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US Election Updates - September 27, 2012

Ryan voices support for military in Colorado

Republican vice-presidential candidate Paul Ryan aired his and running mate Mitt Romney's support for the armed forces at a rally in the military city of Colorado Springs on Wednesday evening.

“Mitt Romney and I want to be very clear with you. We value and respect your mission here and we believe in and support missile defense, and missile defense is necessary to keep us safe and we will not allow that to go through,” said Ryan. “To the soldiers in Fort Carson to the airmen at Peterson and Schriever Air Force Base and to those cadets at the Air Force Academy: We respect you, we appreciate you and we will back you because we need you. We need your support. We need what you do.”

Speaking a stone’s throw away from the Air Force Academy, Ryan spoke about his experience of appointing students to the various military academies around the country as a seven-term congressman.

“It is one of the greatest experiences because every year I get to sit down and to see these young men and these women and it gives you so much hope that there is such a great future for us because we are still raising such quality people here. I have had such an honor to appoint young men and women to the Air Force Academy here; I still get postcards and pictures and Christmas cards. This is a gem. This is one of the greatest things we do in this country,” he said.

The Wisconsin congressman also hit out at President Barack Obama for his “devastating defense cuts” to the military.

“Of all the things that Mitt Romney and I differ, disagree with President Obama, we need a strong military. We believe in peace through strength. We believe that when America’s military is strong, America is safer. This is so critical to our way of life, to our peace, to our security, to our democracy, to our prosperity,” he said to a crowd of 1,500 people.

While Ryan campaigned in the battleground state of Colorado, Romney wrapped up a bus tour in equally crucial swing state Ohio.

This is the final week of campaigning before the presidential debates begin next month.