Pro-Obama super PAC to hit Romney on taxes
April 16th, 2012
10:36 AM ET
2 years ago

Pro-Obama super PAC to hit Romney on taxes

Washington (CNN) - An independent super PAC that's backing President Barack Obama's re-election bid said Monday it's going up with a television commercial and on-line video that highlight's what the group calls the "anti-middle class" tax policy of all but certain Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney.

"His own tax return from last year reveals he made $21 million, yet paid a lower tax rate than many middle class families," the narrator in the spot said. "Now, Romney's proposing a huge new one hundred fifty thousand dollar tax-cut for the wealthiest one percent while cutting Medicare and education for us. Mitt Romney. If he wins, we lose."

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Priorities USA Action will run the ad on television in Florida, Ohio, Iowa and Virginia, all considered crucial battleground states in November's presidential election, according to a source with knowledge of the ad buy, who said the release of the spot is timed to Tax Day.

The source said the spot's the first part of a multi-million dollar campaign that will run on television and on the web.

Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg the president's "liberal allies" are trying to "distract Americans from serious economic issues with a series of political stunts and sideshows."

"President Obama realizes that he can't campaign on his failed policies and abysmal economic agenda, so he is willing to do and say anything to change the subject," Henneberg said in an email. "Middle class families are smart enough to see through the President's dishonesty, and they are ready to replace him with a leader like Mitt Romney who can turn around our struggling economy."


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama • Taxes
soundoff (28 Responses)
  1. Little Jimmy Truth

    Really? Obama refused to tax himself as only Romney!!!

    April 16, 2012 10:45 am at 10:45 am |
  2. Dave

    The US is going bankrup and the government borrows .40 on every dollar. Why don't we trim the budget first, and revisit taxes after we do some serious downsizing?

    April 16, 2012 10:46 am at 10:46 am |
  3. Independant Texan

    Hey Dave-– Why not do both ? Trimming the budget FIRST just leaves the wealthier folks unscathed. Let the Bush tax cuts expire. Weren`t they supposed to have expired years ago as originally planned ? Sounds like the class warfare that silently began under Bush....................

    April 16, 2012 10:58 am at 10:58 am |
  4. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Why don't we try to create some revenue to help pay for our unfunded wars, the unfunded Bush Tax cuts, and all the other Bush republican economic disasters? Evidently reducing the deficit from $1.37 trillion under Bush's last budget to $977 billion ($600 billion reduction) under our president is a step in the right direction for trimming the budget.

    April 16, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  5. Fair is Fair

    "Why don't we trim the budget first, and revisit taxes after we do some serious downsizing?"
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    Because the only way that will work is to hit the entitlement programs, and neither side has the political will to do it.

    April 16, 2012 11:01 am at 11:01 am |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens' tax rate was 13.7% in 2010, and he has failed to release his returns this year by getting an extension. Even a right wingnut bagger ought to be a little concerned about Mittens. While most are taxed enough already, the rates are the lowest in 50 years, and the wealthy have never had it so good.

    April 16, 2012 11:04 am at 11:04 am |
  7. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Those pesky entitlements to big oil, wall street, big banks, big corporations, are off limits to the GOP.

    April 16, 2012 11:05 am at 11:05 am |
  8. judy

    hit him hard the man is a twit who is trying to buy the presidency. Obama 2012

    April 16, 2012 11:08 am at 11:08 am |
  9. SUBS 4 VOTES

    Why is it that all of us average Americans pay our taxes at a higher rate and on time, and Willard files his taxes late and hides his money overseas? No mormon, out of touch, 1% tax evader will reside at 1600 Pennsylvania Ave.

    April 16, 2012 11:11 am at 11:11 am |
  10. ct

    why is it that mittens is the only one that gets a tax deadline extension and us ordinary middle class folks can't....Is there there something mittens is trying to hide...Cayman Island?

    April 16, 2012 11:16 am at 11:16 am |
  11. Marie MD

    Let's see for @Jon whom thinks the teapublikan taliban have his best interest at heart.
    This rich guy wants yo do away with HUD (helps poor people with rental assistance for one); the department of education because if you are halfway educated (not counting the rich) the teapublikans want to keep you stuoid somewhat you continue to vote against your own interest; then there's that home interest deduction that is NOT jugs for second homes but your residence, your home along with no more deductions for charitable contributions (again against the poor).

    April 16, 2012 11:18 am at 11:18 am |
  12. Emmy Skaddittle

    The President tried to reform health care and look what the republicans have done with that, I am just glad santourm was able to afford health care for his daughter

    April 16, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  13. ST

    I do not understand it when I hear all that time Romney saying Pres. Obama has made the economy worse. Gee! this is the man (Romney) who can not get an endorsement from "W" (according to his words who made the economy bad and not worse), instead he gets endorsement from the Bush senior. I will try to believe Romney his words if next time I will see "W" standing next to Romney and campaigning together. If not, then Romney should not try to fool people. Pres. Obama rescued the economy and he deserves the praise for his fabulous work.

    April 16, 2012 11:20 am at 11:20 am |
  14. Emmy Skaddittle

    back to the republican analogy family budget, we have cut out all of the dining out, vacations and movies. now we have the choice of paying for grandmas nursing home or getting another job. what would a republican do?

    April 16, 2012 11:25 am at 11:25 am |
  15. Rudy NYC

    How a candidate runs a campaign is a good measure of how they would run their elected office. What have we seen so far from Mitt Romney? Deceptive ads, deceptive statemnts, distorted facts, and bungling of their affairs whenever the pressure is turned up: i.e., the tax return issue.

    Mitt Romney bungled the tax return issue a couple of months ago when it first came up. He was caught totally unprepared for something that you had to know would come up. He went from, "it's not required," to "I'll release returns after the election, assuming I am elected," to releasing just a single year, 2010.

    Anyone without brain damage should have known this issue would come up again in mid-April. Filing for an extension is simply going to keep the question alive, "What is Mitt Romney hiding?" Covering up has become modus operandi for Mitt Romney going back to when his staffed erased and removed the hard drives before he left the governer's office in MA. What is Mitt Romney hiding that is so precioius to him?

    April 16, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  16. Fair is Fair

    "why is it that mittens is the only one that gets a tax deadline extension and us ordinary middle class folks can't"
    ------
    Oh, but you can. File form 1090-X. You will have to remit any tax you estimate is due, and be aware that if you short that amount, it will be subject to interest and penalties. Oh, by the way... Romney has to play by the very same rules.

    April 16, 2012 11:26 am at 11:26 am |
  17. Jules

    How about asking Romney to make a statement about what Congressman West said about 80 communists in Congress – seems to me he should be on the record on that since he is going to be the nominee of the party that thinks going back to the future is a great idea. Anyone out there remember Joseph McCarthy?

    April 16, 2012 11:34 am at 11:34 am |
  18. stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Hitting Romney over taxes is the easiest shot in the election. The man makes $42,000,000, thats forty two million dollars, and pays a lower tax rate than the middle class. His rate is around 14%. The tax rate on a succesful middle class family making $70,000 is 25%. The taxes he saved over the middle class is 4,620,000. It would take 660 middle class families to make up the taxes Romney did not pay. But Romney thinks that making 660 families pay so he and his rich buddies can get tax breaks is fine. Let the middle class bear the burden of taxes. Just so long as Republican rich don't have to pay their share all is right in the world

    April 16, 2012 11:35 am at 11:35 am |
  19. ST

    @Rudy NYC

    For the first time ever, I agree with you what you have written above!

    April 16, 2012 11:38 am at 11:38 am |
  20. Blah blah the wheel's off your trailer

    @Wire Palladin

    GWB's Afghan and Iraqi wars have cost us a whopping 4.8 trillion dollars and by the projected end of the Afghanistan war, that cost would be around 6 trillion dollars! Let's face it, it would take decades to reduce our deficit because of the failed and misguided foreign and domestic polices of the GOP! And what is more sad is that Mitt Romney continues to embrace and defend these very same failed policies that have done us in! But there is a way to reduce the deficit! Force the 1% and the likes of Mitt Romney to pay their fair share like the reest of us!

    April 16, 2012 11:42 am at 11:42 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Fair is Fair wrote:

    "why is it that mittens is the only one that gets a tax deadline extension and us ordinary middle class folks can't"

    Oh, but you can. File form 1090-X. You will have to remit any tax you estimate is due, and be aware that if you short that amount, it will be subject to interest and penalties. Oh, by the way... Romney has to play by the very same rules.
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    Mitt Romney is unwise to file for an extension. It only prolongs the amount of time it takes to put the issue to bed. I don't buy into the arguments that Romney is waiting for final tax information from other sources. His campaign should have known Tax Day was coming, it always does. Mitt Romney should have put this to bed, instead he thinks that he can deflect and project attention away from the income and tax issue. He's only making it worse with this demonstrative lack of judgement call that he has made.

    April 16, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  22. woman in california

    Romney pays more in taxes than anyone on this board... why are people so mad of others making money and being successful? Do you people even have a job or are you like those hippies that live off my hard earned tax dollar?

    April 16, 2012 11:44 am at 11:44 am |
  23. Fair is Fair

    stranger in an increasingly strange land

    Hitting Romney over taxes is the easiest shot in the election. The man makes $42,000,000, thats forty two million dollars, and pays a lower tax rate than the middle class. His rate is around 14%. The tax rate on a succesful middle class family making $70,000 is 25%. The taxes he saved over the middle class is 4,620,000. It would take 660 middle class families to make up the taxes Romney did not pay. But Romney thinks that making 660 families pay
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    $42 Million @ 14% is $5.58 million. How many middle class families does it take to pay that amount? Let's see... since 47% pay zilch, it's not a stretch to say that Romney pays more than the bottom 48% COMBINED.

    April 16, 2012 11:45 am at 11:45 am |
  24. king

    hey i am tired of these repubs getting big tax cuts and jetting overseas to hide from the tax man. hey we pay you guys taxes for you to create jobs for us in our country not in china. i know we are a world economy now. but you guys cannot kick 300 million folks to the curve. americans need to survive too.

    April 16, 2012 11:46 am at 11:46 am |
  25. Fair is Fair

    Rudy said:

    "Mitt Romney is unwise to file for an extension. It only prolongs the amount of time it takes to put the issue to bed."
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    Agreed. Much ado about nothing, though – all he has to do is release the 1090-X and that should do the trick... it contains all of the imformation necessary, within reasonable percentages, of the actual amount(s) involved.

    April 16, 2012 11:52 am at 11:52 am |
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