Senate Republicans are at odds about the prospect of major cuts to the nation's defense budget.
According to media reports, Senator John McCain (R-Ariz.) expressed concern at a recent foreign policy forum that incoming members of Congress, such as Rand Paul (R-Ky.), will embrace "protectionism" and "isolationism" in their willingness to cut the defense budget.
"I think there are going to be some tensions within our party," McCain said, quoted by The Huffington Post.
Senator Tom Coburn (R-Okla.), who is a proponent of reducing military spending in order to balance the Federal budget, took exception to McCain's statement. According to the news provider, Coburn claims that it will not be difficult to cut defense while maintaining the integrity of the nation's defense system.
A new Financial Times/Harris Poll reveals that citizens of the United States and the five largest European countries are split when it comes to defense budgets. More than one-third of Americans believe that cutting defense spending is mostly a bad thing, while 36 percent said that cuts are neither a good nor bad thing.
More than 40 percent of Germans, Spaniards and Italians said that cuts in defense to bring down a budget deficit are mostly a good thing. Nearly two in five Britons believe cuts are a good thing, while 44 percent of French respondents said cuts are neither good nor bad.