Kennedy says he would reduce military spending by 50 percent if elected in November

Independent presidential hopeful Robert F. Kennedy Jr. promised on Wednesday night that he would call on Congress to reduce defense spending by 50% throughout his term, if he was elected to the White House in November.

Kennedy, who has been vocal supporter of Israel in its war with Hamas, said he wants to roll back defense spending to where it was when the late President Dwight D. Eisenhower was in the Oval Office, and that the United States should project strength through moral leadership and strong economics. Eisenhower cut defense spending in his tenure to avert an arms war with Russia, CBS News reported.

"I will push for [a] 50% reduction in military expenditures in my first four years in office, with more cuts to come thereafter," Kennedy told a southern California audience. "A way to keep the dollar strong is to keep the country strong. We can do that by redirecting our bloated military budget toward infrastructure, education and health, and building our economy and building small business."

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