GOP ‘darlings’ slow to sign tax-cut pledge

Is anyone else tired of John McCain?

From The Washington Times:

The two front-runners for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination — Arizona Sen. John McCain and former New York Mayor Rudolph W. Giuliani — have not signed an anti-tax-increase pledge that has been embraced by several of their rivals.
The reluctance of the party’s two leading candidates to sign the pledge, which has been signed by every Republican presidential nominee since 1988, raised concerns among conservative tax cutters about Mr. McCain’s and Mr. Giuliani’s commitment to reduce tax rates at a time when all of the Democratic presidential contenders have vowed to raise income taxes if they are elected.
“I can’t imagine that McCain wouldn’t sign it or that Giuliani wouldn’t sign it. I can’t imagine any Republican not signing that,” said Jack Kemp, architect of the tax cuts signed by President Reagan in the 1980s.
The pledge, which asks the candidates to sign a statement declaring they will “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates,” could become an issue for both men as they vie for the support of their party’s economic conservatives — especially for Mr. McCain who was a foe of President Bush’s tax cuts until he began actively running for president last year.
The Arizona senator, who has been aggressively reaching out to the conservative base of his party to secure the nomination, was one of only two Republicans who voted against Mr. Bush’s $1.35 trillion across-the-board tax cuts in 2001. He also opposed accelerating the tax cuts in 2003, but changed his mind last year and voted to extend the tax cuts, including those on stock dividends and capital gains.

I have to tell you right now, there is no way I will vote for either McCain or Giuliani. McCain is untrustworthy on taxes, he is for amnesty for illegal aliens, he is soft on gun rights and he co-wrote the worst bill I have seen come out of washington in a long time. The McCain-Feingold Campaign Finance reform bill, which attacked political free speech.

Giuliani, was mayor of NYC when I worked there as a paramedic. He was the perfect person to be mayor of that city, but he is absolutely wrong for President of this great nation. He is very socially liberal, anti-gun, pro-abortion, and pro taxation; scratch another one.

2 Responses

  1. Giuliani is also for “regularization” of illegal immigrants … a term about as clear as mud but that I can only interpret as another effort to redefine “amnesty”.

  2. You are right, I was just referring to my experience with him in NYC.

    Regularization means amnesty. sadly i am starting to see a rudy/gingrich ticket building…

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