Barack Obama and Mitt Romney during their third election debate
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Presidential debate: Obama's 'horse and bayonet' jibe

Barack Obama has criticised his Republican rival Mitt Romney by saying he does not understand that the US military has moved on from "horses and bayonets".

The exchange, during the third and final presidential debate, began when Mr Romney accused the president of cutting the US military.

Mr Romney said the US Navy was "smaller now than at any time since 1917".

Mr Obama replied that military capability was not necessarily about the number of ships you have.

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  • 23 Oct 2012
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