Murphy on MSNBC: I’m fiscally more conservative than Obama but willing to compromise on taxesby Andrew Abramson | November 20th, 2012
Fresh off his certification for the District 18 congressional seat, Patrick Murphy appeared on MSNBC’s The Ed Show this evening — but not before host Ed Schultz gave a send-off to Allen West, congratulating West for conceding “after two weeks of kicking and screaming.”
Schultz told Murphy “you are exactly what the Republicans love to put up in front of a crowd. You’re a successful businessman, you understand small business. I’ve done some research on your background.”
Schultz then asked Murphy if he won because of West’s rhetoric.
“It started off with his rhetoric,” Murphy said. “That offended a lot of Republicans. We’d get phone calls from Republicans every day saying ‘Patrick, look, we’re tired of the Tea Party, we’re tired of Allen West. We want somebody with your background as a CPA, as a small business owner, representing us. Part of my campaign was about showing the difference between Allen West and myself but also talking about what I want to do moving forward and my background and why I thought I was the better candidate moving this country forward.”
Schultz said that while Obama wants to raise taxes on those making more than $250,000 a year, Murphy has said he favors a tax hike only for those making $1 million or more. Schultz asked Murphy if he would agree to a tax hike on those making $250,000 and higher if Obama asked for his vote.
“Being a CPA I’ve studied the tax code and unfortunately it’s riddled with loopholes and deductions,” Murphy said. “If we’re going to be serious about making sure we don’t fall off this fiscal cliff so that we do have economic stability going forward, we’re going to have to really look at our tax code from scratch. I said the $1 million because I believe there are so many businesses out there that want to keep that money invested in their companies so that’s why I have the line at $1 million. If we’re going to be serious the first thing I said is that I want to sit down with the Republicans and find compromise to ensure we move this country forward.
“Of course I don’t want to raise taxes on the middle class. But I am fiscally more conservative than the president so that’s where I stand. I’m not saying I wouldn’t compromise because there’s a bigger picture at hand here. That’s where I drew the line but we’ve got to do what’s best for all Americans.”