Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney blasted proposed cuts to the U.S. defense budget on Tuesday at the Veterans of Foreign Wars convention in San Antonio, Texas.

"American strength is the only guarantee of liberty," he said. "American strength turned the Cuban missiles around, American strength caused the collapse of the Soviet Union, American strength yanked Saddam out of his spider hole."

"With freedom as our cause, strength is our only sure defense."

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