Super PAC ad hits Romney on taxes
October 20th, 2011
08:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Super PAC ad hits Romney on taxes

(CNN) – Democratic super PAC Priorities USA packed a punch Thursday in a web ad aimed at GOP frontrunner Mitt Romney.

In the video, the former Massachusetts governor is berated for his attitude toward taxes, or what the political-action committee calls the “Romney rule.”

“Have you heard of the Romney rule?” a narrator asks at the ad’s open. “Mitt Romney believes millionaires like him are entitled to pay taxes at a lower rate than teachers, cops or construction workers.”

Priorities USA is dedicated to re-electing President Barack Obama. In the five-figure ad buy, the spot also claims, “While Romney doesn’t want millionaires like him to pay a nickel more, he doesn’t see the big deal with letting taxes go up by $1,000 for hardworking Americans.”

“That’s the Romney rule: lower taxes for millionaires like Mitt. More pain for middle-class folks like us,” the narrator declares.

Romney’s campaign hit back in a written statement.

“This is another pathetic attempt by President Obama’s political machine to distract attention from their nonexistent record on creating jobs,” Romney spokesman Gail Gitcho said.


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Taxes
soundoff (25 Responses)
  1. Corporations R. People II

    Don't forget corporations, Mittens loves to protect us, too!!
    Willard's job creation record? Let's not look at his record in MA nor his Bain Capital "gameplan".
    In Mitt's own words: Nice try.

    October 20, 2011 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  2. Henry Miller

    In this country, we're all supposed to be "equal," right? Then why is there any expectation at all that some pay any more in taxes than others? Not greater or lesser rate, but greater or lesser actual dollars.

    There is no defensible moral or philosophical basis, in a country where "all men are created equal," to tax some more than others. The so-called "rich" don't get any better roads than anyone else, or benefit any more from the efforts of the Department of Defence, or anything else. We're all subject to the same laws; we all ought to be paying the same amount to the governments that make those laws.

    October 20, 2011 09:04 pm at 9:04 pm |
  3. Portland tony

    Just think, only 12 more months of this balderdash!

    October 20, 2011 09:06 pm at 9:06 pm |
  4. AlaskaPalin

    The private sector can preempt the government by creating demand by creating jobs. Thus when unempolyment falls to acceptable levels the government cannot use the excuse of creating jobs so as to tax the private sector. The government needs to cut or freeze some spendings.

    October 20, 2011 09:11 pm at 9:11 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    What is pathetic is Mittens lying and acting like a middle school child of privilege. He is a disaster, and needs to act like an adult.

    October 20, 2011 09:14 pm at 9:14 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Everyone needs to look into Mittens' Koch brothers political machine and his attempt to destroy the middle class.

    October 20, 2011 09:16 pm at 9:16 pm |
  7. Donkey Party

    Funny how the Willard counter-attack doesn't deny the charge, but instead continues to perpetrate the lie that President Obama hasn't saved or created jobs. Obviously, only the brainwashed right-wingers buy into this steaming pile of horse excrement.

    October 20, 2011 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  8. Ancient Texan

    The SuperPAC like all things Liberal, loves to put a counterclockwise spin on everything and misrepresent the truth.

    October 20, 2011 09:42 pm at 9:42 pm |
  9. vc

    How can Romney say anything about President Obama not creating jobs when his state was #47 out of 50 when he was governor?? They don't want jobs created now because it would make President Obama look good and then he would surely be re-elected. I'm just sayin!!

    October 20, 2011 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  10. Indy

    “This is another pathetic attempt by President Obama’s political machine to distract attention from their nonexistent record on creating jobs,” Romney spokesman Gail Gitcho said.

    Just like the pathetic attempt by Republicans to brainwash their followers into believing that 10 years of tax holidays for the rich will create jobs spme fine day in the future ?
    This is one of most truthful political ads I have ever heard, Romney does want to cut taxes for millionaires and has no problem raising taxes for the middle class so not much of an arguement here Miss Gitcho or should I say Ima Gitcho middle calss to pay all the taxes !

    October 20, 2011 09:57 pm at 9:57 pm |
  11. Larry L

    This is a huge question. If Republicans refuse to tax millionaires at a higher rate than the middle class workers, they move toward the facist government they seem to prefer. It really is class warfare, and the Republicans are the infantry for the rich – and the enemy of the other 99% of Americans.

    October 20, 2011 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  12. Indy

    “This is another pathetic attempt by President Obama’s political machine to distract attention from their nonexistent record on creating jobs,” Romney spokesman Gail Gitcho said.

    Just like the pathetic attempt by Republicans to brainwash their followers into believing that 10 years of tax holidays for the rich will create jobs some fine day in the future ?
    Ths is one of the most truthful political ads I have ever heard, Romney does not want to raise taxes for millionaires and has no problem raising taxes for the middle class so not much of an arguement here Miss Gitco or should I say Ima Gitcho middle class people to pay all the taxes !
    Speaking of non existent records of creating employment, the GOP are the Kings in this department by a landslide they have the very worst record of doing nothing to create jobs except the sprinkling of fairy dust on all the rich people who have failed for 10 years to create jobs

    October 20, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  13. maf

    Well Ms. Gitcho, what's really pathetic is the GOP obstructionist stance and attitude of say NO to everything put forward! For you not to admit the GOP part in this economic meltdown continues to be the most pathetic thing I've ever seen in politics!

    October 20, 2011 10:06 pm at 10:06 pm |
  14. T'sah from Virginia

    ►“This is another pathetic attempt by President Obama’s political machine to distract attention from their nonexistent record on creating jobs,” Romney spokesman Gail Gitcho said.◄

    No – it goes like this: "This is another pathetic attempt by the politicians on the RIGHT to distract the attention from the fact that JOBS are needed and the Republicans are the ones that are preventing it from happening."

    On top of it all – jobs were being created and the economy was steadily getting better until January, 2011 when the Republicans took control of the HOUSE!!! And it's been going downhill and HELL ever since!

    Obama 2012

    October 20, 2011 11:05 pm at 11:05 pm |
  15. Mike Dallas

    “This is another pathetic attempt by President Obama’s political machine to distract attention from their nonexistent record on creating jobs,” Romney spokesman Gail Gitcho said'

    And this is obviously spin in an effort to dodge addressing the questions raised in the ad with facts and figures, seems the accusations are clear enough to actually be answered as opposed to deflecting the obvious truth, since you did not provide facts to disprove the ad.

    October 20, 2011 11:07 pm at 11:07 pm |
  16. thomas

    Aren't there laws against religions becoming directly involved in political activities? The Mormon Church has raised $10 million for Yes on 8, ...

    October 21, 2011 01:07 am at 1:07 am |
  17. Jerry

    Were you expecting anything else from my fellow Democ-rats? Dream on... My beloved Democratic party has been highjacked by liars, cheaters and unpatriotic worms (Clueless NObama, Fowl Mouth Biden, Bobble Head Pelosi, Senile Reed, Whats-her-Man, etc., etc.)

    God help America. Voters, remember 2012!!!

    October 21, 2011 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  18. one voice

    Forgot to add that Mittens will send more American jobs oversees.

    October 21, 2011 03:41 am at 3:41 am |
  19. Big John

    Ok, I'm willing to accept that it's an attempt to distract people from Obama's nonexistent job creation record (because we all are dumb and so easily distracted, right?) but tell me, Romney, is it true? Oh, and why cnuldn't you address what was said, instead of ducking and throwing mud back, a tiresome political tactic that we "easily distracted" voters are PLENTY tired of seeing deployed?

    October 21, 2011 04:31 am at 4:31 am |
  20. Jake

    It's funny how it was the bush administration who caused 6 million job losses to start with. But the gop want you to forget that. Obama and his team have worked hard to get the economy back on track. It's the gop and it's very limited supporters who want this country to fail not the Obama team. Shame on the gop, romney, perry ,palin, that moron from minnisota who gonna make gas 2$ a gallon. SLAP>>> oh, looks like reality just smacked that one upside the head. Obama in 2012 and lets get this country back to the great days it experienced before the village idiot bush showed up and his 8 year dictatorship destroyed it. gop= get off the pot.

    October 21, 2011 05:00 am at 5:00 am |
  21. Little Jimmy Truth

    That's old stories for repeating ads many times.

    Nice trying.

    October 21, 2011 05:46 am at 5:46 am |
  22. Marie MD

    Don't forget that his ideas seem pretty close to the President's when ealing with healthcare and helping keep bridges up and running!
    Don't tell turtle man though. He would rather close a bridge than repair it.

    October 21, 2011 06:15 am at 6:15 am |
  23. dreucalypt

    This ad is particularly devastating to Romney because it's absolutely correct about his priorities. Just a couple of days ago he was calling for increasing the number of foreclosures and for hurrying those foreclosures to completion. Romney always comes across as the boss who laid off your Dad.

    October 21, 2011 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  24. Sandy

    It's funny to hear Romney say he cares about the middle class, then proposes policies that would only benefit the rich. LOL Just lip service.

    October 21, 2011 06:47 am at 6:47 am |
  25. diridi

    This Frankenstein strikes nation is robbed and middle class Americans sore...true...true, true...Obama, hats off to you on Libya...god bless...tell you the truth, Bush drained this with Iraq war, while Obama is weeding out all the weed from earth...true...

    October 21, 2011 07:39 am at 7:39 am |