Bachmann says cuts to Pentagon budget are possible

October 21, 2011 - 7:37 PM
Republicans Debate

Republican presidential candidates, from left, former Pennsylvania Sen. Rick Santorum, Rep. Ron Paul, R-Texas, businessman Herman Cain, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney, Texas Gov. Rick Perry, former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and Rep. Michele Bachmann, R-Minn., pose for a photo before a Republican presidential debate Tuesday, Oct. 18, 2011, in Las Vegas. (AP Photo/Isaac Brekken)

LAS VEGAS (AP) — Minnesota Rep. Michele Bachmann says cuts to defense spending have to be considered as Washington weighs massive budget cuts, and Rep. Ron Paul of Texas says slashing the Pentagon budget needs to start with bringing home U.S. forces from South Korea and Japan.

Texas Gov. Rick Perry on Tuesday says foreign spending needs to be examined, including defunding the United Nations. Former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney says spending abroad needs to make sense and says it is foolish to borrow money from China to give foreign nations.

The Republicans seeking the GOP presidential nomination are debating whether the country can weather cuts to the Pentagon.

Former Sen. Rick Santorum of Pennsylvania says he wouldn't support cuts to the defense budgets because only the federal government can protect the United States.