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Taxes

Is it important to tax the rich more to reduce the wealth gap?

Bush says: No.

From Jeb2016.com: "[The tax code] penalizes people for moving up the economic ladder... I want to lower taxes and make the tax code simple, fair and clear. It should be easy to understand and make it easy for people to fill out their own tax forms."
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Carson says: No, and we should have a flat tax so everyone's tax rate is the same.

From Fox News: "In an interview with FOX Business Network's Stuart Varney, Dr. Ben Carson laid out his tax plan that is based on tithing. "You make $10 billion, you pay a billion. You make $10, you pay one [dollar]."... He said the flat-tax rate would remain revenue-neutral. "It would have to be somewhere between 10 and 15 percent, early on probably higher, over the course of time lower," he said."
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Christie says: No.

From ChrisChristie.com: "Governor Christie believes we need a tax system that lowers individual rates for every American while unleashing the nation's growth potential. Governor Christie will reform the tax code by creating a flatter, fairer and simpler individual income tax system and keep returns simple by reducing deductions and giveaways. Governor Christie will also lower the Corporate Tax Rate to a more competitive 25% which S&P has suggested could help create as many as 10 million jobs..."
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Clinton says: Yes.

From HillaryClinton.com: "[Clinton plans to] [r]eform our tax code so the wealthiest pay their fair share."
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Cruz says: No, and we should have a flat tax so everyone's tax rate is the same.

From the Washington Examiner: ""When it comes to jobs and growth and opportunity, the two most effective levers that the federal government has to facilitate small businesses creating new jobs, are tax reform and regulatory reform," Cruz said late last week, during a 20-minute discussion while on a brief swing through Las Vegas. "I am campaigning on a flat tax that would allow every American to fill out his or her taxes on a post card that allow us to abolish the IRS.""
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Fiorina says: No.

From Breitbart: ""[W]e need to go from a 70,000-page tax code to about a three-page tax code. From my point of view, the blueprint for doing that, for that tremendous simplification is a point of view that says 'lower every rate, close every loophole.'""
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Graham says: No.

From LindseyGraham.com: "Our individual and corporate marginal rates are some of the highest in the industrialized world, putting our economy and our workforce at an enormous competitive disadvantage.... We must lower marginal rates while streamlining the overall process and limiting the use of deductions and credits that are not cost-effective and have a distortionary effect on our tax system."
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Huckabee says: No, and we should have a flat tax so everyone's tax rate is the same.

From MikeHuckabee.com: "[Huckabee's proposed flat-rate] FairTax is the only plan that lowers everyone's tax rates, untaxes the poor, broadens the tax base, and helps protect Social Security and Medicare."
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Jindal says: No.

From BobbyJindal.com: "My tax plan lowers the tax bracket for every American, and it dramatically simplifies the tax code for every American. To grow the American economy we must reduce our tax burden and make taxes simpler. My plan has only three rates - 2 percent, 10 percent, and 25 percent. Most Americans will be in the 10 percent bracket."
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Kasich says: No.

From JohnKasich.com: "The federal government's high taxes and complex tax code are barriers to economic growth whose negative effects are especially harmful as America's economic recovery continues to struggle. John Kasich will work with Congress to cut personal and business taxes, simplify the tax code and initiate a top-to-bottom review of our tax system to eliminate barriers to innovation, and root-out bias, arrogance and corruption in the Internal Revenue Service."
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O'Malley says: Yes.

From MartinOMalley.com: "Governor O'Malley knows that the American Dream today remains out of reach for too many families. To attack this problem, it will take a multi-pronged and fearlessly progressive approach to addressing economic inequality."
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Pataki says: No.

From PBS: "Pataki brandishes his tax-cutting credentials, with his website biography stating that while he was governor, "19 different taxes were cut 90 times." During this year's Ag Summit in Iowa, Pataki said the federal tax code should be rewritten and taxes for all Americans should be lowered."
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Paul says: No, and we should have a flat tax so everyone's tax rate is the same.

From RandPaul.com: "[T]he tax code has grown so corrupt, complicated, intrusive and antigrowth that I've concluded the system isn't fixable. So I am announcing an over $2 trillion tax cut that would repeal the entire IRS tax code - more than 70,000 pages - and replace it with a low, broad-based tax of 14.5% on individuals and businesses."
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Rubio says: No.

From MarcoRubio.com: "My tax plan can be summed up in one word: simple. The core of my plan is to simplify the tax code and cut taxes dramatically. This plan will make America competitive on a global scale to encourage investment and innovation here at home. The result - better paying jobs for hard-working Americans."
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Sanders says: Yes.

From BernieSanders.com: "Today, we live in the richest country in the history of the world, but that reality means little because much of that wealth is controlled by a tiny handful of individuals. The issue of wealth and income inequality is the great moral issue of our time, it is the great economic issue of our time, and it is the great political issue of our time."
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Santorum says: No, and we should have a flat tax so everyone's tax rate is the same.

From RickSantorum.com: "[Santorum's plan will] [a]bolish the anti-worker, anti-family, anti-growth, anti-freedom federal income tax code once and for all and replace it with a simple, honest, fair rate system - 20% flat tax on individual income / 20% flat tax on business income."
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Trump says: No.

From DonaldJTrump.com: "[Under Trump's tax plan] the tax rates will go from the current seven brackets to four simpler, fairer brackets that eliminate the marriage penalty and the AMT while providing the lowest tax rate since before World War II... With this huge reduction in rates, many of the current exemptions and deductions will become unnecessary or redundant."
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