Republican Candidates Criticize Pending Defense Cuts
The candidates at last week’s Republican presidential debate in Washington largely agreed that the defense budget should not have to absorb the enormous cuts triggered when the supercommittee could not reach agreement on a deficit reduction plan.
Rick Perry said it was “reprehensible” that the Pentagon’s budget is threatened as a result of the panel’s failure, and criticized President Obama’s passive role in the process as well.
“As a commander in chief, as an American citizen, that is totally and absolutely irresponsible,” the Texas governor said, reported the Los Angeles Times.
Mitt Romney contrasted projected spending needed to implement the president’s health care law with the approaching defense cuts. “He’s not just spending us into bankruptcy, he’s spending the money foolishly,” he said.