Read My Lips I’ll Raise Taxes if Need Be: Jeb Bush refuses to sign tax pledges

Jeb Bush never said this and he cut taxes while he was governor of Florida. But, refusing not sign a pledge promising not to raises taxes can give people a reasonable suspicion that Jeb is leaving the door open to raise taxes if he feels it’s necessary.

Jeb Bush will not sign any “no new taxes” pledges or any other pledges if he decides to seek the 2016 Republican presidential nomination, a spokeswoman said on Saturday according to Reuters.

The statement from Bush spokeswoman Kristy Campbell was in response to an appeal from anti-tax champion Grover Norquist for Bush to sign his Taxpayers Protection Pledge, in which candidates agree to oppose tax increases.

“If Governor Bush decides to move forward, he will not sign any pledges circulated by lobbying groups,” Campbell said in a statement. “His record on tax cuts is clear. He didn’t raise taxes.”

Bush’s opposition to such pledges is longstanding. He did not sign such pledges in any of his three previous campaigns for Florida governor, an aide said.

His father, former President George H.W. Bush, was defeated for re-election in 1992 after disappointing Republicans by breaking his “read my lips-no new taxes” pledge as part of a 1990 budget agreement.

Norquist, president of Americans for Tax Reform, had told ABC News he believed Jeb Bush would eventually sign the pledge.

“Most pledge takers keep the pledge,” Norquist said in a tweet in response to Bush’s decision. “Those who refuse to sign all raise taxes when pushed hard enough by spenders.”

Campbell said Bush, who was governor of Florida from 1999 to 2007, has a strong record against tax increases.

“He cut them every year as governor for a total of more than $19 billion in tax relief. He does not support raising taxes and believes cutting taxes and reforming the tax code will lead to greater economic growth and more prosperity for Americans.”

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Samuel Gonzalez

Samuel Gonzalez

Samuel Gonzalez is the editor-in-chief of The Last Tradition, a blog he started in April 2009. Samuel is one of the top Latino bloggers in the country and his blog has been linked by Gateway Pundit, Right Wing News, Instapundit, Legal Insurrection, American Thinker and other top conservative blogs. He's a strong Reagan conservative, a Rush Limbaugh disciple, an unconventional Evangelical who not only takes on Liberal orthodoxy, but also challenges other so-called soft conservatives afraid to buck political correctness.

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