Romney: Obama's on 'Peacetime Spending Binge'

GOP hopeful issues correction after Dems pounce on error
By Rob Quinn,  Newser Staff
Posted Apr 26, 2011 5:53 AM CDT
Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney addresses the Conservative Political Action Conference (CPAC) in Washington. Ready or not, the 2012 presidential campaign is under way in    (AP Photo/Alex Brandon, File)

(Newser) – Mitt Romney was so busy slamming President Obama over the deficit yesterday that he somehow managed to forget two little wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, and US involvement in Libya. In a Union-Leader op-ed on America's debt problem, Romney knocked Obama for "one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history." Critics were quick to point out Romney's omission, Reuters reports.

"Romney forgetting that we have troops in harm's way in three different theaters is astonishing," a spokesman for VetVoice said, noting that 36 American service members have been killed in action this month alone. Romney, whose opinion piece focused on the downgrading of American debt, later issued a correction. "He meant to say since World War II," a spokesman said.

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