Which US Presidents Grew the Public Debt Fastest?

US Public Debt Fiscal Years 1960-2011

This figure, based on US treasury numbers, is in nominal dollars. Each president is credited with the debt created in the year after leaving office since budgets are largely set the year before.

Democratic presidents were in office for $4.6 trillion in debt since 1960, Republican presidents for $9.9 trillion.

The rate of increase in the US public debt grew under Reagan and Bush Jr, and slowed down under Clinton and Obama.

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