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- March 19, 2014

Democrat Senator Calls Obama's $17 Trillion Debt "Irresponsible"

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): "I Do Believe A $17 Trillion Dollar Debt Is Irresponsible. I Do Believe That." "Missouri Democratic Sen. Claire McCaskill railed against the national debt speaking in Kansas City as part of her 'McCaskill on Main Street' tour on Wednesday. … 'I do believe a $17 trillion dollar debt is irresponsible. I do believe that,' McCaskill said, while adding that she supported raising the minimum wage and extending unemployment insurance." (Andrew Kaczynski, "Democratic Senator: Debt Is Going To Make U.S. 'Not A First-Tier Nation Anymore'," BuzzFeed, 3/19/14)

  • McCaskill: "[I]t's Gonna Put Us In A Position Where We're Not A First-Tier Nation Anymore If We Get Swallowed Up By The Debt." "McCaskill said if the U.S. continued along current spending lines and got 'swallowed up by the debt,' the country would no longer be a first-tier nation. 'I do think we have to be careful about making the federal government the answer to everything, because it's gonna put us in a position where we're not a first-tier nation anymore if we get swallowed up by the debt.'" (Andrew Kaczynski, "Democratic Senator: Debt Is Going To Make U.S. 'Not A First-Tier Nation Anymore'," BuzzFeed, 3/19/14)

Since Obama Took Office, The National Debt Has Grown By $6.9 Trillion, Increasing From $10.6 Trillion In January 2009 To $17.5 Trillion Today. (U.S. Department of the Treasury, Accessed 3/19/14)

  • FLASHBACK: In 2008 - When The National Debt Was $9.5 Trillion - Obama Said Adding $4 Trillion To The Debt Was "Irresponsible. It's Unpatriotic." OBAMA: "The problem is, is that the way Bush has done it over the last eight years is to take out a credit card from the Bank of China in the name of our children, driving up our national debt from $5 trillion for the first 42 presidents - #43 added $4 trillion by his lonesome, so that we now have over $9 trillion of debt that we are going to have to pay back -- $30,000 for every man, woman and child. That's irresponsible. It's unpatriotic." (Sen. Barack Obama, Remarks At A Campaign Event, Fargo, ND, 7/3/08)

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