Mitt Romney on International Aid

Last Updated : Sep 03, 2012


In a 2011 debate, Governor Romney stated that one portion of foreign aid was national defense. He asserted that these funds should fall under the Department of Defense instead of the foreign aid budget. He also noted part of international aid was humanitarian. However, he also stated that it doesn't make a lot of sense for us to borrow money from the Chinese to go give to another country for humanitarian aid. He stated that foreign aid was indeed one place that cutting the budget was possible.

In his 2012 literature, Governor Romney states that he would support a $100 million cut in foreign aid as one means to help lower the deficit.


Western Debate

In October of 2011, Governor Romney participated in the Western Debate. He was asked about international aid. He notes that foreign aid has a legitimate place in the foreign policy of the US. He points out that foreign aid to countries like Pakistan allow us to influence policy there and Afghanistan.


2012 Economic Plan

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