Santorum takes aim at Cain, introduces '0-0-0 plan'
October 7th, 2011
03:41 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum takes aim at Cain, introduces '0-0-0 plan'

Washington (CNN) – As part of his speech to the Values Voter Summit Friday, presidential contender Rick Santorum introduced his “0-0-0” plan, a swipe at Herman Cain’s highly publicized “9-9-9” tax reform plan.

After laying out why he is a strong social conservative, Santorum directed his focus on Cain.

"I know there's a plan out there that's the 9-9-9 plan. I got a better plan. It's the 0-0-0 plan," Santorum said to a round of laughs.

"Zero corporate income tax on any manufacturer processor in this country… Zero corporate tax on all of that money brought back if invested in plant and equipment in this country… And zero – we will zero out and repeal every single regulation the Obama administration has put in place that is 100 million dollars in business or more,” said Santorum, a former Republican Senator from Pennsylvania.

Cain has dubbed his plan as a bold attempt to replace the existing tax code and replace it with a nine percent tax on corporate income, a nine percent tax on personal income and a nine percent national sales tax.

Santorum said his plan would boost the middle class and manufacturing, area of the economy that Santorum said used to be strong.

“Twenty-one percent of the people working in this country when I was growing up were involved in manufacturing,” Santorum said. “Now it's 9. We need to get those jobs back.”

By going after Cain, Santorum is punching up at the former Godfather’s Pizza CEO. Cain, with 17%, finds himself in second place in the race for the GOP nomination. Santorum, on the other hand, polls near the bottom of the field at 3%.


Filed under: 2012 • Herman Cain • Rick Santorum • Values Voter Summit
soundoff (46 Responses)
  1. Sasha

    Isn't it obvious? When you reduce taxes to zero, government revenue will reach infinity!

    October 7, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  2. Jilli

    So the clowns are trying to out stupid eachother now? Both plans would be disasterous.

    October 7, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  3. Lost in Texas FOREVER

    if any candidate had to pick the number ZERO to go with his campaign pretty Ricky had to be the one to do it.

    October 7, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |
  4. encore

    cain need to stamp that 666 on the whole gop head. they are the children of satan.

    October 7, 2011 04:36 pm at 4:36 pm |
  5. vic , nashville ,tn

    They couldn’t propose any thing better

    October 7, 2011 04:37 pm at 4:37 pm |
  6. roro

    Rick Santorum is the biggest ZERO of all.

    October 7, 2011 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  7. Sniffit

    "How the heck are you going to fund the government Rick? Oh, that's right! You guys are trying to abolish government."

    Indeed. They want the federal gov't out of the way of their "right" to discriminate and to impose their religious views on others and to create a corporate plutocracy in which 1% (or less) of the population is raised up to be the Masters of the Universe and the rest of the population is relegated to indentured servant peon serfdom. And yet, in their typical hypocritcal fits of pique and projection, they're the ones simultaneously screaming bloody murder and trying to stir up fear and resentment towards and spin conspiracy theories about all the "ANARCHISTS" in the Occupy Wall Street movement, who have been overwhelmingly peaceful, respectful, articulate and conscientious about having a "sit in" on Wall Street to express their displeasure with the plutocracy the GOP/Teatrolls dream of installing.

    October 7, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  8. Happy Birthday FOX NEWS!! 15 years of fair and balance reporting, #1 in cable news!

    If you want businesses to keep jobs in this country, We'll need to aggressively compete to keep them here. Of course, Democrats think the way to keep them here is to demonize them and tax them as much as possible.

    October 7, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    Any economic plan from the GOBP deathcult would correctly be labeled the "666 Plan".

    And Mr. Frothy, please be specific about "every single regulation the Obama administration has put in place that is 100 million dollars in business or more,”. I think you're making things up again, just like the rest of your cult.

    October 7, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  10. Sniffit

    "Santorum is an idiot. His GOP cronies are the ones that broke up companies, laid off workers, outsourced jobs and basically destroyed American manufacturing, all in their pursuit of the almighty Buck. "

    Well, that and in pursuit of the destruction of the unions.

    October 7, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  11. Marie MD

    Why is this guy evdn in the running still?
    Btw cnn, do we have to get the real truth aboutnthese republikanx candidates from the daily Show always.
    "herb' Cain is blaming individuals for not veing rich or having a job in 2011. A year ago in 2010 he was blblaming ththe Democrats. Another flip flopper on views which change morenghan a baby's diaper since they are all full of it!!

    October 7, 2011 04:58 pm at 4:58 pm |
  12. Ken in MD

    Funny how in one breath Republicans say that 98% of all jobs are created by small businesses, then they say that they must protect large corporations through tax cuts because they're the job creators. Which is it???

    October 7, 2011 05:05 pm at 5:05 pm |
  13. Bo

    So Cain is the anti-christ? Who would've thunk it.

    October 7, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  14. P

    Hmm those manufacturing jobs are not coming back. Go back to dreamland Rick. He has no idea how cheap labor is overseas.

    October 7, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  15. Texas Doc

    Is Santorum serious? What are his poll numbers at? One or two percent? Go away Mr. Frothy Mix.

    October 7, 2011 05:11 pm at 5:11 pm |
  16. thomas

    I just tried to order a Pizza , there is no 9.99 Pizza !

    This is a scam to expand his Pizza empire ,
    We are not one Pizza under Godfather ,

    Santorum needs to let go of his Pizza envy and think out of the Bun !

    Brought to you by PizzaPac , Americans for the freedom of Pizza.

    October 7, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  17. lou

    These manufacturing jobs aren't coming back. We cannot compete with lower wages in other countries. We just can't. Their cost of living is a fraction of what ours is so they can live on dollars a day. We need a whole new game plan and none of these guys get it.

    October 7, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  18. sortakinda

    The 9-9-9 or 6-6-6 is like Nixon's campaign slogan: "America Can't Stand Pat!"
    Mrs. Nixon's name was Pat. Do you hear what you're saying? Cain could've said 8-8-8 or 10-10-10 and who'd have thought it out of the ordinary? Let's see what the Fundamentalists say about his choice of numbers.

    October 7, 2011 05:25 pm at 5:25 pm |
  19. 1sassy1

    No Obama in 2012! Proud member of ABO: Anbody But Obama...

    October 7, 2011 05:30 pm at 5:30 pm |
  20. Rick McDaniel

    Well, I expected Santorum to start on Cain, next, as he has nothing to offer, but negative attacks on the other candidates. He attacks whoever he perceives as having a leg up.

    He also is more brainless than Obama, if he really thinks the government can run on no taxes.

    If we want Corporate Ameerica to bring back manufacturing, we have to be compelling. That means failure to do so, must COST THEM! They will take Santorum's free ride, all the way to the bank, and still produce everything in China! A severe penalty tax on importing their products from off shore......will COMPELL them to consider bringing it back. Then we can talk about easing the regulatory and income tax burdens for those companies, who actually bring jobs back to America........as well as the few.......who never left.

    October 7, 2011 05:33 pm at 5:33 pm |
  21. T'sah from Virginia

    ►He also is more brainless than Obama, if he really thinks the government can run on no taxes.◄

    Actually, he only mentioned zero(0) taxes for corporations – he said NOTHING about zero(0) taxes for ordinary Americans!!! And stop calling President Obama "brainless!!!"

    Obama/Biden 2012

    October 7, 2011 05:44 pm at 5:44 pm |
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