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Published: Monday, May 28 2012 1:10 p.m. MDT

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don17
Temecula, CA

Another AP article trying to promote a failed President by down playing the Veterans Memorial Service in San Diego. When Romney rose to speak he wasn't looking at a crowd of just 5,000. The overflow was 5,000 individals strong. All the parking lots were filled at the complex and adjoining complexes to capacity and buses ran full. It took an hour to empty the lots out!
Pastor Ottolango(Vietnam Veterans of America) gave a powerful invocation followed by a stirring speech of Thank You by Kim Dang Trang(Vietnamese Community Association). That was followed by David Dickey(San Diego Veteran of the Year) and Carl DeMaio(San Diego City Council).
Nick Popaditch gave a historical perspective to the event with detailed Battle Stories that brought many to tears and also to flag waving applause! Then John McCain rose to speak and was drowned out in appreciative cheers. He put the protestors in their place and enthusiastically endorsed and introduced Mitt Romney!
Mitt Romney looked over 20-25,000 people and promoted American Idealism a strong Military and a Can Do Spirit missing in America! Love of Country was a powerful theme! Mitt's speech received many ovations!

The_Kaiser
Holladay, UT

When will a political candidate stand up and call out the fact that we cannot stop spending? Military spending is out of control.

Protect our borders. Speak softly, carry a big stick. Too bad these days we are trying to use a tree instead of a big stick.

Moderate
Salt Lake City, UT

Still fighting the Russians, eh Mitt?

Mark B
Eureka, CA

Let's see. Pump the military (again), cut taxes for the richest Americans (again), take a longing gaze at another preemptive attack, and make sure we're keeping the Israelis happy. On whose back will the budget then be balanced?

mightymite
DRAPER, UT

He says this now, wait and see what he does... Look at his track record... Not good..

Heffy
Kaysville, UT

The military could be cut in half and still be the strongest in the world by a good margin. It doesn't need to be grown.

Joshua Steimle
Draper, UT

Seems like a funny statement to make. Mitt makes it sound as though the US is in danger of being overtaken by some other country, when in reality we could cut our military spending by 50% and still easily spend more than any other country. The US currently spends more on militarism than the rest of the world combined.

Not that military spending = strong military. We could double military spending and still have the weakest military in the world. Unfortunately, I believe Mitt does equate spending to strength, and military spending with defense. If we wanted a stronger defense, we would actually cut military spending drastically. Our current system is so bloated and inefficient, not to mention that our military strategy is focused on empire which promotes negative feelings against the US, that each additional dollar almost guarantees that we become less safe rather than more so. The better strategy would be to bring all the troops home, end the empire building, and focus on a real system of self-defense.

Furry1993
Clearfield, UT

How many more of the country's brightest and best is Mitt willing to sacrifice? We REALLLY don't need this guy.

Baron Scarpia
Logan, UT

Leveraging the military for the campaign is probably not a good move on Mitt's part.

His deferments over his LDS mission and schooling (at Harvard) only highlight issues that are problematic among Evangelicals and conservatives. Mitt pokes fun at Obama's Harvard education, when Mitt himself has TWO degrees from the liberal institution.

Mitt is weakest on military and foreign policy issues (e.g., comments about Russian being our enemy is another recent gaffe). In the debates, Obama will crush him on foreign policy. Mitt needs a strong foreign policy VP -- Huntsman comes to mind (his LDS background would be a tough sell), but I've read that Condie Rice is also being considered. Rice would harken back to the Bush years that would be a turn off for most voters, but the GOP doesn't have many strong or well-recognized foreign policy/military types in its ranks for a good VP slot.

peter
Alpine, UT

And what in Obama's nonspeculative track record can you say is "good?"

williary
Kearns, UT

Just curious but can someone ask Mitt how much the two "social programs" called Afgahnistan and Iraq cost us American taxpayers?

Once again, Mitt pledging to do nothing new, but instead returning us to the failed W. policies.

Aggielove
Cache county, USA

Would you rather be protected, or invaded?

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

Obama is the new icon of failed socialism!

Mountanman
Hayden, ID

@ Willary. Have you ever heard of Al Qaida? You know, those thugs who flew those airplanes into our buildings and murdered 3,000 innocent people on 9/11? How quickly you forget!

Rapunzelthebrave
HELOTES, TX

Mitt Romney has already agreed with Obama's NDAA bill that effectively destroys our Bill of Rights. Mitt Romney is now promising to expand our continued empire building - just as Obama will continue to do. The truth is there isn't much difference between Obama and Romney. We have a growing dictatorship on our hands. And, putting Romney into office might give us a benign dictator, however, I prefer liberty over a dictatorship of any form. People aren't voting for a president when their only choices are Obama and Romney - they are voting for a king. Only one presidential candidate has offered true liberty this campaign season - and he has been subject to a very exact and pervasive black-out by the dictatorship-promoting media.

Rapunzelthebrave
HELOTES, TX

Mountain man states, "Obama is the new icon of failed socialism!"

Unfortunately, Romney has and will continue to emulate much of the failed socialism Obama represents and promotes. In any debate Obama can crush Romney by simply pointing out that he has used Romney as a policy-making roll model.

williary
Kearns, UT

@Mountanman

So your solution to terrorism is to invade, destroy, police and create a new US empire in every country that Al-Qaida exists in?

Revenge was swift for 9/11, the Taliban was defeated, Afgahnistan invaded, yet a STILL on-going war effort after a decade. It will likely never end completely.

And it's been proven time and time again that Iraq and Al-Qaida while sharing a central hatred of America, were not in league together. Just another Iraq war myth created by the war-hype machine of the Republican party.

Scream 9/11 and it becomes an excuse for anything. Like spending TRILLIONS on wars that would never see and end if Republicans had their way.

DEW
Sandy, UT

Military should still stay strong but need to reduce those bloating working people in the federal government who have never have been in the military!

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

"We are a warlike people, easily distracted from our assignment of preparing for the coming of the Lord. When enemies rise up, we commit vast resources to the fabrication of gods of stone and steel … and depend on them for protection and deliverance. When threatened, we become anti-enemy instead of pro-kingdom of God; we train a man in the art of war and call him a patriot, thus, in the manner of Satan’s counterfeit of true patriotism, perverting the Savior’s teaching: “Love your enemies, bless them that curse you, do good to them that hate you, and pray for them which despitefully use you, and persecute you;”(Matthew 5:44-45) … What are we to fear when the Lord is with us? … Our assignment is affirmative: … to carry the gospel to our enemies, that they might no longer be our enemies."

Prophet Spencer W. Kimball

What conundrum???? There is no question that Barack Obama has the foreign policy credentials, relationships and experience to lead our Nation back to a legitimate world power. Vote Obama, not for the sabre-rattler!

embarrassed Utahn!
Salt Lake City, UT

Know what's funny? The Des News moderator will not publish comments made by LDS church leaders about war.

Seems to me they want to do all they can to deflect any negativity relating to the favored son, Mitt and his warlike attitude.

Cements my opinion of the objectivity of the Deseret News.

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