The candidates all agreed, for the most part, that everything should be on the table when it comes to budget cuts, but there was disagreement about just how to tame the military budget.
Newt Gingrich, suggested that “historically illiterate politicians” (referring presumably to their illiteracy about history, not their continuing illiteracy, if you see the difference) should not be charged with making “a numerical decision about the defense budget.”
“I’m a hawk,” said Gingrich, “but I’m a cheap hawk. The fact is, to say I’m going to put the security of the United States up against an arbitrary budget number is suicidally stupid.”
Cain was forced to defend something he had apparently said earlier on CNN, that he would consider negotiating for the release of an American soldier in exchange for all the detainees in Guantanamo Bay.