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Jan 31, 2012 8:13 PM by Ophelia Young

Ron Paul in Colorado Springs

Half of the GOP field left the sunshine state to come here.

Ron Paul spent time in Fort Collins and Denver earlier today before heading south to energize his supporters in Colorado Springs.

During a brief stop at the Colorado Springs Airport, Paul told supporters that if he were elected president, one of his top priorities would be slimming down our debt by redistributing military spending.

We asked Paul how this could impact our military-fueled economy here in Southern Colorado.

He said, "It's probably going to do the opposite.  But, i don't want to cut anything on defense.  I want to cut military spending.  I want to enhance our defense. If I bring my troops home, it might double the size of the military in the state if we bring troops home, because they already have bases. So, no, I want to spend the money more wisely and not waste our money. The military is sick and tired of fighting these wars, let me tell you."

After meeting with supporters, Paul left our state and is now in Nevada.

His supporters hung banners overnight on I-25.  They only stayed up for a few hours though, until the city took them down.

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