand is how much we already pay for our existing military. Our DoD budget is not just the biggest in the world. It is almost AS MUCH as the rest of the world (http://www.globalsecurity.org/military/world/spending.htm).

Yes. More than Russia, China, France, the UK, Japan, Germany, and every other nation on the planet, combined. And about 100 times the so-called Germany-of-the-Middle-East (Iran) spends.

To talk about spending even more, "in order to demonstrate America's strength to the world" is the height of absurdity. We need to demonstrate our strength by improving the foundation of our economy and reducing our debt, not by borrowing more for a silly 'demonstration.' This is why Mr. Romney is not fit to be president...not because of he's Mormon.

We need a president who will be willing to make the hard choices to set this country back on the road to safety and prosperity. We don't need someone who panders to every group of voters he talks to. We need Ron Paul.

Peace be with you.

Posted by: cfountain | December 7, 2007 6:43 PM | Report abuse

You have to look at the long run. With half the world hating the USA, in another 4 years we'll need that big DoD budget, just to keep a semblance of what was 'American' in the world still around.

Posted by: rowland_lollar | December 7, 2007 6:15 PM | Report abuse

NOw THAT is NEW. A REPUBLICAN calling for an increase in the military budget. Oh wait a minute. He isn't actualling for, say. more troops in the Army, or more or better, or even enough, equipment. Just more money. Probably to go to Ford to pay for some vehicle that isn't appropriate for anything the military does, but a good way to raise the fortunes of the company his daddy used to run.

Nothing new, y'all. Go back to sleep and pay no attention to the little men trying to get to run the little booth.

Posted by: ceflynline | December 7, 2007 4:44 PM | Report abuse

Wow, that's scary!!!

Sounds like something Hitler would say.

Posted by: phojes74 | December 7, 2007 4:39 PM | Report abuse

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