The Things That Are Important
September 8, 2012 § 1 Comment
BAIER: To hear several speakers in Charlotte … they were essentially saying that you don’t care about the U.S. military because you didn’t mention U.S. troops and the war in Afghanistan in your nomination acceptance speech. … Do you regret opening up this line of attack, now a recurring attack, by leaving out that issue in the speech.
ROMNEY: I only regret you’re repeating it day in and day out. When you give a speech you don’t go through a laundry list, you talk about the things that you think are important and I described in my speech, my commitment to a strong military unlike the president’s decision to cut our military. And I didn’t use the word troops, I used the word military. I think they refer to the same thing.
- Mitt Romney, September 7, 2012
- Source: Fox News (video)
- Context: During an interview with Fox News’ Brett Baier, Mitt Romney was asked about why he did not emphasize the role of American troops, to which he responded that during his speech he was only talking about things that he thought were important. Romney did mention the military, and he claims that to him the military and the troops are one and the same. The Democrats capitalized on the lack of acknowledgement for American troops during their convention, criticizing the Republicans for their perceived lack of support for the men and women serving in the military.