Sen. John McCain speaks in Fayetteville on US military spending cuts
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WILSON—Three Republican U.S. Senators visited Fayetteville Monday to speak with residents on their concerns about budget cuts on defense spending.
The Department of Defense has already agreed to reduce spending by $500 billion over 10 years, starting in January. The additional military spending cuts called for would add another $500 billion to that figure.
Sen. John McCain alongside two Republican senators said these cuts will do more than hurt national security.
"This would mean the loss of thousands and thousands of jobs in North Carolina in these very tough economic times. So it's a national security issue but it's an economic issue. And frankly we can not afford that,” said Sen. McCain.
Democrats in the audience said they are disappointed McCain did not lay more specific ideas out on the table. They say this was merely a repeat of what many already knew.
Sen. McCain said he would like to sit down with President Obama as soon as possible to come up with a solution.