(CNSNews.com) - Sen. Rand Paul (R-Ky.) says Republicans need to let the American people know that they are the party of low taxes and less spending. The way to do that, he says, is for Republicans to vote "present," thereby allowing Democrats pass a bill raising taxes on the wealthy.
"Let them pass a tax increase on the upper income folks, but let them do it with their votes, not our votes," Paul told Fox News's Greta Van Susteren Tuesday. If House Republicans simply vote "present," House Democrats could pass the tax hike, Paul said -- "and then the Democrats are the party of high taxes and the Republicans are the party of lower taxes. And I think that's the way it should be."
Republicans also must "put forward what we are for," Paul said, and that includes a bill saying that we will not raise taxes: "That is our true position. That's what we stand for. We think that you stimulate the economy by leaving more money in the economy, actually lowering taxes. That's our philosophy. That's who we are as Republican.
Although the House has passed such a bill previously, Paul said he'd do it again now. Paul noted that a lot of people and companies in high-tax states are now "trying to get away from the tax collectors. Look at Google taking their money to Bermuda. Look at all the corporations who can't stand to pay 35 percent income tax in America that won't bring their money home. Money goes where it is welcome."
Paul said a fair tax code is one that lowers rates and gets rid of deductions.