Bush prioritizes reductions in deficit spending highly, even to the point of breaking with his Republican allies on the issue of tax increases.
REPRESENTATIVE LLOYD DOGGET – AUSTIN, SAN MARCOS: “Appreciate that, and we of course have had some bipartisan commissions looking at our budget - Senator Domenici and Alice Rivlin, the Simpson-Bowles Commission – every one of them has said we cannot get our budget in balance without new revenues. In contrast, Republican presidential candidates, when offered the choice of $1 of new revenue for $10 dollars of reduced spending said they wouldn't agree to a bipartisan agreement like that. Would you?”
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JEB BUSH: “10-to-1?”
DOGGET: “Yes, sir.”
BUSH: “Yeah, this'll prove I'm not running for anything. I mean, if you could get a -”
DOGGET: “Okay. I mean, I appreciate your candor. I mean, basically, we cannot close the budget gap without addressing both spending and revenue as all of those bipartisan commissions have recommended. Wouldn't you agree?”
BUSH: “If you could get, if you could bring to me a majority of people to say that we're going to have $10 of spending cuts for $1 of revenue enhancement - put me in, Coach.”