WATCH: How Six Simple Words Changed Everything

It will go down as one of the most famous broken promises in political history. In 1988, George H.W. Bush stood before delegates to the Republican National Convention and vowed: "Read my lips: no new taxes."

Bush, who died Friday night at 94, had been trailing opponent Michael Dukakis by as much as 17 points. He made the pledge as part of his effort to draw a contrast with an opponent he wanted to define as a Massachusetts tax and spend liberal. It worked and helped him win in a landslide.

Phillip Klein will join Rod on today's show to discuss the impact of those six simple words.

Read Klein's Washington Examiner column 

www.washingtonexaminer.com/opinion/how-george-h-w-bushs-broken-no-new-taxes-pledge-changed-american-politics-and-policy-forever

 
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