updated 3/7/2007 2:20:21 PM ET 2007-03-07T19:20:21

Republican Mike Huckabee delivered a no-tax pledge Wednesday to a national activist group in Washington, his campaign said.

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The former Arkansas governor signed the Presidential Taxpayer Protection Pledge for Americans for Tax Reform after announcing his intentions last week at the annual Conservative Political Action Conference.

In signing the pledge, Huckabee agreed to "oppose any and all efforts to increase the marginal income tax rates" for individuals and businesses and to oppose "any net reduction or elimination of deductions and credits, unless matched dollar for dollar by further reducing tax rates," according to a Huckabee campaign news release.

Huckabee, who formed a presidential exploratory committee in January, has found himself defending his record on taxes, having championed increases for the state's public schools, highways, and natural resources.

With the pledge Wednesday, Huckabee said he cut 90 taxes while governor and has been a longtime supporter of ending the estate tax.

"It was not difficult to pledge not to raise the income tax rates at the federal level," he said in the news release.

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