Duncan Hunter Signs Presidential Taxpayer Protection Pledge
Congressman Promises to protect the wallets of American taxpayers as a presidential candidate

WASHINGTON, D.C. – Rep. Duncan Hunter (R-CA), a candidate in contention for the 2008 Republican presidential nomination, has signed the Presidential Taxpayer Protection Pledge sponsored by Americans for Tax Reform (ATR).  The Pledge commits signers to “oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates for individuals and/or businesses … and oppose any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates." 

Rep. Hunter signed the pledge Jan. 30th, 2007 as a presidential candidate expressing his strong commitment to free-market principles. Rep. Duncan also signed and kept the Pledge as a member of the U.S. House of Representatives.

ATR has offered the Pledge to all candidates for federal office since 1987.  To date, President George W. Bush, 43 U.S. Senators, and 197 members of the U.S. House of Representatives have signed the Pledge.  Seven Governors and over 1,100 state legislators have signed the Pledge as well.

"Taxpayers are very pleased that Rep. Duncan Hunter has signed the Taxpayer Protection Pledge in his bid for the Presidency.  ATR awarded Rep. Hunter with a 94% rating on our annual Congressional Scorecard for the 109th Congress," said Grover Norquist, president of ATR.

“I strongly encourage every Presidential candidate to sign the Pledge,” Norquist continued.

Rep. Hunter joins former Mass. Gov. Mitt Romney and U.S. Senator Sam Brownback of Kansas as the only other major presidential candidates to sign the Presidential Pledge for the 2008 Presidential Campaign.

Copies of the Pledge are available at www.atr.org or by calling (202) 785-0266.