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“This oath of allegiance to a private citizen to never raise revenues — even in the face of war or other national calamity — makes budgeting impossible, damaging America’s credit, security and standing in the world,” insists rally organizer Will Rice.

GINGRICH PATROL

He may be described as “cash-strapped and vote-deprived” in some press reports, but a tenacious Newt Gingrich is racing along the campaign trail in three states over the next 48 hours. The schedule has separated the former House speaker from his wife: Callista Gingrich appears solo in Rhode Island while her hubby woos Pennsylvania fans. The pair reunite Thursday in Manhattan for an evening gala with the New York GOP State Committee.

Mr. Gingrich counts those of faith among his faithful followers. John Radell, president of the Delaware Faith and Freedom Coalition and vice chairman of the New Castle County Republican Party, has organized a Faith Leaders Coalition in his state to support the Republican hopeful.

“I support Newt because this nation needs a great president with courage and heart, a president whose trust in the American people is second only to his trust in God,” Mr. Radell says.

POLL DU JOUR

• 72 percent of Americans favor a proposal to change federal tax rates so those making more than $1 million a year pay at least 30 percent of their income.

• 53 percent of Republicans, 49 percent of conservatives, 40 percent of tea-party supporters agree.

• 92 percent of those who oppose the tea party, 90 percent of Democrats and 69 percent of independents agree.

• 70 percent of men, 73 percent of women and 67 percent of those older than 50 also agree.

• 27 percent of Americans overall oppose the idea of the revised “millionaire” tax.

• 46 percent of Republicans, 51 percent of conservatives, 58 percent of tea-party supporters oppose the new tax.

• 7 percent of those who oppose the tea party, 8 percent of Democrats and 30 percent of independents also oppose the tax.

• 30 percent of men, 25 percent of women and 31 percent of those older than 50 oppose the tax.

Source: A CNN/ORC poll of 1,015 U.S. adults conducted April 13-15.

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