BLAINE, Wash. (AP) - Gov. Chris Gregoire pledged Thursday not to
raise taxes if re-elected, her strongest statement yet on plans for
campaign centerpiece for her challenger, Dino Rossi.
"I will not raise taxes," Gregoire said in a debate at the
Semiahmoo resort. "I am prepared to see us through these tough
times. We will be stronger, we will be better."
Rossi downplayed Gregoire's pledges, saying she doesn't have a
record to back them up. He pointed out that spending and taxes were
both increased in 2005, in Gregoire's first budget after taking
"You and I have a bullseye on our backs, because she's going to
raise our taxes to solve the problem," Rossi said.
Thursday's debate was the second of Gregoire and Rossi's
campaign, a rematch of their whisper-close 2004 race. Gregoire beat
Rossi in that campaign by just 133 votes, after three vote counts
and an unsuccessful Republican court challenge. They are expected
to wage perhaps the nation's most competitive governor's election
again this year.
Gregoire, Rossi Go For Round 2
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