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Before the debate, a PolitiFact Sheet about defense spending under Obama



Republican candidates have portrayed the country’s military spending as woefully inadequate under the Obama administration.

They say the cuts, many made as part of the funny-sounding word "sequestration," put the United States at risk in the fight against terrorism  But the White House argues that it has been working to increase spending on the military, with some results.

The facts are sometimes murky, which makes it hard to know the truth.

To clear up the confusion, PolitiFact has answers to five common questions about military spending and equipment under the watch of President Barack Obama.

Want to know more? Read all of our fact-checks about the military and terrorism.

Turn to PolitiFact for the rest of our story including claims by U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio and former Gov. Jeb Bush.

[Last modified: Tuesday, December 15, 2015 7:59pm]


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