During the final debate tonight at Lynn University in Boca Raton, Florida, GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney excoriated President Obama over proposed military budget cuts and cuts through sequestration. Transcript:

Let me — let me step back and talk about what I think our mission has to be in the Middle East, and even more broadly, because our purpose is to make sure the world is more — is peaceful. We want a peaceful planet. We want people to be able to enjoy their lives and know they’re going to have a bright and prosperous future and not be at war. That’s our purpose. And the mantle of — of leadership for promoting the principles of peace has fallen to America. We didn’t ask for it, but it’s an honor that we have it.

But for us to be able to promote those principles of peace requires us to be strong, and that begins with a strong economy here at home, and unfortunately, the economy is not stronger. When the — when the — the president of Iraq — excuse me — of Iran, Ahmadinejad, says that our debt makes us not a great country, that’s a frightening thing. The former chief of — chief of the Joints Chief of Staff said that — Admiral Mullen — said that our debt is the biggest national security threat we face. This — we have weakened our economy.

We need a strong economy. We need to have as well a strong military. Our military is second to none in the world. We’re blessed with terrific soldiers and extraordinary technology and intelligence. But the idea of a trillion dollars in cuts through sequestration and budget cuts to the military would change that.

Obama responded:

Bob, I just need to comment on this. First of all, the sequester is not something that I proposed. It’s something that Congress has proposed. It will not happen. The budget that we’re talking about is not reducing our military spending. It’s maintaining it.

But I think Governor Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You — you mentioned the Navy, for example, and that we have fewer ships than we did in 1916. Well, Governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets — (laughter) — because the nature of our military’s changed. We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines.

And so the question is not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships. It’s — it’s what are our capabilities.

While lapdogs, fanboys, and fangirls were exutling over the Snarker-in-Chief’s horses and bayonets putdown, astute viewers were comparing Obama’s debate rhetoric to reality:

Via the WSJ:

By far the biggest gaffe—or deliberate evasion—of the evening was made by Mr. Obama when he denied paternity for the sequester defense cuts now set for 2013 and said they “will not happen.” Mr. Obama’s aides rushed out after the debate to say he meant to say the cuts “should not happen.”

But the truth is that Mr. Obama has been using the fear of huge defense cuts as a political strategy to force Republicans to accept a tax increase. As Bob Woodward describes in his recent book, Mr. Obama and the White House helped to devise the defense sequester strategy—no matter the actual risk to defense.

Question of the night. Question of the last four years:

https://twitter.com/LynnLeighKelly/status/260594430199873536

He can’t help himself. And there’s always a clean-up crew following him to mop things up later, anyway:

Gaffetastic!

Romney made absolutely no gaffes in tonight’s debate. The President, however, made quite a few.

For starters, those ships Obama doesn’t want to build are built in the swing state of Virginia and we still use bayonets.

Obama’s biggest gaffe, though, was his utterly bizarre comments about how there will be no “sequester” and how he had nothing to do with it. Both assertions are simply not true. He signed the sequester into law and it is law…

Debates are won in post-debate and Obama’s going to lose this one.

No wonder there were so many long faces over at MSNBC.

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  • http://profile.yahoo.com/4A5WRPVF6LP7J5EKPHBGB4UYDA Alan Beasley

    Lawyers are contacting thousands of potential “layoff candidates” – with plans to cash in on easy money for their clients. Imagine what $100-200k will mean to many.
    It will “make” many lawyers years – a big bonus no one expected just 6 months ago!
    If you work for a large firm that will layoff people without Notice – contact a lawyer.
    It can’t hurt to be ready – DON’T WAIT for the last moment as you’ll never find a lawyer in January 2013!
    (Obama is using your Tax Dollars for this – so talk about salt in the wounds – Heh?)

    • BeeKaaay

      So this is the Obama Trial Lawyer Stimulus program :)

      • http://twitter.com/thetugboatphil TugboatPhil

        As are most laws these days.

    • redheadgrl

      The Federal Gov’t did say they would cover any legal costs for these companies not following the law per the White House’s request….

      • GaryTheBrave

        Only if O’s re-elected. Romney is not bound by that promise.

        • redheadgrl

          Ohhh, interesting!

  • http://twitter.com/BombsAndDollars Bombs And Dollars

    Obama’s right that there will be no military sequester. Romney will cancel it.

    • TomJB

      unfortunately, it goes into effect before inauguration day…

      • EdinColorado

        It can be reversed…

        • TomJB

          Yes, it can, but it will hurt. A lot. Those layoffs will happen and good military personnel will not be able to re-enlist due to budget constraints. Projects will be scrapped. Equipment will be mothballed. Most of this can be reversed, true, but it will be a waste of time and money just so the President’s game of chicken can continue.

          • AynRandfan

            It is already having an effect. DoD contractors are seeing contracts scrapped, or not going forward when they were “sure things” just a couple of months ago. There are a whole lotta folks out there who are now unemployed because of the threat of the military cuts under sequestration, when their future seemed secure in August. I know, my husband is one of those.

          • GaryTheBrave

            But…BUT…THAT CAN’T BE TRUE! Obama asked the contractors not to announce layoffs until after the election. /sarc

          • AynRandfan

            He didn’t ask them not to announce them, he had a letter sent out promising the government to step up and pay for any payouts to employees who bring suit under the WARN act, and to pay the employers’ legal fees — basically offering to pay for employers’ penalties for not following the law. BAE is one of the biggies that has, so far, decided NOT to follow that false advice. In many cases, the contractor does not need to send out WARN notices…they are just not closing the deal on contracts that would have ordinarily been won, assigned, and started already, with newly hired employees.

          • mhojai

            ” basically offering to pay for employers’ penalties ” — a point to emphasize here is also the TAXPAYERS would do the “paying.”

          • AynRandfan

            He didn’t ask them not to announce them, he had a letter sent out promising the government to step up and pay for any payouts to employees who bring suit under the WARN act, and to pay the employers’ legal fees — basically offering to pay for employers’ penalties for not following the law. BAE is one of the biggies that has, so far, decided NOT to follow that false advice. In many cases, the contractor does not need to send out WARN notices…they are just not closing the deal on contracts that would have ordinarily been won, assigned, and started already, with newly hired employees.

          • EdinColorado

            I don’t know why, but I’m taking Obama at his word, and not the word of his campaign.. With all that has happened recently, and those things on the radar, this would be a bad time to impose this Sequester.. It seems to me that Obama must realize that, and stop his game of chicken.

          • EdinColorado
  • denbren52

    Obama is so confident that sequestration will not happen that he has instructed defense contractors to BREAK THE LAW by not issuing notices of potential layoffs on November 1st as required by law. On November 7th, my guess is he’ll say “Never mind” whether he wins or loses.

  • nc

    MSM, here is your final exam: Call out BHO for all his lies right now! You are supposed to be “fact checkers” – DO YOUR JOB!

    • BeeKaaay

      Their job is to propagandize, not to fact check. The new media are the real fact checkers.

      • Elaine

        My favorite GAFFE was Moderator: “Obama” Bin Laden hahaha I guess we all confuse the two.

        • BeeKaaay

          lol :)

          Well both do want to destroy the USA, support terrorism, and have Islam in their youth…so yeah, many can easily confuse the two :)

        • BlueGood

          Actually Elaine….Moderator said “O’Bama’s bin Laden”…and this was the 2nd time his rotting corpse was dragged across the stage…O’Bama did it as well….

  • Bowdoin81

    Obama is banking on the uninformed voter neither knowing nor caring about sequestration and his role in it. And I think he has reason to bank on that.

  • http://www.facebook.com/john.hanover.35 John Hanover

    Then it all falls back to ” can you wait until after the election to let your workers know that they will be laid off? Thanks ( Lumberg voice )” for Lockheed/Martin in Colorado, Virginia and other critical states. We have troops in Syria, and other places without proper authorization and soon without proper funding it will be Blackhawk Down x 10 worse if that happens.

    • Jer

      John, that was a great comment to begin with, but Lumberg’s voice makes it brilliant. “Yeah, that would be great.”

  • Owen007

    In other words, “I had nothing to do with the thing that I myself proposed.”

    Now, admittedly, that would be quite a trick, but “somehow” I doubt he pulled it off. 😉

  • SDN

    “He signed the sequester into law and it is law…”

    And why should that matter any more than the other laws and portions of the Constitution he’s ignored, skirted, or deliberately broken? Sucker wouldn’t even be in office if we’d enforced the campaign finance laws in 2008.

    • DonkeyHoatie

      My immediate response when I heard that was to say out loud, “By what authority, Mr. President? It’s a law, you signed it, and you are constitutionally bound to it unless a countering law is passed by the legislature that you can sign.”

      I hadn’t factored in his dismissive attitude towards laws as being “mere guidelines” from which he can grant himself a de fact line-item veto.

    • AynRandfan

      You forget his power of using Executive Orders, and his propensity for using them to effectively skirt Congress.

    • AynRandfan

      You forget his power of using Executive Orders, and his propensity for using them to effectively skirt Congress.

  • jenndee

    Obama lies when he knows he will be fact checked because he knows America isn’t paying attention. I just got to work this morning and these people I work with are talking about how these men are both mean and liars and how politics is stupid and doesn’t matter. Americans do not pay attention because they cannot be bothered when more important things are going on like Tom Cruise’s divorce and honey boo boo. grrrr

  • JonInVA

    Foreign policy could have been a nice lead in by the moderator to ask about “foreign donations” and the recent news about Obama’s contribution site being open to donations from abroad, and without standard security checks that Romney’s site has in place. That, plus the over-abundance of foreign IP traffic to Obama’s site, casts deep suspicion about foreign influence in this campaign, and Obama’s abetting it.

    The media should be all over this issue, but it’s crickets. As usual.

  • Hiraghm

    “Romney made absolutely no gaffes in tonight’s debate.”

    I beg to differ. His entire foreign policy was a rather large gaffe. Not as big a gaffe as Obama’s, but a gaffe.

  • Azrielle

    Perhaps he’s referring to his memo telling the large defense contractors to delay sending out WARN ACT notices to sequestration-affected employees, promising that the Government will reimburse them for any and all employee litigation costs if/when they’re laid off.

  • http://twitter.com/Kramerica3 Cosmo

    Obama just lied again. He knows he will not be held to what he said last night.

  • Danny Wheeler

    LOL!

  • Murray

    I have to disagree with the assertion that Romney had no gaffes. Saying that Syria was Irans path to the sea was, dare I say… off. That being said, I still think Romney belongs in OUR White House. So he messed up a bit on some mid-east geography… OOPS.
    Perhaps he meant path to the Mediterranean Sea? Ok, I can buy that.

    Romney/Ryan 2012

  • GEORGE_W_TUSH

    Well, the fact of the matter is that Obama stated his foreign policy–very successfully and Romney just agreed with him on most of it, much to the dismay of the GOP, Romney endorsed Obama’s foreign policy, and therefore endorsed Obama instead of himself.
    To summarize Mitt’s position from last night: “Obama’s policies don’t work, which is why I support them 100%.”

  • Terry C.

    Did anyone else hear Bob the moderator arguing with Mitt? Have heard nothing about that!

    • GaryTheBrave

      I think Schieffer was reading Twitchy the last 20 minutes.

  • mhojai

    Why do they persist in trivializing his blatant, egregious and constant LIES?! It wasn’t a “gaffe”, “mistatement, or slip, it was a deliberate, conscious LIE! The jugeared SOB is incapable of the truth!