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Do deficits impact presidential elections?


Date published: 12/14/2012

Do deficits impact presidential elections?

Michael McManus asked, "How could anyone with kids vote for a man who pledged to cut deficits in half, but doubled them, imposing huge debt on our children and grandchildren?" ["Election Day 2012: An America in moral coma," Nov. 28].

They were only following precedent. When Ronald Reagan ran for re-election in 1984 he had more than doubled previous deficits after campaigning on a balanced-budget promise. He won in a landslide.

We also re-elected George W. Bush who had turned a balanced budget into $500 billion annual deficits. Maybe we have short memories, or perhaps the people realize the president has little control over deficits.

Stephen Scovel

Stafford