Reagan was for taxing millionaires, says new Dem ad
December 8th, 2011
09:48 AM ET
3 years ago

Reagan was for taxing millionaires, says new Dem ad

(CNN) - An independent group backing President Barack Obama's reelection campaign will hit airwaves Thursday with an ad reminding voters of former Pres. Ronald Reagan's stance on taxes.

The 30-second spot, from the Democratic group Priorities USA, uses a mock newscast to showcase the former Republican president advocating for higher taxes on millionaires.

Reagan is shown saying, "We're going to close the unproductive tax loopholes that have allowed some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share. They sometimes made it possible for millionaires to pay nothing, while a bus driver was paying 10% of his salary – and that's crazy. Do you think the millionaire ought to pay more in taxes than the bus driver?"

An announcer follows up, asking, "Ronald Reagan supported millionaires paying their fair share. Don't you?"

Priorities USA says the ad will run on broadcast TV in Iowa, which kicks off the presidential caucus and primary calendar, and on national cable.

The ad, which the group says is aimed at congressional Republicans, comes as Congress debates the extension of the payroll tax cut, a measure that both sides agree must be enacted, but differ on whether and how to fund it.

In a statement, Priorities USA Senior Strategist Bill Burton, a former Obama White House deputy press secretary, said the Republican stance on taxes was unfair.

"Today's Congressional Republicans insist on bringing our nation to the brink by forcing a tax policy that puts an unfair burden on middle class families when they can least afford it," Burton said.

"Republicans should listen to President Reagan and, as he said, 'close the unproductive tax loopholes that have allowed some of the truly wealthy to avoid paying their fair share.'"

The Reagan spot isn't the first time a former president has been used in political advertising this year. In November, the conservative group Crossroads GPS spent over $2 million to run an ad in swing states contrasting Obama's jobs plan to statements from former President Bill Clinton.

That ad played clips of Clinton saying now is not the time to raise taxes and of Obama promoting increased tax rates on higher income earners as part of his jobs plan.

Thursday's ad is the second paid spot from Priorities USA. The group ran an ad last month in Michigan advocating the president's student loan plan.

–CNN's Gabriella Schwarz contributed to this report

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soundoff (69 Responses)
  1. hamsta

    instead of harassing people to pay more taxes the irs should audit welfare recipients solyndra fannie may and all the other criminals who cant properly spend the money they steal out of my pocket.or maybe obama was hoping to steal my change also.

    December 8, 2011 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  2. hamsta

    im wondering when u left wing nuts are going to realize the occupy protesters are guilty of everything u falsely accused the tea party of.they call that a guilty conscience.

    December 8, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  3. The Real Tom Paine

    Jackson, W got his tax cuts, Medicare Part D, No Child Left Behind, and he did 2 wars largely off the books and his administration gave no-bid contracts to Dick Cheney's pals. He did nothing to unify this country in the wake of 9/11: rather, he and his advsiors like Rove cynically used 9/11 to push for a permanant GOP majority. The GOP set the tone, its just too bad the GOP can't own up to it.

    December 8, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  4. Namejkane

    Don't worry people , Obama and the DEMS that didn't vote with the teabags or sign pledges with lobbyist rover nitwitquest are going to win in a landslide in 2012!!!

    December 8, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  5. Sniffit

    "IT'S NOT YOUR MONEY STUPID!! GET YOUR HANDS OUT OF MY WALLET!!"

    Thank you for concisely expressing exactly how the "rich" "job creators" feel about having to pay their middle-class and working-poor employees anything more than subsistence wages.

    December 8, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  6. OrangeW3dge

    The entire world is slipping back into Feudalism (not that we ever really got very far away from it). And, as poor people, you cannot escape. So just be quiet and eat your porridge.

    December 8, 2011 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
  7. The Real Tom Paine

    Dennis, JFK also advocated paying for things, including tax cuts, eventually: he never advocated tax cuts to go on, ad infinitum. Do a little research before you post.

    December 8, 2011 04:49 pm at 4:49 pm |
  8. DC Johnny

    This is a CRIMINAL misrepresentation of a great former president for current political gain. It is unbelievable what the Left will do to mislead the voting public who walk around like zombies, repeating the agenda without thinking to themselves why it sounds so odd.

    Reagan slashed taxes for all brackets in record proportions. He sought to reorganize the tax code in a manner that would prevent loopholes while dramatically reducing revenues and expenditures.

    To use his words to pretend that he was for taxing the wealthy more is insidious, and frankly, expected with this Chicago-style Left that faces us in present times. Yet millions of Liberal drones will walk around citing this article to one another while they blindly hate the GOP, Conservatives, Tea Party members, or anyone else who says "Gee, this story seems odd. I thought Reagan was against increased taxation and growing government?"

    December 8, 2011 04:55 pm at 4:55 pm |
  9. hamsta

    i have to go to a fence every day to get a job.the only reason i have a job every day is cuz i get off my butt every day and find a job.unemployment is the new welfare.they dont want a job.jobs are available i seem to get a job on a regular basis.u only have to be 2 iq points smarter than a box of frozen meat.

    December 8, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  10. Drew

    @Jackson

    That's some nice historical revision you've got going there. You think the GOP only started opposing Obama after the health care debate? Is that really what you think?

    I'm sorry to inform you, but no, that is not true. The truth is that the GOP has been actively trying to obstruct the president since Day ONE of his administration. Not a single Republican supported him from his first day in office.

    Their agenda since before he was even sworn in has been to block, obstruct, and prevent him from doing anything to help this country. If you support the Republican Party, you are anti-American. Plain and simple.

    December 8, 2011 05:10 pm at 5:10 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    ""Gee, this story seems odd. I thought Reagan was against increased taxation and growing government?"'

    Laughable. The objective evidence is that despite sometimes waxing philosophical about such things, Saint Raygun's behavior and governance grew the federal gov't massively....just like the behavior and governance of every GOPer since.

    December 8, 2011 05:12 pm at 5:12 pm |
  12. hamsta

    Why do u need food stamps to get a free phone.my daddy told me 2 get a job when i asked for anything and thats the same these welfare people should be told.

    December 8, 2011 05:13 pm at 5:13 pm |
  13. Steve

    Yesterday's Republican's are today's Democrats...???

    December 8, 2011 05:19 pm at 5:19 pm |
  14. Sniffit

    "Will the Democrats insatiable thirst for tax dollars EVER be quenched???

    It is clear the answer is no. The beast continues to feed and grow...."

    Really? Is that why taxes are at their lowest level in several decades as a result of legislation passed by the Dems and signed by Obama?

    December 8, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
  15. Woman In California

    Ronald Reagan 3RD WORST PRESIDENT IN U.S. HISTORY.

    Spend, cut, take, increase and joke. The country is still laughing our way out of debt and his worshippers talk about Obama? Please.

    Please take this demagogue off the top Ticker.
    Thank you.

    December 8, 2011 05:31 pm at 5:31 pm |
  16. Lynda/Minnesota

    @Sniffit (who replied to) "IT'S NOT YOUR MONEY STUPID!! GET YOUR HANDS OUT OF MY WALLET!!"

    Thank you for concisely expressing exactly how the "rich" "job creators" feel about having to pay their middle-class and working-poor employees anything more than subsistence wages.
    ---------------------------

    And thank you for reminding us! That particular point often gets lost in so much other "use as distraction" media rhetoric being thrown at us.

    December 8, 2011 05:34 pm at 5:34 pm |
  17. The Greedy Old PIgs have declared class war on US!

    "This is a CRIMINAL misrepresentation of a great former president for current political gain."

    More ridiculous whining from yet another radical rightwing screechmonkey. They just hate when their own words are quoted accurately. And Johnny, if you really want to get worked up about something criminal, then focus on the crimes Wall St. and it's GOBP deathcult enablers have committed against this country for the last decade.

    December 8, 2011 05:43 pm at 5:43 pm |
  18. max

    Reagan was far from a fiscal conservative but he was more fiscally conservative than the current crop of republicans.

    I applaud the ad even if I am not 100% behind the sentiment. I think the democrat approach is a bit simplistic. remember the luxury tax passed in the early 90s? a lot of folks lost their jobs from that nonsense. on the other hand, this group of republicans seems to be very biased when they are supposed to represent the people in general, not just those that contribute.

    December 9, 2011 12:37 am at 12:37 am |
  19. jaydee

    you mean trickle down doesnt work? Basically the same system we have today?

    December 9, 2011 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
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