Democratic vice presidential nominee Joe Biden tries to put to rest concerns that an Obama-Biden Administration, coupled with a solidly Democratic Congress, might cut the military budget by 25 percent.
The idea was floated by Congressman Barney Frank (D-MA), who suggested money could be better spent on social programs. But, in an interview with the Missourinet, Biden makes it clear that President Barack Obama would not trim military spending. In fact, he says spending would be increased.
Says Biden: "We will not be decreasing, by 25 percent, the military budget." He adds more money might be needed. "We believe that we have to increase spending on providing for permanent long-term military forces. They’re short now. They’re spread too thin."
Frank’s comment resulted in reaction from former U.S. Senator Jim Talent and other Missouri Republicans who fear this state would be hurt by any cuts to military spending.