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Flashback 2011: Obama Claimed Fiscal Deal Could Be Reached Without Raising Taxes

Flashback 2011: Obama Claimed Fiscal Deal Could Be Reached Without Raising Taxes

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President Barack Obama on July 22, 2011: “In addition, what we sought was revenues that were actually less than what the Gang of Six signed off on. So you had a bipartisan group of senators, including Republicans who are in leadership in the Senate, calling for what effectively was about $2 trillion above the Republican baseline that they’ve been working off of. What we said was give us $1.2 trillion in additional revenues, which could be accomplished without hiking taxes — tax rates, but could simply be accomplished by eliminating loopholes, eliminating some deductions and engaging in a tax reform process that could have lowered rates generally while broadening the base.”

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