Politics & Policy

Pawlenty: Don’t Cut Defense Spending

Tim Pawlenty doesn’t think the defense budget is the place to cut spending.

“I don’t think given the threats we face and how face they can materialize and how massive the damage can be to the United States, that we can afford to diminish our defense capabilities,” Pawlenty said at an event in Ames, Iowa today, according to the Des Moines Register.

While he thinks that Obama “should be congratulated for his commitment and decision-making in the capture of bin Laden,” Pawlenty still sees plenty to criticize in Obama’s overall foreign policy approach.

“That’s [bin Laden’s death] not the full scope of our foreign policy or our national defense posture and there will still be a robust debate about what he has done so far and what he will do in the future,” Pawlenty told the Register.

Katrina TrinkoKatrina Trinko is a political reporter for National Review. Trinko is also a member of USA TODAY’S Board of Contributors, and her work has been published in various media outlets ...


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