Former Arkansas Gov. Mike Huckabee pitched his “fair tax” proposal at Thursday night’s Republican presidential debate. Meanwhile, fellow candidate Dr. Ben Carson pushed for a 10% income tax.
Huckabee said the tax on consumption “is paid by everybody, including illegals, prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, all the people that are freeloading off the system now.”
Carson, a retired neurosurgeon, favors a 10% income tax that would apply to income large or small. That system, he said, “is based on tithing, because I think God is a pretty fair guy.”
Participants in the debate, held in Cleveland and televised on Fox News, were Huckabee, Carson, New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie, real estate mogul Donald Trump, former Florida Gov. Jeb Bush, Wisconsin Gov. Scott Walker, Florida Sen. Marco Rubio, Kentucky Sen. Rand Paul, Texas Sen. Ted Cruz, and Ohio Gov. John Kasich.