GOP chairman: Obama has 'worst record' on national debt

President ObamaBarack Hussein ObamaTop nuclear policy appointee removed from Pentagon post: report Prosecutors face legal challenges over obstruction charge in Capitol riot cases Biden makes early gains eroding Trump's environmental legacy MORE has “the worst record of any president when it comes to putting America deeper in debt,” Republican National Committee Chairman Reince PriebusReinhold (Reince) Richard PriebusWisconsin GOP quietly prepares Ron Johnson backup plans Ex-Sen. Cory Gardner joins lobbying firm Democrats claim vindication, GOP cries witch hunt as McGahn finally testifies MORE charged Tuesday.

Priebus’s claim comes days after the federal debt passed $18 trillion for the first time.

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The Republican leader blasted the accumulation of additional debt as “immoral” and said the recent midterm elections showed American voters were “tired of Democrats’ free-spending ways.”

“We literally cannot afford to continue Barack Obama’s policies,” he said.

The national debt stood at $10.6 trillion last year, and has risen by more than $7.3 trillion during Obama’s time in office.

Supporters of the president note much of that debt accumulation came in the early years of the Obama presidency, when a depressed revenue base from a recession that began during the previous administration greatly added to budget deficits. Obama responded to the crisis with a huge stimulus package that added to government spending, but which the administration argues helped the country weather the financial freefall.

Since then, annual budget deficits have fallen.

Melanie Roussell, a spokesperson for the Office of Management and Budget, said, “since taking office, the president has cut the deficit by more than half, and the president's budget policies would stabilize and reduce the debt as a share of the economy.”