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In Charleston, Romney Vows to Keep America Safe

TIM SLOAN/AFP/Getty Images(CHARLESTON, S.C.) -- Aboard the USS Yorktown aircraft carrier in Charleston Harbor Thursday, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney stood flanked by retired World War II aircrafts as he promised a group of veterans that he will strengthen the country’s military and work to ensure the safety of the nation if elected president.

“I want to make sure we do not shrink the military budget,” said Romney. “We all recognize America needs to economize but I don’t believe we can economize on securing our nation and protecting our citizens and assuring our work remains safe and free for us, for our children and theirs."

“And I’ll protect the United States of America by protecting a strong military,” he said.

Romney spoke Thursday on the 888-foot hangar adorned with World War II memorabilia that he toured prior to his address. The doors of the hangar remained open during his speech, revealing views of Charleston and dolphins playing in the water below.

Ahead of Friday’s foreign policy speech Romney is scheduled to deliver at The Citadel in South Carolina, Romney previewed some of the specific steps he would take if elected to improve the strength of the U.S. military.

“We’re going to have to increase our investment in our Navy,” Romney said, as the crowd of 50 veterans cheered. “Secondly, our Air Force. The Air Force is smaller and older in terms of the average age of the equipment than it’s been since 1947 when the Air Force was put into place. That simply can’t be allowed.”

Romney said he’d also like to add 100,000 active duty personnel to eliminate the high-rotation schedule many of the active troops are on, and said he wants to make sure veterans are treated “the way veterans deserve to be treated.”

He also spoke briefly about how the threats around the world make it that much more important for our military to remain strong.

Referring to Pakistan as a “very fragile nation,” Romney said the country’s nuclear weapons, if obtained by the wrong hands, “could change the world.”

Shaking hands with veterans after his speech, Romney was approached by one man who said he hopes the former governor will bring the respect back to the country’s military.

"We need a Ronald Reagan," said the veteran. “I’m not comparing you to him…but we need to bring the respect back to the country.”

“He was a great man, what a great leader Ronald Reagan was; I sure love that guy,” Romney responded.

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GOP Weekly Address: Sen. Brown Commends Military on bin Laden Killing

Scott J. Ferrell/Congressional Quarterly/Getty Images(WASHINGTON) -- The killing of Osama bin Laden was the main focus of the weekly Republican address, which was delivered on Saturday by U.S. Senator Scott Brown (R-Mass.).

Senator Brown said while bin Laden’s death can’t compensate for the loss of lives at the hands of the al Qaeda leader, it is “always a victory” when Justice has the final word.

“This was a man who rejoiced in the suffering and death of others, who set in motion all the horror and grief of 9/11 and considered it just a start,” Brown said. “He was a teacher of evil, and now, for him, the lesson is over. It ends not in the fulfillment of some fanatical vision, but in the depths of the Arabian Sea.”

Brown commended members of the U.S. military and the intelligence community for their role in the killing of bin Laden, and said that anyone seeking to do Americans harm will be dealt with.

“The operation was a model of sustained, concentrated military action, and the example will not be lost on other terrorists,” he said. “Any escape they make will be temporary. Any sanctuary they find will be uncovered.  Those who harm or threaten the American people will be dealt with, on our terms, however long it takes.”

The Massachusetts senator said one lesson that can be learned from the killing of bin Laden by Navy SEALs in Pakistan early Monday is that commitment to even the hardest objectives is rewarded.

“We all heard it said that bin Laden was beyond our reach, in some remote corner of the earth, and after almost a decade we could surely never find him. Let me tell you it’s always a mistake to bet against American resourcefulness and determination.”

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