deficit

"Deficit" and related terms ("budget", "overspending", "federal debt", "pay as you go", "tax and spend", "government spending") have been used a total of 793 times by the politicians and political influencers that NPR is tracking.

Why We're Tracking This: As federal budget deficits and the federal debt have soared during the past decade, the party out of power has always blamed the party in power. So this year, it's the GOP's turn to say it's the Democrats who are to blame — while the Democrats will say it's Republicans who let things get out of hand.

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Tom Perriello (D)

0,0,0,0,0,2,1,3

  • Last 7 days: 3 uses (up 200% over last week)
  • Overall: 6 uses since Aug. 30

Dino Rossi (R)

3,2,1,0,1,1,0,2

  • Last 7 days: 2 uses (up 200% over last week)
  • Overall: 10 uses since Aug. 30

Republicans

30,15,30,19,64,40,46,16

  • Last 7 days: 16 uses (down 65% from last week)
  • Overall: 260 uses since Aug. 30

Candidates

61,45,59,50,88,70,59,42

  • Last 7 days: 42 uses (down 29% from last week)
  • Overall: 474 uses since Aug. 30

'Sparkline' graphs plot each word's motion over the last 8 weeks.

Recent uses of "deficit"

...a national book tour after the election, while taking a full state salary, rather than working on the state's budget crisis. The state controller today admitted that her forecast of tax collections last year was $1.9 billion off. ...

Bill White, via Facebook (November 2)

...security," said Katy Bacon, campaign spokesperson. "After 25 years in office, Rick Perry has left us with a $25 billion budget hole after putting Texas up for sale to his campaign donors and abusing state government as a partisan political...

Bill White, via RSS (November 1)

...repeatedly used Washington, D.C. as a means to distract from his public corruption scandals and the record $25 billion budget hole. Perry is looking to extend his 25-year political career, but Texans do not appreciate it. Back in June, a...

Bill White, via RSS (November 1)

...book tour and auditioning on the national stage at a time when he's left Texas with a $25 billion budget hole. Over the weekend, Perry, looking out for the next step in his political career, refused to say he'd serve...

Bill White, via RSS (November 1)

...Perry's $25 billion budget crisis grew tonight as the comptroller he's been trying to muzzle revealed a $4 billion deficit for the previous fiscal year. "On Friday, Perry said he'd launch a national book tour after the election while taking...

Bill White, via RSS (November 1)

...Perry's $25 billion budget crisis grew tonight as the comptroller he's been trying to muzzle revealed a $4 billion deficit for the previous fiscal year. "On Friday, Perry said he'd launch a national book tour after the election while taking...

Bill White, via RSS (November 1)

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