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Dem Sen. McCaskill: "Irresponsible" Debt Will Make U.S. "Not A First-Tier Nation Anymore"

"I do believe a $17 trillion debt is irresponsible. I do believe that," Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-Missouri) said at a town hall event on Wednesday.

"That's not the way our Constitution was designed," she said. "We weren’t supposed to have the federal government paying for education. We are now doing a lot of that... I do think we have to be careful about making the federal government the answer to everything, because it’s gonna put us in a position where we’re not a first-tier nation anymore if we get swallowed up by the debt."

McCaskill defeated Republican challenger Todd Akin in 2012 for a second six-year term. (via Free Beacon)

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