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Romney Opposes Repeal of State Income Tax

Romney Opposes Repeal of State Income Tax

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The Patriot Ledger (Quincy, MA)October 10, 2002
All 5 square off for 1st time
Minor parties present, but O'Brien, Romney focus on each other 
By Tom Benner BOSTON - The war of words between Democrat Shannon P. O'Brien and Republican W.Mitt Romney continued last night, despite the presence of three other candidates in thefirst five-way gubernatorial debate.O'Brien and Romney picked up where they left off after two previous one-on-onedebates, while minor-party candidates Carla Howell, Barbara C. Johnson and Jill E. Stein pressed their points to voters.Romney went on the offensive early in the debate, using a question aboutthe Proposition 2 1/2 cap on local tax hikes to assert that O'Brien will raise taxes if elected governor."My opponent, Shannon O'Brien, has consistently raised taxes," Romney said during thedebate, which was televised by WLVI-TV, Channel 56. "She's raised the sales tax, theincome tax, the excise tax on automobiles, the gasoline tax. That's what she'd done in the past, that's what she's going to do in the future if she's elected governor."Romney also reiterated his pledge to roll back the state income tax to 5 percent.O'Brien shot back that Romney is the only gubernatorial hopeful calling for a tax hike by proposing higher excise taxes on fuel-inefficient vehicles such as SUVs."Again, we're seeing once again Mitt Romney is attacking my record," O'Brien said. "Ithink if you're going to say one thing and do another, I think you need to be very clear with the people of Massachusetts."Romney took immediate offense to the charge that he was attacking O'Brien."The idea that you would say that I'm attacking you, after going across thecommonwealth over the last six months, you and (running mate) Chris Gabrieli attackingmy record and attacking everything about me, it's a bit of stretch," Romney said.Romney added, "Your record of raising taxes $2.6 billion worth is something we justcan't afford, particularly in tough times."O'Brien again complained later in the debate that Romney has run a negative campaign."You made a pledge that you were going to talk about yourself and the issues that you

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