On the campaign trail, President Obama has touted recent data that dispels the notion that he has embarked on a spending binge -- and his Republican opponents, citing various fact-checks, are aggressively pushing back.
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Part of the pushback, it turns out, inadvertently proves Obama's larger point.
"Federal spending since I took office has risen at the slowest pace of any president in almost 60 years," Obama said last Thursday at a campaign rally in Des Moines, Iowa. Citing a MarketWatch study, White House spokesman Jay Carney called the notion of an Obama spending spree "BS."