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Aliquippa, Pa.: Dr. Paul, how soon would you withdraw U.S. forces, and to what extent, from countries like Germany and South Korea? And how much money do you estimate the U.S. taxpayers will save annually once such a move is complete?
Rep. Ron Paul: Since I did not do a full study of that I don't have an exact number, but I'd bring home those troops as quickly as feasible (and also from the middle east as well). But I think if you brought all those troops home, you might save $400 billion a year. We're spending $1 trillion a year on the military overseas. This money would reduce the deficit and of course make the dollar more secure, so the sooner we can do that the better.
McLean, Va.: Given your staunch opposition to U.S. intervention in the affairs of foreign countries, how would your administration actually implement such a vision vis a vis countries other than Iraq? Would you advocate ending foreign military aid to countries like Pakistan and Colombia? Would you end foreign aid to major recipients, such as Israel and Egypt? Would you stop sending money to Mexico to combat their drug gangs?
Rep. Ron Paul: Yes, those would be the goals. Most of that you could do as a president. My position would be no, stop all of that, treat everyone equally, be friendly with everyone, trade with everyone, no sanctions for anyone unless mandated by Congress. We need to be friendly with everyone -- when we opened up to China there were tremendous benefits. So yes, I would end the funding to all those countries -- I think the billions going down to Columbia is very detrimental -- and we should treat everyone equally.
Originally posted by DiabolusFireDragon
The two major sticking points for me voting for R.P. are:
1) His religious views. He's not for a strict separation of church and state, I am.
2) His stance on abortion. I'm pro-choice, he's not.
Can't we start voting on single issues instead of "package deal" candidates that only share some of our beliefs?