VIRGINIA BEACH, Va. (AP) -- Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is faulting Republicans in Congress as well as President Barack Obama for exposing the armed forces to big spending cuts.
In an interview for Sunday's broadcast of NBC's "Meet the Press," Romney said "it was a mistake for Republicans" to agree to a deal that will mean automatic cuts in defense spending next year if Congress doesn't negotiate an agreement on the budget.
In a Virginia Beach, Va., rally, Romney solely blamed the president for what he called "unthinkable" potential reductions in military spending. But when it was pointed out in his "Meet the Press" interview that GOP leaders went along with that deal, he said they should not have.
He's promised to roll back past Pentagon cuts and expand the Navy as president.