Obama pledge to spend without adding ‘dime’ to deficit draws skepticism

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State of the Union addresses are usually packed with promises and lofty goals. But President Obama’s pledge Tuesday night to push a raft of spending proposals without adding “a single dime” to the deficit appeared to make little sense to Republicans.

“Under President Obama, the national debt has increased by 58.6 trillion dimes,” a video swiftly released by the Republican National Committee reminded viewers.

The video showed clip after clip of Obama vowing in past addresses that his proposals would be paid for. The State of the Union address was the latest installment.

Obama said Tuesday his proposals to fuel economic growth are “fully paid for” and added: “Nothing I’m proposing tonight should increase our deficit by a single dime.”

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