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Jun 3, 2016 11:05 PM

Ashooh tells NH1 News he would push to 'radically drop' personal tax rates

NH1 News Political Director

CONCORD – Rich Ashooh says if elected to Congress, he would push to “radically drop” the personal income tax rates.

And asked by NH1 News if he will support or endorse presumptive GOP presidential nominee Donald Trump, the Republican candidate in New Hampshire’s 1st Congressional District simply answered “there should be no mystery. I’m not voting for Hillary Clinton.”

The Bedford businessman and former senior executive at New Hampshire based BAE Systems, a top defense and technology company, sat down for a Fiscal Fridays interview at the NH1 News studios minutes before heading to the State House to file his candidacy for Congress.

Ashooh, who also recently served as the interim executive director of the Warren B. Rudman Center at the University of New Hampshire Law School, is primary challenging incumbent GOP Congressman Frank Guinta, who’s running for re-election. Ashooh lost to Guinta in a multiple candidate field in the 2010 GOP congressional primary in the 1st CD.

Speaking to supporters and reporters at the Secretary of State’s office, Ashooh said that voters in the Granite State are “tired of the way things have been going and they want something new.”

He then pledged that “I’m going to bring something new.

Watch: Rich Ashooh on Fiscal Fridays

In his Fiscal Fridays interview, Ashooh said when it comes to the corporate tax rate, “we just have to get it down. If we could drop it at least ten percent from where it is now I think things would start to happen.”

Ashooh is proposing a flat tax when it comes to the personal tax rate. He said that “I would radically drop the rates.”

When it comes to the tax code, Ashooh said we “have to make it simpler, have to make it flatter.”

Fiscal Fridays is a collaboration between NH1 News, the Concord Coalition, and Fix the Debt.

Ashooh: ‘I’m… doing what’s best for my campaign’

After the Fiscal Fridays taping ended, Ashooh faced some political questions.

Asked if he is supporting or endorsing Trump, Ashooh answered “elections are about choices. So in a choice between Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump, there should be no mystery. I’m not voting for Hillary Clinton.”

Asked if he would be comfortable campaigning with Trump, Ashooh said “I’m going to be doing what’s best for my campaign and the voters who are putting their trust in me to represent them. Whatever happens on the campaign trail will be built around that.”

Guinta is trying to rebound a campaign contribution controversy that was in the political spotlight last spring and summer.

Asked if he thought that Guinta’s lost the trust of the voters in the 1st CD, Ashooh said “that’s ultimately a question that will be decided” by the votes.

“I can tell you that I certainly understand why people feel a certain cynicism towards government in general and this candidate in particular. But it’s not really what I’m here to run for. I’ve got my own reasons to run and that’s been, that has been echoed by the voters. They really want to know what I’m about and that’s what I’m going to tell them,” he added.

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