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Romney Keeps Focus on Economy in Virginia

The Republican mentions defense, embassy attacks only briefly.

3:00 PM, Sep 13, 2012 • By MICHAEL WARREN
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“And so I would offer a moment of silent, but one gentlemen doesn’t want to be silent, so we’re just going to keep on going,” he said. Romney then recalled his conversation with former Polish president Lech Walesa, who asked Romney about restoring American leadership in the world.

“As we watch the world today, sometimes it seems that we’re at the mercy of events instead of shaping events,” Romney said. “A strong America is essential to shape events. And a strong America, by the way, depends on a strong military. We have to have a military second to none.”

Romney criticized the coming defense cuts under the budget sequestration and promised to “restore” the military’s budget. That got a big positive response from the Northern Virginia crowd.

Eventually, though, Romney came back around to his favorite subject. “Now for a country to have a strong military, then of course you have to have a strong economy,” Romney said.

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