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GOP pins Obama on base shut down
About 800 in Mansfield can be affected.
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Simon Husted
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Republicans are criticizing proposed military cuts and pinning them on President Obama as he makes campaign stops in Mansfield and Akron today.

One of the proposed cuts would hit the Air National Guard Base in Mansfield. If Congress fails to pass an alternative debt reduction package before January, local officials fear the base could shut down and lay off as many as 800 workers. Michael Kohler of Copley served in the U.S. Army for seven years and considers himself an Obama supporter. He’s confident the president is taking the country on the right direction economically.

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“I would love to see defense spending stay the same at the level that it is, but if it means cutting a little bit from the military to ensure that the country gets back on the right footing so that we can go back to a stable period of growth, then I am in favor of doing whatever is necessary,” Kohler says.

In May, the Senate’s Armed Services Committee approved a bill to block any cuts at Air National Guard bases for one year, including the one in Mansfield.
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