Sen Brownback says Mitt Romney's Flip-Flops on Taxes: Appeasing Liberal Democrats

2002: Romney refuses to sign no new taxes pledge, calls pledges "government by gimmickry": "Romney's gubernatorial campaign spokesman, Eric Fehrnstrom, dismissed such pledges at the time as 'government by gimmickry.'" (Scott Helman, "Romney finds 'no new taxes' promise suits him after all," Boston Globe, 1/5/07)

2007: Romney signs no new taxes pledge: "Almost five years after he refused to sign a 'no new taxes' pledge during his campaign for governor, MittRomney announced yesterday that he had done just that, as his campaign for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination began in earnest." (Scott Helman, "Romney finds 'no new taxes' promise suits him after all," Boston Globe, 1/5/07)

2003: Romney refuses to endorse Bush tax cuts: "Shawn Feddeman, Romney's spokeswoman, said the governor has neither endorsed nor opposed the tax cut plan because 'it's just not a state matter.'" (Wayne Washington, "Romney weighs in - carefully - on Bush tax cut plan, Governor won't give his endorsement," Boston Globe, 4/11/03)

2003: Democrat Congressman Barney Frank elated by Romney's refusal to endorse Bush tax cuts: "'I was very pleased,' Frank said afterward. 'Here you have a freshman governor refusing to endorse a tax cut presented by a Republican president at the height of his wartime popularity.'" (Wayne Washington, "Romney weighs in - carefully - on Bush tax cut plan, Governor won't give his endorsement," Boston Globe, 4/11/03)

2007: Romney supports Bush tax cuts: "After refusing toendorse President Bush's tax cuts when he was governor, Mitt Romney has now made them a central part of his presidential campaign, stirring accusations that he is changing his position to appeal to GOP primary voters." (Casey Ross, "Mitt changes tax cut tune," Boston Herald, 2/8/07)

2007: Romney criticizes other candidates for not supporting Bush tax cuts: "McCain opposed President Bush's tax cuts, Romney noted. 'I supported them,' the former governor said." (Lee Bandy, "Romney Targeting McCain," The State, 2/4/07)

Romney raised fees and corporate taxes as governor: "Cato [a Washington, DC, free market think tank] found that Romney increased annual state fees by $500 million as governor and proposed two corporate tax increases totaling close to $400 million a year." (Alexander Bolton, "Romney's tax record gets a closer look," The Hill, 3/27/07).

CONCLUSION: Romney v. Brownback on Taxes

"Mitt Romney's record on taxes suggests that he values political expediency over protecting taxpayers," said John Rankin, Iowa communications director of Brownback for President. "Romney's appeasement of liberals like Rep. Barney Frank in Massachusetts is embarrassing to our party and shows that he lacks the will to fight tax-hiking Democrats in Washington."

Rankin added: "Senator Brownback proudly voted for the Bush tax cuts and fought for them in Congress. Unlike Mitt Romney, Senator Brownback has always been a friend of the taxpayer and has aproven record of fighting tax-and-spend Democrats in Washington, not appeasing them like Romney has."

On Wednesday, Senator Brownback will outline his flat tax proposal at the Greater Des Moines Partnership luncheon in downtown Des Moines.


To read the Club for Growth's economic report on Senator Brownback, please visit:
http://www.clubforgrowth.org/2007/02/a_report_on_sam_brownbacks_rec.php