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Republican Convention to Highlight Debt Clock

12:59 PM, Aug 27, 2012 • By DANIEL HALPER
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The Republican convention will highlight a debt clock, the party announced: 

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus will unveil tomorrow a national debt clock mounted inside the convention hall of the Tampa Bay Times Forum – a compelling visual reinforcing the desperate need for new fiscal leadership in the White House.

The debt clock will be activated Monday at 2 p.m. when the convention convenes.

The national debt is at a record-high $15.9 trillion and has increased by $5 trillion during the Obama Administration. The last few years have brought the sharpest increase in the debt under any U.S. president.

“This clock reminds every delegate and every American why we are here in Tampa – because America can and must do better,” said Priebus. “Every American’s share of the national debt has increased by approximately $16,000 during the current administration.

The debt clock feature was perhaps inspired by a WEEKLY STANDARD piece by Dennis Miller. Earlier this month, Miller wrote: 

At the start of the convention, whoever brings the gavel in to get it started should hit a huge Jeopardy!-style buzzer, and start tallying up what's being added to the national debt. The tally will keep running all day and night, and the numbers will be clearly visible throughout the convention—just like Jerry Lewis’s Labor Day telethon. The tote board will be on display during all the speeches, including Chris Christie's VP acceptance speech (just let me hang on to that dream a little while longer) and Romney's coup de grace.

As Romney finishes his speech, the debt clock is stopped, "God bless America" is said, and the lights are turned out. The cameras then zoom in on the red LED read-out of those billions that have been added to the national debt throughout the week—holding there for a full minute, giving plenty of time for the stakes to sink in. Then, after that moment of silence, crank up "I Still Believe" by the Call, and send the delegates, staffers, volunteers, and American voters off to fight the good fight through November 6.

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