The first of the three televised presidential debates will originate from Denver, where tonight the candidates will discuss their plans to Fix the Debt. The first half of the debate will focus on the economy and we expect the emphasis to quickly turn to the national debt, providing President Obama and Governor Romney an opportunity to lay-down a detailed plan to reduce future deficits.
Follow along and retweet as we fact check the candidates this evening in Denver via Twitter from @FixtheDebt:
This debate is critical. While we don’t know what questions will be asked by moderator Jim Lehrer tonight, we do know the debt is too important an issue to be ignored or just paid lip service.
So together with our Fix the Debt bipartisan policy partner, the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (CRFB), we’ve developed a Code of Candor, asking each candidate to:
1. Offer specific suggestions that show a willingness to tackle the hard issues
2. Remain open to bipartisan compromise
3. Offer ideas to replace the fiscal cliff with a comprehensive deficit reduction plan
4. Refrain from pledges that take polices off the table
5. Propose specific reforms to Social Security, healthcare programs and the tax codes.
To see which candidate respects these tenets, Fix the Debt will be working with the @BudgetHawks fiscal fact checkers, live tweeting the debate to separate fact from rhetoric and keep the candidates on point.
But we also need your help us to keep the discussion about the debt honest in the debates tonight, so follow along on Twitter @FixtheDebt or check back with us on this blog tonight and follow the live feed below.
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- Calls for Budget Talks Intensify 05/13/2013