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The Deficit

Should the government be allowed to borrow more money even though it is already in debt?

Bush says: No.

From "[W]e have to confront and end the habitual practice of deficit spending. As long as deficits are an option, deficits will be the reality. The remedy that I will support as president is a balanced budget amendment. To be clear, a properly-designed amendment must be a tool to limit government - not raise taxes."

Carson says: No.

From "We must ratify a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution in order to restore fiscal responsibility to the federal government's budget. The career politicians in Washington have demonstrated beyond even a shadow of a doubt that they won't get serious about balancing the budget and paying down the debt until we MANDATE that it be done by constitutional amendment."

Christie says: No.

From "Since [becoming governor of New Jersey], Governor Christie has signed six balanced budgets without raising taxes once, and repeatedly vetoed tax increases passed by the Democrat-controlled legislature.... [He also] signed into law landmark pension and health benefit reform, savings for New Jersey taxpayers over $120 billion."

Clinton says: Yes.

From the Washington Post: "Clinton also referenced the debate over the nation's borrowing ability, saying she hopes members of Congress 'deal with our debt limit.'"

Cruz says: No.

From Cruz's Facebook account: "A Balanced Budget Amendment is the way we will prevent this government from spending us into bankruptcy."

Fiorina says: No.

From the Washington Examiner: "Carly Fiorina criticized President Obama's economic policies as damaging to the middle class and pledged to submit a balanced budget during her first term on Wednesday morning. "One of the keys to submitting a balanced budget is knowing where the money's being spent," Fiorina said on MSNBC's "Morning Joe." "Where I would start is to submit a plan for zero-based budgeting because we have to be able to talk about all the money.""

Graham says: No.

From "Washington has proven time and again that without a balanced budget, the temptation to spend money we do not have is too great. We need a constitutional amendment requiring a balanced budget. Imposing fiscal discipline will ensure that we set clear priorities, make tough choices, and live within our means as a nation."

Huckabee says: No.

From "The Obama Administration has saddled Americans with trillions and trillions in new government debt. Enough is enough... As Governor, I could not simply print money - I balanced the budget ten years in a row. I will take that experience to the White House and rein-in Washington's reckless, runaway spending."

Jindal says: No.

From the Times-Picayune: "Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal has lent his voice to an ever-growing group of conservative policymakers who are calling for a national convention to add a balanced-budget amendment to the U.S. Constitution."

Kasich says: No.

From "As chairman of the U.S. House Budget Committee, John Kasich led the historic effort to balance the federal budget for the first time in a generation, cut taxes, start paying down the national debt held by the public and generate a projected $5 trillion surplus."

O'Malley says: Yes.

From the Fiscal Times: "The former Democratic governor of Maryland left office in January with a legacy of one of the most progressive agendas in the nation - and also a long-term structural deficit that his Republican successor has had to wrestle with."

Pataki says: No.

From the Fiscal Times: "[Pataki] has spoken about the need to overhaul entitlement programs, such as by raising the retirement age for Social Security and increasing Medicare copays. In 2011, he launched an advocacy group promoting the cause of deficit reduction."

Paul says: No.

From "As President of the United States, I will work to balance our budget and only spend what comes in. We must cut spending in all areas, particularly areas that are better run by state and local governments.... I have long been a proponent of adopting [a balanced budget amendment] for the Federal Government."

Rubio says: No.

From "Our $18.1 trillion debt is not just a problem for government; it is a problem for the American people.... [Rubio will] [f]ight for a Balanced Budget Amendment and force Washington to live within its means without raising taxes[.]"

Sanders says: Yes.

From Sanders' Senate Website: "I find it incredible that every Republican voted against a motion to even let the Senate consider legislation to pay our bills and prevent a default. We are entering very dangerous territory."

Santorum says: No.

From "Rick Santorum has been fighting for fiscal sanity in Washington for more than a generation. He has long supported a Balanced Budget Amendment to the Constitution and a Line Item Veto.... Senator Santorum is also a strong supporter [of] "No Budget, No Pay" legislation that would require members of Congress to forgo pay for every day after the beginning of the government's fiscal year that they don't adopt a budget and pass all of its spending bills."

Trump says: No.

From "[Trump's plan] [d]oesn't add to our debt and deficit, which are already too large."

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