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Joe Biden on Tax Reform
Vice President; previously Democratic Senator (DE)
Click here for 29 full quotes by Joe Biden OR click here for Joe Biden on other issues.
  • Millionaires pay more; middle class pays less. (Oct 2012)
  • Not mathematically possible to cut $5T in loopholes. (Oct 2012)
  • Tax revenue increases must be part of budget deal. (Apr 2012)
  • Surtax on earnings over $1 million seems fair to us. (Nov 2011)
  • Economic inequity worsened by tax cuts for the wealthy. (Apr 2010)
  • Middle class is U.S. economic engine and needs tax cuts. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: McCain did not vote with Obama on tax increase. (Oct 2008)
  • Save $150 billion in tax cuts for people who don’t need them. (Dec 2007)
  • Take away $85B in annual tax cuts for 1% of top earners. (Jul 2007)
  • FactCheck: Top 1% only got $67B in 2007 tax cuts, not $85B. (Jul 2007)
  • Eliminate the tax cut just for those people in the top 1%. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted NO on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 15% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Jeb Bush on Tax Reform
Republican FL Governor; V.P. prospect
Click here for 11 full quotes by Jeb Bush OR click here for Jeb Bush on other issues.
  • 1994: Require voter approval of any new taxes. (Jan 2015)
  • No pledge on taxes; trade-offs on taxes means leadership. (Mar 2014)
  • Compromise on taxes ok, as part of a spending cut package. (Mar 2013)
  • Remove Intangibles Tax on stocks, bonds & dividends. (Dec 2009)
  • 1987: supported sales service tax; 1998: opposed it. (Feb 2007)
  • Cutting "intangibles tax" helps "seniors and savers". (Feb 2007)
  • Supports estate tax repeal, but not at states’ expense. (Jun 2001)
  • Don’t broaden county & city taxing authority. (Jun 2001)
  • Voter approval of tax increases; cut taxes by $1B. (Jan 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Ben Carson on Tax Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes by Ben Carson OR click here for Ben Carson on other issues.
  • God says tithe at 10%; no triple tithe for bumper crops. (May 2014)
  • Bible endorses flat tax--10% tithing. (Feb 2013)
  • Nothing in Constitution supports redistributing wealth. (Jan 2012)
  • Not unpatriotic for rich to take advantage of loopholes. (Jan 2012)
Lincoln Chafee on Tax Reform
Independent RI Governor; previously Republican Senator (1999-2007)
Click here for 16 full quotes by Lincoln Chafee OR click here for Lincoln Chafee on other issues.
  • I voted against every Bush tax cut favoring the wealthy. (Jun 2015)
  • 2000: Repeal the marriage tax penalty. (Apr 2008)
  • Draw down budget surplus to pay to abolish Marriage Tax. (Apr 2008)
  • Opposes making income tax flatter & lower. (Sep 2000)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on phasing out the estate tax ("death tax"). (Jul 2000)
  • Rated 46% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Hillary Clinton on Tax Reform
Secretary of State; previously Democratic Senator (NY)
Click here for 31 full quotes by Hillary Clinton OR click here for Hillary Clinton on other issues.
  • Absolutely no tax increase on people earning under $250K. (Apr 2008)
  • Perhaps raise capital gains tax, but at most to 20%. (Apr 2008)
  • Rescind tax cuts for those making more than $250,000 a year. (Feb 2008)
  • AdWatch: cut taxes for the middle class. (Feb 2008)
  • Wealthy should go back to paying pre-Bush tax rates. (Jan 2008)
  • Want to restore the tax rates we had in the ‘90s. (Dec 2007)
  • Freeze estate tax at 2009 level of $7 million per couple. (Oct 2007)
  • Why cut off payroll contribution at $95,000? (Jun 2007)
  • Cut alternative minimum tax, not billionaire tax cuts. (Mar 2007)
  • Expand child tax credit for child’s first year. (Dec 2006)
  • End Bush tax cuts;take things away from rich for common good. (Oct 2006)
  • To get America back on track, cut short tax cuts. (Sep 2005)
  • Social issues matter; wrong time for tax cuts. (Nov 2000)
  • NY share of federal taxes is too high. (Feb 2000)
  • GOP tax plan would hurt New York’s students. (Aug 1999)

    Voting Record

  • Just Say No to GOP tax plan. (Sep 1999)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted NO on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Rated 21% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 80% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Ted Cruz on Tax Reform
Click here for 7 full quotes by Ted Cruz OR click here for Ted Cruz on other issues.
  • Abolish the IRS. (Feb 2015)
  • Permanent Washington elite protects the tax code. (Apr 2012)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Opposes increasing tax rates. (Oct 2012)
  • Supports eliminating the inheritance tax. (Oct 2012)
Carly Fiorina on Tax Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes by Carly Fiorina OR click here for Carly Fiorina on other issues.
  • Tax burden is already too high. (Mar 2010)
  • I will vote against every tax increase; cut waste instead. (Mar 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new or increased taxes. (Dec 2009)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
Jim Gilmore on Tax Reform
Senate challenger 2008; previously Republican Governor (VA)
Click here for 11 full quotes by Jim Gilmore OR click here for Jim Gilmore on other issues.
  • Signature achievement: effort to eliminate Virginia car tax. (Sep 2008)
  • In times of economic stress, don’t raise taxes. (Sep 2008)
  • Warner raised taxes without fully informing us about revenue. (Jul 2008)
  • Bush did the right thing with cutting taxes. (May 2007)
  • Alternative minimum tax drives people into higher brackets. (May 2007)
  • Control spending, or higher taxes are certain. (Apr 2007)
  • Studied FairTax & flat tax, but still undecided on approach. (Apr 2007)
  • Holding the line on taxes is best for regular people. (Apr 2007)
  • Always followed a program of reducing taxes where possible. (Mar 2003)
  • End the Car Tax. (Jan 2001)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
Lindsey Graham on Tax Reform
Republican Sr Senator; previously Representative (SC-3)
Click here for 24 full quotes by Lindsey Graham OR click here for Lindsey Graham on other issues.
  • Voted NO on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted YES on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted YES on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Mike Huckabee on Tax Reform
Former Republican AR Governor; possible draft candidate
Click here for 40 full quotes by Mike Huckabee OR click here for Mike Huckabee on other issues.
  • In AR, eliminated marriage penalty & bracket creep. (Nov 2008)
  • Tax system can't be fixed, not even with Duct Tape & WD-40. (Nov 2008)
  • Tax system punishes people for working & productivity. (Feb 2008)
  • Signed tax pledge to not raise marginal tax rates. (Feb 2008)
  • Supported Bush tax cuts then; I support them now. (Feb 2008)
  • FactCheck: To be revenue-neutral, FairTax raises some taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: FairTax does not bring underground into economy. (Jan 2008)
  • FairTax will tax the average American much less. (Jan 2008)
  • FairTax and its prebate untax the poor and the elderly. (Jan 2008)
  • Net change as governor: same income tax; 1› more sales tax. (Jan 2008)
  • Raising fees is the same as raising taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised AR net tax burden by $500M to comply with court order. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: Your worth is from God, not your checking account. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: 90 cuts + 23 tax increases: net $505M increase. (Jan 2008)
  • AdWatch: Signed first-ever broad-based tax cut in Arkansas. (Jan 2008)
  • FactCheck: Passed broad-based tax cut, but not “first ever”. (Jan 2008)
  • Raised some taxes based on court orders and voter approval. (Dec 2007)
  • Support FairTax with a tax credit for the poor. (Dec 2007)
  • FactCheck: FairTax would not eliminate IRS; just change role. (Nov 2007)
  • FairTax is 23%; Bush’s study missed prebate & other aspects. (Nov 2007)
  • FairTax untaxes productivity & things which we export. (Oct 2007)
  • FairTax eliminates all taxes on productivity & saving. (Sep 2007)
  • Gut this incredibly complex and arcane tax code. (Aug 2007)
  • Attacked as tax-and-spend by several anti-tax groups. (Aug 2007)
  • Tax system penalizes productivity; needs complete overhaul. (Aug 2007)
  • FairTax puts Going-Out-of-Business sign on IRS. (May 2007)
  • FactCheck: FairTax requires 34% sales tax +$600B entitlement. (May 2007)
  • Flatter, fairer, finite, family friendly overhaul: Fair Tax. (May 2007)
  • First governor in Arkansas history to ever lower taxes. (Jan 2007)
  • Wouldn’t propose new taxes, but won’t pledge against taxes. (Jan 2007)
  • Raised Arkansas taxes 5 times, but lowered taxes 94 times. (Jan 2007)
  • Supports national flat tax to keep up with globalization. (Jan 2007)
  • Eliminated AR marriage penalty & capital gains on home sales. (Jan 2007)
  • Illustrated hypocrisy with “Tax Me More Fund”. (Jan 2007)
  • We ought to un-tax innovation, un-tax income. (Jan 2006)
  • Remove the poorest taxpayers from the tax rolls. (Jan 2001)
  • Remove sales tax on food; it's regressive. (Sep 1997)
  • No tax increase under any circumstances. (Nov 1992)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
Bobby Jindal on Tax Reform
Republican Governor; previously Representative (LA-1)
Click here for 12 full quotes by Bobby Jindal OR click here for Bobby Jindal on other issues.
  • Overhaul our tax code and eliminate income taxes. (Apr 2013)
  • Simplify our complicated tax code by blowing it up. (Mar 2013)
  • The more you pay in taxes the less you are free. (Nov 2010)
  • Create jobs by lowering tax rates for families & business. (Feb 2009)
  • Federal tax rebate should be exempted from state income tax. (Mar 2008)
  • Eliminate the permanent tax on business utilities. (Mar 2008)
  • Speed up the elimination of the tax on capital debt. (Mar 2008)
  • Use vehicle taxes & license fees for transportation expenses. (Mar 2008)
  • Make the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts permanent. (Nov 2004)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
John Kasich on Tax Reform
Republican Governor; previously Representative (OH-12); 2000 candidate for President
Click here for 12 full quotes by John Kasich OR click here for John Kasich on other issues.
  • Eliminated the Ohio estate tax but hiked cigarette taxes. (Mar 2015)
  • $3 billion in tax cuts for job creators. (Feb 2015)
  • Lower taxes to create competitive climate. (Nov 2010)
  • 1970s: In Ohio Senate, unwilling to raise taxes. (May 2006)
  • 10% tax cut to promote charitable giving. (May 1999)
  • Tax credits (100%) for charitable donations. (May 1999)
  • $776B tax cut plan helps people afford health care. (Mar 1999)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Opposes both marriage penalty & federal tax increases. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Peter King on Tax Reform
Rep./Ind./Cons./Right-To-Life Representative (NY-3)
Click here for 21 full quotes by Peter King OR click here for Peter King on other issues.
  • Our tax code is excessively complex and convoluted. (Sep 2013)
  • Voted NO on extending AMT exemptions to avoid hitting middle-income. (Jun 2008)
  • Voted NO on paying for AMT relief by closing offshore business loopholes. (Dec 2007)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted YES on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted YES on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted YES on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted YES on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • Reduce the capital gains tax . (Jan 2001)
  • Phaseout the death tax. (Mar 2001)
  • Rated 59% by NTU, indicating "Satisfactory" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 0% by the CTJ, indicating opposition to progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Member of the Congressional Flat Tax Caucus. (Nov 2007)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
  • Repeal marriage tax; cut middle class taxes. (Sep 1994)
Martin O`Malley on Tax Reform
Democrat
Click here for 3 full quotes by Martin O`Malley OR click here for Martin O`Malley on other issues.
  • Cut $9.1B spending with no fee nor tax increases. (Jan 2014)
  • Cut taxes on bottom 85% while raising taxes on top 15%. (Jan 2014)
  • $12B in federal economic stimulus as state block grants. (Jan 2008)
Barack Obama on Tax Reform
Democratic incumbent President; IL Senator (2004-2008)
Click here for 47 full quotes by Barack Obama OR click here for 11 older headlines OR click here for Barack Obama on other issues.
  • Tax cuts won't help us compete with China; invest instead. (Oct 2012)
  • I've cut taxes for middle-class families & small businesses. (Oct 2012)
  • We need a tax code where everybody pays their fair share. (Sep 2011)
  • We cut taxes 25 times, for 95% of Americans. (Jan 2010)
  • FactCheck: Tax cut only helps 75% or workers, not 95%. (Feb 2009)
  • Yes, earmarks are abused, but small compared to tax cuts. (Sep 2008)
  • Trickle-down economics has failed. (Aug 2008)
  • Adjust capital gains tax up to where Reagan set it. (Aug 2008)
  • Tax cut for middle class and relief to struggling homeowners. (Jul 2008)
  • Expand the Earned Income Tax Credit. (Jul 2008)
  • Maintain the inheritance tax on wealthy. (Jul 2008)
  • Middle class tax cut helps offset rising cost of gas & food. (Jun 2008)
  • Under Bill Clinton, rich people didn’t feel oppressed. (Apr 2008)
  • Stimulus package: $500 tax cut, & Social Security supplement. (Jan 2008)
  • Restore progressive tax; close loopholes; relief to seniors. (Oct 2007)
  • Tax incentives to create jobs at home instead of offshore. (Jun 2004)
  • Last thing we need now is a permanent tax cut. (Jan 2008)

    Taxing the Wealthy

  • Bring back the Clinton tax rate for income above $250,000. (Oct 2012)
  • It's unfair for a nurse to pay a higher tax rate than Romney. (Oct 2012)
  • 47% who don't pay income tax pay many other taxes. (Sep 2012)
  • No tax breaks for millionaires; GOP always wants tax cuts. (Sep 2012)
  • Buffett rule: millionaires pay minimum of 30% in taxes. (Jan 2012)
  • No across-the-board tax cuts for the wealthy. (Jan 2010)
  • Tax cuts for wealthy got us into the current deficit. (Jan 2010)
  • No $300 billion on tax cuts for those who don’t need them. (Sep 2008)
  • Tax cut for 95% of all working families, not corporations. (Aug 2008)
  • I will raise CEO taxes, no doubt about it. (May 2008)
  • No tax increase if earning under $250K; tax cuts under $75K. (Apr 2008)
  • Raise capital gains tax for fairness, not for revenue. (Apr 2008)
  • I’m not bashful about it: wealthy will pay more taxes. (Jan 2008)
  • Trillion dollar giveaway: the Paris Hilton Tax Break. (Oct 2007)
  • Reduce Bush tax cuts to pay for health care & other programs. (Jun 2007)
  • Estate tax only affects the wealthiest 1/2 of 1%. (Oct 2006)
  • Bush tax cuts help corporations but not middle class. (Jun 2004)

    Voting Record

  • FactCheck: Voted for non-binding tax increase on $42K income. (Sep 2008)
  • GovWatch: didn’t vote to raise taxes 94 times; at most 54. (Jul 2008)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted NO on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted YES on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted NO on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
Sarah Palin on Tax Reform
Republican Governor (AK); 2008 nominee for Vice President
Click here for 17 full quotes by Sarah Palin OR click here for Sarah Palin on other issues.
  • Core GOP belief is limited government and limited taxation. (Feb 2010)
  • 1992: First campaign focused on reducing property taxes. (Nov 2009)
  • To end recession: slay the death tax and cut capital gains. (Nov 2009)
  • FactCheck: No, Reagan didn't end 1980s recession by tax cuts. (Nov 2009)
  • Under Obama plan, small businesses will see tax increases. (Oct 2008)
  • FactCheck: Undoing Bush tax cut only hits families over $83K. (Oct 2008)
  • No Alaska sales tax; and $3,200 payments annually. (Sep 2008)
  • Everybody benefits when government takes less. (Sep 2008)
  • Raising taxes hurts small business and hurts jobs. (Sep 2008)
  • Elected mayor based on tax cut promise. (Aug 2008)
  • As mayor, cut property taxes & increased sales tax. (Aug 2008)
  • $60M annually for municipal revenue sharing. (Mar 2008)
  • Eliminate taxes that inhibit business. (Jan 2008)
  • Repeal “nuisance taxes” including the tire tax. (Jan 2007)
  • Mitigate impact of new $50M annual cruise ship tourism tax. (Oct 2006)
  • No income tax; no taking the people’s dividends. (Oct 2006)
  • Would support a seasonal sales tax, but no income tax. (Oct 2006)
George Pataki on Tax Reform
Republican NY Governor
Click here for 6 full quotes by George Pataki OR click here for George Pataki on other issues.
  • Throw out incomprehensible tax code: simpler, lower rates. (May 2015)
  • Eliminate the marriage penalty & cut taxes. (Jan 2006)
  • Phase out estate and gift taxes. (Jul 2000)
  • No national sales tax or VAT. (Feb 2000)
  • Let states independently determine estate taxes. (May 2001)
  • Implement socially fair, broad-based tax cuts. (Sep 1998)
Rand Paul on Tax Reform
Click here for 13 full quotes by Rand Paul OR click here for Rand Paul on other issues.
  • EZ Tax: $700B tax cut via 17% flat tax. (Apr 2015)
  • Balanced budget and a simple, fair tax system. (Feb 2015)
  • Economic growth comes when we lower taxes for everyone. (Jan 2014)
  • Stand firm and say NO to any MORE tax hikes!. (Feb 2013)
  • Opposed to increasing taxes during recession. (Feb 2011)
  • Joe Taxpayer gets stuck with the bill for budget deficit. (Feb 2011)
  • Balanced budget amendment to pay to extend $4T Bush tax cuts. (Oct 2010)
  • Lower taxes encourage spending, saving, and investing. (Jul 2010)
  • Taxpayer Protection Pledge: no new taxes. (Aug 2010)
  • Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Rick Perry on Tax Reform
Republican Governor (TX)
Click here for 8 full quotes by Rick Perry OR click here for Rick Perry on other issues.
  • Lower taxes & less regulation made Texas a job leader. (Jan 2015)
  • No state can tax and spend its way to prosperity. (Mar 2014)
  • 7% flat tax on all income; keep it simple. (Jan 2012)
  • Taxation is not the solution; live within our means instead. (Feb 2011)
  • Balance our budget without raising taxes. (Feb 2011)
  • Give taxes dose of accountability, transparency & restraint. (Jan 2009)
  • Tax rebates & tax relief instead of government spending. (Feb 2007)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Marco Rubio on Tax Reform
Click here for 19 full quotes by Marco Rubio OR click here for Marco Rubio on other issues.
  • Our outdated tax code encourages outsourcing jobs. (Jan 2015)
  • 2007: Replace all property taxes by adding 2.5% to sales tax. (Feb 2014)
  • Replace property taxes with a consumption tax. (Jun 2012)
  • OpEd: Proposed consumption tax called "largest tax increase". (Jun 2012)
  • Eliminate Florida property tax; or cap it at 1.35%. (Jun 2012)
  • We need new taxpayers, not new taxes. (Apr 2012)
  • No one should pay higher taxes in recession, not even top 2%. (Oct 2010)
  • Extend Bush tax cuts, even for high earners. (Oct 2010)
  • Address market uncertainty by making Bush cuts permanent. (Aug 2010)
  • 2000: $4 surcharge to cruise tickets to fund Marlins stadium. (Jul 2010)
  • Proposed to replace property taxes with state sales tax. (Mar 2010)
  • Pledged to never raise taxes as state rep. (Mar 2010)
  • Capital gains tax is double taxation. (Feb 2010)
  • Simplify our tax code; reduce the tax burden. (Feb 2010)
  • Supermajority vote for any tax increases. (Nov 2006)
  • Supports flat-rate federal tax; opposes increased tax rates. (Aug 2010)
  • Adopt a single-rate tax system. (Jul 2010)
  • Repeal tax hikes in capital gains and death tax. (Jul 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
Bernie Sanders on Tax Reform
Socialist Jr Senator; previously Representative (VT-At-Large)
Click here for 23 full quotes by Bernie Sanders OR click here for Bernie Sanders on other issues.
  • We need a progressive tax system based on ability to pay. (Mar 2015)
  • Real tax reform based on ability to pay. (Jan 2015)
  • Capital gains & dividend tax cuts are giveaways to the rich. (Jun 2006)
  • Cap the home mortgage interest deduction at $300,000. (Jun 1997)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Dec 2005)
  • Voted YES on providing tax relief and simplification. (Sep 2004)
  • Voted NO on making permanent an increase in the child tax credit. (May 2004)
  • Voted YES on permanently eliminating the marriage penalty. (Apr 2004)
  • Voted NO on making the Bush tax cuts permanent. (Apr 2002)
  • Voted NO on $99 B economic stimulus: capital gains & income tax cuts. (Oct 2001)
  • Voted NO on Tax cut package of $958 B over 10 years. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the Estate Tax ("death tax"). (Apr 2001)
  • Voted NO on eliminating the "marriage penalty". (Jul 2000)
  • Voted NO on $46 billion in tax cuts for small business. (Mar 2000)
  • American People's Dividend: Give $300 to every person. (Feb 2001)
  • Rated 28% by NTU, indicating a "Big Spender" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
  • Rated 100% by the CTJ, indicating support of progressive taxation. (Dec 2006)
  • Minimum tax rate of 30% for those earning over $1 million. (Mar 2012)
Rick Santorum on Tax Reform
Republican Jr Senator (PA); 2012 presidential frontrunner
Click here for 20 full quotes by Rick Santorum OR click here for Rick Santorum on other issues.
  • Just two income tax rates: 10% and 28%. (Jan 2012)
  • Simplify tax code: just 5 deductions; everything else goes. (Jan 2012)
  • 84% of Americans pay more tax if we have national sales tax. (Oct 2011)
  • Changing estate tax would cost $100B, not save $730B. (Sep 2006)
  • More child credit for larger families earning over $110,000. (Apr 2006)
  • Death should not be a taxable event. (Feb 2001)
  • Tax burden increases inequities & decreases savings. (Apr 1996)
  • Tax credits are for families who pay taxes. (Nov 1995)
  • Voted YES on supporting permanence of estate tax cuts. (Aug 2006)
  • Voted YES on permanently repealing the `death tax`. (Jun 2006)
  • Voted NO on $47B for military by repealing capital gains tax cut. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on retaining reduced taxes on capital gains & dividends. (Feb 2006)
  • Voted YES on extending the tax cuts on capital gains and dividends. (Nov 2005)
  • Voted YES on $350 billion in tax breaks over 11 years. (May 2003)
  • Voted NO on reducing marriage penalty instead of cutting top tax rates. (May 2001)
  • Voted NO on increasing tax deductions for college tuition. (May 2001)
  • Voted YES on eliminating the 'marriage penalty'. (Jul 2000)
  • Voted YES on across-the-board spending cut. (Oct 1999)
  • Voted YES on requiring super-majority for raising taxes. (Apr 1998)
  • Rated 81% by NTU, indicating a "Taxpayer's Friend" on tax votes. (Dec 2003)
Jill Stein on Tax Reform
Green Party presidential nominee; Former Challenger for MA Governor
Click here for 4 full quotes by Jill Stein OR click here for Jill Stein on other issues.
  • Incomes rise for wealthiest 1% but their taxes have fallen. (Dec 2011)
  • Fees and sales taxes hit lower and middle income hardest. (Sep 2010)
  • Close tax loopholes & stop corporate welfare. (Oct 2002)
  • Replace “trickle down” with 50% tax cuts on lower incomes. (Oct 2002)
Donald Trump on Tax Reform
2000 Reform Primary Challenger for President
Click here for 9 full quotes by Donald Trump OR click here for Donald Trump on other issues.
  • 4 brackets; 1-5-10-15%; kill death tax & corporate tax. (Dec 2011)
  • Cutting tax rates incentivizes a strong national work ethic. (Dec 2011)
  • Previously supported wealth tax; now supports Bush tax cuts. (Apr 2011)
  • Repeal the inheritance tax to offset one-time wealth tax. (Jul 2000)
  • Simplify tax code; end marriage penalty & other hidden taxes. (Jul 2000)
  • Opposes flat tax; benefits wealthy too much. (Jul 2000)
  • Personally avoids sales tax, but knows many people like it. (Dec 1999)
  • One-time 14.25% tax on wealth, to erase national debt. (Nov 1999)
  • Tax assets over $10 million, paid over 10 years. (Nov 1999)
Scott Walker on Tax Reform
Click here for 4 full quotes by Scott Walker OR click here for Scott Walker on other issues.
  • Reduced property taxes by $141 in 4 years; more coming. (Jan 2015)
  • Tax increases reduce state revenues in the long run. (Nov 2013)
  • High tax and low employment is no coincidence. (Nov 2010)
  • Supports the Taxpayer Protection Pledge. (Jan 2012)
James Webb on Tax Reform
Democratic Sr Senator
Click here for 7 full quotes by James Webb OR click here for James Webb on other issues.
  • Our tax policy is creating a permanent underclass. (May 2006)
  • Our tax policies make no sense. (Apr 2006)
  • Voted YES on increasing tax rate for people earning over $1 million. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on allowing AMT reduction without budget offset. (Mar 2008)
  • Voted NO on raising the Death Tax exemption to $5M from $1M. (Feb 2008)
  • Voted NO on repealing the Alternative Minimum Tax. (Mar 2007)
  • Voted NO on raising estate tax exemption to $5 million. (Mar 2007)

                                                                                                                                                                               
  


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