EXCLUSIVE: Caprio Supports Renewing Bush Tax Cuts

Friday, September 17, 2010


Democrat Frank Caprio called on Congress to renew the 2001 and 2003 Bush tax cuts yesterday, saying he opposes any tax increase for Rhode Islanders.

This is a major break with the state party, which issued a statement on Wednesday criticizing Republican Congressional candidate John Loughlin for backing the extension of the tax cuts.

The Democratic nominee for the First Congressional District, David Cicilline, has also come out against extending the Bush tax cuts for those making over $250,000 a year. Yesterday, his campaign declined to respond to Caprio’s statement and instead reiterated Cicilline’s opposition to Loughlin’s position on the issue.

But the campaign for Caprio’s opponent for governor, independent Lincoln Chafee, had plenty to say. Campaign manager J.R. Pagliarini said it was “strange” that a Democratic would be coming out in support of President Bush’s tax cuts, which he said benefitted the wealthiest Americans at the expense of the middle class. “It makes you question who Mr. Caprio really is and what are his true convictions,” Pagliarini said, citing recent reports that Caprio met with the Republican National Committee and asked Republican John Robitaille to drop out of the race.


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