During a Fox News recap following Tuesday night’s GOP presidential debate, Kentucky Senator Rand Paul spoke with host Sean Hannity about the scuffle he had with Marco Rubio in regards to military spending. “If you’re not a deficit hawk, you are weakening the country,” said Paul, highlighting the fact that both parties are to blame for the nation’s current plight.
Rand Paul explained during the debate that cities, states, and countries run by Democrats suffer the most when it comes to income inequality.
Fox News’ Sean Hannity interviewed Paul after the debate, commending his performance and agreeing with many of his points. “That was a great line, but more importantly that’s really true,” said Hannity. “Conservative governors have done a really good job of taking deficits, turning them into surpluses; high unemployment rates, creating jobs in their states. These cities run by Democrats, these states run by Democrats, are horribly run…that needs to be pointed out I think more often.”
Paul reminded his audience that income equality is not an issue that can be blamed on a particular political party and has in fact become worse under Obama than it was under Bush. The Dems actually have more trouble “governing over this problem” than do Republicans, said Paul. He referred to the current income equality argument as a “made up and concocted argument.”
“Both parties are to blame,” says Paul. “There’s been an unholy alliance between Right and Left. The Left wants more welfare spending, but the Right sometimes says ‘we want unlimited military spending.’ And together they raised the debt ceiling last week and they busted through the spending caps. So really there’s blame in both parties and until we understand that we’re never going to correct the deficit problem.”
Rand Paul was the only candidate that night to mention the penny plan, which would limit government by cutting spending. “I wish that was a stronger argument within the Republican Party,” said Hannity. “And I think it’s one the American people would understand because of the debt, the deficits, and unfunded liabilities.”
Hannity fears to cut spending “in the world of al-Qaeda and ISIS and Vladimir Putin with his territorial ambitions, China and their territorial ambitions…I don’t think this is the time to cut because this is a really precarious world we’re in.”
“I think you can be conservative and be for a strong national defense,” said Paul, bringing up the name John Lehman – the youngest Secretary of the Navy under Reagan. Lehman believed in creating a bigger, stronger Navy by cutting waste of bureaucracy in the Pentagon. “If you’re not a deficit hawk, you’re ultimately going to be someone who weakens the country,” said Paul. “So to have a stronger national defense – I’m willing to spend whatever it takes to defend the country – but you can only do it if you’re not borrowing more money from China. If we’re borrowing money from China, we’re just getting weaker.”
In regards to Marco Rubio’s plans to spend $1 trillion in new military expenditures, Paul asks, “How are we going to afford that? How’s the country going to survive Marco Rubio’s plans to spend so much money?” Paul predicts a huge argument between “Marco Rubio’s wing and my wing of the party over whether or not you can do this from bankruptcy court.”
“I don’t think you project strength from bankruptcy court,” says Paul. “And I think Marco Rubio’s plans, both his refundable welfare tax credits and the military spending, would bankrupt the country.”