The Last Word | April 26, 2012
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>>> a presidential candidate rewrites one of his most memorable debate questions. republicans were not willing to accept a three to one ratio of spending tax cuts which means for every three dollars in federal tax cuts there would be one dollar increase in taxation to reduce the federal agent lags.
>> 57 congressional republican leadership rejected the three to one ratio of spending cuts to tax increases, brenda bayer asked the republican candidate this is question.
>> say you had a deal, a real spending cuts deal. ten to one, as byron said, spending cuts to tax increases. speaker you're already shaking your head. but who on this stage would walk away from that deal? would l you raise your hand if you feel so strongly about now not raising taxes you would walk away on a ten to one deal.
>> john henson clearly the most reasonable candidate on that stage told his audience recently says he wishes he could do more than just raise his hand.
>> okay, you've got 30 seconds to tell what your world view is, which i thought it was a total disservice to the american people , at a critical time in our history when you need to know what's in people's hands. you not only get to explain by your words, but by a show of hands on a tax policy . so you've got 3 1/2 seconds in which to make the calculation, and what went through my head was if i veer at all from my pledge north to rise taxes, i didn't sinai pledges, it was kind of my personal history . then i'm going to have to do a lot of explaining. do i raise my hand or do i just want to get through this? and that always bothered me.
>> and that is one of the many reasons john huntsman never got traction in the presidential campaign , playing the childish game on taxation always bothered me, end quote. let's just face the reality of where we are economically, and that is that everyone's going to have to give something. it's going to have to be a shared sacrifice.
>> he could lose the nomination for president by not saying what he really thought and raising his hands when everybody else had to raise their hands. or he could have told the truth, that there's going to have to be shared sacrifices, which means there's going to have to be shared resources . he would have had to drop out of the race even sooner.
>> it's going to have be a shared sacrifice.
>> the concept of shared sacrifice should prevail.
>> there is going to have to be a shared sacrifice.
>> the concept of shared sacrifice