Politicizing the federal deficit has long been a campaign maneuver to get out the votes and make the other candidate look responsible for all our financial woes.

When Big Think asked George Mitchell about the first 100 days of the 44th presidency last year, he mentioned the d-word as an issue at the top of the to-do list. Take a walk down memory lane with us and listen to how Mitchell gauged the candidates' deficit-tackling proposals during the campaign.