Pentagon reporter caught complaining he’ll be laid off if Ron Paul wins

By David Edwards
Thursday, January 5, 2012 15:35 EDT
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Reporters at Pentagon briefing (C-SPAN)
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As President Barack Obama was set to announce the largest cuts to the U.S. military since the Cold War Wednesday, a few reporters on the Defense Department beat were worrying about their jobs.

Prior to the president’s remarks at the Pentagon, C-SPAN microphones caught several reporters discussing what a Ron Paul presidency might bring.

“See this room?” one reporter asked. “Two-thirds of us [will be] laid off when Ron Paul is president.”

The cuts announced Thursday would reduce the military budget by $487 billion over 10 years.

“Some will no doubt say the spending reductions are too big; others will say they’re too small,” Obama said at the briefing. “It will be easy to take issue with a particular change. But I would encourage all of us to remember what President Eisenhower once said — that ‘each proposal must be weighed in the light of a broader consideration: the need to maintain balance in and among national programs.’”

An additional $500 billion could be cut as a result of debt ceiling negotiations if Congress follows through with the plan.

Watch this video from C-SPAN, uploaded Jan. 5, 2012.


(H/T: Real Clear Politics)

David Edwards
David Edwards
David Edwards has served as an editor at Raw Story since 2006. His work can also be found at Crooks & Liars, and he's also been published at The BRAD BLOG. He came to Raw Story after working as a network manager for the state of North Carolina and as as engineer developing enterprise resource planning software. Follow him on Twitter at @DavidEdwards.
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