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    Republican presidential candidate Jon Huntsman takes the state at St. Anselm College Monday, December 12, 2011.
Wednesday, December 14, 2011

PolitiFact 2012: U.S. spends lots on defense, but not more than everyone else

"You look at defense ... we're spending more than the rest of the world combined."

-- Former Utah Gov. Jon Huntsman, December 12, 2011, in a Lincoln-Douglas-style debate at Saint Anselm College in Manchester, N.H.

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Our ruling:

The evidence supports Huntsman's underlying point -- that the U.S. spends far more than other countries on defense, but it falls short of his claim that U.S. spending exceeds that of all other countries combined. International research shows that United States' defense funds make up between 40 and 45 percent of the world's total military spending. We rate Huntsman??s claim Mostly False.

Read the story: Jon Huntsman says the U.S. spends more than all other countries combined on defense