Romney pledges to expand, not trim military spending in Philadelphia region

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney made two stops in the Philadelphia area today, saying Pennsylvania is not sewn up for President Obama.

Hundreds turned out to see Mitt Romney in Wayne, Montgomery County, an area that once was solidly Republican but is no sure thing for the GOP.

Romney spoke to a crowd in a sweltering auditorium at the Valley Forge Military academy, saying voting for President Obama is not good for the youth of America.

“If anybody who’s a young person going to college today keeps voting for the president, they get more debt, fewer jobs and a smaller military,” said Romney.  “I represent a very different course I’ll make sure the young people of today have more jobs and a bright and prosperous future.  That’s the difference between us.”

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Romney says he and the President have different plans on military spending.

“This idea of a trillion dollars in cuts to our military is wrong,” he said.  “When I am elected President of the United States we will restore out military, We will not cut our military commitment.”

The military cuts attracted some bipartisan support in Congress, but Romney says that was a mistake.

Outside the event people were selling “NObama” t-shirts saying its time for a change in Washington.

In Philadelphia, Democrats including former Governor Ed Rendell spoke out, saying the Mitt Romney administration would be bad for the country.

“He is completely out of touch with working Pennsylvanians, working Philadelphians he has no connection to reality,” said Rendell. “As president he would not be a president for all Americans,  He would be a president for the rich and the powerful and the well-connected.”

Romney’s morning fundraiser at the Union League in Center City was closed to the press and general public, though there were plenty of protesters outside, including those using street theater to attack the Republican nominee.


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