Omaha World Herald - Paul: Bring U.S. Troops HomeSubmitted by rp311 on Tue, 09/20/2011 - 21:11
COUNCIL BLUFFS — The Iowa campaign tour of Republican presidential candidate Ron Paul didn't make it to Council Bluffs as planned Tuesday, but an estimated 200 at Iowa Western Community College cheered loudly as the Texas representative explained his views by telephone.
Because of mechanical problems on his plane, Paul spoke from a room at the Des Moines airport while waiting for another plane that would connect him with other cities on his schedule.
The problems with his plane are nothing compared to what this country faces, he said. "The problems we face are overwhelming. I am convinced we have gotten into this mess by not obeying the Constitution and not living within our means."
Too much government spending has created a debt that future generations will have to bear, Paul said. There's one way to ease that debt, he said: "I'm for cutting overseas spending. Getting the troops home isn't that difficult."
Military spending would be reduced with troops back on American soil, and they would spend their money here, not in some foreign country, Paul said. Americans also would have that pleasant psychological feeling knowing the troops are safe from the dangers of foreign wars, he added.
While other GOP candidates may have similar views, he said, they don't have the "conviction" that he has.
— World-Herald News Service