From NBC's Mark Murray
Earlier, Obama said that he will "make sure that we have a healthcare system that allows for everyone to have basic coverage. I think those are pretty important priorities. And I pay for every dime of them."
Take a look at these numbers from the nonpartisan Committee for a Responsible Federal Budget (part of the New America Foundation) on the spending plans for BOTH candidates.
-- $173 billion in 2009 for Iraq and Afghanistan (Congressional Budget Office)
-- $700 billion (projected) for Wall Street bailout
-- a net of $400 billion per year (roughly) for Obama tax and spending proposals (Cmte for a Responsible Federal Budget)
-- a net of $400 billion per year (roughly) for McCain tax and spending proposals (Cmte for a Responsible Federal Budget)
So for each presidential candidate, that comes to almost $1.3 trillion -- on top of everything else in the budget.