The World-Herald mined the speeches, websites and quotes of the presidential contenders on issues of importance to the 2012 campaign. Nebraska's U.S. Senate candidates replied to prompts on the same topics. The comments will appear in a series each week.
Tax rates and economic growth
“What workers in Michigan and around the country really want is a good job and rising wages. Reforming the tax code is one of the surest and quickest ways to achieve that goal. First, I will make an across-the-board, 20 percent reduction in marginal individual income tax rates. ... Second, I will make our business taxation globally competitive. I will reduce the corporate tax rate to 25 percent.” — speech on Feb. 24
“So if your family makes under $250,000 — which, by the way, is 98 percent of Americans — you won't see your income taxes go up by a single dime next year. ... If you're lucky enough and fortunate enough and been blessed enough to be in the ... top 2 percent, you still get a tax cut for your first $250,000 of income. All we're saying is, after that, maybe you can do a little bit more to help pay down this deficit and invest in things like education that help our economy grow.” — speech on Aug. 13