“Obama added almost $16,000 in debt for every American.”

Claim: “Obama added almost $16,000 in debt for every American.”

Ad(s):  Basketball (60 sec.)

Sponsor(s): Crossroads GPS

Air Dates: May 23 – Jun. 15, 2012

Total Estimated Spending On This Claim:  $276,292 ($1,381,463 Total)

Markets: Burlington, Cedar Rapids, Charlotte, Charlotesville, Cincinnati, Cleveland, Colorado Springs, Columbus (OH), Davenport, Dayton, Des Moines, Erie, Flint, Ft.Meyers, Grand Junction, Grand Rapids, Greensboro, Greenville (NC), Greenville (SC), Harrisburg, Jacksonville, Johnstown, Lansing, Las Vegas, Lima, Mobile, Norfolk, Omaha, Orlando, Pittsburgh, Portland (ME), Raleigh, Roanoke, Sioux City, Tampa, Toledo, Traverse City, Tri-Cities, Washington D.C., West Palm Beach, Wilmington, Youngstown, Manchester (NH), Reno, Wilkes Barre, Richmond

Factcheck.org Summary:It’s actually a little more – $16,227 – than the per capita figure the ad uses. But as noted earlier, Obama inherited a huge deficit. And a president alone cannot cut spending or raise taxes – either of which would reduce deficits and slow the growth of the   debt – without cooperation from Congress. Click here to read more

Washington Post Fact Checker Summary: Obama in 2008 would claim that it was “unpatriotic” for George W. Bush to let it grow to “$30,000 for every man, woman and child” – but it’s not as people actually owe that money and it will have to be paid off, like a credit-card debt.  It’s actually not a bad thing for a nation to have some debt, especially if the money was spent on wise investments. In fact, a long-forgotten justification for the Bush tax cuts was that the United States would pay down too much debt. A case can certainly be made that the national debt has gotten too high in recent years, but this “debt-per-person” claim is a not-very-interesting political metric. Click here to read more

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