How's this for fiscal responsibility? According to a recent filing with the Federal Election Commission, Newt Gingrich's presidential campaign is $4.8 million in the hole.

And he's not the only one.

Rick Santorum bowed out of the race for the Republican presidential nomination owing debtors $2.3 million. Aren't these the guys who spent the last several months talking our ears off about their plans to get America out of debt?

And as backward as it may seem, what you might not know is that it's not as uncommon as you probably think. More often than not, when one candidate starts leading the pack in any given primary, by default he or she ends up raising more money than those running against them. The result is that the other candidates have to spend more to try and keep up. When the dollars out number the votes, it's time to end the race, often leaving substancial debts to consulting agencies and advertising firms for tv commercials.

So who pays off the note?

You guessed it. Mitt Romney and Rick Santorum met in Pittsburgh earlier this month to discuss an endorsement deal that will likely involve Santorum finishing the election season campaigning for Romney, and daddy money bags paying off poor Ricky's leftover debts.

What? You thought they endorsed each other out of the goodness of their hearts?

Isn't politics fun?