Vice President Joe Biden during a campaign stop in Burlington, Iowa, criticized Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney for saying he wanted to help middle class Americans in the $250,000 range and below.
Romney’s comments came last week during an on interview on ABC’s “Good Morning America.”
“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,” Romney told host George Stephanopoulos.
“Is $100,000 middle income?” Stephanopoulos asked.
“No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less,” Romney responded.
Biden thought this was just too much.
“He thinks the middle class is $200,000 to $250,000. Whoa! Whoa!” Biden said much to the crowd’s amusement. “Don’t you all wish you were in that middle class? Whoa!”
“He’s totally out of touch with the reality of what ordinary Americans deal with every day,” Biden continued. “He does not get it. He does not understand.”
But, you see, there’s something we don’t understand. Remember all that stuff about extending the Bush-era tax cuts for the middle class? Do you remember who President Barack Obama said he wanted to extend those middle class tax breaks for?
Oh, that’s right: People in the $250,000 range and below.
“I believe it is time to let the tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans, folks like myself, to expire,” the president said in July. “Anyone making over $250,000 a year should go back to the income tax rates we were paying under Bill Clinton.”
“Pass a bill extending the tax cuts for the middle class, I will sign it tomorrow,” he added.
Does Biden really not remember any of this?
And the president isn’t alone when he uses the $250,000 figure when talking about the middle class.
Senate Majority Leader Harry Reid (D-Nev.) has gone on the record saying he sees no problem with this number and House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) in August also said the limit should be $250,000.
But you better believe the Obama campaign is going to use this to further the Romney is out-of-touch narrative.
“As the vice president made clear in his remarks today, Mitt Romney’s proposals are out-of-touch — he would voucherize Medicare, and pay for new tax cuts for the wealthy by hiking them on the middle class,” a campaign aide told the Huffington Post in a statement.
“While President Obama is fighting for middle class families and has cut their taxes every year he’s been in office, nonpartisan studies have made clear that Mitt Romney’s tax breaks for millionaires and billionaires come from only one place — the pockets of middle class families. That’s the clear choice in this election,” the statement added.
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