Steyer calls for cuts to defense spending

Steyer calls for cuts to defense spending
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Billionaire Tom SteyerTom Fahr SteyerPoll: Sanders holds 5-point lead over Buttigieg in New Hampshire Buttigieg takes dig at Sanders working 'for years' in Washington The Hill's Campaign Report: Sanders, Warren feud rattles Democrats MORE on Tuesday night called for a reduction in U.S. defense spending during the Democratic debate in Iowa.

"I agree with Sen. [Elizabeth] Warren [D-Mass.]. We are spending dramatically too much money on defense," Steyer said.

"The money that we’re spending there we could use in other parts of the budget, and it’s time for someone from the outside to have a strategic view about what we’re trying to do and how to do it," he added.

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Steyer also compared his "outside perspective" on foreign policy to that of former President Obama and Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeSteyer calls for cuts to defense spending House to vote on Iran war powers bills sought by progressives Khanna: Timing of Iran bill being weighed against getting bigger majority MORE (D-Calif.), the sole vote against the war in Afghanistan.

Steyer referenced Obama and Lee shortly after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record Capt. "Sully" Sullenberger pens op-ed in defense of Biden: 'I stuttered once, too. I dare you to mock me' MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersBiden alleges Sanders campaign 'doctored video' to attack him on Social Security record Sanders campaign responds to Biden doctored video claims: Biden should 'stop trying to doctor' public record The Memo: Sanders-Warren battle could reshape Democratic primary MORE (I-Vt.) invoked the two in a back-and-forth over Sanders’s opposition to the war in Iraq and Biden’s initial support for it.

“If you look who had the judgment, it was a state senator from Illinois with no experience who opposed the war [in Iraq],” Steyer said. “It is a congresswoman, Barbara Lee, from Oakland, Calif., who stood up against the original [Afghanistan] vote, who was the only person in Congress.”