Statements about Deficit

Says Romney wants to add $2 trillion to the defense budget that the military hasn’t asked for.

Says U.S. Senate opponent Tammy Baldwin supported a federal budget "that spent trillions -- not billions, trillions -- more money than the Obama budget."

Says Obama promised to cut the deficit in half.

Obama says he’s "put forward a specific $4 trillion deficit reduction plan."

"(Barack Obama) says he’s going to reduce the long-term debt and deficit by $4 trillion, doesn’t say how he's going to do it."

Deficit spending ‘exploded during the Obama administration’ to $5.3 trillion over four years, compared to $2 trillion in eight years under President George W. Bush.  

"Over the last four years, the deficit has gone up, but 90 percent of that is as a consequence of" President George W. Bush’s policies and the recession.

"Tim Kaine doubled down in his support of devastating defense cuts, saying the ‘the deal was the right thing to do.’"

"Since President Obama took office, over 88,000 Ohio workers have lost their jobs."

"President Obama has no plan to reduce the deficit, let alone pay down the debt."

David Cicilline was "required to provide key information about city finances to an independent outside auditor. The deadlines were clear -- yet [he intentionally] missed them by months" until after the November 2010 election.

Says President Barack Obama "built this $16 trillion debt."

"$16 trillion (the national debt) in $1 bills would cover the entire state of Ohio nearly 1.5 times."

Says his budget plan "would cut our deficits by $4 trillion."

"The auditor [for the city of Providence] was not locked out" of access to the city's finances.

"We will spend $100 billion in Afghanistan this year, fixing roads, building bridges, training police officers, and more, [and] cutting the same things in our own country."

Says President Obama said of the national debt, "If I don't have this done in three years, then there's going to be a one-term proposition."

Says he never voted for a "tax increase."

"When I left the Senate, we were on a trajectory towards a balanced budget."

As a congressman, Mark Neumann "voted four times to increase our debt."

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