Speaking to the VFW in Reno on Tuesday, the Republican presidential candidate sharply hit the president, accusing him of putting U.S. troops and national defense at risk, with national security leaks, budget cuts and a weak economy at home.
“A healthy American economy is what underwrites American power. When growth is missing, government revenues fall, social spending rises, and many in Washington look to cut defense spending as the easy way out,” Romney told the assembled veterans. His prepared text then had him adding: “That includes our current president.”
But at least some of those present, including a reporter for the Las Vegas Sun and a veteran columnist for that newspaper, heard Romney say: “That includes our corrupt president.”