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Mitch McConnell in 1988: 'The Democrats Are Always Crying Because They Can't Make the Deficit an Issue'

These days, it seems all Republicans can talk about is the growing deficit. Sen. Mitch McConnell (R-KY) recently referred to it as a fiscal time bomb (despite the fact the deficit has actually gone down in recent years). But back when Ronald Reagan was president, I guess it didn't seem that important. At least to Mitch McConnell, anyway.

Back in 1988, when McConnell was still a first-term senator, he told C-SPAN that it was the Democrats who were upset because they were trying to make the deficit an issue. He also noted that most people blamed Congress for the deficit, not the President:

The Democrats are always crying because they haven't been able to make the deficit an issue. In fact the deficit doesn't work for either side. Because the American people are shrewd enough to know that there's plenty of blame to go around for the deficit mess and as a matter of fact most surveys, I've seen, indicate that the American people think that Congress is more responsible for that than the President.

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