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Friday, September 14, 2012

Mitt Romney Thinks America's "Middle Income" Is $200,000 to $250,000

Posted by Paul Constant on Fri, Sep 14, 2012 at 2:44 PM

Just when you think Romney's week can't get any worse, he tries to focus on the economy again and manages to portray himself as an out-of-touch Uncle Moneybags who has no idea what the average American makes:

Romney’s comments came an interview broadcast Friday 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.

The Romney campaign later issued a correction stating that Romney was referring to household and not individual income, but the median household income in this country is $50,000. Taking that correction in mind, it's important to note that this is not technically a mistake; Barack Obama's own tax plan describes middle class Americans as those with a household income of up to $250,000.

But the terrible wording of his statement is what's going to stick with Romney over the weekend. Is that fair? Probably not. But it's another symptom of running a quarter-billionaire as your presidential candidate; it makes any iffy statement about the poor sound like a slight.

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