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As U.S. debt, deficits mount, presidential candidates sweep them under the rug

Posted on AllSides July 12th, 2019
From The Center
Election 2020, federal debt, federal deficit

In four hours of debate among Democratic contenders for the U.S. presidency, the word “deficit” was never uttered and the government’s debt was mentioned only once.

The reality is that Democrats are reluctant to make a campaign issue out of one of America’s most vexing problems — the ballooning annual budget deficits and overall debt under President Donald Trump.

That’s because some of their most popular policies going into the 2020 election would present significant budget challenges of their own, including expanding Medicare health coverage and offering government help to...

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