Politics & Government

Out of bounds! Romney's take on military spending

Throw the flag against: Mitt Romney.

Call: False start

What happened: Romney says that his plan to spend a minimum of 4 percent of the nation's gross domestic product, not including war funding, on the military would help reverse a "dangerous decline under the Clinton administration."

Why that's wrong: The slowdown in military spending started during Ronald Reagan's administration. As a share of GDP, modern-era defense spending peaked at 6.2 percent in 1986, slowed to 5.6 percent in fiscal 1989, the last Reagan budget year, and drifted steadily down to bottom out at 3 percent in fiscal 2001.

Penalty: 5 yards.

— Stephanie Davis

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