At Monday’s foreign policy debate, Mitt Romney again swiped at President Barack Obama over the “unacceptable” policy of sequestration. “I will not cut our military budget by a trillion dollars … That in my view is making our future less secure,” he said.
Obama replied that “capabilities” were more important than funding, emphasizing outer space and cyber security.
Defense cuts are a crucial part of Romney’s campaign message in the swing state of Virginia, where many of America’s largest defense contractors reside. Hours before the debate, the Republican candidate tweeted:
— Mitt Romney (@MittRomney) October 22, 2012
Those numbers come from a recent George Mason University report [PDF] sponsored by Aerospace Industries Association, estimating the job losses that would be caused by the sequestration bill President Obama signed into law. If Congress does not ink a deal pre-empty defense cuts, then the law’s budget reductions will kick in on January 2 and shrink the Pentagon’s budget by up to $1 trillion over the next decade. Despite what Romney tweeted, the roughly 200,000 jobs lost would include civilian personnel.