SURVIVING SPOUSE DEBTS When a spouse dies, do they take they credit cards and debts with them? I dont think so. Spouses have died leaving a massive medical debts and credit card debtsd to the surviving spouse and he or she has to pay for them but it is not his. When Obama took office, Bush had left him a massive debt to pay off and it cost him $5 trillion dollar. Tax cuts for the rich no his. Two wars not his. Financial crises not his. But he has to pay for it because he is the surviving spouse. He was not the one racking up the bills but he gets blamed for them. Bush did not take his debt with him when he left office. PS; Romney, Talk is cheap. Village Idiots think Romney is the best thing since slliced bread.