It was the biggest on-air fail since Melania copied Michelle Obama’s speech.
Debate moderator Elaine Quijano prefaced her sole questions on the economy and Social Security by crediting them to the “nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget.”
Their twitter handle is @DebtHawks. ThinkProgress notes:
So who is the Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget? They are probably the leading advocacy group promoting the idea that federal deficits are out of control and shrinking them should be a top priority. Their board members include both Alan Simpson and Erskine Bowles, co-chairs of a government commission that tried and failed to advance various proposals supported by deficit hawks in 2010. Pete Peterson, a billionaire who is probably the nation’s leading funder of anti-deficit advocacy, is also a board member.
The Simpson-Bowles Catfood Commission people? The debt hawks who want to cut spending and taxes at the same time? Seriously?
No questions on jobs. No questions on infrastructure. But take that question from Billionaire Pete Peterson. After all, he tweeted it to you, Elaine.