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Joe Manchin III on Tax Reform

Democratic Jr Senator; previously Governor


Don't mess with or increase taxes during a time of turmoil

Manchin is a popular governor serving his second term and known even by West Virginians who don't closely follow politics. To overcome that, the Republicans are trying to make the election a referendum on President Barack Obama. Manchin is banking on his popularity and track record, telling West Virginians to trust he'll be an independent voice.

Raese called the state of the nation's economy "almost catastrophic" and focused heavily on creating a pro-business environment, saying he would push for less regulation and taxation of corporations. He also advocated making tax cuts for people who earn more than $250,000 permanent, arguing it would stimulate investment.

Manchin, however, said he wouldn't "mess with or increase" taxes during a time of turmoil and touted his own ability to cut taxes by $235 million since he took office.

Source: Washington Post coverage of 2010 W.V. Senate debate , Oct 18, 2010

Created a low-income family tax credit

Source: 2008 Gubernatorial campaign website, for re-election , Nov 1, 2008

Reduce food tax, property tax, and poverty-level income tax

Source: Press release, www.wvgov.org, “Tax Modernization” , Nov 3, 2006

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