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Mitt Romney Ad Uses 'Horses And Bayonets' Line

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(AP Photo/Cathleen Allison)
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Mitt Romney is sticking to his attack on the president for the size of the Navy. He released a radio ad in New Hampshire, Florida and Virginia on Thursday using their exchange from this week's debate to say President Barack Obama does not take military concerns seriously.

"To Mitt Romney, that's a problem," a voiceover says in the ad. "To President Obama, it's a chance to deliver a punch line."

Obama delivered one of his biggest jabs of the night Monday when Romney began talking about the size of the naval forces, which he frequently brings up on the trail.

"The state of our Navy, the state of our entire U.S. military, is crucial for America," a voiceover says in the ads. "Our freedom depends on it. And so do many of our jobs, 41,900 in Florida alone. Does President Obama know how much his defense cuts will hurt us? Sure, his flippant remarks insult Mitt Romney, but do they also expose how President Obama views the world and America's place in it?"

"Our Navy now is smaller than any time since 1917," Romney says in the ad, in a clip from the debate. "The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission; we're now down to 285 ... That's unacceptable to me."

The ad then airs Obama saying, "We also have fewer horses and bayonets."

During the debate -- but not in the ad -- Obama went on to say his administration talks with the heads of the armed forces about the resources they need.

"It's not a game of Battleship where we're counting ships, it's 'What are our capabilities?'" Obama said.

Florida, New Hampshire and Virginia are home to naval bases -- and are swing states.

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