Romney tells vets dangerous world demands powerful military

SAN DIEGO, California Mon May 28, 2012 5:28pm EDT

1 of 2. Mitt Romney, U.S. Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts governor, speaks during a memorial day ceremony held at the Veterans Museum & Memorial Center in San Diego, California May 28, 2012.

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SAN DIEGO, California (Reuters) - Presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney chose Veterans Day to proclaim to the American people his conviction that the world is a dangerous place, and the United States must remain its most formidable military power.

"The world is not safe," Romney told veterans on Memorial Day. He was joined by Senator John McCain, in a speech to honor the veterans of America's wars.

The United States now has two paths forward, Romney said. He called one "the pathway to Europe," suggesting Europe had acquiesced to geopolitical threats. "To shrink our military smaller and smaller to pay for our social needs."

The other path, Romney said, is "to commit to preserve America as the strongest military in the world, second to none, with no comparable power anywhere in the world."

Romney, expected to face off against President Barack Obama in November, joined the 2008 Republican presidential nominee in thanking the nation's veterans.

Romney, who has focused his campaign on the struggling U.S. economy, changed his focus on Monday in his warning about the dangers of the world outside America's borders, indirectly criticizing Obama's foreign policies.

"I wish I could tell you that the world is a safe place. It's not," Romney said.

Romney ticked off Iran, Pakistan, China and Russia, among other countries, as threats as he transformed his message from economic warnings of the United States becoming like Europe to a military warning that America was becoming weaker.

McCain introduced Romney to the 5,000 people gathered as a "man who I believe is fully qualified to be commander-in-chief."

"He believes in American exceptionalism," McCain said. "He believes the 21st Century will also be an American century."

American exceptionalism is a political philosophy that assigns a unique and unprecedented place to the United States as the leading global proponent and exemplar of liberty, freedom and equality around the world.

(Reporting By Sam Youngman; editing by Todd Eastham)

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Comments (160)
mardec09 wrote:
Romney is right and we all know it. Thank heaven he sees things as they are and not as he would like them to be.

May 28, 2012 6:43pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
J4ck wrote:
Does the Flag still wave o’er the land of the free and home of the brave? NO, fear mongers, taking our liberties and spending us into oblivion to pay fat cat war corporations. FAIL.

May 28, 2012 6:48pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
buzzcut wrote:
Does this mean Mitten’s sions are going to serve their country? Mitten’s never did. He dodged the draft in a french chateau. Another rich chicken hawk who will have other peoples kids die for his profit. What a despicable man.

May 28, 2012 6:49pm EDT  --  Report as abuse
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