Campaign 2012: Obama Says Romney Would Raise Taxes To Swell Pentagon Budget

President Barack Obama delivers remarks during a campaign stop in Virginia Beach, Va., on Sept. 27. (Photo by SAUL LOEB / AFP)

Political pundits expect the economy and jobs will be the determining issues when voters cast their ballots in November.

Defense and national security issues are not expected to sway remaining undecided voters.

Yet, defense spending has made it into President Barack Obama’s stump speech. And the president is telling voters Romney wants to raise taxes to inflate the Pentagon’s budget.

Obama hit GOP foe Mitt Romney Sept. 27 during a campaign-trail speech in Virginia Beach, Va., for “every few days he keeps on saying he’s going to ‘reboot’ [his] campaign,” according to a White House transcript of the event.

As part of that, Obama said the Romney campaign vows to “start explaining very specifically how [its] plan is going to work — and then they don’t.”

For instance, Romney and his campaign surrogates “don’t explain how [they would] spend $2 trillion more on military spending that our military hasn’t asked for without having you foot the bill,” Obama said. “The math doesn’t add up.”

For their part, Romney campaign officials have said their plan to increase defense spending would be financed, in part, by overturning the controversial health care law Obama shepherded through Congress in 2010.

What’s more, Romney campaign advisers and GOP defense hands on Capitol Hill blame Obama and his top aides for setting the Pentagon on a course for a $500 billion cut to planned spending through 2023 unless Congress passes a $1.2 trillion debt-paring deal by Dec. 31.

And they frequently slam Obama from everything for taking too much credit for the commando raid that killed Osama bin Laden to ending the Iraq and Afghanistan wars too soon to failing to enact a consistent national security doctrine.

“The president quickly intervened in Libya but hasn’t done so in Syria,” a senior Republican source told Defense News on Sept. 27. “How is that consistent? As he has said, Romney would do more to help the opposition — something this president just refuses to do.”

Forty days until Election Day, folks.

John T. Bennett

John T. Bennett

Bennett is the Editor of Defense News' CongressWatch channel. He has a Masters degree in Global Security Studies from Johns Hopkins University.
John T. Bennett