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Marco Rubio Signs Grover Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge

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By    |   Tuesday, 28 Apr 2015 11:04 AM

Marco Rubio, now a presidential candidate, has signed a no-tax pledge from the Americans for Tax Reform, something he also did as a Senate candidate and when he was Florida's speaker of the House, The Tampa Bay Times reports.

Such a move sets him apart from former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, who has not yet formally announced his presidential bid and is also unlikely to sign such a promise, the Times said.

"By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people, Senator Rubio continues to protect American taxpayers against higher taxes," said Grover Norquist, who leads the no-new-taxes lobbying group, the Times reported.

"Senator Rubio understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers' money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past."

Previously, announced GOP presidential candidates Sen. Rand Paul of Kentucky and Sen. Ted Cruz of Texas also signed the pledge not to raise taxes, NBC News said.

Other Republican politicos who may join the growing candidate ranks — Rick Perry, Bobby Jindal and Scott Walker — have also signed the pledge, NBC reported.

Lauding Rubio for his support comes as Norquist has taken to bashing his likely opponent Bush, whom Norquist had previously praised and at one time even recommended he make a presidential bid, the Times reported

Bush's camp said the former Florida governor has always had a strong record when it comes to keeping taxes down, the Times said.

"If Gov. Bush decides to move forward, he will not sign any pledges circulated by lobbying groups," his spokeswoman, Kristy Campbell, said earlier this year, the Times reported. "His record on tax cuts is clear. He didn’t raise taxes."

Norquist has taken to Twitter to try to nudge Bush to sign, NPR reported. He said that Jeb Bush needs to learn from his father's "screw-up," which he said cost George Bush his re-election in 1992, when he lost to Bill Clinton.

Norquist tweeted: "If my Dad threw away a perfectly good presidency, I would honor him by learning to avoid that mistake…"

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Marco Rubio, now a presidential candidate, has signed a no-tax pledge from the Americans for Tax Reform, something he also did as a senate candidate and when he was Florida's Speaker of the House, The Tampa Bay Times reports.
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