Sen. Lindsey Graham wants to take the South Carolina attitude national. In a preliminary Republican debate on Wednesday, he said the corporate tax rate needs to be lower so companies don't go abroad.
Graham used the example of Boeing's plants in South Carolina, which he attributed to the state's accommodative policy regarding taxes. "I'm going to take the South Carolina attitude to Washington," he said.
The U.S. has a corporate tax rate of 35 percent, one of the highest in the world. Many companies have moved their operations abroad in order to lessen their tax burden.
Graham argued that by reducing the rate, it would help the middle class by keeping jobs within the country.
"We need to lower it [tax rate] so they [companies] don't leave," he said.
Louisiana Gov. Bobby Jindal said he would do away the with corporate tax rate completely, as a part of his larger tax plan. "Make the CEOs pay their same tax rates the way the rest of us do," he added.