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The 2004 Campaign: Assessing the Merits and Costs of the Candidates’ Domestic Agendas

Both President Bush and Senator Kerry have promised to halve the federal deficit by 2009. Both campaigns also have proposed major new initiatives that could increase the deficit because they would require cutting taxes or raising spending.

Panelists at this briefing will analyze the major spending and tax plans of both presidential candidates, paying special attention to health care, education, and taxes. Experts will assess the merits of the proposals, their costs, and their likely effects on the budget. Following their remarks, representatives of the Bush and Kerry campaigns will comment.

Agenda

Introduction

Moderator

REACTIONS FROM THE CAMPAIGNS

James Capretta

Visiting Fellow, American Enterprise Institute - Senior Fellow, Ethics and Public Policy Center

Jason Furman

Senior Fellow - Peterson Institute for International Economics

THE CAMPAIGN AGENDAS

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Bruce Bartlett

Author, The Benefit and the Burden (Simon & Schuster, 2012)

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Jack Meyer

President, Economic and Social Research Institute

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Kenneth Thorpe

Professor and Chair, Health Policy and Management, Emory University

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