Politics & Government
3:07 pm
Thu September 5, 2013

Charlie Baker on Syria, No-Tax Pledge

With the release of a video on Wednesday, Charlie Baker decided there are second acts in Massachusetts politics. Baker, who's been a regular on Boston Public Radio, spoke with Jim Braude and Margery Eagan on Wednesday about why he got into the race.

"I didn't spend enough time the last time really trying to help people understand why I want to do this at all," Baker said of his unsuccessful bid for governor in 2010.

During his 2010 gubernatorial campaign Baker signed a no-new-taxes pledge, but this time around Baker said he doesn't want to be bogged down by that type of pledge. 

"One of the things I learned about that pledge is that ... you tie yourself into the notion that you love everything about the current tax code," he said. "The current tax code has a lot of nooks and crannies and a lot of  odd components to it and I don't want to ever put my position where if we had big opportunities to simplify it and get rid of some really sort of inappropriate and unfair and uncompetitive loopholes. I don't want to tie myself into the notion that I love the tax code, 'cause I don't." 

Hear the full interview — including what Baker thinks of Sen. Ed Markey's vote of "present" on a resolution related to attacking Syria:

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