Santorum Votes ‘No’

by Rich Lowry

A statement via e-mail from Rick Santorum:

This is clearly a difficult vote where conservatives can honestly end up on either side. I accept Republican assertions that this was the best deal they could get now, and that it would be damaging to this struggling economy to let the biggest tax increase in history go into effect now. However, I think on balance the right vote is a ‘no’ vote. I believe Republicans could get a longer term extension that would increase certainty and thus stimulate the economy more. This bill also wrongly includes additional government spending with no off-sets to pay for that spending, which is a direct contradiction to pledges to reduce spending not increase it. Finally, Republicans should keep their pledge to do negotiations openly and pass separate bills on taxes and spending, instead of one big omnibus bill.

 
Q. If given the opportunity to vote “yes” or “no” on the Obama-McConnell tax deal as it currently stands (i.e., no further revisions), how would you vote?
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John Bolton     X    
Mitch Daniels         
Newt Gingrich     X

 
Mike Huckabee         
Gary Johnson      X
 
Sarah Palin         
Tim Pawlenty    X
   
Mike Pence      X
 
Mitt Romney      X
 
Rick Santorum      X
 
John Thune    X