WASHINGTON, Jan. 16 /-USNewswire/ -- For two decades, Americans for Tax Reform has asked all presidential and federal candidates to commit to their constituents, in writing, to oppose any and all efforts to raise income taxes. On the presidential level, every Republican nominee since Ronald Reagan has made this commitment, including President George W. Bush. In the current Congress, 42 Senators and 195 members of the House of Representatives have made this commitment, including SC Sens. Lindsay Graham and Jim DeMint.
Among the 2008 presidential field, all but two of the Republican candidates - Sens. John McCain and Fred Thompson - have made this commitment to the American people, while none of the Democrats have done so. Sen. McCain signed the Pledge as a candidate for president in 2000, and has signed and kept the Pledge as a Senator.
2008 Presidential Candidates
Name Party Affiliation Taxpayer Protection Pledge Status
Rudolph Giuliani Republican Yes*
Mike Huckabee Republican Yes
Duncan Hunter Republican Yes
John McCain Republican No
Ron Paul Republican Yes
Mitt Romney Republican Yes
Fred Thompson Republican No
Hillary Clinton Democrat No
John Edwards Democrat No
Dennis Kucinich Democrat No
Barack Obama Democrat No
Bill Richardson Democrat No
*Giuliani did not sign the Pledge per se, but has put in writing his commitment to oppose and veto all tax increases (as did George W. Bush) and ATR considers this to achieve the spirit and letter of the Pledge.
Americans for Tax Reform is a non-partisan coalition of taxpayers and taxpayer groups who oppose all tax increases. For more information or to arrange an interview please contact John Kartch at firstname.lastname@example.org or via telephone at 202-785-0266.