GOP Contenders Split on Military Cuts

Military spending has become the fodder for one of the early policy rifts among potential Republican candidates for president. Some say spending cuts should come from all parts of the federal government, and a larger number say the Pentagon should remain off-limits.

The cleavage is noteworthy because it is one of the few points of difference among potential candidates who have so far agreed on most other major issues, such as a desire to keep taxes low and to overhaul Medicare and Medicaid.

Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour this week told an audience in Iowa that any effort to balance the federal budget must include cuts in defense spending.