Bill Clinton is one of the few Democrats to talk about the nation's debt problem so far during the party's national convention. At their convention, Republicans hammered away relentlessly about the damage the nation's deficits and debt burden do. The GOP's vice presidential nominee, Paul Ryan, has been pointing out that the nation's debt has now reached $16 trillion.
But so far, the topic has been almost invisible at the Democrats gathering. Clinton, though, took it on. "We have to deal with it, or it will deal with us," he told his audience.
Obama's team hopes Clinton's credibility on the economy — it soared during his years in office — and his record for balancing the nation's budget could help the current president win over independent voters focused on such pocketbook issues.
— Sally Buzbee
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