2016 Presidential Candidates: Debt and Deficit

Debt and Deficit

Every day, individuals, businesses, and state and local governments are required to make hard decisions regarding the management of their finances. Our federal government should begin to do the same. It is time for this nation to enact the spending and tax reforms necessary to stabilize our country’s debt, stimulate growth, and revive our economy.

Democratic Candidate*

Hillary ClintonHillary Clinton

"There’s just a pattern here, where the other side continues to use the same old tired policies. They don’t work and then Democrat presidents have to come in and fix what was broken. I have this old-fashioned idea that, you know, you ought to look at the evidence and if you look at the evidence at the end of Bill Clinton’s two terms, we had the longest peace-time expansion in American history, with 22 million new jobs, a balanced budget and a surplus that would have paid off our national debt had they not been so rudely interrupted by the next administration.” (Clinton, 2015)

Republican Candidate*

Donald TrumpDonald Trump

"Now, thanks to fracking and other things, the oil is all over the place. And I used to say it, there are ships at sea, and this was during the worst crisis, that were loaded up with the oil and the cartel kept the price up. Because again, they were smarter than our leaders...there is so much wealth out there that can make our country so rich again, and therefore make it great again, because we need money, we're dying, we're dying, we need money, we have to do it. And we need the right people...this is going to be an election, in my opinion, that's based on competence." (Trump, 2015)

*Leading presidential candidates as of July 21, 2016.  To see all candidates or search for other candidates, please click here.