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'Growth' Grows in the Debate Lexicon

February 1, 2013 by Matthew Denhart
We are pleased to see economic growth taking a front seat in the presidential debates. In last week's first presidential debate, Governor Romney and President Obama both used the word "grow" or "growth" often. Romney used the term 14 times, and Obama 11 times. Watching the debate tonight, it seemed that growth was a big theme again. And a review of the debate's transcript (available here) confirms this: the word "grow" — or some variation of that word — was uttered in relation to the economy 16 times. If the debate participants Paul Ryan and Joe Biden were being judged simply for their use of the word "grow," Ryan would be declared the winner. He used the term 12 times discussing the economy compared to Biden's four uses, and Ryan even referred explicitly to the need for 4% growth. The second presidential debate takes place next Tuesday, October 16, 2012. It will utilize a town-hall format and questions will be posed by members of the audience. We hope to hear more about how the country can achieve 4% growth.

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Matthew Denhart
Matthew Denhart

Matthew Denhart is an expert on immigration policy and is the author of the Bush Institute’s America's Advantage: A Handbook of Vital Immigration and Economic Growth Statistics, now in its third edition. He currently serves as executive director of the Calvin Coolidge Presidential Foundation and is a founder of the Coolidge Scholars Program which provides full-ride merit scholarships to America's most promising college students. A summa cum laude graduate of Ohio University, Denhart has written and spoken widely on a variety of policy topics including the economics of higher education, labor, and taxes. He has contributed articles to numerous national publications including The Wall Street Journal, Forbes.com, CNN Opinion, and Bloomberg View. 

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