Sen. John McCain pushes against defense cuts to save military contractors, economy

TAMPA — If the proposed cuts to the military budget are not stopped immediately, the United States would be unprepared and unequipped to fight any future wars — despite the growing danger of a deepening national debt. That was the message delivered Monday at a town hall event downtown, where U.S. Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., spoke to local city council members, defense industry representatives and residents about the importance of federal defense spending in the local economy. McCain, joined by Republican U.S. Sens. Lindsey Graham, of South Carolina, and Kelly Ayotte, of New Hampshire, spoke at great length about the dire scenario expected when sequestration […]