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The GOP’s fantasy of a bigger Navy – Bryan Bender and Austin Wright – POLITICO
The USS Abraham Lincoln, left, and the USS Harry S. Truman sit docked at the Norfolk Naval Shipyard in Norfolk, Virginia, U.S., on Thursday, Feb. 28, 2013. Government spending cuts, known as sequestration, set to take effect tomorrow will be felt at the local level as defense contractors and other businesses in Virginia take a hit, possibly eliminating as many 200,000 jobs, according to Republican Governor Robert McDonnell. Photographer: Joshua Roberts/Bloomberg via Getty Images

The GOP’s fantasy of a bigger Navy – Bryan Bender and Austin Wright – POLITICO

The GOP presidential field may not agree on everything, but it’s quickly coalescing around one big idea: vastly increasing the size of the Navy.

But the Republican vow — to go from 273 ships today to as many as 350 — is likely to run aground due to the enormous price tag for a military buildup that could cost hundreds of billions of dollars and a series of other political obstacles.

The ambitious plan would put the GOP presidential wing on a potential collision course with its own congressional budget hawks, along with key constituencies who would likely see their prized programs slashed to reach the goal.

Yet that isn’t stopped a growing roster of Republican hopefuls from going full steam ahead, with John Kasich the latest to join Chris Christie, Marco Rubio, Scott Walker and others in making the case for dozens of new warships.

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