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FairTax discussed on Leno

John Linder stayed up late to watch The Tonight Show last week, but it wasn't just to see how Jay Leno did in his first show back without striking writers.

Instead, the Duluth congressman got to hear his FairTax proposal reach a national audience, when presidential hopeful Mike Huckabee explained the idea to Leno.

"(Leno's) audience is not a bunch of evangelicals, but they really loved it when (Huckabee) talked about the FairTax," said Linder, who has proposed the idea in Congress for years and penned a best-seller to explain it. He mentioned evangelicals because many have said that group is where Huckabee has gotten the most support.

With the FairTax, the Internal Revenue Service and income taxes would be abolished in favor of a national sales tax. Huckabee even explained the pre-bate, which would off-set the taxes on living expenses to keep the poor from having to bear a huge tax burden.

"He reached a huge audience that night," Linder said.

Two nights later, Huckabee won the Iowa caucus, and Linder said he believes his choice for the Republican nomination will place better in New Hampshire than is expected. Then, Linder will be by his side for events in South Carolina, where a large contingent of FairTax supporters are poised to help the Huckabee campaign.

"It starts on its own," Linder said of the tax plan's volunteers who have helped in the presidential election. "It was a very good night."

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Monday is the last day to register to vote in time for the Feb. 5 presidential preference primary.

Qualified citizens who hope to determine the candidates can go to the Secretary of State's Web site at www.sos.georgia.gov/elections or the local registrar's office at www.gwinnettcounty.com.

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Camie Young can be reached via e-mail at camie.young@gwinnettdailypost.com.