Bobby Jindal in Fox Business 2015 GOP primary debate

On Budget & Economy: Wanting to cut is easy; actually cutting is harder

JINDAL: There's only one of us that's actually cut government spending. Not two, there's one, & you're looking at him. We've got 4 senators running. They've never cut anything in DC. We've got 7 current or former governors running. I'm the only one that has cut government spending. We've cut our budget 26%.

Gov. HUCKABEE: A lot of us have cut things. And during 2001 to 2003, we ended up cutting 11% out of the state budget through that recession so we didn't have to go in and raise a bunch of taxes. So it's just not accurate to say that nobody else up here has ever cut.

JINDAL: Mike, I share many of your social views, but your record as Governor tells a different story. In your time as Governor, spending in Arkansas went up 65%, number of state workers went up 20%, the taxes for the average citizen went up 47%. That's not a record of cutting. I'm saying we've actually cut. We reduced the size of our budget. So wanting to cut is one thing, actually cutting is a different thing. Facts don't lie.

Source: 2015 Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier GOP debate Nov 10, 2015

On Budget & Economy: Cut the government economy to grow the American economy

Are we willing to cut the government economy so we can grow the American economy? We are on the path to socialism. We've got record dependents, a record number of Americans on food stamps, record low participation rate in the work force. Sending a big government Republican to DC is not enough to fix this problem. It's not enough to beat Hillary Clinton. We've got to change the direction of our country. What that means is let's shrink the government so we can grow the American economy.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Corporations: We all want to get rid of death tax & reduce power of IRS

I want to get rid of the corporate tax. Make the CEOs pay the same rates as everybody else. Get rid of all the corporate welfare as well. I think you will find a lot of agreement among Republicans. We all want to get rid of the death tax, the marriage penalty. We all want lower, fewer brackets. We want to downsize, take away power from the IRS. What we really need to be talking about is these last seven years, we've had more government spending, more government dependence.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Health Care: My plan puts patients & doctors back in control

My plan has been online for over a year. It gets rid of ObamaCare. It actually puts Americans, their patients, their doctors back in control. And, it actually helps those that really need this help. I am the only candidate running that refused to expand Medicaid. I'm the only one that did what we could to fight ObamaCare.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Jobs: 60 months in a row of job growth in Louisiana

In Louisiana, we're actually a top 10 state for job growth. We have more people working in Louisiana than ever before, earning a higher income than ever before. We've had 60 months in a row of consecutive job growth in our state. So the reality is we have diversified our economy. We've also got one of the fastest growing IT sectors by percentage. We are growing Louisiana's economy.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Principles & Values: Republicans should embrace Republican principles

Q: Republicans lost the popular vote in five of the last six presidential elections. Are Democrats simply putting forward a better national economic message?

JINDAL: No, I think right now there's not much difference between the two parties. The reason we keep losing nationally is we try to be cheaper versions of the Democratic party. What if the Republicans, what if Republicans actually embraced our own principles?

Q: What are those principles?

JINDAL: If you want bigger paychecks, you want more jobs, you want less government dependence, you're going to have to cut government spending. If Republicans want to win national elections, let's be conservatives, let's be Republicans, let's not be a second version of the liberal party, let's cut government spending and grow the American economy.

Source: 2015 Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier GOP debate Nov 10, 2015

On Tax Reform: 3-tiered tax rate: 25%/10%/2%, with 2% for even the poorest

Q: What is the highest percentage, all in, in the way of taxes, that any American should have to pay and what is the lowest? I'd like to to hear from each of you.

JINDAL: Under our tax plan, look, the top rate is 25 percent, 10 percent, 2 percent. That 2 percent is the most important. I think everybody should pay something. I think everybody should have skin in the game. We shouldn't be creating one group of Americans that's dependent on government, another group that's paying taxes

Sen. SANTORUM: I have a 20% flat tax. That's on all income--so capital gains, corporations, individuals, 20%. I think that's a fair number. [With state taxes, that makes] probably 33% overall.

Gov. CHRISTIE: Our plan puts forward a rate of 28% for those who are making the most and 8% on the low end. We get rid of all deductions except for the home mortgage interest deduction and the charitable contribution deduction. That means getting rid of the state and local income tax deduction.

Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

On Welfare & Poverty: Cut government to reclaim American dream with good jobs

I believe in the American dream. I think President Obama's done a lot of damage to our country. I think that one of the worst things he has done is try to change the idea of America to be one of dependence. If you want more good paying jobs, if you want the government out of your lives, we've got to cut the size of government.
Source: Fox Business/WSJ Second Tier debate Nov 10, 2015

The above quotations are from Fox Business/Wall Street Journal Two-Tier 2015 GOP primary debate
First Tier: Top Eight by polls
Second Tier: Four other Republicans
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