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.

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