Here's a number that hasn't come up, not even once: $22 trillion—the size of the national debt.
"But moderators are going to have to push these candidates at some point to address the growing federal budget deficit and the national debt.".
Will tonight's fourth presidential debate—scheduled for 8 p.m. and featuring a record 12 candidates sharing the stage in Westerville, Ohio—give some attention to the national debt?
If the earlier debates are any indication, candidates will be trying to outdo one another with promises of government-funded "freebies" like college tuition and health care.
Even the candidates who are trying to show they would be able to pay for new spending plans are actually just promising to increase the national debt.
Relative to the size of the economy, America is carrying more debt now than at any time since the end of World War II.
That's another $300 million, approximately, that will be added to the nation's tab. »