Little Rock, AR – Former AR Governor and Presidential Candidate Mike Huckabee today refuted an ad by Gov. Mitt Romney's campaign in which Romney claims to be the only major candidate who has signed the American's for Tax Reform (ART) Presidential Taxpayer Protection Pledge.
Huckabee signed the pledge on Friday, March 2, 2007 at the annual conservative Political Action Conference in Washington D.C. and delivered it to ATR President Grover Norquist.
"Gov. Huckabee signed the ATR pledge. He signed on the dotted line seven months ago because he wants people to know where he stands on the issues and he has no problem pledging not to raise income tax rates at the federal level," said Huckabee Press Secretary Alice Stewart. "Gov. Romney needs to do his homework before he goes out and makes claims of standing alone in signing this pledge when Gov. Huckabee has received praise from ATR for his support of reining in federal taxes."
By signing the pledge, Huckabee agreed to oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses. He also pledged to oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates.
"Gov. Huckabee has a long history of being a fiscal conservative, having cut taxes and fees more than 90 times during his ten-and-a-half years as Governor of Arkansas," said Stewart. "He is also a longtime supporter of ending the death tax."
"You have to question Gov. Romney's claims of being a fiscal conservative when he's contributing $20 million of his own money and is polling nationally at 11%," said Stewart. "Gov. Huckabee has sustained his campaign with a strong conservative and consistent message, results-driven record and vision for America 's future – and we're proud to say he's at 8% nationally in the polls, and climbing."