Perry Introduces His Own Flat Tax Plan
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Event Date: 10/25/2011 Copyright Date: 2011
Air/Publish Date: 10/25/2011 Clip Length 00:02:26
Rick Perry introduces an optional 20% flat tax plan for individuals and corporations that he says will
simplify government, but stirs up a controversy when he revives the "birther" controversy surrounding
President Barack Obama's citizenship. In a New York Times/CBS poll for October 19-24, 2011, Perry
receives just 6% of support among Republican primary voters, trailing four other 2012 presidential
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Perry Introduces His Own Flat Tax Plan
BRIAN WILLIAMS, anchor:
Texas Governor Rick Perry is making some serious arguments about the economy, federal budget, and
taxes today. But as NBC's Andrea Mitchell tells us, a problem developed for the campaign when he got a
bit in his own way and veered off topic.
ANDREA MITCHELL, reporting:
In South Carolina today, Rick Perry tried to reboot his flagging campaign by keeping it simple.
Governor RICK PERRY (file): This is the size of what we're talking about right here. Taxpayers will be
able to fill this out and file their taxes on that.
MITCHELL: His big idea an optional flat tax, 20% for individuals and corporations. Critics say
dramatically reducing the tax burden for the wealthy and the size of government. Perry would cut federal
spending to 18% of the overall economy, a trillion dollars a year less than current spending. How would
he do it?
Gov. PERRY (file): For instance, you can take the secondary and elementary Department of Education
programs that are in DC today, cut them in half, and that'll save you $25 billion in one year.
MITCHELL: Herman Cain catapulted to first place with his 9-9-9 flat tax at the same time Perry was
plummeting, down to only 6% in today's New York Times-CBS poll, trailing way behind Cain at 25% and
Mitt Romney at 21%. But while hoping to sell his flat tax and revive his campaign today, Perry stepped
on his own message, instead reviving, of all things, the birther controversy. First Perry told Parade
magazine, "I don't have a definitive answer" about President Obama's birth certificate. On Fox, Karl Rove
said Perry had gone off the tracks.
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KARL ROVE (file): Look, you associate yourself with a nutty view like that and you damage yourself.
MITCHELL: When given a chance to back down by CNBC's John Harwood, Perry didn't.
Gov. PERRY (file): It's a good issue to keep alive. I'm really not worried about the president's birth
certificate. It's fun to poke at him a little bit.
MITCHELL: And for sheer weirdness in the campaign today, Herman Cain's campaign put out this Web
ad with his chief of staff lighting up. Perry now says that the birther issue is a distraction, but some
suggest he was trying to give a wink and a nod to the most fervent Obama opponents. If so, that could
backfire by undermining Perry's attempt to prove he's a serious candidate. Brian.
WILLIAMS: And it's still going to be a long political season. Andrea Mitchell in our DC newsroom
tonight. Andrea, thanks.
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