Debating the Economy

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President George Bush and Senator John Kerry take the stage for their third and final presidential debate. The economy is at the top of the agenda as the candidates spar over who has the better plan for healthcare, job creation, and the deficit.

Bush is pushing tax cuts and the ownership society. Kerry is arguing for tax redistribution and a renewed commitment to the legacy of New Deal.

Hear a conversation with two top economists about what the candidates' plans will do and not do for the economy. Also, hear some on-the-ground reports from across the country: Silicon Valley, the Rust Belt, and Wall Street.


Greg Ip, economics reporter, The Wall Street Journal;Alan Blinder, professor of economics and co-director of the Center for Economic Policy Studies at Princeton University, former vice chairman of the Board of Governors of the Federal Reserve System (1994-96), member of President Clinton's original Council of Economic Advisers (1993-94);Charles Calomiris, professor of finance and economics at Columbia University, visiting scholar at the American Enterprise Institute;William Belden, chairman and CEO of The Belden Brick Company, member of the board of directors of the National Association of Manufacturers;David Lazarus, business columnist for The San Francisco Chronicle;Matt Goldstein, senior writer,

This program aired on October 13, 2004.


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