In Pennsylvania, Bill Clinton supports Tom Wolf’s taxing agenda


BILL TO THE RESCUE: Bill Clinton stumps for Tom Wolf as the latest polling figures show Gov. Corbett tightening a once formidable gap held by Tom Wolf for most of campaign season.

By Jana Benscoter |

Sound bites echoed throughout Pittsburgh on Monday as the notorious former Democratic President Bill Clinton stumped for his party’s Pennsylvania gubernatorial candidate, Tom Wolf.

Clinton used the same message he has used in other states for other candidates, personalizing his speech to Wolf and keeping in step with his folksy brand.

The well-known Clinton was used to try to influence voters into believing “trickle-down government” isn’t working — the use of tax breaks and other economic benefits to stimulate the economy — and that Democrats have the answers to creating, growing and sustaining middle-class jobs.

Wolf “is the best candidate for governor in the United States,” Clinton said. He said when he read about Wolf’s background, he thought Wolf was “too good to be true.”

He continued in this vein for a couple of minutes, spending less time disparaging Republican incumbent Gov. Tom Corbett, and more time promoting Wolf.

It didn’t take long, though, for Clinton to say he supported the idea of creating a new severance tax on natural gas drilling. He criticized Corbett for lifting the cap on the oil company franchise tax in a transportation bill that passed in 2013, adding that he thought taxing natural gas would create more revenue than lifting the cap.

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