CLEVELAND, OHIO - SEPTEMBER 24: A Peterson Foundation billboard displaying the national debt is pictured on I-77 North on September 24, 2019 in Cleveland, Ohio. (Photo by Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Peterson Foundation)
Photo: Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Peterson Founda
Photo: Duane Prokop/Getty Images for Peterson Founda

National debt clock comes to Atlanta amid 2020 election season

In time for the 2020 election season, a nonpartisan organization has launched a national debt clock in downtown Atlanta to raise awareness about the United States’ high debt. 

New York-based Peter G. Peterson Foundation placed the LED Billboard clock on Ted Turner Drive between Walton and Marietta streets, a block away from Centennial Olympic Park, according to a news release. The clock displays the nearly $23 trillion national debt as well as each American’s share of that large number, which is approximately $68,000.  

The foundation was founded in 2008 by former U.S. Secretary of Commerce Peter G. Peterson to educate the public about the nation’s fiscal and economic issues. 


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“This isn’t just an issue for lawmakers in Washington D.C., it affects everyone across the country and especially younger generations,” said Michael A. Peterson, CEO of the foundation. “Our goal is to spark more conversations about the enormous magnitude of our debt challenge and the importance of managing our debt.” 

The clock comes to Atlanta two weeks before the Democratic presidential debate, which will be held at Tyler Perry Studios in southwest Atlanta. The Washington Post and MSNBC will co-host the Nov. 20 debate. 

The clock will remain in the city indefinitely, the foundation said. Debt clocks have also been installed in Cleveland, Milwaukee and Las Vegas. Another clock will be installed in Des Moines. 


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