Campaigning in a state that is home to nearly 400,000 veterans and several military bases, Sen. Ted Cruz on Tuesday unveiled a plan to grow the size of the U.S. armed forces and build thousands of planes and ships.
“This will be a challenge and involve difficult choices, but I am confident that if we put in the hard work, we can, as Ronald Reagan did in the 1980s, rebuild our military so that it will be feared by our enemies and trusted by our allies,” Cruz told supporters gathered on the USS Yorktown, a retired aircraft carrier. “Strong enough that, God willing, we will not need to use it.”
The presidential candidate blamed President Obama for shrinking the military, and called for an active-duty force of at least 1.4 million. He also said he would expand the nation’s missile defense network and commission the construction of more than 2,000 aircraft, more than 100 naval ships, 12 ballistic missile submarines and two aircraft carriers.