Fact Check: National Debt Doubled Under President Bush, Wrong!

SEN. DICK DURBIN (D-IL): “The National Debt Of America Doubled Under President Bush. From $5 Trillion Accumulated Debt In The History Of The United States Of America To The Day When President Bush Left Office And The National Debt Was $12 Trillion.” (Sen. Durbin, Floor Remarks, 7/20/10)

POLITIFACT: “Durbin’s ‘Fact’ Is Wrong”
POLITIFACT: “So, ‘in eight years of Republican rule,’ was it true that ‘the national debt went from $5 trillion to $12 trillion?’ No — an important part of Durbin’s ‘fact’ is wrong.” (“Durbin Misstates Debt Growth During Bush Years,” St. Petersburg Times’ PolitiFact, 6/23/10)
• “Fast-forward eight years — that is, just before Bush handed the reins to Barack Obama — and the federal debt stood at $9.986 trillion.” (“Durbin Misstates Debt Growth During Bush Years,” St. Petersburg Times’ PolitiFact, 6/23/10)
• “When we asked Durbin’s office for comment, a spokesman acknowledged the error and said that the senator will be correcting the record.” (“Durbin Misstates Debt Growth During Bush Years,” St. Petersburg Times’ PolitiFact, 6/23/10)
via Republican.Senate.Gov – Blogs.

1 Comment

  1. “POLITIFACT: WRONG!!!
    When Bush took office, the national debt was $5.73 trillion. When he left, it was $10.7 trillion. That’s a difference of $4.97 trillion, a nearly $5 trillion dollar run up by Bush.
    (US Treasury Department.)

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