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Obama Va. visits sparks GOP attacks over defense
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“It seems like about at every turn the policies of this president on energy, on jobs, on defense, on taxes are hurting our ability … to getting [Virginians] more access to the American Dream,” Mr. McDonnell told reporters at an event for Mr. Romney.
Former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani, campaigning Thursday in Virginia Beach on behalf of Mr. Romney, told veterans that Mr. Obama would wreck the region’s economy through defense spending cuts in a second term.
“He has your region of the country right in his crosshairs,” Mr. Giuliani said at a Veterans of Foreign Wars post. “He can do more damage to you than he does to most of the rest of America if we should make the mistake of re-electing him because the cuts he has in mind for our military are devastating.”
Defense Secretary Leon E. Panetta has warned against the military spending cuts. The president has called for a mix of spending cuts and tax increases, and during this two-day tour of Virginia he is pushing for tax hikes on families earning more than $250,000 per year.
Mr. Boehner’s office said that the House voted in May to replace the “devastating cuts with common-sense spending cuts and reforms … reducing the deficit by an additional $242.8 billion beyond the Budget Control Act while protecting our troops and our national security.”
“But the president and Senate Democrats have rejected the solutions in the House bill, and the Obama administration refuses to respond to requests from Congress on how it plans to implement the military cuts, and how specific federal programs and activities would be affected,” Mr. Boehner’s office said.
On Saturday, Mr. Obama will campaign in Richmond.
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