Sen. John McCain talks defense cuts in Tampa
Sen. John McCain estimates that if proposed defense spending cuts go into effect Jan. 1, the state of Florida will lose about 42,000 jobs and about $3.6 billion.
McCain predicts massive defense sector unemployment and gaunt armed forces at a time when the country needs a strong military.
"We are looking at, in our view, an emergency situation," McCain said Monday to a crowd of about 60 supporters in Tampa.
McCain and fellow senators Kelly Ayotte, R-N.H., and Lindsey Graham, R-S.C., came to town on Monday as part of a four-state tour to protest what McCain calls "draconian cuts" to the nation's defense budget. The senators also will hold sessions in Virginia, New Hampshire and North Carolina — states that are all home to military bases and defense contracting jobs.
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