Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney returned to Ohio today, promising an economic resurgence and no military reductions in a community concerned about the future of its Air National Guard base.

Mr. Romney spoke to a receptive crowd that the Romney campaign put at 1,258, in a factory owned by PR Machine Works Inc. just outside Mansfield.

During his 18-minute speech Mr. Romney promised to prevent military cuts, including the $1 trillion over the next decade he says would be cut under the automatic budget cut deadline crafted by President Obama and Congress.

“Liberty here and around the world is protected in large measure by the strength of the American military. I will make sure our military remains second to none,” Mr. Romney said. “I will not cut our military.