Economic Growth and the Presidential Election

The economy is shaping up to be the focal point of the 2012 election. Federal government efforts to jumpstart the economy started at the end of the Bush administration, and many of the same policies continued in the Obama administration, which also added a multi-billion dollar package of tax cuts and stimulus spending. Senior Fellow Martin Baily and Campaign 2012 Project Director Benjamin Wittes discuss Obama’s policies, whether they worked, what could have been done differently, and what Mitt Romney might do differently, if he wins the race.