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Budgets Gone Overboard

The money spent by the candidates during the election course is not only really interesting to me but I find that how much money is spent is a warning sign of how dangerous each of the candidate would be to the Presidency. It’s obviously impossible for the candidates to not spend money because of transportation and other necessary elements to running a campaign. However, when a candidate spends more money than necessary, it makes you wonder how well they would handle money during their 4 years of Presidency.
Newt Gingrich is a perfect representation of the danger I am trying to emphasize. Gingrich stated April 9, 2012 that his campaign is now more than 4.5 million dollars in debt (B). He even asked former Presidential candidate Rick Santorum to help pay off his campaigner debt. The mere fact that he is asking a fellow opponent should be the leading factor of potential danger he would be if he were elected Presidency.
As most people know, Mitt Romney is a big money spender in this election, however he handles the way he spends his money very well. Even though what I’m about is a kind of a contradiction to what I stated in the first paragraph, but if he has the ability to spend a lot of money, AND stay out of debt is an example of how well he could potentially maintain his budget and spending if he was to be elected President. He was even able to spend the money donors had given to help former candidate Tim Pawlenty pay off the $435,000 he owed to consultants and his staffers (A).

 

Resources:

(A): http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/story/2012-03-30/romney-pawlenty-campaign-debts/54147698/1
(B): http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/04/08/newt-gingrich-campaign-debt_n_1410784.html

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  1. meganri
    May 1, 2012 at 1:58 pm

    I like the subject of your reflection, it’s very interesting! Try to add some more analysis over the candidate’s spending, and perhaps how it would effect their presidencies or something along those lines. The political cartoon is funny, too!

  2. djkirby26
    May 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    I like the comic at the beginning of your post, it really caught my attention. your subject is interesting and i felt inspired to read it. Maybe try not using words like obviously when stating something. And do most people know that Mitt Romney is a big spender?

  3. nbkennard
    May 1, 2012 at 2:17 pm

    This is a really interesting post, Miranda. I never thought to go back and look at the amount that the potential candidates spent, and you even went a step further to find how much they were in debt and compare them. Extremely successful way of showing your point about Gingrich and Romney. One thing that you might consider doing is going into what the candidates spent their money on because it could have been a necessity, in Gingrich’s case, (although it is always a bad thing to go into debt), and, in Romney’s case, it could’ve been something unnecessary, but he had the money to buy it (which is a characteristic that a president should not have(unnecessary spender)). Might be interesting to research. Great post!

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