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Marco Rubio Promises To Never Raise Taxes If He Is Elected President

On Wednesday, Senator Marco Rubio of Florida made a promise rarely heard by politicians--he signed conservative activist Grover Norquist's pledge to oppose and veto "any and all" tax increases if elected president. He announced his promise through Twitter. Senator Ted Cruz of Texas and Senator Rand Paul of Kentucky both signed the pledge last week. This means potential rival, Jeb Bush, will be in a tight spot. Prior to his 2000 election, George W. Bush also signed the pledge, but could not follow it 100 percent. George H.W. Bush promised "no new taxes," but had to sign a large tax increase into law. The Taxpayer Protection Pledge reads:

"I, _____, pledge to the taxpayers of the (____district of the) state of ______ and to the American people that I will: ONE, oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rate for individuals and business; and TWO, oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates."

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