Here’s a lovely little chat George Stephanopoulos had with Mitt Romney.
Romney: “No one can say my plan is going to raise taxes on middle-income people, because principle number one is (to) keep the burden down on middle-income taxpayers.”
Stephanopoulos: “Is $100,000 middle income?”
Romney: “No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.”
Median household income in the U.S. is just over $50,000. I’m starting to believe the rumors that Romney really is an idiot…albeit, a rich idiot.
With the first presidential debate less than three weeks away, Mitt Romney is spending lots of time getting ready behind closed doors. In his first comments on that debate prep, he told me that Sen. Rob Portman is a tough stand-in for a president who basically lies in debates.
“I think the challenge that I’ll have in the debate is that the president tends to, how shall I say it, to say things that aren’t true,” Romney said. “I’ve looked at prior debates. And in that kind of case, it’s difficult to say, ‘Well, am I going to spend my time correcting things that aren’t quite accurate? Or am I going to spend my time talking about the things I want to talk about?”
Lovely. A serial liar is accusing his opponent of lying. This is a clear case of Romney protecting himself in advance from the mauling he’s going to take in those debates. He knows he won’t be able to defend his positions on tax cuts, health care, Medicare, immigration and foreign policy, so he’s pulling a Palin. He’ll only answer the questions he wishes to answer and even then, he’ll follow a carefully scripted set of talking points.
This guy’s evasiveness could not be more transparent. I hope he doesn’t think he’s fooling anyone.
We discovered yesterday that Mitt Romney asked for 10 years of tax returns from Paul Ryan but still refuses to make public more than two years of his own returns. The Obama campaign came out with this ad yesterday.
Despite the pounding Romney has taken on this issue from all sides, it’s become evident that he won’t be releasing any more returns…which just reinforces the belief that there must be something terribly ugly in those returns. Romney’s making a serious bid for Worst Presidential Candidate Ever honors.
- Everybody Has It So Good (eschatonblog.com)
- ROMNEY: ‘Middle Income Is $200,000 To $250,000 And Less’ (businessinsider.com)
- Romney: ‘Middle-income’ between $200K and $250K (tbo.com)
- Romney defines ‘middle-income’ as $200K to $250K and less (ctvnews.ca)
- I Thought I Was Doing Pretty Well, Till Mitt Romney Told Me I Was a Loser… (zwingliusredivivus.wordpress.com)
- Mitt Romney Thinks America’s “Middle Income” Is $200,000 to $250,000 (slog.thestranger.com)
- You: Mitt: ‘Middle Income’ Is $200 – $250K (thedailybeast.com)
- Mitt Romney defines “middle income” as $200-250,000 (salon.com)
- Romney’s ‘middle-income’ math (finance.fortune.cnn.com)
- Mitt Romney Thinks Middle Income Is Between $200K and $250K [Mitt Romney] (jezebel.com)