Former Arkansas Governor Mike Huckabee defended his record on taxes as governor, saying he balanced the state’s budget when he was in charge and even left the state with a surplus. He also lashed out at the conservative Club For Growth for criticizing him and also for supporting one of the most liberal Congressmen in the country, Florida’s Rep. Alan Grayson.
Huckabee blasted the conservative group for supporting Grayson, a man who has not only been accused of domestic abuse but has advocated for arguably some of the most liberal policies of any in Congress.
Prompting Huckabee to lash out is the Club’s constant criticism of his record in Arkansas. The Club For Growth has frequently criticized Governor Huckabee for the times he raised taxes when he led Arkansas from 1996 to 2007.
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In a recent interview, Huckabee recalled that criticism, but went on to defend his record, saying:
Ninety-four times we cut taxes. We rebuilt our roads. We did many things like cutting the marriage penalty, reducing capital gains taxes. I want you to understand I did that in the headwinds of the most Democratic legislature in America. More Democratic than even California, more democratic than Massachusetts, Vermont, Maine, Oregon, New York, New Jersey. I think it was a pretty significant record on reducing the burden of taxes for working people. What I embrace at the federal level is the FairTax, which is a tax on consumption as opposed to a tax on productivity, and it would really empower poor people – really give poor people at the bottom a chance to rise up on the economic scale. And I think would bring an unprecedented growth in our economy.
Huckabee went on to note that when he entered office, the state was $400 million in the red; but when he left office, it had a surplus of “almost a billion dollars.”
Then Huckabee slammed the Club for supporting Grayson.
“I think they’ve always focused on their political arm. They’re also supporting Alan Grayson in Florida, one of the most liberal Democrats in the country because they don’t like apparently the Republican. How do you rationalize that?” Huckabee added, “Anybody who’s ever looked at Alan Grayson’s record, listened to his rhetoric – and they’re giving the guy money?”
“I don’t think they have any credibility. So I’ll let them do their thing, I’ll do mine,” Huckabee concluded. “But they’ve attacked so many good conservative people who have actually governed and that’s unfortunate.”
Breitbart News tracked down the Club and asked them why they supported Grayson. A Club spokesman, though, pointed out that they only supported Grayson on the singular issue of his opposition to the Export-Import Bank, an entity the Club also opposed.
Otherwise, Club spokesman Doug Sachtleben told Breitbart that his organization supports Congressman Rep. Ron DeSantis, R-Fla., not Grayson.
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