VIDEO: On Defense, Feisty Gianforte Forced to Explain Sales Tax
New Jersey millionaire tries to blur record, but record is clear
Greg Gianforte apparently missed the classic political advice from President Ronald Reagan: "If you're explaining, you're losing."
On the campaign trail over the past few days, the New Jersey millionaire has had to explain his unpopular record of lobbying to impose a sales tax on hard-working, middle class families.
The Montana Democratic Party today released a new video compiling clips of some of Gianforte's awkward moments from the past week.
"I've never advocated for a sales tax," Gianforte lied to a curious voter in Belgrade.
"That's not true," the voter responded before Gianforte said, "Well, you're wrong."
Then, flustered, Gianforte interrupted with: "You weren't there so you don't know."
In Culbertson, Gianforte admitted he thought a sales tax would be "alright."
When a Montanan in Dillon asked if Gianforte ever lived in a state with a sales tax (New Jersey has one of the highest sales taxes in the nation), Gianforte refused to answer.
Gianforte also tried to explain that when he lobbied for a statewide sales tax in front of Gov. Judy Martz's Income Tax Advisory Council, he said "he was not in favor."
The actual record from 2002, however, tells a different story.
Then Gianforte suggested replacing Montana's "capital gains rate with a sales tax," calling it "the best solution" for Montana.
Gianforte also admitted there are "a few political issues and constitutional issues" to imposing a sales tax.
"But I didn't think I'd be fair in coming here in coming here and not saying that I believe [a sales tax] is the ideal solution," he added.
Video of Gianforte's 2002 testimony is online HERE.