Ohio governor John Kasich, who may run for the Republican nomination for president, said he is in talks with publisher and conservative activist Steve Forbes to develop a flat tax reform proposal.
"I’m in conversation now with Steve Forbes on the flat tax," Kasich said Friday afternoon at a lunch sponsored by the Christian Science Monitor.
While he cautioned he isn't ready to endorse the proposal yet, Kasich said he is "fascinated" by the idea of a "flatter, simpler" tax. "The beauty of his plan is this," he said. "You can have the plan I’m suggesting, which is flat, or you can take the traditional tax."
"If you don’t like it, you can keep the current system," Kasich said, adding that he also thinks the corporate tax rate is "too high."
Kasich, who served in Congress from 1983 to 2001 and briefly ran for president in 1999, said he is considering a run in 2016 and is currently trying to determine if he has the "resources" to compete.
Texas senator Ted Cruz, who has already entered the presidential race, is proposing a flat tax, one whereby "every American can fill out their tax returns on a postcard," as Cruz puts it.
Another presidential candidate, Florida senator Marco Rubio, has introduced a tax reform proposal with Utah senator Mike Lee that simplifies the code to two individual tax brackets and reforms tax credits and deductions.
Is there anything separating Marco Rubio and Jeb Bush on the question of what to do about the Iran deal? As with many issues, the distinction between the two Florida Republicans falls more in the realm of tone and emphasis than on policy.
First Lady Michelle Obama joked with David Letterman about running for president. watch here:
"I'm retiring in a few weeks," Letterman said.
"No kidding," Obama deadpanned.
"And I know that your time at the White House, in a couple of years, same sort of thing," Letterman continued after sharing a laugh. "You won't be retiring though. But do you ever glimpse down that far down the road?"
Hillary Clinton is a ferocious critic of Israeli settlements. She took point on the Obama administration's demand for a settlement freeze. She regularly berated Prime Minister Netanyahu on the subject, including an infamous, expletive-laced 45-minute phone call in 2010. She calls settlements "illegitimate" and said, "their continued expansion is corrosive not only to peace efforts and the two-state solution, but to Israel's future itself."
Republican senator Ted Cruz said Wednesday afternoon he is “long-term optimistic and short-term pessimistic” on the question of passing any immigration reform legislation. Speaking with Javier Palomarez, the president of the United States Hispanic Chamber of Commerce, the Texan presidential candidate said he considers himself a “proponent of immigration reform.” But, Cruz added, political leaders should focus on those aspects that have “bipartisan support.”
At a Manhattan fundraiser yesterday (as noted by The Hill), potential presidential candidate Hillary Clinton spoke of the rioting in Baltimore by invoking a theme of the Obama administration: the need for reform of the criminal justice system.
Inevitability is said to be one of Hillary Clinton's hinderances in securing the Democratic party's nomination for president, that she must earn the nomination rather than claim it as a right. But to listen to Mrs.
Shortly after Hillary Clinton announced her candidacy for president, the Clinton Foundation announced: "In light of Secretary Clinton’s decision to run for President, Secretary Clinton has stepped down from the Clinton Foundation board." While Mrs.
A new poll of likely Iowa Republican presidential caucus goers finds a wide-open field with three candidates vying for the top spot and a plurality undecided. Scott Walker, the governor of neighboring Wisconsin, leads the latest poll from Loras College, earning 12.6 percent support. Florida senator Marco Rubio, who declared his candidacy earlier this month, is close behind with 10 percent, while former Florida governor Jeb Bush has 9.6 percent.
Both Walker and Rubio have doubled their support from the January Loras poll, according to a press release from the college.
New Jersey governor Chris Christie will be sending New Jersey cops to Baltimore. The Republican governor made the announcement on Twitter.
"I spoke directly with Maryland Governor @LarryHogan last night and let him know that New Jersey is offering our full support & solidarity," Christie tweeted. "…in their efforts to protect the lives and well-being of the people in the city of Baltimore while calm and order are being restored. Following my conversation with Gov @LarryHogan, the @NJSP placed an assessment team on the ground in Maryland.