When it comes to defense spending, plans presented by presidential hopeful Mitt Romney and his new running mate, Rep. Paul Ryan (R-Wis.), diverge in ways that typify an ongoing rift within the Republican Party. Romney came out early reclaiming a campaign pledge crafted by the Heritage Foundation in the 2008 election, a call to spend 4% of GDP on defense. Ryan’s House Republican budget plan, called “the Path to Prosperity,” doesn’t call for extreme reductions in defense spending. But it ...

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