Billionaire Tom SteyerTom SteyerBloomberg wages war on COVID-19, but will he abandon his war on coal? Overnight Energy: 600K clean energy jobs lost during pandemic, report finds | Democrats target diseases spread by wildlife | Energy Dept. to buy 1M barrels of oil Ocasio-Cortez, Schiff team up to boost youth voter turnout MORE on Tuesday night called for a reduction in U.S. defense spending during the Democratic debate in Iowa.

“I agree with Sen. [Elizabeth] Warren [D-Mass.]. We are spending dramatically too much money on defense,” Steyer said.

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“The money that we’re spending there we could use in other parts of the budget, and it’s time for someone from the outside to have a strategic view about what we’re trying to do and how to do it,” he added.


Steyer also compared his “outside perspective” on foreign policy to that of former President Obama and Rep. Barbara LeeBarbara Jean LeeBlack lawmakers unveil bill to remove Confederate statues from Capitol McCarthy says states have power on removing Confederate statues from Capitol Pelosi calls for removal of Confederate statues in Capitol complex MORE (D-Calif.), the sole vote against the war in Afghanistan.

Steyer referenced Obama and Lee shortly after former Vice President Joe BidenJoe BidenHillicon Valley: Biden calls on Facebook to change political speech rules | Dems demand hearings after Georgia election chaos | Microsoft stops selling facial recognition tech to police Trump finalizing executive order calling on police to use ‘force with compassion’ The Hill’s Campaign Report: Biden campaign goes on offensive against Facebook MORE and Sen. Bernie SandersBernie SandersThe Hill’s 12:30 Report: Milley apologizes for church photo-op Harris grapples with defund the police movement amid veep talk Biden courts younger voters — who have been a weakness MORE (I-Vt.) invoked the two in a back-and-forth over Sanders’s opposition to the war in Iraq and Biden’s initial support for it.

“If you look who had the judgment, it was a state senator from Illinois with no experience who opposed the war [in Iraq],” Steyer said. “It is a congresswoman, Barbara Lee, from Oakland, Calif., who stood up against the original [Afghanistan] vote, who was the only person in Congress.”

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