November 28th, 2012
10:41 PM ET

Sen. Rand Paul: Cut military spending

Sen. Paul says Republicans should agree to cut military spending to reach a deal before the Dec. 31 fiscal cliff deadline.

"I think the compromise is conservatives like myself who think national defense is very important should compromise on military spending and the liberals should compromise on entitlements and on social welfare spending. I think that compromise could get to some spending cuts," says Paul.

Paul tells Wolf Blitzer federal spending has increased at an "alarming rate" over the past four years. He believes raising taxes for anyone is not the answer, and it would be more beneficial to "leave it in the private sector."

"I'm not going to vote to bring more money to Washington," says Paul. "We're not going to have more economic growth if we send more money to Washington. We'll have less economic growth."

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  1. JennS

    While there is plenty of FWA (fraud waste and abuse for you civilians), the excessive cuts to the military will hurt so many. Cut the FWA, the war funding, but not the training, personnel, and other things that keep our military strong. It will take another 9/11 for our citizens to wake up and wonder where their vote went.

    November 29, 2012 at 8:53 pm |
  2. SeSe Smith

    Rand Paul should be the new face of the Republican Party if they want to stay relevant. He will lead them back to their roots of non intervention foreign policies and individual liberty.

    November 29, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  3. JoJo

    At least Ron & Rand Paul are honest and consistent in being opposed to excessive military spending and the cost of unnecessary wars as they are against entitlement abuse. I respect them for that.

    November 29, 2012 at 12:25 pm |