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Here’s how the 2016 presidential campaign looks – through the eyes of Americans burdened with personal debt.

Ever since Bill Clinton’s come-from-nowhere presidential victory in 1992, all candidates – Democratic and Republican – have adopted the mantra, “It’s the economy, stupid.”

With credit card and student loan balances at all-time highs, we believe the 2016 campaign motto should be, “It’s the debt, dummy.” And we’re not talking the national debt, which is also at record levels. No, we’re talking about personal debt. If voters once cast ballots according to their pocketbooks, this time they might vote based on their loan balances.

So we’ll report on where the candidates and their political parties stand on personal debt issues. We’ll ask them questions, investigate their own personal debt, and give voters a little more information before they cast their votes.

America’s Voice on Debt is sponsored by Debt.com, which offers Americans expert advice and services for achieving financial freedom.

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Can Trump Keep His Promise To Leave Social Security Alone?

March 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He campaigned on not cutting entitlements, but conservatives think he has to.

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Why the CFPB Still Has a Fighting Chance

March 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Republicans may hate it, but the courts — and even Mike Pence’s economist — don’t.

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God’s Gift to Jobs? Time to Prove It

March 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Here’s a quick look at employment stats to put the first jobs numbers of the Trump administration into context — and what we can expect.

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State of the Dystopia

March 2, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Donald Trump’s first speech to Congress Tuesday night was a nice change of pace. But actually doing stuff would be better.

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5 Smart Pieces of State Debt Legislation

February 23, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

If Congress needs help helping people, it should look to these state legislators.

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Financial Issues Real Americans Want Trump to Solve

February 16, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

These desperate White House petitions aren’t getting much attention. Some of them deserve it.

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25 Things I Learned About Betsy DeVos By Reading Her Own Words

February 9, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Secretary of Education responded (sort of) to more than 140 Congressional questions beyond her confirmation hearing. But nobody talked about it.

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Is Neil Gorsuch an anti-liberal villain like Scalia?

What Trump’s Supreme Court Pick Could Mean for Your Finances

February 2, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Neil M. Gorsuch is a lot like Justice Antonin Scalia — except for one big thing.

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Will Trump Wreck the Greatest Federal Agency?

January 26, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

He’s hiring people that hate the Consumer Financial Protection Bureau, and pledged to tear up post-recession banking regulations

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Trump Could Be Great for Your Student Loan Debt

January 19, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

Or he could be horrible. That’s why I just applied for a new repayment plan while I still can.

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President Obama Created President Trump. But Not Like Liberals Think.

January 18, 2017 | Michael Koretzky

Here’s a theory with something for everyone — to hate.

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The Trump Effect

3 Weird Markets Trump Has Already Changed

January 12, 2017 | Brandon Ballenger

The Donald’s business ties, Twitter tantrums and fickle personality will shake up a lot of markets — but I bet you didn’t expect these

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The first 100 days of Donald Trump's presidency

What will President Trump do to our finances?

November 9, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

It’s finally over. But what now? Here’s a quick look at some of the things Trump has promised to achieve that’ll change your bottom line — if they get past Congress.

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All these election polls show a clear loser — Americans

November 8, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

They’re not about who becomes president, they’re about everything else.

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Presidential politics might scare people into buying more insurance

November 7, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

Political decisions impact most businesses, but here’s a surprising one getting a boost: life insurance.

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What Clinton and Trump Supporters Have In Common

November 1, 2016 | Dori Zinn

There is more that unites us than divides us when it comes to money

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Older, Less Educated, And Coupon-Loving Americans Favor Trump

October 19, 2016 | Dori Zinn

While educated, younger crowd flocks to Clinton

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What About the Financial Issues the Candidates Aren’t Debating?

October 19, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

Americans, like always, care most about the economy and how it helps or hurts them. Why aren’t we hearing more about it?

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What If You Could Vote with Your Gut Instead of Your Brain?

August 31, 2016 | Dori Zinn

Voting is hard. Eating and drinking are easy. Maybe that’s why 7-Eleven sells politics-themed coffee — and we think other chains could do the same…

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How The Presidential Candidates Plan To Take On Student Loan Debt

August 24, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

Find out how Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump would handle your student loans, whether you’re a current student, struggling graduate, or someone who hasn’t taken classes yet

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What Would It Cost to Forgive Everybody’s Debt?

August 17, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

Here are 10 ways American could come up with the money to pay off everybody’s debt in collections… not that we recommend doing that.

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America: Home of the Houseless

July 27, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

American voters want the presidential candidates to acknowledge the housing crisis, or risk losing their vote

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Can You Find Love Through Politics?

July 19, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

I tried out five political dating sites so you don’t have to

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Campaign debt can outlast a presidency

May 11, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

Would you believe that President Obama’s campaign committee is still in debt? If a president can’t pay off his debts in a timely fashion, what about all the other could-have-beens?

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Trump’s supporters have better credit than Clinton’s

May 6, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

Give credit where it’s due. Two surveys show people voting for Trump aren’t stupid — at least when it comes to money.

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Where you should move when Trump wins

April 13, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

We’re not saying it will happen. We’re just saying you should be ready.

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The Republican Party’s worst-case scenario? A close Trump loss

March 14, 2016 | Michael Koretzky

Here’s why it’s important that Donald Trump doesn’t lose the 2016 election by a hair.

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The first 100 days of the 2016 presidency

How will the first 100 days of the next presidency affect you?

March 5, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

Using things the candidates have actually said or promised, we can peer into the future of domestic policy and how it could affect your wallet.

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On financial issues, your party matters less

February 2, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

The top issue for voter of all stripes is putting the “me” back in economy

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Which candidate will improve your finances the most?

January 29, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

Which presidential candidate has the best policy ideas for your bottom line? Here’s who Americans think will benefit their personal economy in 2016.

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Why I’m voting for Donald Trump

January 22, 2016 | Michael Koretzky

Donald Trump is the only candidate that can get Congress back in working order. But probably not the way you think.

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Mapping America’s personal debt

January 22, 2016 | Brandon Ballenger

Here’s an in-depth, interactive look at the personal debt loads of every state — plus how it tends to vote in state and national elections. How does your state compare?

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Congress will help with your student loans — if you work for them

September 19, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

A little-known student loan program for staffers could knock up to $60,000 off your debt.

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Rating Congress’ new debt bill: 14 things (good and bad) you gotta know

September 11, 2014 | Brandon Ballenger

A California congresswoman has a dozen ideas for easing your debt stress. But will they work?

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This week’s Debt Report: The partisan politics of student loans

July 18, 2014 | Michael Koretzky

College students may be notoriously poor voters, but their student loans are becoming a hot political issue.

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