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Marco Rubio Signs Grover Norquist's Anti-Tax Pledge

April 27, 2015 - 6:00pm

Republican presidential hopeful U.S. Sen. Marco Rubio, R-Fla., signed Americans for Tax Reforms (ATR) pledge to oppose and veto any and all efforts to increase taxes. Rubio launched his bid for the Republican presidential nomination earlier this month.

Conservative activist Grover Norquist, the president of ATR, praised Rubios record in the Florida House and the U.S. Senate on taxes.

Sen. Rubio is a longtime leader in the taxpayer movement, Norquist said on Tuesday. He signed and kept the pledge as a Florida state House representative and as a United States senator. By signing the Taxpayer Protection Pledge to the American people, Sen. Rubio continues to protect American taxpayers against higher taxes.

Sen. Rubio understands that government should be reformed so that it takes and spends less of the taxpayers money, and will oppose tax increases that paper over and continue the failures of the past," Norquist added.

In the 2012 presidential election, every Republican presidential hopeful except former Gov. Jon Huntsman, R-Utah, signed the pledge.

Rubio is not the first Republican presidential candidate to sign the pledge. On Friday, ATR announced that two U.S. senators running for the Republican presidential nomination -- Ted Cruz of Texas and Rand Paul of Kentucky -- signed the pledge.

Former Gov. Jeb Bush, R-Fla., who has been exploring running for the Republican presidential nomination since December, has refused to sign the pledge.

The Democratic National Committee (DNC) fired back on Tuesday afternoon, pointing to reports ranging from Politicoto the conservative National Reviewinsisting Rubio has backed higher taxes in legislation he sponsored with U.S Sen. Mike Lee, R-Utah.

Heads up, Grover Norquist Marco Rubios already planning to raise taxes, said Kristin Sosanie, a spokeswoman for the DNC, on Tuesday. Republicans, tax experts and news outlets agree that Marco Rubios tax plan would raise rates on middle-class Americans and hurt hard-working people. Its just more of the same, failed, GOP policies and right-wing partisanship from Marco Rubio that the American people have rejected time and again.


Reach Kevin Derby at kderby@sunshinestatenews.com or follow him on Twitter: @KevinDerbySSN

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