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Romney and Giuliani Defend Tax Records

Quizzed about their respective records of raising fees and fines during their respective tenures in elected office, Giuliani and Romney argued that they did the best they could given the strong Democratic nature of their city/state.

Giuliani noted that he lowered taxes 23 times as mayor and asserted he has the best record on taxes of anyone on the stage. "I made supply-side economics work in a city that didn't understand it," he said. "My record is very strong as a tax cutter."

Romney said that he increased fees and fines by $260 million in his first year as governor but noted that he refused to raise taxes despite the urgings of Democrats. He did what he did to close the $3 billion budget gap he inherited in the state.

The truth is that neither Giuliani nor Romney has a perfect record for those seeking absolute fealty to not raising a fee/fine/tax. But, both are making practical pitches that they believe can work for Republican primary voters.

By Eric Pianin  |  September 5, 2007; 10:25 PM ET
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