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Democratic Debate Moderators Ask Zero Questions About National Debt — Again

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Peter Hasson Senior Reporter

Moderators entirely ignored the rapidly expanding national debt in Thursday night’s Democratic debate.

ABC News and Univision journalists Linsey Davis, George Stephanopoulos, David Muir, and Jorge Ramos asked the 10 Democrats on stage a combined zero questions about the debt.

Thursday night’s moderators followed the lead of NBC News’ moderators in the first round of debates and CNN’s moderators in the second round of debates in avoiding the debt issue altogether. (RELATED: Democratic Debate Gets Personal As Candidates Go For The Jugular)

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Debate moderators David Muir of ABC News, Jorge Ramos of Univision, Linsey Davis of ABC News, and George Stephanopoulos of ABC News appear on stage before the Democratic Presidential Debate at Texas Southern University. (Win McNamee/Getty Images)

The federal government ran a deficit of over $1 trillion in the first 11 months of Fiscal Year 2019, according to the U.S. Treasury Department.

“By the end of this year, federal debt held by the public is projected to equal 78 percent of gross domestic product (GDP) — its highest level since shortly after World War II. If current laws generally remained unchanged, growing budget deficits would boost federal debt drastically over the next 30 years,” the nonpartisan Congressional Budget Office (CBO) warned in a June report.

“Debt would reach 92 percent of GDP by the end of the next decade and 144 percent by 2049. That level of debt would be the highest in the nation’s history by far, and it would be on track to increase even more,” the CBO cautioned.

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