Paul ruffles conservative feathers with talk of defense cuts 

Senator Rand Paul, R-Ky., warned his CPAC audience this afternoon that as Americans and as Republicans, we are not inherently exceptional. We are only exceptional in that we stand for freedom and protect that freedom with the Constitution.

“We must become more bold,” he said, noting that the current proposed Republican budget would increase the debt by $3 trillion over the next five years. “We believe in abolishing the Department of Education.”

Paul's suggestion that we “must look long and hard at the military budget” met a ripple of disapproval and a few loud jeers. But with calm charisma, he soothed the room by arguing that even if the federal government's first responsibility is national defense, we cannot therefore assume that the entire military budget has been spent wisely.

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