Three Republican senators will visit Fayetteville Monday to decry looming defense cuts that are scheduled to take place under budget sequestration next year.
Senators John McCain of Arizona, Lindsay Graham of South Carolina and Kelly Ayotte of new Hampshire will launch a series of “Preserving America's Strength” town hall meetings with a meeting at Fayetteville Technical Community college.
The town hall meetings are scheduled to be held in key primary states – Florida, North Carolina, Virginia, and New Hampshire.
President Barack Obama this week claimed congressional Republicans were willing to slash defense spending to balance the federal budget while extending tax cuts to the country's highest earners.
“People in Congress ought to be able to come together and agree on a plan, a balanced approach that reduces the deficit and keeps our military strong,” Obama told the Veterans of Foreign War in Reno.
GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney criticized Obama for not being more active in the discussions, saying the defense cuts will “severely shrink our force structure, and impair our ability to meet and deter threats.''