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Minnesota Dem Brags About $2 Billion Tax Hike

Republican congressional hopeful Pete Stauber says that his Democratic opponent's support for a $2 billion tax hike could cost him in the midterm elections.

Democratic nominee Joe Radinovich doubled down on his support for tax hikes passed during his single term in the Minnesota House of Representatives at the final debate in Minnesota's Eighth Congressional District. Stauber, a St. Louis County commissioner, defended President Trump's tax cuts during the debate hosted by Minnesota Public Radio, while Radinovich countered that they would drive up the deficit.

"Joe, it's interesting you want to be a fiscal hawk when you voted for a $2 billion tax increase for the state of Minnesota, so it's kind of hypocritical for you to stand here," Stauber said before Radinovich cut in. "You're darn right I voted for that," the Democrat responded.

Radinovich doubled down on voting for the 2013 tax increase, which raised top rates to nearly 10 percent.

"You're going to accuse me of raising taxes by $2 billion dollars? I am guilty as charged," he also said in the debate.