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Our navy is older actually read our navy is smaller now than anytime since 1970.
The navy said they needed 313 ships to -- -- the mission went out of the 285.
We're headed down to the the low two hundreds if we go through -- sequestration.
That's unacceptable to me.
You mentioned the navy for example and we have fewer ships that we did in 1960.
-- governor we also have your horses and -- and that's.
Because the nature of our -- change we have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on the we have these ships they go underwater nuclear submarine.
It was one of the more talked about moments of last -- secretary Rumsfeld back with us -- -- what did you make of that exchange there.
I think -- an awful lot of people around the United States of America who who would find the comments by the president to be.
Both insulting and arrogant to say to the governor you know we have these things called aircraft carriers and planes -- them.
And I mean my father served on -- carrier in World War II I was a navy pilot and and for the president of the United States to equate.
Horses and -- and that's two ships in the United States navy when the problems we face.
The United States is is -- engaged in commerce all over the world that requires freedom of the city's.
The problems of drug trafficking problems of privacy the problems of the -- proliferation of weapons of mass destruction.
All of these things require that we have a capable -- And and the fact that the navy is shrinking is an important serious subject that merited a thoughtful serious important discussion.
And all it got was a dismissive.
Arrogant answer from the president by someone who's never served in the military I found it.
The word sequestration.
Was mentioned last night -- that that that's a deal that apparently the folks in Washington cannot.
The cut about 500 billion dollars out of the military by the first of January if you don't get a deal what the president said last line is this equation sequestration on -- of Justin first of all the sequester is not something that I proposed something a congress has -- it will not happen.
And is anyone else in Washington know that.
I don't think so.
I think it is something why did he say that.
Well I think he's he's hopeful.
I I think he's hopeful that it won't happen so he says it will not happen but the fact of the matter is it takes cooperation.
Between the executive in the legislative branch to come to some rational solutions to these horrendous.
Deficits that are being imposed on future generations.
And he is basically saying he has has -- confidence in himself that they'll be able to find a solution.
Because the the sequestration is a a meat cleaver it's just a blind mindless.
Way for government to act instead of being thoughtful and in discussing things.
I thought you know if you think about governor Romney's point that a very high percentage of the people than what legislature in Massachusetts where Democrats.
And that he managed to work with them -- I think -- on I think the number -- Yes I think that's right and -- and I think that that message is an important one because it's very obvious that this president has not been able to work with the congress.
And it took the president and the congress.
To result in what is now called sequestration interest which would be enormously harmful.
Secretary thank you Donald Rumsfeld with us today from Washington appreciate -- having enough -- -- -- -- thank you.
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