Commentary Magazine


Rand Paul Calls for Cuts to Military Spending

Immediately after Donald Trump told CPAC that Ron Paul has “zero chance” of winning the presidency, the congressman’s son Sen. Rand Paul took the stage. While the younger Paul didn’t respond to Trump’s criticism of his father, he did make a strong call for cuts to military spending.

“We’re going to have to look long and hard at the military budget,” said Paul, to a mixture of cheers and boos from the audience.

While he conceded that national defense is “the most important thing our government does,” he added that “you cannot say that the doubling of the military budget in the last 10 years has been spent wisely and that there has not been any waste in it.”

Paul added that a person who disagrees with cutting military spending is “a big-government conservative.”

While Paul has garnered controversy recently for calling for foreign aid to be slashed, he stayed away from this touchy subject during his address.