. . . do note that Romney’s constant campaign rhetoric has been “Obama promised to cut the debt/deficit in half but instead he’s doubled it (debt/deficit)!”
He uses the terms carelessly and interchangeably. The debt is not the deficit. The deficit is not the debt.
Obama promised to cut the deficit in half. He did. Actually, he said his ‘proposed budget’ would cut the deficit. I can’t even remember if that budget ever passed the House.
But this is just political trivia – there’s not a conscious Romney voter to whom that fact will make a difference.