Mitt Romney promises world's strongest military (+video)

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  • airnaut Everett, 00
    June 1, 2012 3:10 p.m.

    We alredy HAVE the world's Strongest Military -- by a long way.

    We can cut 50% and still be bigger than our new found psuedo-capitalist "friends" with WallStreet in Communist Red China.

    But go ahead and keep thinking terrorists living in caves, throwing rocks, in Pakistan are the biggest threat America needs to justify $1.5 billion Stealth bombers, $5 Billion aircraft carriers, and $10 Billion ICBM weapon systems.

    Whatever the Monster under the bed de-jour.

  • non believer PARK CITY, UT
    June 1, 2012 11:58 a.m.

    Love Mitt's options, either cut military spending to help Social Needs or just go for it and spend spend spend on a military that does not have to account for its budget until 2017! Yes, that is correct, the Pentagon has until 2017 to put accounting software in place to track its spending. There is over 10 trillion unaccounted for since 1991. And we just keep throwing money at them year after year and hope that they are making good decisions! We already spend more than the next 20 countries combined! Maybe I can buy a surplus tank that doubles as a waffle maker?

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 31, 2012 3:00 p.m.

    @Riverton Cougar
    Riverton, UT
    LDS Liberal,

    So you see no difference? Maybe you should spend a week in a Nazi concentration camp before you compare Bush's "aggression" to Hitler's. And shame on the person who liked your comment! For everyone's sake, please educate yourself about the war before posting!
    •11:00 a.m. May 31, 2012


    Bush’s Guantanamo Bay IS a Concentration camp, complete with torture chambers.

    And as for “educating myself about war” --- I don’t need to read about it, I’ve LIVED it --- because I’m a VETERAN, it are you?

    We have sworn and oath to DEFEND this country and our Constitution.
    Never to OFFEND.

    FYI – Offensive wars led to the ultimate down-fall of the Ancient Nephites, not sexual immorality – but offensive bloodshed.

    The First Presidency of The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints wrote that “…we do not believe that aggression should be carried on in the name and under the false cloak of defense.”

    To answer you again, I see NO difference.

  • utecougar Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2012 1:51 p.m.

    Hey, Riverton, the Lamanites wiped out the Nephites anyway. Sorry for the spoiler in case you haven't finished reading the Book of Mormon. And read President Kimball's Bicentennial speech. Someone in these comments has quoted some excerpts. Violence in self defense is justifiable (see the D&C), but it's not what God would prefer us to choose. Violent acts such as attacking a foreign country without provocation are never justifiable.

  • Happy Valley Heretic Orem, UT
    May 31, 2012 1:32 p.m.

    Riverton Cougar said: I hope you realize that realistically, had all the Nephites taken the oath the people of Ammon did and refused to defend themselves, the Nephite nation would have been wiped out by the Lamanites.

    I'm sorry but isn't that what ended up happening anyway? Perhaps it was because they thought they new better, too.

    I see no differnce between Bush's act of agression, and the Crusades, Indian Wars or Pirates.
    The Shame lies with those who believe in "pre-emptive strikes" or attacking a nation without provocation.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 31, 2012 11:00 a.m.

    "When is the last time Brother Mitt read the Book of Mormon? Has he ever heard of the people of Ammon? You know--the Anti-Nephi-Lehis? The ones who buried their weapons and relied entirely on God to preserve them. Does he take his scriptures seriously? Just wondering."


    Have you heard about the sons of the Anti-Nephi-Lehis? You know, those 2000 stripling warriors? Have you heard about Captain Moroni? Teancum? I hope you realize that realistically, had all the Nephites taken the oath the people of Ammon did and refused to defend themselves, the Nephite nation would have been wiped out by the Lamanites. Their oath was very honorable, but that path isn't always an option for everyone.

    "I see no differnce between Bush's act of agression, to the Vikings, Pirates or the Nazi who invaded, plundered, and stole whatever they wanted from other countries."

    LDS Liberal,

    So you see no difference? Maybe you should spend a week in a Nazi concentration camp before you compare Bush's "aggression" to Hitler's. And shame on the person who liked your comment! For everyone's sake, please educate yourself about the war before posting!

  • utecougar Salt Lake City, UT
    May 31, 2012 9:59 a.m.

    When is the last time Brother Mitt read the Book of Mormon? Has he ever heard of the people of Ammon? You know--the Anti-Nephi-Lehis? The ones who buried their weapons and relied entirely on God to preserve them. Does he take his scriptures seriously? Just wondering.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    May 30, 2012 3:02 p.m.

    CHS 85: I wrote out a response here a few times and decided to reword it. First, again I am sorry you lost a year with your child. But, at least you still have yours! How about your nephews and your father are they with you still or your grandfather or a hand full of uncles and a friend from childhood?

    I too prefer peace and your insinuation here I don't, is again, just a plain wrong assumption! I never said we need more war, but your comments back to me put up these strawmen arguements.

    No where has Romney said he wants to go to war! The thousands of Veterans at the memorial he attended realize that! You and the others here that read the article by AP got the AP slant!
    They emphasized 1 sentence in a 20 minute speech.

    Sometimes situations are not so simple as your last sentence states. War should be the last resort. But a weak America is not good for anyone here or abroad!

    American lives are priceless! ALL Americans!

    Weakness in economic power in America now causes tens of millions of Americans to suffer, adult and children alike! Here Obama Failed!

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 30, 2012 2:56 p.m.

    Bush - $2 Trillion dollars, 10 years of war, 5,000 dead soldiers - NO Osama Bin Laden
    Obama - 6 Navy Seals [@ $23 per hour], 40 minute operation, No deployment, 0 dead soldiers - No more Osama Bin Laden.

    I'd rather serve under Pres. Obama, than leave my family 4-5 times for nothing under Bush or Romney anyday my friends.

    Punish those responsible for the acts they committed,
    Not invading and occupying an entire country that just-so-happens to be sitting on top of a very valuable natural resource.

    I see no differnce between Bush's act of agression, to the Vikings, Pirates or the Nazi who invaded, plundered, and stole whatever they wanted from other countries.

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    May 30, 2012 12:29 p.m.


    Let me ask you again since you failed to answer my question. How much are the lives the men and women who died to bring civil chaos to Iraq worth? How much were the lives of the tens of thousands of men who died in Vietnam worth?

    I have seen war, and I prefer peace. I have seen men die in unimaginable, horrific ways. I almost drove over a Pepsi can in Iraq and am still haunted by it. Nothing you can say here will convince me that we need more war, more death, more killing without a clear threat to this country. To me it is that simple.

  • Billy Bob Salt Lake City, UT
    May 30, 2012 11:45 a.m.

    It is wise to keep the military strong. Anyone who thinks differently is deceiving themselves. Now whether we should be as militarily active abroad as we have in the past is an entirely different matter and I think is subject to debate. I think sometimes doing so helps protect us, other times it just costs a lot of money for nothing.

    On a side note, isn't it great how Obama prides himself on getting the troops out of Iraq... but fails to note that he did so on W's time table? He places all the blame on Bush for anything that is wrong (even things that have become worse under Obama) but fails to give credit where credit is due (this includes Osama being taken out).

  • Anti Bush-Obama Washington, DC
    May 30, 2012 11:27 a.m.

    To police the world right mitt? What a sad thing.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 30, 2012 10:44 a.m.

    Hayden, ID
    @ Willary. Obviously you have never served in the military or you would know that we liberate people from dictators and leave them to govern themselves! Even in Libya , Japan, most of Europe, Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines, and many others!

    2:06 p.m. May 29, 2012


    Obviously YOU've never served in the military or else you'd know the we liberated them all right, and STILL permanently occupy them with a full-blown military presence 70 years later.

    So much for letting them govern themselves.

    They can do anything they want, so long as Uncle Sam appoves --- and he''s atationed Big Brother there to keep a close eye on them.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    May 30, 2012 10:22 a.m.

    To CHS 85: If you were fair in your analysis of policy and the debate we're having here you would think a bit before you claim I do not understand your efforts or that I have no skin in the game! You don't know me! Two questions you should ask yourself before you attack me based on your INCORRECT assumptions are these:
    1. Why was he at a Memorial Service?
    2. Does he have skin in the game?

    I understand your sacrifice! More than you can or might want to imagine. I appreciate with all my heart your sacrifice and that of your family.

    You may not agree with the intellegence that came about that led us into Iraq, Afganistan, Somolia, Kuwait, Yemen, the Philippines, Pakistan or any number of other Nations where the War on Terror has been fought but you do not represent all the military. You represent you. It stands now that by a very very large margin Veterans support Mr. Romney!

    The Economy is the power of us as a collective people and that President Obama has fsiled at!

    23,500,000 Unemployed
    46,600,000 on food stamps

  • CHS 85 Sandy, UT
    May 29, 2012 10:20 p.m.


    And what is his predecessor's legacy? 4000 dead American men and women fighting endless wars based on "faulty" intelligence.

    How much are their lives worth? How much was the year of my daughter's life worth while I was fighting in Iraq on "faulty" intelligence?

    Just trivial to you people who have no skin in the game.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    May 29, 2012 5:08 p.m.

    It really is too bad none of you who are hateing on Mitt Romney and that which was written here didn't actually hear his presentation at the Memorial Service. You just sucked down the left wing propaganda the media wanted you to absorb! They wrote it and you swallowed it up. The article emphasized what the left wanted not actually what occurred or was said. You have done the same thing you accuse Republicans of. Listening to a Limbaugh or Hannity you say makes a Republican a drone or worse, but here you have done the same! Yes, those of you who swallow the Maddow, Schultz, Blitzer drivel, are just as bad as the Republicans who absorb theirs with no critical thinking! Many comments by those who do not like Mitt Romney are misquoted or just plain false in regards to his speech. But a left leaning reporter twisted it, you accepted it and ran with it!

    In the end it is the economy. People at the event realize that. 46.6 million on food stamps, 15.9 percent real unemployment, 15,723,000,000,000.00 in debt and a 1.4 billion dollar budget shortfall! Obama's legacy

  • louie Cottonwood Heights, UT
    May 29, 2012 4:57 p.m.

    @Mountanman If Obama is the failed icon of socialism, give me more of it. The stock market has done better under the Obama and Clinton administrations than any republican president including Reagan.

  • KD Salt Lake City, UT
    May 29, 2012 3:43 p.m.

    I tend to go with the opinions of those actually in the military. The majority support Romney which should tell you how they feel about the current commander in chief. Secondly, the military is the least of my worries with a deficit that continues to grow by 2 million dollars per minute. Before too long China will own our military and the point will be mute. Mitt is rich because he knows how to manage money. Obama knows nothing about running a military or budget. I won't say that I disagree with Obama on everything, but his ability to spend money is unprecedented.

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    May 29, 2012 3:39 p.m.

    "Romney said Obama 'can no longer ignore calls from congressional leaders in both parties to take more assertive steps in Syria." Romney said the current approach has only given Syrian leaders more time to crackdown on protesters.' "

    War, War, War! That is his foreign policy?

    Let all of those who are in favor of getting US involved in yet another no-win war, be the first to volunteer. If we can now allow women to serve in combat, we can surely allow our politicians to serve in the front lines too. Let them lead the charge and then we will see how many more wars they want to involve us in.

    "calls from congressional leaders in both parties..." The congressional leaders in both parties are a large part of the problem. Yet, they won't even assert the power given them in the Constitution to actually "declare war", giving in instead to UN Resolutions. Leaders?

    But what about the invasion that is still ongoing right here in the US? Where are our troops to defend our own borders?

    What good is it to have the strongest military in the world if it is not used to defend US?

  • IdahoStranger NEWDALE, ID
    May 29, 2012 2:25 p.m.

    Romney said: "The other is to commit to preserve America as the strongest military in the world, second to none, with no comparable power anywhere in the world."

    From: Freedom From War: The United States Program
    for General and Complete Disarmament in a Peaceful World. DEPARTMENT OF STATE PUBLICATION 7277
    Disarmament Series 5, Released September 1961:

    "progressive controlled disarmament and continuously developing principles and procedures of international law would proceed to a point where no state would have the military power to challenge the progressively strengthened U.N. Peace Force ... "

    Since the US still belongs to and supports the UN, are we to believe that Romney is prepared to end our membership in the UN and stop contributing our US Armed Forces to the UN Peace Force?

    See how truthful Romney's pledge is by seeing Romney campaign to end our membership in the UN
    and stop having our soldiers wearing UN blue and fighting UN wars.

    Google "Freedom From War 7277" and "Changing Commands: The Betrayal of America's Military" to see the truth about what is happening.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 29, 2012 2:06 p.m.

    @ Willary. Obviously you have never served in the military or you would know that we liberate people from dictators and leave them to govern themselves! Even in Libya , Japan, most of Europe, Iraq, Afghanistan, Philippines, and many others!

  • UtahVoter Spanish Fork, UT
    May 29, 2012 1:10 p.m.

    I simply do not see the "clear differences" between President Obama and the potential President Romney on foreign policy. The two haggle over tiny differences in how much exactly we should grow our overgrown spending. Both propose massive spending increases on unnecessary wars overseas. Both propose general spending that far outstrips our current taxation by more than a 1/3. I'd love to believe that Romney intends to cut more spending but his proposed budgets call for near status-quo.

    Mitt Romney was calling for general war with Syria yesterday? Does Romney know any Syrians? Are any of his sons in the military? I've been to Syria and have a great love for the people there and my prayers are with them -- but I don't currently see how a general attack by our defense forces is likely to turn out good for the people. Basshar al-Assad is indubitably a tyrant, though not yet with as much blood on his hands as his father before him -- and yet, again, after seeing the hundreds of *thousands* killed by our destruction and overthrow and occupation of Afghanistan and Iraq, I wouldn't wish that upon the Syrian people.

  • Craig Clark Boulder, CO
    May 29, 2012 1:07 p.m.

    Romney pledges to keep our military the strongest in the world. That's essential but insufficient for a foreign policy.

  • Riverton Cougar Riverton, UT
    May 29, 2012 11:25 a.m.

    You gotta love the liberal logic.

    Liberals whine about how 9/11 happened on Bush's watch. Then they complain when Romney calls for increased defense.

    Liberals hate Bush for increasing the national debt. Then it's ok when Obama adds more than Bush did, and did it in less than half the time.

    Liberals claim that Romney is a flip-flopper, but embrace Obama's broken campaign promises of transparency and letting the public have 5 days to read through a bill before he signs is, among many other lies (such as a one-term proposition if the economy is still down).

    Liberals blame Bush for our unemployment still being high, yet claim that Obama is adding millions of private sector jobs (why is unemployment still high, then?).

    According to liberals, Romney can't be trusted to do what he says. Then they say that what he says he will do will destroy our country. So... using that logic, Romney can't be expected to destroy our country, or else he's the kind of guy who does what he says he will do. In that case, liberals, you have nothing to fear! Unless you're lying about something.

  • LDS Liberal Farmington, UT
    May 29, 2012 10:49 a.m.

    Echoing der Führer and the need for a growing military $ -- Mitt Romney says,
    "A strong America is the best deterrent to war that has ever been invented," he said.

    Funny - Bet you never thought middle eastern terrorists throwing rocks and hiding in caves in Pakistan needed a $1.5 Billion Stealth bomber, or a 10 year $2 Trillion occupation of their country to take them out.

    BTW - Jesus taught,
    Those who live by the sword, shall die by the sword.
    “Then said Jesus unto him, Put up again thy sword into his place: for all they that take the sword shall perish with the sword” (Matthew 26:52, King James Version)

  • Esquire Springville, UT
    May 29, 2012 10:34 a.m.

    Yawn. More blather from Romney, saying nice things and backing it up with nothing. What would he do differently than Obama. No one in their right mind or who is honest would say Obama has weakened the military. It only means going back to the neo-con era of Bush and invading whomever and whenever they like with no regard for the cost to U.S. taxpayers and the ruined lives of the members of the military. If Romney would say, we need to streamline the military and look to get more for our investment, I'll listen. Until then, his comments are more of the same old tired cliches from Republican campaigns from the last 30 plus years. Why does his provide no real details or plans? Could it be he is an empty suit?

  • JWB Kaysville, UT
    May 29, 2012 10:24 a.m.

    When an article, from the AP or DesNews appears in the paper that supports, sort of the military and tangle it with politics, how many new people surface to say the military should be cut back due to politics, not military strategy. Presidents over the past more than 20 years have used politics to use the military for whatever they needed to show their might and policy, not what is best for the country. The military have plans and Presidents disclose those plans for their political gain. The Commander-in-Chief is an important position but is used to get home court advantage and not for our national defense. We have so much good for the world. We are not an empire building nation as some suggest but are providing for the common defense. We cannot let Europe's lack of military be the model to emulate. We have our Founding Fathers and Constitution to use as a basis. Loss of lives is not what we want for political basis but for military plan purposes approved by the Executive and Congressional balance of valid policy and funds. On Memorial Day we celebrate those who gave their all for our Country.

  • one old man Ogden, UT
    May 29, 2012 9:53 a.m.

    I've tried several times this morning to ask a simple question, but the DN censors apparently don't like it. Here goes again:

    When Mitt launches the next war, will his children be fighting in it?

    Or will it be the children of less affluent Americans who will do the dying again?

  • Irony Guy Bountiful, Utah
    May 29, 2012 9:48 a.m.

    Vote Romney for the next big exciting war! It will enrich his mega-rich buddies under the guise of enthusiastic flag waving. What we really need is a moderating, diplomatic voice looking for common ground and rational solutions. (That would be Obama, thank you.)

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    May 29, 2012 9:43 a.m.

    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.

  • embarrassed Utahn! Salt Lake City, UT
    May 29, 2012 9:38 a.m.

    "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!

  • DEW Sandy, UT
    May 29, 2012 8:55 a.m.

    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!

  • williary Kearns, UT
    May 29, 2012 8:41 a.m.


    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.

  • Rapunzelthebrave HELOTES, TX
    May 29, 2012 8:21 a.m.

    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.

  • Rapunzelthebrave HELOTES, TX
    May 29, 2012 8:19 a.m.

    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.

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 29, 2012 8:13 a.m.

    @ 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!

  • Mountanman Hayden, ID
    May 29, 2012 7:48 a.m.

    Obama is the new icon of failed socialism!

  • Aggielove Cache county, USA
    May 29, 2012 7:46 a.m.

    Would you rather be protected, or invaded?

  • williary Kearns, UT
    May 29, 2012 7:27 a.m.

    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.

  • peter Alpine, UT
    May 29, 2012 7:01 a.m.

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

  • Baron Scarpia Logan, UT
    May 29, 2012 6:31 a.m.

    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.

  • Furry1993 Clearfield, UT
    May 29, 2012 6:18 a.m.

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

  • Joshua Steimle Draper, UT
    May 29, 2012 5:50 a.m.

    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.

  • Heffy Kaysville, UT
    May 29, 2012 2:03 a.m.

    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.

  • mightymite DRAPER, UT
    May 28, 2012 10:55 p.m.

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

  • Mark B Eureka, CA
    May 28, 2012 6:45 p.m.

    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?

  • Moderate Salt Lake City, UT
    May 28, 2012 6:23 p.m.

    Still fighting the Russians, eh Mitt?

  • The_Kaiser Holladay, UT
    May 28, 2012 5:30 p.m.

    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.

  • don17 Temecula, CA
    May 28, 2012 5:02 p.m.

    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!