WASHINGTON -- The Concord Coalition's National Debt Clock is headed to the 2004 Presidential Primary season battleground states of Iowa and New Hampshire to put our rapidly growing $7 trillion national debt – and what to do about it – onto the agenda of voters and candidates. The Debt Clock is a giant electronic scoreboard, mounted on a 25-foot trailer, ticking off the growth of our national debt at nearly $20,000 per second. The Debt Clock also displays each family's share of the debt, currently about $96,000. Concord Coalition staff will also distribute Concord's Key Questions Voters Should Ask Candidates About the Budget, Social Security and Medicare brochure. (Requires Adobe Acrobat Reader) “In 2004, Presidential candidates will face a national debt that exceeds $7 trillion and deficits for as far as the eye can see. Too often candidates lament the growing national debt in harsh terms but fail to say what they would do about it. Voters should not let them get away with it. The Concord Coalition's National Debt Clock allows citizens to see first-hand exactly how big the national debt is and how fast it is growing. Its rapidly escalating numbers are a vivid reminder that our failure to make hard choices between new spending and tax cuts is creating a generationally irresponsible debt burden for our children and grandchildren. We hope the Debt Clock will encourage voters to ask tough questions and force candidates to tell voters exactly how they will address this challenge if elected, ” said Executive Director Robert Bixby.
The Concord Coalition's National Debt Clock 2004 Presidential Primary Season Tour
Thursday, January 15, 2004 -
Saturday, January 17, 2004
|State Capital Bldg., Des Moines, Iowa|
Wednesday, January 21, 2004 –
Saturday, January 24, 2004
|State Capital Bldg., Concord, NH|
The Concord Coalition is a nonpartisan, grass roots organization dedicated to balanced federal budgets and generationally responsible fiscal policy. Former U.S. Senators Warren Rudman (R-NH) and Bob Kerrey (D-NE) serve as Concord's co-chairs and former Secretary of Commerce Peter Peterson serves as president.