Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney will return to Western Virginia on Monday to deliver a major foreign policy speech at Virginia Military Institute, his campaign confirmed this afternoon.
Romney plans to draw contrasts between his foreign policy goals and President Barack Obama’s record, the campaign said. Romney also will talk about national defense spending and his opposition to automatic defense cuts that occur next year if Congress and White House fail to agree on a plan to reduce the deficit.
Romney’s campaign has criticized Obama for including the defense cuts in a package of spending reductions that would occur under a bipartisan 2011 agreement to raise the federal debt limit. The deal called for automatic spending cuts to occur if a congressional “supercommittee” failed to come up with a long-range deficit and debt-reduction deal.
The Monday speech at VMI, scheduled for 11:20 a.m., will be Romney’s third event in Western Virginia in five days. Romney and running mate Paul Ryan are holding a rally in Augusta County tonight, and Romney will campaign in Abingdon on Friday.
– Michael Sluss