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The Trail: 2012 Presidential News from the Field / CAMPAIGN 2012

Obama Campaign Video Says GOP Ticket Won’t Answer Basic Questions on Tax Plan

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September 10, 2012

 

After the campaigns clashed on Sunday over what Democrats are calling Mitt Romney’s refusal to identify which tax loopholes he would close and what cuts he would make as part of his tax plan, the Obama campaign released a two-minute video highlighting Romney-Ryan’s “bad math” on Sunday night.

 

On NBC’s Meet the Press this week, Romney dodged questions from host David Gregory about which deductions or credits he would pursue, while Romney’s running mate, Paul Ryan, was reluctant to provide details during an appearance on ABC’s This Week.

The new web video highlights clips from these appearances during which Romney and Ryan argue with moderators over the specific details of their tax plans. The Obama campaign also released a detailed “fact check” on Romney’s tax plan on its website to accompany the video.  

The spot ends with these words flashing across the screen: “The Romney/Ryan Plan: Not bold leadership, just bad math.”

The Romney campaign hit back in an e-mail to National Journal on Monday, saying that Obama's own economic plan is "the last thing we should do if we want to get our economy moving in the right direction."

“President Obama’s economic plan is to raise taxes on small businesses and job creators," wrote Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. "Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan have a five point plan for a stronger middle class, with detailed policies on tax reform, trade, energy, regulatory reform, and spending that will grow our economy and create 12 million jobs.”

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