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Apr
11

it’s peacetime, you know

Steve Benen: In a published op-ed yesterday, former Gov. Mitt Romney slammed President Obama for launching “one of the biggest peacetime spending binges in American history.” It’s a bizarre argument for several reasons, not the least of which is that this isn’t peacetime.

After this caused a bit of a stir yesterday afternoon, Romney’s team walked it back. As it turns out, the claim wasn’t intended to be a factual statement.

That word “peacetime” doesn’t really jibe, does it? Team Romney has an explanation for that: It was a mistake. “He meant to say since World War II,” said Romney’s PAC spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, in an e-mail.

….Jed Lewison didn’t find the explanation especially persuasive: “Uh, say what now? How do you go from making a point about “peacetime” spending to saying you meant post-WWII? And how do you make that mistake in the first place?”

….I was curious to see how (and whether) the media picked up on this … Would it be enough to get political reporters’ attention? Not really; major media outlets generally didn’t care….

I’m curious – if an inexperienced Democratic candidate with no background in foreign policy or military affairs described a time of multiple wars as “peacetime,” would he or she ever live it down? Or would it be seen as evidence that Dems lack credibility on international affairs?

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