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Former president Bush honored for ‘90 tax hikes

JFK award praises deal that led to loss

He made a simple promise: “Read my lips: no new taxes.” Then, as president in 1990, he agreed to a bipartisan budget that increased taxes. Conservatives howled, and the deal helped sink George H. W. Bush’s 1992 reelection campaign.

But on Sunday, Bush aides and members of the Kennedy family came together to celebrate the former president’s willingness to buck party orthodoxy and reach across the aisle, qualities they said are sorely lacking in today’s Washington.

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