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Thursday, October 20, 2016

WATCH: Romney On Not Mentioning The Troops: ‘You Talk About The Things That You Think Are Important’

On Friday morning, Fox News’ Bret Baier gave GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney a chance to explain why he did not mention the troops or Afghanistan once in his speech accepting his party’s nomination. Baier asked if he regretted the omission, which opened up a line of attacks many Democrats have employed since.

“No I regret you repeating day in and day out,” Romney said. “When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list. You talk about the things that you think are important. And I described in my speech my commitment to a strong military, unlike our president’s decision to cut our military. And I didn’t use the word ‘troops.’ I used the word ‘military.’ I think they refer to the same thing.”

Mother Jones‘ Adam Serwer points out:

However, in a time of war Romney failed to give his opinion on the conflict in the most important speech of his campaign. Also, conflating the military with the troops indicates a trend in America to dismiss the fact that a small percentage of Americans actually serve in the military and fight our wars.

Republicans often use the tactic of questioning the media. That Romney had to do so on Fox News shows that he hit a right wing nerve by not at least paying lip service to the troops.

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  • Eioljg

    I guess Mitt doesn’t get it even when he has the most expensive advisers that money can buy, presumably.

  • jcbsdriver

    You talk about the things that you think are important.

    The war and our troops are then not important.

    You talked about the military, but no, that is not the same. Talking about the military budget is not the same as talking about our troops deployed and at war.

  • docb

    Wonder what our 1 million men and women think about their valor not being important enough to be mentioned at the repub convention byt the candidate that expects their VOTE! And the senior vets must be screaming bloody murder by now! How dare he be so stupid and uncaring as to NOT EVEN MENTION OR THANK THEM!!

    Willard is a disgusting piece of disconnected trash!

  • What do you expect from someone who never had to wear the uniform. Say what you will about Dubya, at least he tried. Yeah, it was the ANG, and his father pulled strings to get him in there, but it is better than the deferments Willard had.
    As for Ryan – typical chicken-hawk. He talks the good talk about being pro-military, but he never put the uniform on, either. Guess he was too busy trying to be the “Best Butt Kisser” as his High School yearbook described him.

    So what about BHO? Give the guy credit. He admitted he didn’t understand what life in the military was like, but he knew enough to ask.

  • bcarreiro

    one unity, god bless our troops and their families. the almighty dollar bill over the heart that all beats in us. see obama appreciates… thats the difference. serenity, courage and wisdom just like our heroes. romney you might want to take a minute and think that hey… my shit stinks too.

  • Saying that we need a strong military, and thanking our soldiers overseas fighting, and dieing for our freedom are not the same thing you bozo. This man is making Sarah Palin look like a foreign policy expert.

  • Bull.

    Romney thinks of troops as disposable assets.

    Romney feels the military budget needs to be over-inflated.

    Obama wants to trim the fat out of the most overblown budget in the world–the U.S. military/industrial complex.

    Just like the effort to detach the cancerous “add-on” otherwise known as Medicare Advantage saved money and saved the program, thus was somehow an attack, Obama’s effort to make the military a sustainable part of the US economy is supposed to be an attack on it? Please!

    Romney’s corporate cronies want to save America–for themselves. That’s why they call themselves conservative.