Cruz proposes plan to bolster U.S. military

MOUNT PLEASANT, S.C. (AP) – Texas Sen. Ted Cruz detailed his plans for bolstering the U.S. military in South Carolina Tuesday, a state with a large military and veteran population.

Cruz detailed his military platform inside the U.S.S. Yorktown, a World War II-era aircraft carrier.

Cruz called for increasing the number of active duty troops, airplanes and battleships. He did not put a price tag on his plans, but pointed to former President Ronald Reagan’s approach as a model for how he would get it done.

Cruz said he will pay for it by cutting federal spending by at least $500 billion, sell federal assets and properties and also audit the Pentagon to find savings.

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“If you think it’s too expensive to defend this nation, try not defending it,” Cruz said.

Voters in South Carolina will cast their votes for a Republican nominee for president on Saturday.