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Ryan vows to protect defense from spending cuts

Posted August 23, 2012

— Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney would stop "reckless defense cuts" from taking effect next year, his running mate, Paul Ryan, told a group of veterans and defense industry insiders in Fayetteville on Thursday.

Ryan and 2nd District Congresswoman Renee Ellmers held a roundtable discussion about defense spending at the Partnership for Defense Innovation.

So-called sequestration cuts are to occur Jan. 2 unless Congress and President Barack Obama can agree on a deficit-cutting budget before then. The cuts would include about $55 billion from defense and another $55 billion from domestic programs.

Similar cuts would then take effect annually over the next decade.

Both Ryan and Ellmers said the Republican-led U.S. House has passed a proposal to cut other federal spending so that defense spending can be spared from the sequestration. But the effort has gotten nowhere in the Senate, they said.

"The Senate has done nothing. The president has proposed no solution," Ryan said.

Romney believes that maintaining a strong defense is a top priority for the government and would work to get a balanced budget passed, Ryan said. Not doing so puts the military at risk, he said.

"The only way we maintain this exceptional nation – this American idea – is because our veterans have time and again, generation after generation, secured it for us," he said. "It's our duty to preserve this legacy, to support our voluntary (military) force of men and women ... and not let them be pawns in a political game."

Retired four-star Gen. Dan McNeill, who was part of the roundtable discussion, said the federal deficit needs to be reined in but not at the expense of harming the armed forces.

Paul Ryan in Fayetteville Ryan: Dems need to approve balance budget to avoid mandatory cuts

"Don't go so recklessly and so deep and in such an uncontrolled way that you do harm to an institution that has shown itself to be invaluable to America and does it with pennies on the dollar," McNeill said.

Ryan said mandatory defense cuts could cost 55,000 jobs in North Carolina.

"Our own neighbors, our own families will experience this because it will mean loss of jobs to our communities and devastation to our communities," Ellmers said. "We have got to make the right decisions for this country, and we need real leadership to do that."

Many in the invited crowd of about 100 said they backed Ryan's position on heading off the sequestration cuts.

"As a lifelong resident of Fayetteville, I know what this military community means to our community, and we've got to protect that," Hutch Hutchens said.

The chairman of the House Budget Committee, Ryan is seeking to build momentum for the Romney-Ryan ticket in the days before the Republican National Convention in Florida, where they'll accept the nomination for president and vice president.

North Carolina is considered a competitive state as President Barack Obama won the state's 15 electoral votes in 2008 and will accept his party nomination in Charlotte after Labor Day.


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  • driverkid3 Aug 24, 2012

    prodigalrn, you DO remember that the dems controlled EVERYTHING till the mid term election, right? They did NOTHING then as far as the budget went. WHY? They had a chance and blew it right out of the water.

  • driverkid3 Aug 24, 2012

    mep, I don't mean this in any funny way, but reading your posts on here, I think I love you. You can put the libs in their place in nothing flat, and you stand strong for what you beleive in. I admire and respect you for that.

    Don't know or care if you're a man or woman, the above still stands!

  • driverkid3 Aug 24, 2012

    biden and obama are full of manure. Of course, you blind loyalists can't tell the difference between fact and fiction.

    There ya go, I fixed it for you. No need to thank me, glad to do it.

  • whatelseisnew Aug 24, 2012

    "The reality is that defense spending does need trimming. The US spends 6% more than 19 civilized countries combined. Get used to it, the cold war is over."

    I agree more cutting is needed. The cold war may be over, but what we face now is far more dangerous. It is made even more dangerous because of the political correctness. Consider the borders for example. Despite 9/11 and despite additional attempts, despite the Fort Hood event and despite arrests of terrorists inside the country our borders are STILL WIDE OPEN. Obama is just one more President that will not do his job relative to the borders. Regardless of who wins in November it unfortunately will not change until another horrendous event like 9/11 takes place. Even then I am not sure the Congress and President will get serious about border security.

  • Trekker Aug 24, 2012

    The reality is that defense spending does need trimming. The US spends 6% more than 19 civilized countries combined. Get used to it, the cold war is over.

  • mille045 Aug 24, 2012

    Is Ryan running for Pesident or Rommney? Why was the Republican bobble-head doll there?

  • Rebelyell55 Aug 24, 2012

    Guess he don't realize that Woman in the picture will cut down his chances of getting elected. Sure hope she is history come Nov.

  • mep Aug 24, 2012

    "Who pushed these cuts to begin with?"

    Ryan voted for them.
    Crabbit Cratur

    Actually he voted for the the agreement process.... the ramifications were that the cuts would be automatic IF there were no agreement. Cant place all the blame on Ryan for no agreement can we? Democrats did have a say on the issue right?
    Well I guess a non-citizen can say and believe what they want..... but the rest of us know the truth of the situation.

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 24, 2012

    "Folks need to stop with the liberal fear mongering... Roe vs Wade is not going away if RR are elected.... "

    Then why is a plan to do just that part of the GOP platform and co-sponsored by Ryan and Akin?. Yes it would take a change to the SC but thats what Presidents can do if they given the chance.
    Is the GOP just doing that to get the stupid vote? or should we believe them when they say they want and will try to get a law that forces my raped daughter to have her rapists child?.

    which is it? They are lying to you or they are monsters.....

  • Crabbit Cratur Aug 24, 2012

    ""The top 1% could pay of the entire nation debt and still have about 10T between them." - crabbit
    So, it is about someone else footing the bill for those who won't pay their share!"

    Do you not know what the word "could" means?

    " And it sounds like a lot of sour grapes over those who have money, rather than equitable load."

    The top 1% have 34% of the nations assets and it was them that ended up keeping all those borrowed dollars. The Money didn't just disappear when the poor spent it on food and housing. It works its way up the ladder till it put in a offshore account by the likes of Romney. So hos is it "equitable" to load everyone with a debt that benefited only the rich in the long term? How is it equitable to take from those who have little or nothing rather from those who would not even notice it was gone?

    "And your math is way off,"

    Is it? what do you think 34% of 75 Trillion is? If my math is off please show that to be the you can't.