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Video: Rep. Paul Ryan Confused by Pres. Obama's Zinger “We Also Have Fewer Horses and Bayonets”

Republican vice presidential candidate Paul Ryan told CBS' 'The Early Show' that he could not figure out the zinger by President Obama which mocked GOP challenger Mitt Romney’s complaint about the Navy’s smaller fleet of ships (video below).

During the third presidential debate, last night, Romney said: "Our Navy is smaller now than any time since 1917. The Navy said they needed 313 ships to carry out their mission, we’re not down to 285. We’re headed down to the low 200s if we go through a sequestration. That’s unacceptable to me.”

In response, President Obama said: “I think Gov. Romney maybe hasn’t spent enough time looking at how our military works. You mentioned the Navy, for example. And that we have fewer ships that we had in 1916. Well, governor, we also have fewer horses and bayonets because the nature of our military has changed.”

“We have these things called aircraft carriers where planes land on them. We have these ships that go underwater, nuclear submarines. And so, the question is not a game of Battleship where we’re counting ships, it’s what are our capabilities?”

This morning,  Rep. Paul Ryan said: “To compare modern American battleships with bayonets, I just don’t understand that comparison. Look, we have to have a strong Navy to keep peace and prosperity,” reports

However, Pres. Obama wasn't comparing "modern battleships" to bayonets, but rather older ships to modern weaponry.

In an interview on ABC, this morning, Vice President Joe Biden said President Obama told “the truth, that one aircraft carrier is probably more powerful than the entire United States Navy was back then.”


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