State of Florida Archives: on Budget & Economy


Ted Yoho: Keynesian economics is no way to stimulate the economy

Q: Do you support spending on infrastructure projects for the purpose of job creation?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the temporary extension of unemployment benefits?

A: No.

Q: Do you support the 2010 temporary extension of tax relief?

A: Yes. I do not believe in Keynesian economics as a way to stimulate the economy. I believe in the free markets and free enterprise system as the best way to stimulate the economy. This can be accomplished by reducing government regulation and mandates.

Source: Florida Congressional Election 2012 Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2012

Bill Nelson: Budget sequestration avoided national default

Mack said several times that Nelson voted "to gut our military," referring to the budget deal approved last year that could lead to draconian budget cuts and tax increases by year's end if Congress fails to reach a new agreement.

"You were going to let this country go into default where it could not pay its bills. Obviously we could not do that," Nelson said, noting that Mack was in the minority who voted against the so-called sequestration plan.

Source: Tampa Bay Times on 2012 Florida Senate debate Oct 18, 2012

Mitt Romney: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were source of housing bubble

Q: Would you phase out Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac? Does the private mortgage industry need additional regulation?

ROMNEY: Well, I think you know that Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac were a big part of why we have the housing crisis in the nation that we have. Speaker Gingrich was hired by Freddie Mac to promote them, to influence other people throughout Washington, encouraging them not to dismantle these two entities. I think that was an enormous mistake. I think, instead, we should have had a whistle-blower and not horn-tooter. He should have stood up and said, look, these things are a disaster; this is a crisis. He should have been anxiously telling the American people that these entities were causing a housing bubble that would cause a collapse that we've seen around the country. And are they a problem today? Absolutely. They're offering mortgages, again to people who can't possibly repay them. We're creating another housing bubble, which will hurt the American people.

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary Jan 26, 2012

Newt Gingrich: We balanced the budget four times in the 1990s

GINGRICH: When we balanced the budget with the 1997 Balanced Budget Act, and ultimately had four consecutive balanced budgets, we doubled the size of the National Institutes of Health because we set priorities. It is possible to do the right things in the right order to make this a bigger, richer, more exciting country. You don't just have to be cheap everywhere.

PAUL: Newt's mentioned this quite a few times about balancing the budget four times. I went back and looked at the record. The national

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary Jan 26, 2012

Newt Gingrich: We balanced the budget four times in the 1990s

debt during those four years actually went up about a trillion dollars. What he's talking about is, he doesn't count the money he takes out of Social Security. So, neither Reagan nor you had a truly balanced budget because the national debt goes up, and that's what we pay the interest on. So I think you've stretched that a little bit more than you should have.

GINGRICH: Under the system that was used, we were $405 billion [ahead]. I agree with Ron that we take Social Security off budget.

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary Jan 26, 2012

Ron Paul: Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac should be auctioned off

Q: Gov. Rotwmney and Speaker Gingrich both acknowledge they made money from Fannie and Freddie. Should they return that money?

PAUL: That subject really doesn't interest me a whole lot. But the question is, what are we going to do about Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac. It should have been auctioned off right after the crash came. It would have been cleansed by now. It should have been sold. We know how the bubble came about. It was excessive credit, interest rates held too low, too long, the Federal Reserve responsible for that. The Community Reinvestment Act, which is Affirmative Action telling banks they have to make these risky loans. And at the same time, there was a line of credit which allowed Fannie Mae and Freddie Mac to, you know, make more money. And it was assumed that they would always be protected. I've talked a long time about cutting off that credit from the Fed. I was trying to prevent this stuff.

Source: CNN 2012 GOP primary debate on the eve of Florida primary Jan 26, 2012

George LeMieux: Balance budget by 2013, while extending Bush tax cuts

We are in our 3rd consecutive year of trillion-dollar deficits, and Obama's budget would guarantee us a 4th. It does not have to be this way. While in the Senate, I put forward a plan that would balance the budget by 2013 and cut the debt in half by 2021 My plan did this by freezing all federal spending at fiscal year 2007 levels. If we did that, we could extend all of the 2001 and 2003 tax cuts, index the Alternative Minimum Tax for inflation, and we would actually begin to pay down the national debt.
Source: 2012 Senate campaign website, georgeforflorida.com, "Issues" Jul 16, 2011

Rick Scott: 777 economic plan: 7 Steps to 700,000 Jobs in 7 Years

By implementing my 777 plan which will reduce spending, implement accountability budgeting, and create a business friendly environment for our economy to grow, we will be able balance the budget and grow our tax base.

The best cure for our economic ills are jobs. My 7-step plan to create 700,000 jobs in 7 years will turn Florida around. I want to make Florida the job creation model for the nation.

My top priority when elected is to make Florida the number one state in the country for job creation and I will accomplish that through the implementation of my 777 economic plan--7 Steps to 700,000 Jobs in 7 Years. By reducing regulation, cutting state spending, shrinking state government and eliminating the business tax we will make Florida the obvious choice for businesses looking to relocate and provide an environment that encourages businesses already based in Florida to grow and expand. Floridians want to work and my administration's top priority will be creating jobs.

Source: Florida Gubernatorial 2010 PVS Political Courage Test Nov 1, 2010

Charlie Crist: OpEd: As incumbent, blamed for Florida's weak economy

Like other incumbents across the U.S., Crist has been blamed by voters for the weak economy. Florida was one of only two states, along with Maryland, to see its unemployment rate rise in August, reaching 11.7%, compared with the 9.6% national rate, according to the Bureau of Labor Statistics.

The state has the second-highest foreclosure rate in the country, behind Nevada, more than twice the national average, according to RealtyTrac, an Irvine, California-based data provider.

Source: Business Week coverage of 2010 Florida Senate debate Oct 25, 2010

Kendrick Meek: Grow the economy rather than applying ideology

Meek attacked Rubio, almost warning Floridians against him: "It's important that we grow this economy. It's the very reason we should not federalize Marco Rubio," Meek said. "He is thinking of ideology that would put the middle class in the hole forever. On his economic policies, Meek said, "I can tell you what Mr. Rubio is talking about is not a solution, it's ideology."

In a back-and-forth that defined their campaigns, Crist depicted Rubio as a conservative ideologue unable or unwilling to deviate from extreme views regardless of changing dynamics. "You know, facts change all the time," Crist said. "I think people want an open-minded senator rather than the opposite, a closed-minded senator."

Rubio "wouldn't accept tax cuts on 98% of the people in America because of his ideology," Crist said. "That's exactly the problem, that's what's not right with Washington today." While Crist advocated a compromise, Meek backed the Obama position.

Source: CNN ElectionCenter coverage of 2010 Florida Senate debate Oct 24, 2010

Charlie Crist: Supports economic stimulus and some parts of ObamaCare

Meek supported the economic stimulus package and said it kept the country from going into a depression; Rubio said it was a failure. Meek wants to continue Bush's tax cuts for all except those who make more than $250,000, Rubio wants them extended for al earners.

"You think government creates jobs," Rubio said to Meek, cutting him off.

"No, I don't," Meek said.

"You do," Rubio said.

"I think tax cuts for small businesses create jobs and incentives for local communities to move forward," Meek said

Crist added, "What you just witnessed is the problem and the reason I'm running as an independent. These two guys are going at each other because one's the Republican right, one's the Democratic left. What's true is there are good things that both parties can present to the future of our country." Crist, who supported the economic stimulus and said he likes some things in the health care law but that it needs to be fixed, portrayed himself as a centrist who backs the best policies of each party.

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2010 Florida Senate Debate Oct 6, 2010

Kendrick Meek: For economic stimulus, ObamaCare, & repealing Bush tax cuts

There were obvious differences between Meek and Rubio. Meek supported the economic stimulus package and said it kept the country from going into a depression; Rubio said it was a failure. Meek said he would vote for the health care overhaul again and Rubio said it should be repealed. Meek wants to continue President George W. Bush's tax cuts for all except those who make more than $250,000, Rubio wants them extended for all earners.

"You think government creates jobs," Rubio said to Meek, cutting him off.

"No, I don't," Meek said.

"You do," Rubio said.

"I think tax cuts for small businesses create jobs and incentives for local communities to move forward," Meek said.

Crist added, "What you just witnessed is the problem and the reason I'm running as an independent. These two guys are going at each other because one's the Republican right, one's the Democratic left. What's true is there are good things that both parties can present to the future of our country."

Source: Associated Press coverage of 2010 Florida Senate Debate Oct 6, 2010

Jeff Greene: Everyone knew housing crash was coming; Congress did nothing

Meek asked about Greene's record in the real estate industry, arguing that his opponent profited off the back of failed mortgages. "I saw the housing bubble coming and I went against the biggest banks on Wall Street and I won," replied Greene.

"I wasn't a genius. It was on the front page of Time magazine: Housing Bust Coming; It was on the front page of the Economist, Housing Market crumbling," Greene said to Rep. Meek. "Guys like you were just part of the party. You were getting money from all these (Wall Street firms) and failed to regulate them."

Greene concluded that Meek and members of Congress refused to regulate the housing lending industry -- even accusing the congressman of pushing risky sub-prime mortgages and money from the industry.

Source: 2010 Florida Dem. Primary Debate, Miami Herald & S.S.News Aug 10, 2010

Charlie Crist: $8B stimulus funds saved or created 87,000 jobs in Florida

Q: From the Obama stimulus package, by the start of 2010, Florida had received $8.2 billion in stimulus funds. Gov. Crist says that has created or saved 87,000 jobs. Mr. Rubio, why is $8 billion & 87,000 jobs bad for a state that has 12% unemployment?

RUBIO: Well, if it's bad for America, it can't possibly be good for your state. Since February, 211,000 Floridians have lost their jobs.

CRIST: As governor, you've got to make tough decisions. I made the tough decision to utilize these funds to help th people of Florida. I know the unemployment rate is bad. I know the economy is tough. I understand all of that. If we had taken the speaker's approach, we would have had 87,000 more people on top of that 12% that would be unemployed in Florida today.

Q: If you had been a senator in 2009 you would have voted for the stimulus?

CRIST: Yeah, it was the right thing to do at the time. You have to go back and remember what was happening in our economy. It was literally falling off the cliff.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2010 Florida primary Senate debate Mar 28, 2010

Marco Rubio: Oppose Obama stimulus package; it's bad for America

Q: From the Obama stimulus package, by the start of 2010, Florida had received $8.2 billion in stimulus funds. Gov. Crist says that has created or saved 87,000 jobs. Mr. Rubio, why is $8 billion & 87,000 jobs bad for a state that has 12% unemployment?

RUBIO: Well, if it's bad for America, it can't possibly be good for your state. Since February, 211,000 Floridians have lost their jobs. Do you want a candidate that would have voted against the stimulus and supported something that would have cost less money and created more jobs. If that's the candidate you want, that would be me. Or do you want the someone who would have voted with the Democrats for the stimulus package? And that candidate would be Gov. Crist.

CRIST: If we had taken the speaker's approach, we would have had 87,000 more people on top of that 12% that would be unemployed in Florida today.

Q: If you had been a senator in 2009 you would have voted for the stimulus?

CRIST: Yeah, it was the right thing to do at the time.

Source: Fox News Sunday 2010 Florida primary Senate debate Mar 28, 2010

Jeb Bush: Florida budget grew by 27% during Bush's terms

In June 2006, the state had 43.6% more spending than when Bush took office and 46.5% more personal income. The state's total budget grew by more than 27% in constant dollars between 1999 when Bush took office and 2005. Ironically, this performance disappointed the governor's small government constituency and led some to call him a "big-government Republican." At the end of his term in 2006, the conservative Cato Institute criticized him for having overseen "explosive growth" and gave him a grade of "D" for controlling spending.

The Bush tax strategies facilitated his "starve the beast" spending policy and gave him an opportunity to make the kinds of choices in funding state government that he desired.

Source: Aggressive Conservatism in Florida, by Robert Crew, p.106 Dec 11, 2009

Charlie Crist: Florida HOPE taskforce to help victims of housing crisis

For families to feel truly safe, they cannot be worried about losing their home to foreclosure. That’s why I recently announced the Florida HOPE taskforce charged with making recommendations to help families who have found themselves victims of the housing crisis.

The people who sent us here--their wisdom and their experience in the real world makes up a significant portion of the knowledge base from which we must lead.

Source: 2008 State of the State Address to Florida legislature Mar 4, 2008

John McCain: I’m well-versed in economics; I was at the Reagan Revolution

Q: Is it a problem for your campaign that the economy is now the most important issue, one that, by your own acknowledgement, you are not well versed on?

A: Actually, I don’t know where you got that quote from. I’m very well versed in economics. I was there at the Reagan Revolution. I was there just after we enacted the first tax cuts and the restraints on spending. I was chairman of the Commerce Committee in the Senate, which addresses virtually every major economic issue that affects the US. I’m very well versed on economics. That’s why I have a strong team around me that respect my views and my vision. And that’s why The Wall Street Journal, in a survey of economists recently, that the majority of economists thought that I could handle the nation’s economy best. And I have been a consistent fighter to restrain spending and to cut taxes. And my credentials & my experience & my knowledge of these economic issues, I think, are extensive. And I would match them against anybody who’s running.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

John McCain: Impose some fiscal discipline to revive the economy

Q: Why should we continue a Republican in the White House with the current kind of economic record?

A: I will, as president, veto every one of these big spending bills. I will impose some fiscal discipline. We will clean up our act and we will regain the confidence of the American people as being careful stewards of our tax dollars, and we will fix this problem with having to borrow money from China, then we will balance our budget, just like every governor in America has been required to do.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

John McCain: Will be able to reduce war costs & have a stable Middle East

Q: You would leave troops in Iraq for an indefinite period. How will you do this, both militarily & economically?

A: I know of no military leader, including Gen. Petraeus, who says we can’t sustain our effort in Iraq. So you’re wrong. The fact is, we are succeeding in Iraq. We’re going back down to previous levels, and we will be able to withdraw troops over time if we succeed. We have American troops all over the world today & nobody complains about it because we’re defending freedom That’s one of the obligations of being the world’s superpower. I’m proud to adopt the strategy that is succeeding, and that’s happened. I’m the only one that said that. It is succeeding. We will be able to reduce our costs, and we will be able to have a stable Middle East, where our vital national interests, national security interests are at stake. I’m so proud of the job that the men and women in the military are doing there, and they don’t want us to raise the white flag of surrender.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

John McCain: Reform insurance to cover violent weather patterns

As more and more violent weather patterns take place, people’s homes are more and more in jeopardy. We can address it regionally. We can address it with the governors and the legislatures working with the federal government to have insurance spread across state lines, increasing the risk pool. We can reform insurance. I will call the regulators, the governors and the legislators and work together to provide every American that’s in jeopardy to have the insurance that they need and deserve.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

John McCain: FactCheck: Said--then denied--he needed economics education

McCain cast doubt on moderator Tim Russert’s assertion that the candidate had said he was no expert on economics. Russert claimed that McCain had repeatedly said, “I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.” McCain responded, “Actually, I don’t know where you got that quote from. I’m very well-versed in economics.”

Russert’s quote comes from a 2005 interview with the Wall Street Journal on Nov. 26, 2005: “I’m going to be honest: I know a lot less about economics than I do about military and foreign policy issues. I still need to be educated.”

We could not find that McCain has said that quote “repeatedly,” but he has made similar comments recently The Chicago Tribune quoted McCain talking to reporters on Dec. 18, 2007: “The issue of economics is something that I’ve really never understood as well as I should. I understand the basics, the fundamentals, the vision, all that kind of stuff.”

Source: FactCheck.org on 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Mike Huckabee: Stimulus plan is $150B from China, to spend on Chinese goods

Q: What do you think of the president’s economic stimulus plan to send out 116 million checks to American homes?

A: In talking about the stimulus package, one of the concerns that I have is that we’ll probably end up borrowing this $150 billion from th Chinese. And when we get those rebate checks, most people are going to go out and buy stuff that’s been imported from China. I have to wonder whose economy is going to be stimulated the most by the package. And I’m grateful that something is being done.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Mitt Romney: Make sure that we rein in spending

We’re going to have to make sure that we rein in spending. It’s not just we all agree on the earmarks & the pork barrel spending & the “Bridge to Nowhere.” But the big one is entitlements & reining in entitlement costs, and that’s where the big dollars are. What you’re seeing in a weakening dollar, in a declining stock market, in foreign countries coming here to buy into our banks, you’re seeing the foundation of our economy being shaken by that we haven’t been doing the job that needs to be done.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Mitt Romney: Support some kind of national catastrophic fund

I do support some kind of national catastrophic effort to make sure that people can get homeowner’s insurance that protects them against flood or hurricane or tornado or whatever natural disaster might occur, or man-made disaster in some cases. People wh live along the coastline across the Atlantic have the same problem. Getting homeowner’s insurance is oftentimes almost impossible. So what we’re going to have to do, as you just indicated, we’re going to have to work together to create a program that get people in high-risk areas insured. Now, I’m not in favor of saying that the people in Iowa should have to subsidize the people in Massachusetts or Florida--that doesn’t make a lot of sense--but to have those states that are in high-risk areas come together and say, “How do we organize an effort on a national basis that actuarially deals with the differences between different states and the different risks they face and make sure that we have a backstop behind the private insurance industry?”
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Ron Paul: Economic stimulus ok, but not via spending & printing money

Q: The president’s economic stimulus plan would send out 116 million checks to American homes. Should government have any role at all in stimulating the economy like this?

A: Well, sure, indirectly. They shouldn’t stimulate it by interfering in the market rate of interest. That’s where our basic problem comes from. And when you do that, you get into these problems, and then everybody wants to solve the problem by printing more money and spending more money and asking the Federal Reserve to, you know, lower interest rates. And that just makes the problem that much worse. The government does have a responsibility: to lower taxes, get rid of regulations, and devise a monetary policy that makes some sense. But to continue to say that we just appropriate more money, which is more deficit, and then expect us either to borrow it or expect the Federal Reserve to monetize it, it makes our problems worse.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Ron Paul: Dollar crashing due to trillions spent on maintaining empire

Look at what’s happening today. The dollar is crashing. [Our debate moderator] suggests that we think of the economy, but not in foreign policy. You can’t do that. They’re one and the same. That’s where all the money’s going. We’re spending nearly a trillion dollars a year overseas maintaining this empire.

And then there’s never been a war fought without inflation and destruction and devaluation of a currency. And this is what we’re doing today to ourselves, is we’re literally spending ourselves into oblivion.

But nobody here is willing to even suggest that we cut something overseas. But we have to. We don’t need to cut anything here at home. I’d like to see things frozen. I’d like to see massive tax cuts. But we need deregulation.

So this is the kind of thing we need. We need the government out of the way, but it should have sound money, low taxes, less regulations, and a sensible policy where we’re not wasting our money overseas.

Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Ron Paul: Waving a flag the whole time on spending

I was waving a flag the whole time saying, slow up, slow up; this isn’t going well. And here we are. We’re at the verge of bankruptcy. We’re moving into a new era, believe it or not. With the dollar and our economy and the world economy, this is a new era.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

Rudy Giuliani: Get economy back on track based on growth principles

When I became mayor, the economy of New York was in very bad shape--tremendous deficits, ten-and-a-half percent unemployment, 300,000 jobs gone. We turned that around, cut unemployment by more than half, brought in 450,000 new jobs, and we cut taxes by 17 percent. We did it based on growth principles, exactly the principles that are in the growth package that was introduced in Congress yesterday, which the Club for Growth said is the best stimulus for growth they’ve seen in a very long time.
Source: 2008 GOP debate in Boca Raton Florida Jan 24, 2008

John McCain: Republicans have forgotten how to control spending

Q: Have Republicans forgotten how to control spending?

A: Absolutely. We let spending lurch completely out of control. As president of the United States, I’d take an old veto pen that Ronald Reagan gave me, and I’d veto every single pork barrel bill that comes across my desk. And we’ve got to stop it and stop it now. I look forward to it.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Mike Huckabee: To reduce spending, get rid of IRS & revamp DHS

Q: What are the top three federal programs you would reduce in size in order to decrease spending?

A: The first thing that I would get rid of would be the Internal Revenue Service. Secondly, I agree we need to revamp [the Department of] Homeland Security. It’s a mess, and we have a real problem with the way that it’s currently structured.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Mitt Romney: Fundamentally change how Washington works, to reduce pork

Q: What would you do to the pork spending?

A: Every bill that comes forward that’s got pork in it and earmarks that are unnecessary, we’ve got to veto them and send them back. But it’s got to be broader than that. We’re going to have to see fundamental changes in the way Washington works. We’re just not going to get out-of-the-box thinking with inside-the-Beltway politics.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Rudy Giuliani: Across-the-board spending cuts; zero out failing programs

Q: What would you do to reduce pork spending?

A: I think you have to do across-the-board spending cuts the way Ronald Reagan. There are about 3 percent of programs that OMB finds every year are failing. They should be zeroed out.

Source: 2007 GOP YouTube debate in St. Petersburg, Florida Nov 28, 2007

Ron Paul: Maintain the value of the dollar, unlike Federal Reserve

If you’re really serious about protecting people’s incomes, you’ve got to consider how you’re going to protect the dollar. If you don’t have the dollar maintaining its value, no matter where you put the money you’re not going to have any value.

That’s where the crisis [in Social Security] is coming. You’re going to go up with all these cost of living increases but you’ll never keep up with the cost of living because the dollar’s going down, the cost of living is going up.

Our dollar today is worth 4 cents compared to the dollar of 1913, when the Federal Reserve took charge of it. And if you don’t deal with the dollar there will be no retirement for anybody. We’re going to have chaos.

And that is why you have to cut spending. That’s why we need a new foreign policy. We need to tie it to people over here in this country. That’s the only way we can solve the problem.

Source: 2007 GOP primary debate in Orlando, Florida Oct 21, 2007

Betty Castor: No tax cuts to the wealthy while we are facing huge deficits

Q: How should Congress reduce the federal deficit?

CASTOR: Deficits are a drag on our economy and a burden on our children. I would vote for middle-class tax cuts, but I would not vote to give even more tax cuts to the wealthy while we are facing huge deficits and struggling to pay for a war and other priorities. I would close the loopholes that let powerful corporations get away with sheltering taxes overseas and not paying their fair share. I would fight waste, fraud and abuse in government spending

MARTINEZ: Our budget should reflect this nation’s goals and purpose, and advance our three highest priorities. First, America must prevail in the war on terror. Second, we must continue to strengthen our homeland defenses. Third, we must build on the economic recovery that began in earnest in 2003 with policies that further promote growth and job creation. The government must limit discretionary spending growth, focus on the results of government programs, and cut wasteful spending.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press Oct 24, 2004

Mel Martinez: Promote growth and job creation to reduce the deficit

Q: How should Congress reduce the federal deficit?

CASTOR: Deficits are a drag on our economy and a burden on our children. I would vote for middle-class tax cuts, but I would not vote to give even more tax cuts to the wealthy while we are facing huge deficits and struggling to pay for a war and other priorities. I would close the loopholes that let powerful corporations get away with sheltering taxes overseas and not paying their fair share. I would fight waste, fraud and abuse in government spending

MARTINEZ: Our budget should reflect this nation’s goals and purpose, and advance our three highest priorities. First, America must prevail in the war on terror. Second, we must continue to strengthen our homeland defenses. Third, we must build on the economic recovery that began in earnest in 2003 with policies that further promote growth and job creation. The government must limit discretionary spending growth, focus on the results of government programs, and cut wasteful spending.

Source: Florida Senate Debate, Q&A by Associated Press Oct 24, 2004

Jeb Bush: Supports constitutional balanced budget amendment

Q: Would you support an amendment to the U.S. Constitution requiring an annual balanced federal budget?

A: Yes

Q: Do you support providing immunity from civil liability to persons who are participating in the process of government?

A: No.

Source: 1998 Florida Gubernatorial National Political Awareness Test Nov 1, 1998

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