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Fact Checker: Braley tries to pin Ernst to Fair Tax

Rep. Bruce Braley, a Waterloo Democrat representing Iowa's U.S. House 1st District and running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Photo submitted.
Rep. Bruce Braley, a Waterloo Democrat representing Iowa's U.S. House 1st District and running for the U.S. Senate in 2014. Photo submitted.

Introduction

“The Sen. Ernst proposal, that's a Tea Party proposal, is to propose a 23 percent national sales tax in place of the current income tax system.”

Source of claim

U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley, a Waterloo Democrat running for U.S. Senate in a Sept. 28 debate

Analysis

Iowa Sen. Joni Ernst, Braley's Republican competitor, said at the Sept. 28 debate she hasn't chosen a preferred tax plan, but that she does want to reform the complicated tax system. At a Sept. 5, 2013, forum in Crawford County, Ernst told the crowd she wanted to get rid of the Internal Revenue Service.

“To do that, you would have to implement a Fair Tax. So I would say I'm intrigued by the Fair Tax. I think it's a great way to go,” she said.

Fairtax.org describes this system as a “national sales tax that treats every person equally” by charging a 23 percent sales tax on new goods and services, excluding some necessities, to eliminate income taxes and payroll taxes.

Conclusion

It's clear Ernst supported the Fair Tax at one point. Whether she's changed her mind or just doesn't want to be pinned down now is uncertain. We give Braley a B on this one.

Sources

Ernst in Crawford County

Fair Tax description

Watch the Sept 28, Braley-Ernst debate on KCCI: http://www.kcci.com/news/iowa-us-senate-debate/28308438

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