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For Immediate Release: Wednesday, May 26, 2015
Contact: Jenice R. Robinson, 202.299.1066 x 29,

Rick Santorum’s Definition of Populism Is Massive Tax Breaks for the Wealthy 

Following is a statement by Bob McIntyre, director of Citizens for Tax Justice, regarding Rick Santorum’s entry into the Republican presidential candidate field. The former senator from Pennsylvania was a staunch proponent of President George W. Bush’s tax cuts and as a presidential candidate in 2012, he proposed even more tax cuts.

“The Republican candidates who have entered the presidential field thus far all claim the nation can tax cut its way to prosperity and Rick Santorum is no different. He has said the Republican party must do more to appeal to ‘blue collar’ voters, but his proposed tax policies are deficit-busting, repackaged giveaways to corporations and the wealthy. His small proposed tax cuts for working families would be far outweighed by the huge reductions in essential federal programs that his tax cuts would precipitate.

“CTJ analyzed Santorum’s 2012 tax proposal and found the wealthiest 1 percent on average would receive a $212,000 tax cut while middle-income families would receive an average $2,160 tax cut. Santorum may claim to be a champion for “blue collar” people, but his record doesn’t match his rhetoric.”

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