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John Warner Hits Obama Over Defense

Tim Craig

U.S. Sen. John W. Warner (R-Va.) hammered Barack Obama for a second consecutive day over his belief that the Democrat would cut defense spending and send Virginia's economy into a tailspin.

Warner also cut a hard-hitting radio on the subject that will begin airing in Hampton Roads tomorrow.

Speaking at an event in suburban Richmond, Warner noted that U.S. Rep. Barney Frank (D-Mass.) was quoted as saying recently that Democrats in Congress may slash defense spending by 25 percent. Obama, who has called for increased spending on defense, including more ground forces, has distanced himself from Frank's remarks.

But that didn't stop Warner from trying to use the issue to bolster his friend, GOP presidential nominee John McCain.

"This is serious, serious potential business," Warner, a former Secretary of the Navy, told about 50 McCain supporters at a rally. "For 30 years, I have been wrestling Democrats on cutting back defense and I can say with my hand-mate, John McCain, we have wrestled them back....We have to tell every single voter their vote goes to the heart of our national defense as well as the state's economy."

Warner remarks, however, were tame compared to those made by Maj. General Pat Brady, who during the Vietnam War became the first Army pilot to receive the Medal of Honor.

Brady accused Obama of being unfit for office. "Take a look at these two candidates which one of them would you want with you in combat?" Brady asked. "Can you visualize Obama in a plane...a foxhole?"

Brady then went on to praise McCain's running mate, Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin (R), calling her a "gun-toting, grizzly hunting, hockey, shooting mother."

"A real mother," Brady said. "Of all the women I have met, she is a man's woman but she is going into an environment of girlie men."

By Tim Craig  |  October 30, 2008; 6:02 PM ET
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Wait a minute -- is Warner saying a primary issue in defense policy should be maintaining the military as a government jobs program? Or is he just throwing away his last vestige of principle to ingratiate himself with his party before he retires?

And Brady is just silly, attempting to continue the absurd GOP line of president-as-superhero, arguing that foreign leaders are somehow going to be more intimidated by a president who's tough enough to beat them in a fistfight than one who's smart enough to beat them in the international arena.

Posted by: jimeh | October 30, 2008 6:22 PM | Report abuse

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