First Budget, an initiative of Fix the Debt and the Concord Coalition, is proud to partner with NH1, The Business and Industry Association of New Hampshire (BIA), and the Warren B. Rudman Center on Fiscal Fridays, a TV interview series focused on the fiscal and economic priorities of 2016 presidential candidates. Watch a special edition with highlights of the first four Fiscal Fridays.
And watch interviews from our sister program based in Iowa, Your First Budget.
Governor Chris Christie Talked Tax and Entitlement Reform
New Jersey Governor Chris Christie answered questions about his budget and economic plans on January 20. He focused on tax and entitlement reform, saying he would submit plans for each to Congress within the first six months of his presidency.
Senator Rand Paul (R-KY) became the sixth presidential candidate to participate in Fiscal Fridays on January 8. He said the national debt is the most important problem we face and that his first budget as president would balance in five years.
Republican presidential front-runner Donald Trump participated in a Tuesday edition of Fiscal Fridays on December 1. Mr. Trump said he would freeze federal spending if he took office and that his tax cut plan is negotiable.
Former New York Governor George Pataki joined us on Friday, November 13. Gov. Pataki discussed tax and entitlement reform along with other topics.
Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) joined us on Friday, October 23. Sen. Graham talked about how his first budget as president would rebuild the U.S. military and that he would "degrade and destroy" the national debt. He discussed reviving Simpson-Bowles, limiting tax deductions, reforming entitlements, and improving health care.
Former Maryland Governor Martin O'Malley (D) joined us for Fiscal Fridays on Friday, October 16. Gov. O'Malley talked about what his first budget as president would look like, his fiscal record as governor, and his plans for Social Security and tax reform, among many other topics.
Ohio Governor John Kasich (R) participated in the inaugural Fiscal Fridays discussion on Friday, October 9. Gov. Kasich talked about a balanced budget amendment, entitlement reform, taxes and his upcoming budget and economic plan.
Fiscal Fridays is designed to give primary voters an opportunity to hear directly from the 2016 presidential candidates on the policies they would pursue in their first budget as president. Topics include how candidates will address the national debt and other key policy areas such as Social Security, health care, tax reform, national defense and domestic investment.
The interviews will be conducted by Paul Steinhauser, Political Director and Anchor for NH1, and will take place on various Fridays throughout the fall. Interviews will be live-broadcast on NH1 and taped in front of an expanded studio audience. Audience members will be able to submit questions.