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MARRIOTT VOWS TO OPPOSE TAX INCREASE

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Dan Marriott promised Wednesday not to raise taxes is he's elected to his old 2nd District seat, and he asked President Bush not to retreat from his promise not to raise taxes, either.

"I strongly believe our nation must drastically reduce its towering federal deficit and start balancing the federal budget," Marriott said. "But the way to do this is to reduce government spending and increase personal savings by American citizens. Not raise taxes."Marriott and Genevieve Atwood seek the Republican nomination in the 2nd District. The winner of a Sept. 11 primary faces Democratic Rep. Wayne Owens.

Marriott criticized Owens for voting for a congressional pay raise - $30,500 more each year - while also voting to increase the national debt to $3 trillion.

Marriott said the capital-gains tax should be reduced and IRA deductions raised to 15 percent of income. Both measures would increase savings in America, the key to providing more investment capital.