The Straits Times
Published on Oct 21, 2012

Romney, Obama at odds over US military spending


WASHINGTON (AFP) - Despite heated campaign rhetoric, United States President Barack Obama and Republican rival Mitt Romney mostly share common ground on national security issues but they are sharply at odds over the defence budget.

Mr Romney has accused Mr Obama of short-changing the country's armed forces and has vowed to boost funding for the world's most powerful military, promising more warships, more submarines and more troops in uniform.

"I'll roll back President Obama's deep and arbitrary cuts to our national defence that would devastate our military," Mr Romney said in a major foreign policy speech this month.

"I'll make the critical defence investments that we need to remain secure."