Tuesday, October 23, 2012

Governor McDonnell calls foul on Obama’s “horses and bayonets” zinger

Governor Bob McDonnell

At Monday nights presidential debate between President Obama and Governor Mitt Romney on foreign policy Romney criticized Obama for a depletion in Navy ships since the early 1900s. President Obama replied that it wasn’t 1900 anymore and “it’s not a game of Battleship.” He used the analogy that the modern day military doesn’t use “horses and bayonets” anymore.

Following the debate TV pundits said Obama’s “zinger” response would surely be used against him in sound bites.

It wasn’t but a few minutes before Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell responded with the statement below saying “his flippant comment about ‘horses and bayonets’ was an insult to every sailor who has put his or her life on the line for our country.”

“The United States Navy calls Hampton Roads home. Norfolk Naval Station is the largest naval station in the world, and all Virginians are honored to have this great facility in the Commonwealth. Unfortunately, President Obama’s dismissive comments about the Navy tonight should be concerning for any voter who cares about the safety and security of Americans at home and abroad. President Obama has not only ignored these concerns — but his flippant comment about ‘horses and bayonets’ was an insult to every sailor who has put his or her life on the line for our country. Gov. Romney is clearly the candidate in this race who recognizes the importance of ensuring that our fighting men and women have the resources and the support they need to protect our interests and ensure that no adversary would think to challenge us. Tonight, Virginians, and all Americans, saw that Mitt Romney is the president we need in a challenging and uncertain world.”

However in a Feb. 2012 document the Honorable Ray Mabus Secretary of the Navy said,”It’s about remaining a great country. It’s not about politics. It’s not about partisanship. It’s about patriotism … Now, the ships we have today are far more capable than any ships we’ve ever had, and comparing them to the old fleet in terms of numbers is sort of like comparing iPhones to the telegraph. But quantity has a quality all its own if you want capability” 

Posted By Valerie Garner

Categories: Election 2012, Elections, National, Politics

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