Insists billion dollar Baghdad embassy not national defense, reports Revolution PAC
NORTHBROOK, IL – January 17, 2012 – U.S. Rep. Ron Paul stood by his pro-America foreign policy Monday, insisting that the United States would experience greater national security with less overseas spending, notes Revolution PAC. Rep. Paul made his comments at the Fox News/Wall Street Journal Debate in South Carolina in response to a question regarding how his economic plan would impact the Palmetto State’s significant military workforce.
“Spending a billion dollars on an embassy in Baghdad bigger than the Vatican, you consider that defense spending. I consider that waste,” insisted Paul, to hearty audience applause.
“We have to have a strong national defense,” Paul continued, “but we don’t get strength by diluting ourselves with 900 bases in 130 countries … I’d probably have more bases at home.”
Paul’s “Plan to Restore America” would cut all foreign aid, end foreign wars, bring American troops home and cap defense spending at 1 percent growth annually.
“Just one presidential candidate is taking a critical look at military expenditures,” explains Revolution PAC Chair Gary Franchi. “True fiscal conservatives increasingly recognize the wisdom in more responsibly allocating our human and financial resources and are rallying to Ron Paul’s side.”
Rep. Paul, who is currently polling at 20 percent in South Carolina, received the coveted endorsement of South Carolina State Sen. Tom Davis Sunday, Davis calling Paul “a Tea Party of one against a towering wave of red ink.”
At a Myrtle Beach press conference Sunday, Davis added, “There’s only one person speaking to what I believe is the core problem of our country today. The biggest threat to our liberty comes from debt.”
Joining Davis, three additional South Carolina state senators – Sen. Lee Bright (Spartanburg), Sen. Kevin Bryant (Spartanburg) and Sen. Danny Verdin (Greenville) – endorsed Rep. Paul Tuesday.
Reinforcing what is shaping up as a two-man race, Paul and Romney are the only Republican candidates who have successfully secured positions on the primary ballots of every state, reported South Carolina’s The State newspaper last week. A CNN/ORC International Poll released Monday also revealed that Paul and Romney are the only Republican contenders tied with Barack Obama in a likely general election matchup.
Revolution PAC is supporting U.S. Rep. Ron Paul’s campaign for the Republican nomination and consistent, constitutional message with targeted TV advertising, direct mail campaigns and innovative Web promotions complemented by billboards and radio ads in key primary states. Unlimited donations by individuals, businesses and organizations are being accepted by Revolution PAC to support that effort.
Source: Revolution PAC