Thursday, October 30th, 2014

Romney ad goes on offense about defense cuts

President Barack Obama campaigns in Virginia on Sept. 21, 2012.
President Barack Obama campaigns in Virginia on Sept. 21, 2012.

A new TV ad from Mitt Romney says "Obama’s defense cuts" are set to "threaten thousands" of jobs.

"Here in Florida, we’re not better off under President Obama," a narrator says. Over 100,000 jobs lost, and Obama’s defense cuts threaten thousands more. Romney’s plan? Reverse Obama’s defense cuts, strengthen our military, create over 700,000 jobs for Florida."

(This particular ad is airing in Florida, but similar ads are airing in Colorado, Virginia, North Carolina and Ohio.)

So is President Barack Obama planning large defense cuts?

Actually, Obama has said he opposes the major defense cuts set to take effect in fiscal year 2013. The Romney ad takes one piece of information from a larger, more complicated story about the federal budget.

We rated the ad's claim Half True and explored the whole story, which goes back to the debt limit debate of 2011. Read our complete report.