Skip to comments.Fear of defense cuts could help Romney in Virginia
Posted on 10/06/2012 11:51:51 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
Mitt Romney's effort to overtake President Obama in the crucial swing state of Virginia may depend on how effective he is at convincing voters he can limit the economic damage from pending defense cuts.
The Republican presidential candidate will give a foreign policy address at the Virginia Military Institute on Monday, looking to highlight what he calls President Obama's "taking a meat cleaver to the military."
Under a deal between the Obama administration and Congress to raise the nation's borrowing capacity last year, leaders agreed to implement $1.2 trillion in automatic, across-the-board reductions over the next decade if a broader debt reduction solution is not achieved. Nearly half of those cuts would come from the defense budget, a cash cow for Virginia.
Both parties agreed to slash defense as a consequence of a failed deficit deal. But Romney has said Obama bears most of the responsibility because he failed to lead effectively during the fiscal crisis.
And analysts said that attack is helping the GOP challenger in the Old Dominion, where polls recently have tightened.
"Politically, in Virginia, it works," said Jeremy Mayer, a political scientist at George Mason University. "Virginia understands how dependent the economy here is on military spending. It's almost a statewide message."
Northern Virginia is a hotbed for defense contractors, and further south in the Hampton Roads area, the military is the backbone of the community.
The Romney campaign is rolling out the likes of Virginia defense contractor Joe Travez, of Ashburn-based Prototype Productions, in the buildup to the Republican's foreign policy speech in Lexington.
"Every night I go to sleep worrying about the future for all my employees," Travez said. "Every day I wake up wondering when [the Obama] administration will lead on Capitol Hill."
A recent study from George Mason University economist Stephen Fuller predicted that Virginia would lose more than 200,000 jobs over the next decade if leaders opt to plunge over the so-called fiscal cliff this fall.
Virginia contractors, from defense industry titans to small-business owners, have already altered the way they're doing business, saying they can ill-afford to be caught off guard by a late round of mandated pink slips.
If Romney is to prevail in Virginia, he'll need military families to turn out in large numbers on Election Day. Recent surveys show that he has a commanding 20-percentage-point lead among military veterans nationwide, which would help blunt Obama's advantage among women, minorities and younger voters.
Obama is banking that a string of foreign policy successes like the killing of Osama bin Laden and the winding down of combat operations in Iraq and Afghanistan will help narrow the advantage Republicans traditionally enjoy on issues of national security.
And in an era of political microtargeting, the president and first lady Michelle Obama have spent as much time wooing veterans as almost any demographic.
But in Virginia, Romney benefits from the state's top political figures, such as Republican Gov. Bob McDonnell, hammering home his message with military voters.
McDonnell made that point in a recent conference call with reporters when he said, "It appears that without a change in the presidency, these devastating defense cuts will go into effect."
There, I fixed it.
Maybe in Norfolk, Newport News but in Fairfax co ? Loudoun Co where all the government workers live ?
I don’t think so.
Article II, Section 4 of the Constitution says, “The President, Vice President and all civil Officers of the United States, shall be removed from Office on Impeachment for, and Conviction of, Treason, Bribery, or other high Crimes and Misdemeanors.”
Maybe this is why congress is not doing anything. Just wait till the election is over then Impeach him if he wins. Also they are not in session now , I believe
I am struggling to make any sense of your statement. I have tried, but I cannot. So, I am going to ask you.
This is what I posted:
Obama and his henchmen have bought off Lockheed and BAE. They are not issuing layoff notices because they promised to pay their lawyers. http://thehill.com/blogs/defcon-hill/industry/259431-lockheed-martin-wont-issue-layoff-notices-this-year
I the past 14 years at Free Republic, I have had some good days, and bad days. I have been fair with some posters, and I have been the sinner that I am with others, and for that, I apologize.
For the life of me. I cannot understand your illogical post.
I challenge you to Google any article, essay, editorial, blog, or bad hair day that disputes the facts that Obama and his criminals are failing to comply with Federal law by issuing layoff notices to defense contractors due to the fiscal cliff that Sequestration brings.
The joke that the Senate presented this country during the "trial" of BJ Clinton was a tragedy of Biblical proportions. The House presented a very factual, well laid out, and easy legal case. The Senators urinated all over it and then ridiculed the House members who brought the case.
Barry Obama is a non citizen homosexual Muslim Communist, and they have done nothing.
I don't expect any action in this matter as well.
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Well, that oddly shaped building in Arlington County might have something to do with it....
Due to my intimate relationship with these companies, I know the employees will be voting against Obozo by a factor of 95 to 5% or greater. This little ploy gains him nothing in terms of votes. What he is doing is illegal and since I met with a House Armed Services Comm member there is going to be hell to pay over this issue this upcoming week.
DoD spends a great deal of time scrubbing defense contractor incurred cost submissions for unallowable costs. One of the biggest areas of analysis is unallowable legal fees as defined by Federal Acquisition Regulation 31.205-47. I have a very hard time believing that contractors are going to be allowed to charge us for their knowing violation of an existing law. Obama is not authorized to promise them that. Moreover, if they go ahead and violate the WARN Act on the assumption he will protect them - and he loses - they are going to be trapped.
He is actually saying taxpayers will be subsidizing trial attorneys. He is inviting them to bring easily winnable lawsuits and promising to pay their fees. It is vile.
Got you - thanks. Apologize for the tone of my previous post - it has been a rough weekend.