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Grover Norquist Slams Jeb, George H.W. Bush Over Tax Increase Stance

By    |   Tuesday, 03 Mar 2015 07:42 PM

Florida Gov. Jeb Bush refuses to sign Grover Norquist's no-tax-increase pledge, and the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) is, not surprisingly, unhappy about it.

If Bush decides to run for president in 2016, "he will not sign any pledges circulated by lobbying groups," spokeswoman Kristy Campbell said Monday.

She added that Bush's record on tax cuts is "clear." As governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, Campbell stated, "he didn't raise taxes."

Campbell issued the definitive "no" on the pledge after Norquist discussed the subject in interviews last week.

Speaking to The Washington Post, the veteran lobbyist expressed concern over the Bush family record on the subject of taxes:

"Dad said he'd never raise taxes and did. Unlike his brother, Jeb has declined to take the pledge and done little to make conservatives confident he wouldn't. I find that approach oddly aristocratic. He'll have to explain himself."

However, Norquist was also quoted expressing optimism that Jeb Bush would sign the pledge, in which candidates promise to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses" and "oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

"Right now, everyone who is thinking of running has signed it in his present capacity or in a previous race, with the exception of Jeb Bush," Norquist told ABC News.

But after Bush spokeswoman Campbell on Monday ruled out signing the pledge, Norquist did not mince words in blasting the records of Jeb and President George H.W. Bush on taxes.

One man tweeted Norquist to express regret that Jeb had not learned from his father's experience in raising taxes during his tenure as president (1989-93), Mediaite reported.

Norquist tweeted back that "If my dad threw away a perfectly good presidency I would honor him by learning to avoid that mistake."

When another man questioned whether Norquist would act against a Republican who took the pledge and reneged, the anti-tax activist replied: "Good question. You might ask George H.W. Bush. He has had spare time to think about this since 1992."

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Florida Gov. Jeb Bush refuses to sign Grover Norquist's no-tax-increase pledge, and the president of Americans for Tax Reform (ATR) is, not surprisingly, unhappy about it. If Bush decides to run for president in 2016, he will not sign any pledges circulated by lobbying...
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