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Paul: Defense spending cuts 'not cutting anything'

Rep. Ron Paul (R-Texas) in the GOP presidential debate on national security Tuesday, scolded his rivals on foreign aid and the military budget. He said the military budget cuts triggered by the failure of the supercommittee won't actually cut military spending.    

"It seems like nobody cares about the budget. We're in big trouble and nobody wants to cut anything," Paul said.

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Paul, a staunch libertarian who often differs from the rest of the GOP field on foreign policy, called for a drawdown of American troops in Afghanistan and a decrease in foreign aid.

"The biggest threat to our national security is our financial condition," he added. 

The debt supercommittee on Monday announced it had failed to reach even a deal to reduce the deficit, triggering $1.2 trillion in cuts to defense spending, Medicare and other programs in 2013. Candidate Mitt Romney said the Obama administration was cutting $1 trillion from the military budget.

"They're not cutting anything out of anything, all this talk is just talk," Paul responded. "Believe me. They're nibbling away at baseline budgeting ... there's nothing cut against the military," Paul said.