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60-second ad run starting Dec. 10, 2007 (announced Dec. 7) ..."initial ad buy of $175,000 will run on broadcast TV and statewide cable in Iowa, on statewide cable in South Carolina, and on FOX News nationwide, with an expectation to dramatically increase the buy in the near future."  Dec. 14 "Today, Club for Growth.Net is more than doubling its initial advertising buy in Iowa and South Carolina, adding an additional $200,000 to the effort."  Also a 30-second version.
 
 
 
 

[Sound] Male Announcer: Right now a tax battle is raging in Washington.

To stop massive tax hikes, conservatives have to be united.

But listen to Mike Huckabee when he was Arkansas governor.

Huckabee (clip from May 5, 2003 speech): Thereís a lot of support for a tax at the wholesale level for tobacco, and thatís fine with me; I will very happily sign that.

Others have suggested a surcharge on the income tax; thatís acceptable; Iím fine with that.

Others have suggested perhaps a sales tax; thatís fine. 

Yet others have suggested a hybrid that would collect some monies from any one or a combination of those various ideas, and if thatís the plan that the House and Senate agree upon, you will have nothing but my profound thanks.

[On screen: List of Huckabeeís tax hikes]

Announcer: Club for Growth.Net is responsible for the content of this advertising.

[On screen: 501-324-2008  Call Mike Huckabee.  Ask why he supported all those taxes]
 



30-second version...

[Sound] Male Announcer: Right now a tax battle is raging in Washington.

To stop massive tax hikes, conservatives have to be united.

But listen to Mike Huckabee when he was Arkansas governor.

Huckabee (clips from May 5, 2003 speech): ...tax at the wholesale level for tobacco...surcharge on the income tax, that's acceptable...a sales tax, that's fine...any...combination of those various ideas, and...you will have nothing but my profound thanks.

[On screen: List of Huckabeeís tax hikes]

Announcer: Club for Growth.Net is responsible for the content of this advertising.

[On screen: 501-324-2008  Call Mike Huckabee.  Ask why he supported all those taxes]

 
Notes: According to the press release...
To emphasize Mike Huckabeeís eager support for tax increases, the ad excerpts a 2003 clip of Mike Huckabee rattling off a list of tax increases he deems acceptable.  While the former governor will argue that he had no choice and was bound by state law to balance the budget, the 2003 clip is emblematic of Huckabeeís ten-year tenure in which raising taxes was his first resort.  Many cities and states have balanced budget laws like Arkansas, but not all mayors and governors embrace higher taxes the way Mike Huckabee did.  Some actually cut government spending and waste in order to make ends meet.  But under Mike Huckabeeís tenure, the average Arkansas tax burden increased 47%.