Explore Debt.com

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.


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

October 19, 2016 | Dori Zinn

While educated, younger crowd flocks to Clinton

Read More

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?

Read More

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…

Read More

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

Read More

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.

Read More

Can You Find Love Through Politics?

July 19, 2016 | Treanna Lawrence

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

Read More

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?

Read More

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.

Read More

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.

Read More
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.

Read More
money in politics

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

Read More

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.

Read More
Why I'm voting for Donald Trump

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.

Read More
This map shows state by state personal debt

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?

Read More