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Candidates answer your questions on debt

Updated: October 27, 2010 7:06PM

This is the fifth installment in a six-part video series on the 14th Congressional District race. We’re almost there!

Quick recap: You sent us your questions for the candidates: incumbent Democrat Rep. Bill Foster and his challengers, Republican state Sen. Randy Hultgren and Green Party candidate Dan Kairis. We picked six of your questions, and videotaped the candidates’ responses. Then we fact-checked their answers.

As you can probably imagine, we got quite a few questions about the economy and the national debt. But this one, from Norman Kuhman of Yorkville, resonated with us the most. Here’s Norman:

“History shows the national debt at $1 trillion on Sept. 30, 1981; $2.8 trillion on Sept. 30, 1988; $4.4 trillion on Sept. 30, 1993; $5.8 trillion on Sept. 30, 2001; and $11.6 trillion on Sept. 30, 2009. I am 73, I have four children and 12 grandchildren. How will you cut spending and increase taxes to cut the ever-growing debt?”

Click on the links in the box above to hear how the candidates responded.

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