Huntsman: Our Tax Plan is 'Realistic and Doable'
GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel
- Duration 6:21
- Date Oct 25, 2011
GOP candidate joins 'Special Report' All-Star panel
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The former Utah governor Jon Huntsman in the center seat governor you turnaround Utah's finances in part by.
Developing a flat tax there there's a lot of talk about flat tax today with governor Perry's plan the 999 plan is different type of plan -- What do you make of all of these plans your plan is not that it's not a flat tax but it has been endorsed of course by the Wall Street -- Our plan is realistic and doable.
Now I'm not giving an academic dissertation on this on a practitioner we -- a flat tax we phased out deductions that are stayed on the individual income side.
We lowered the rate we broaden the base and we simplified.
Rick's Rick Perry's program is an option it doesn't solve the problem it just includes another option because the current system still remains intact.
-- -- means if you want to continue gaming the system based upon loopholes and deductions that are currently there you can do that.
Our tax offering which puts three rates in place Kate fourteen and 23 -- phases out all loopholes and deductions.
All corporate welfare in subsidies so you can't game the system.
It is three rates and it's.
Simple and it's transparent in a broadens the base and it leaves us a whole lot more competitive than we are today you have concerns about the national sales tax element of non non non.
Listen everyone likes a national sales tax to some level to some degree but if it's introducing another revenue stream.
I don't like that in if -- a non starter when it gets to congress.
I don't like -- party either you gotta have something that actually is that is in the real world.
Start -- foreign policy big.
I'm governor you criticize President Obama for announcing a complete withdrawal of our troops from Iraq last week and you claimed you concerned that Iraq.
Could -- -- in our games there could be reversed the given that President Obama did try to keep a residual force there for counterterrorism purposes.
What would you He was not guaranteed immunity for our remaining troops what would you've done differently.
-- to convince the Iraqis to keep our troops there I think.
The opening was there with -- I really do I think the opening was there and I don't think the issue was pressed.
And I think you have to commend it to some extent from.
The point of view that the mischief making -- -- -- coming out of Toronto -- -- -- straight across to Damascus and support for Hamas and Hezbollah is very real.
And we need to maintain some sort of some sort of -- some sort of buffer.
And that would be in the form of tactical intelligence gathering special forces ongoing training for the Iraqi now army.
That I think it's a very prudent thing to leave behind in making that case with Maliki and his government.
I think would have been the right thing to do it seems to me that it presents that it really didn't authors and not make that case I don't think they made the case I don't think they made the case -- Governor on Afghanistan -- positions -- and his we should leave.
If we leave how do we -- -- -- bases that we now have an Afghanistan.
Had -- we put pressure on how tiny network -- the other jihadist.
On the frontiers of Pakistan which were able to do today.
And second if we leave what would you do if you president.
-- -- -- shortly afterwards the Karzai has become -- overrun by the Taliban.
You have for a 100000 troops in Afghanistan.
And I say I don't wanna be nation building and and Afghanistan at a time when this nation needs to be -- I wanna recognize the threat that exists it's an a symmetric -- terror threat.
We need something but not a 100000 troops.
We need intelligence and special forces and trading capabilities have it be ten or 151000.
Who would you put the minute you protective of the areas hostile if you pull -- -- -- there is -- we are now.
The Taliban will take over how do you protect these forces.
Well we have to say what gave.
The intelligence gathering as critical the ability to go after the bad people we still want to make sure we do.
But when you've got so many over there today who can't go outside the wire so to speak who were involved more nation building than anything else I don't think we lose any of our punch any of our ability to -- -- for intelligence.
And they go after the bad guy that must be maintained and very vigorously so so you haven't garrison and confusion in Kabul.
Well we have a garrison wherever it is needed in order to maintain ten or 151000 were dedicated to that ongoing counter Terry symmetric mission states.
You you don't just -- you think we would lose any of our intelligence gathering capabilities if we drew down its current number of troops to send 151000.
I I wouldn't want to -- and intelligence gathering capability and you don't know what happened titles -- heard it all fact that we have.
110 of numbers if we shore or capabilities with the Indians and others in the region and that deepen our intelligence sharing capabilities as a whole lot more that we can do.
A whole lot more in the way of relationship building an alliance building that I think could go a long way in the region as well shifting to China when you -- -- to to China under President Obama.
Was -- a time where.
You received a directive from the White House.
Telling you to do something that you thought you didn't make sense didn't work wouldn't work for was imprudent and if so what did you do.
There -- a 421 trade case.
-- tires dumping case that I thought was nonsensical.
And it was pushed by the unions.
I made my opinions -- and -- and conversations with some who were senior level economic decision makers if we take action on a port 21 case.
Which was never meant to be used in the first place but more an opportunity to sit down and negotiated away.
We're gonna be retaliated against and we're gonna pay a price for this so.
We -- out -- -- was two billion dollars worth of tariffs on tires what happened shortly thereafter we got two billion in -- slept on us on chicken parts.
You could see it coming.
Also I used.
This thing called promoting human rights aggressively as ambassador.
And I know not everybody likes a crazy American ambassador in Beijing -- stand -- on human rights but I thought it was the most important thing that I can do.
Waving the American flag every day meeting with dissidents having them come into the embassy and reminding people who were not easily recognized -- that society that we are with them.
On issues of political reform on press freedom in on religious freedoms.
We have many more questions but in ten seconds are you more conservative than governor Mitt Romney.
Tell listened to have the record says -- all number one in job creation verses 47 Health Care Reform without the without a mandate.
I've always been pro life I've always been pro Second Amendment just to Begin.