Paul ticked off other examples of wasteful spending, including studies he frequently mentions that involved robotic squirrels and monkeys on methamphetamine.

He stayed on message, too, when he talked about a need for reduced spending in the Department of Defense.

“People say, you’re not going to go to South Carolina and talk about waste in the military, are you?” he joked.

“There’s waste everywhere,” Paul continued. “It doesn’t mean I’m against national defense. National defense is the most important thing we spend money on. It’s one of the few legitimate constitutional functions–it should be a priority.”

But, he added, that doesn’t mean it gets a “blank check.”