Rand Paul: GOP Not 'Brave Enough' to Make Big Cuts
Says deficit measures come before party loyalty
By Matt Cantor,  Newser User
Posted Feb 4, 2011 11:43 AM CST

(Newser) – When it comes to the budget deficit, Sen. Rand Paul says fellow Republicans "aren't maybe yet brave enough to talk about the cuts to come.”" The new House GOP budget plan is "really not going to touch the problem," he told ABC News. While the plan would cut non-security discretionary spending by some $58 billion by the end of the fiscal year, Paul proposed a plan that would reduce spending by $500 billion.

That includes cutting the Department of Education budget by 83%, the Pentagon budget by 6%, and ending all foreign aid—but “I go to a Tea Party and you know what they say to me? It's not enough.” Cutting the budget is more important that party affiliation, he notes. “It's not necessarily Tea Party versus Republican Party,” he says, but “if you ask me what's more important, tackling our nation's deficit or being a Republican, I would say tackling the debt."