Texas Rep. Ron Paul said Thursday evening during CNN’s Florida primary debate that he didn’t think the government should finance another mission to the moon.

“I don’t think we should go to the moon,” he said. “I think we maybe should send some politicians up there sometimes.”

Paul was reacting primarily to a proposal by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich to establish a permanent American base on the moon by the end of his second term.

“I went into the Air Force in 1962 and studied aerospace medicine,” noted Paul, adding that he “had a daydream of becoming the first physician in space.”

But Paul said that he’d only support space funding for national defense purposes, and “not to explore the moon and go to Mars.”

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