‘Reagan Would be Troubled’

Ayotte: When I think about the more libertarian, isolationist view, of a segment of the Republican party, that is getting away from the Ronald Reagan tradition.

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Speaking at a conference on national security and the fiscal cliff, Sen. Kelly Ayotte (R., N.H.) said  Ronald Reagan “would be troubled” with her Republican colleagues who support defense cuts.

“The defense of this country must be a bipartisan issue, but we also are having a discussion within our party,” Ayotte said during the conference hosted by American Enterprise Institute Wednesday. “There is a certain segment within our party that is much more libertarian, that is more isolationist in terms of its view of the world, our engagement, on foreign policy. And so we are  having an intra-party discussion about this.”

“When I think about the more isolationist, libertarian view, of a segment of the Republican party, that is getting away from the Ronald Reagan tradition,” she said. “And I think if Ronald Reagan were here looking at that he would be troubled by it.”