Tuesday, July 31, 2012

Will $500 Billion In U.S. Defense Cuts Be An Election Issue This Fall?

Parties Look To Make $1 Trillion In Sequestration Cuts A Campaign Issue -- The Hill

The $1 trillion in spending cuts under sequestration are emerging as a major issue in congressional races and the presidential campaign, as both parties think they have a winning hand heading into November.

The reductions in defense spending have been used in attack ads for races in military heavy states like Virginia, and President Obama and Mitt Romney traded barbs over the cuts in back-to-back foreign policy speeches this week.

The word “sequestration” certainly doesn’t roll off the tongue to voters, but campaigns in both parties are banking that the $500 billion reduction to defense spending will still hit home over national security concerns and — perhaps more importantly — the potential loss of jobs.

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My Comment: The public sentiment is clear .... they want defense cuts. The key for the Republicans is to outline what are the consequences if such cuts go through .... but so far .... from my point of view .... their have failed to make their case.

Update: But even though polls favor defense cuts .... the White House is clearly worried.

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