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Here at the 4% Growth Project we have been working to change the national conversation to be centered on economic growth. One way to see if the “growth” theme is catching on is to check whether President Obama and Governor Romney mentioned economic growth in their first presidential debate. Reading the debate transcript, I find the word “grow” mentioned by the candidates a combined 25 times — 14 mentions by Romney and 11 by Obama. Each of the 25 references relate in some way to the economy (as opposed to the candidates saying something such as “When I was growing up…”). Several of the mentions were explicitly about economic growth itself, while others addressed small-business growth and job growth. Tax reform was one major policy theme that both candidates believed can contribute to stronger growth. Energy was another. These are both major areas of we have emphasized as well, and we’re glad to see they are getting serious thought. We’ll be following the remaining debates, including next week’s Vice Presidential face-off between Joe Biden and Paul Ryan. Check back often for more growth updates.
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.Full Bio