Democratic rivals criticize Dean tax policy

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The tax policy put forward by Democratic presidential candidate Howard Dean is being criticized by many rivals within his party. In a speech Georgetown University in Washington D.C. on Thursday, Dean renewed his pledge to repeal all of President Bush’s tax cuts.

Almost immediately after Dean’s promise to roll back the cuts, two Democratic rivals – John Kerry and John Edwards – criticized the plan. A third rival for the White House, Dick Gephardt, says Dean should focus more on improving the economy than on the deficit. Edwards and Kerry have said they favor repealing tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, but not for those in the middle class.

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