“To Mitt Romney, that’s a problem. To President Obama, it’s a chance to deliver a punch-line," the voiceover says, before transitioning to Obama saying, "We also have fewer horses and bayonets, because the nature of our military's changed."
The narrator then makes an argument that Obama's "flippant" remarks were insulting to both Romney and those whose jobs depend on the military. Each ad is tailored to the individual state where it will air, noting the specific impact of sequestration cuts in that battleground.
“The state of our Navy, the state of our entire U.S. military, is crucial for America. Our freedom depends on it. And so do many of our jobs, 41,900 in Florida alone. Does President Obama know how much his defense cuts will hurt us?" the narrator in the Florida version says. "Sure, his flippant remarks insult Mitt Romney, but do they also expose how President Obama views the world and America’s place in it?”
Romney has repeatedly highlighted Obama's "horses and bayonets" line in advertisements, but the president's campaign has been unapologetic. In a statement earlier this week, Obama spokesman Danny Kanner called Romney "out of touch" and "backward-looking" in regard to the Navy.
"As President Obama said, 'Gov. Romney hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works.' " Kanner said.
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