Bachmann Says Perry's Tax Plan Is an 'Imitation' of Mine

Wednesday, 26 Oct 2011 04:03 AM

By Hiram Reisner

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Presidential hopeful Michele Bachmann says staffers who resigned in New Hampshire are being replaced with new hires and she is “very excited” about the current status of her campaign. The Minnesota congresswoman also told Fox News’ Sean Hannity her job-creation tax plan is better than those of her rivals because in her proposal “everybody has to pay something.”
“Well, we are in the process of hiring new people in New Hampshire — we are hiring new people in South Carolina and Iowa — but quite honestly, nobody asked me about the staffing and what is going on,” Bachmann said. “What they talked to me about is my real jobs right now plan. That’s my plan to turn the economy around. People can find that at I am much more than a tax plan, I’m a comprehensive job-creation plan — and people have been very excited about it wherever we’re going around the country.”

Hannity asked Bachmann what she thought of Texas Gov. Rick Perry’s flat tax plan —introduced Tuesday — and the proposals made by former House Speaker Newt Gingrich and businessman Herman Cain.

“I actually like what Governor Perry is coming up with because it’s — in essence — my plan,” Bachmann said. “They say imitation is the sincerest form of flattery, and I’ve been talking for months about a simpler, flatter system that you can do on — do on a postcard and send in. And so I’m grateful that Governor Perry has endorsed my plan and adopted it.

“My plan has everyone paying something. I disagree with Governor Perry and with Herman Cain and various other plans where they — where they don’t require every American to pay something,” she said. “I’m a federal tax lawyer — I firmly believe that every American should pay something, even if it’s just a dollar. Everybody needs to pay something because this year, we have 51 percent of the American people who aren’t paying anything”

Hannity then turned to the issue of abortion and the questioning surrounding Cain’s stance. Bachmann said she had problems with Cain saying he was personally against abortion, but he didn’t believe that “the government should intervene to save a life.”

“That’s the exact same position that Barack Obama has, John Kerry has, and that’s something that is a basic issue for our candidate — we have to make sure that our candidate is lock solid pro-life,” she said. “And generally speaking, what I found here in Congress and in Washington, D.C., is that there are very few people, Sean, who fight on issues. They may vote right but we need a president who is going to lead, and the president has to be able to lead on all of these issues — whether it’s leading on pro-life, which I have, or leading on the definition of marriage as one man, one woman, as I have.

“Or leading on the repeal of Obamacare which I have — or on tax reform, which I have, or as I have led on the repeal of Dodd-Frank, the jobs and housing destruction act,” Bachmann continued. “That’s what we need in our next presidential candidate: A leader who has led on these issues. That’s what sets me apart in the race — I'm a proven leader who has been fighting on all of these issues in Washington, D.C. That’s what we need in the White House.”

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