ACKLEY, Iowa -- There was pizza, a room full of mostly Christian conservatives and there was Mike Huckabee. Huckabee, the 2008 Iowa Caucus winner, finds himself in the middle of the pack in presidential polls in Iowa these days. So he is trying to separate himself from the crowded field, like he did at this Ackley Pizza Ranch.
One way he hopes to do that is by pushing his idea for a fair tax. Huckabee told a few dozen people Tuesday afternoon that they would no longer have to pay taxes on their incomes and wouldn't have to deal with those cumbersome tax forms any more, if they elect him president. Instead, he would institute a consumption tax.
Huckabee said the idea will get more people paying taxes and he cited certain groups in particular. "People who don't pay tax now, which includes gamblers, prostitutes, pimps, drug dealers, illegals, tourists...who come here from other countries and spend a lot of money...they, too, will be paying the taxes they don't currently pay," Huckabee said, "And so there's a broader tax base."