CHARLESTON, SC (WCSC) - Republican presidential hopeful Sen. Marco Rubio called for increased defense spending during a stop in Charleston Friday.
Addressing the Charleston Metro Chamber of Commerce Rubio said China has increased defense spending by 10 percent this year while President Obama has cut defense spending by about a trillion dollars over the last decade.
The Florida Republican said our military needs more money to stay strong.
"Our navy is now smaller than anytime since before World War One, our army is headed for pre-World War II levels, and our air force has the smallest and the oldest combat force in its entire history," Rubio said.
Rubio says five countries pose the biggest threat to the United States, China, North Korea, Syria, Iran and Russia.
His Charleston visit comes a few days after a new poll shows he would get just 6 percent of the vote if the South Carolina Republican primary were held today.