In response to a question about such a tax, Bush said at a campaign event in Niceville, Fla.: "It's the kind of interesting idea that we ought to explore seriously." The campaign game plan had been for the president to refrain from making new proposals during the vacation month of August and instead wait until the Republican convention in New York beginning Aug. 30.
Bush-Cheney campaign surrogates were recently advised that the president will soon start boosting Social Security reform by creating personal accounts without him getting too specific. Nothing was said to the surrogates about tax reform, however.
WINS ON THE RIGHT
The conservative Club for Growth this summer in Oklahoma and Kansas scored some of its biggest victories in its five-year history, and may record another Tuesday in North Carolina.
In North Carolina, the Club backs State Rep. Patrick McHenry, a strong anti-tax conservative, against Sheriff David Huffman, plagued by charges of corruption, in a heavily Republican congressional district's runoff.
The organization this summer was behind the nomination for the Senate in Oklahoma of anti-tax former Rep. Tom Coburn, running against the Republican establishment. Coburn has taken a double-digit lead in the polls against Democratic Rep. Brad Carson. In Kansas, the Club was also a big player in the ousting of pro-tax Republican legislative leaders, including State Rep. Bill Kassebaum (son of former U.S. Sen. Nancy Kassebaum and grandson of the late former Gov. Alf Landon).