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Report: Jeb Bush Won't Sign Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge

By    |   Monday, 18 May 2015 07:20 PM

Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is expected to join the Republican race for president in the near future, said recently that he will not sign a no-tax-increase pledge put forth by Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform.

Bush, who was asked to sign the pledge several times during his years of public service, said his record of cutting taxes is all that needs to be said.

Norquist attempts to have every Republican running for state or federal office sign his pledge, which dates to 1986. Nearly 1,400 elected officials have signed it, according to ATR's website.

When asked if he would sign the pledge at a recent conference, Bush simply said "no" before calling up his record for further explanation.

"I don't have to be told how important that is. I did it," Bush said, according to the National Journal.

Bush never signed Norquist's pledge during his three gubernatorial runs in 1994, 1998, and 2002, and it appears he will not deviate from that practice in the coming presidential campaign. The reason, writes the National Journal, could be related to Bush's father, former President George H.W. Bush.

When the first President Bush raised taxes after his "no new taxes" promise at the 1988 Republican National Convention, Norquist criticized him. When Bush lost his re-election bid in 1992 to Bill Clinton, Norquist said the reason was that Bush did not deliver on his promise.

Jeb Bush has always been a loyal defender of his father, and that loyalty could be stopping him from signing Norquist's document.

"In a phone interview with National Journal as he strolled through a bazaar in Istanbul, Norquist said he had no idea if Jeb Bush was irritated with him over his comments about his father," the National Journal story reads.

Still, Norquist told the Journal he is impressed with Jeb Bush's track record when it comes to taxes.

"His track record on taxes has been quite good," Norquist said. "Jeb Bush hasn't announced his candidacy yet. All the candidates who have announced have signed it."

Two weeks ago, Norquist told Newsmax TV he thought Bush would eventually sign the pledge during the upcoming campaign.

"At some point he will make that commitment," he said.

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Former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who is expected to join the Republican race for president in the near future, said recently that he will not sign a no-tax-increase pledge put forth by Grover Norquist of Americans for Tax Reform.
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