A new ad from President Barack Obamaâs campaign hits presumptive Republican presidential nominee Mitt RomneyÂ two ways on taxes, suggesting that the former Massachusetts governorâs tax plan is just a way to help line his own pockets.
The ad, titled “Stretch,” takes a personal dig at Romney’s own tax history, informing the viewer that Romney earned $20 million in 2010 but paid a rate of 14 percent — “probably less than you,” writes The Huff Post.
âYou work hard, stretch every penny, but chances are you pay a higher tax rate than him: Mitt Romney made $20 million dollars in 2010, but paid only 14 percent in taxesâprobably less than you,â the narrator says.
According to The Washington Post, then the ad argues that the candidateâs tax plan would lower rates for millionaires like Romney while raising taxes on the middle class.
âNow he has a plan that will give millionaires another tax break and raises taxes on middle class families by up to $2,000 a year,â the narrator says. âMitt Romneyâs middle class tax increase: he pays less, you pay more.â
The ad will air in eight key swing states: New Hampshire, North Carolina, Florida,Â Virginia, Ohio, Iowa, Colorado and Nevada.
The commercial pivots to an independent study released by the Tax Policy Center on Wednesday, which concluded thatÂ Romney’s tax plan would primarily help the wealthiest few.
The Obama campaign immediately seized on the analysis to drive home a central message to its 2012 platform — that while the president’s focus is on middle class fairness and giving all Americans a fair shot, Romney would disproportionately protect the interests of the rich.
CNN reports that President Obama on Wednesday made his ninth campaign trip this year to the Buckeye State to attack Republican rival Mitt Romney’s tax plan as unfair to middle-class Americans.
“He’s asking you to pay more so people like him can get a big tax cut,” Obama told more than 2,000 supporters in Mansfield, the first of two Ohio stops Wednesday. “We do not need more tax cuts for folks who are already doing really well.”
However, Romney’s campaign challenged the veracity of the study and blamed the president’s economic policies for a still-lagging economy.
“President Obama continues to tout liberal studies calling for more tax hikes and more government spending,” Romney spokesman Ryan Williams said in a statement. “We’ve been down that road before — and it’s led us to 41 straight months of unemployment above 8%.”
Obama also Â made his rival’s personal millions a front-and-center issue in the race for theÂ White HouseÂ on Wednesday, telling a swing-state audience thatÂ Mitt RomneyÂ “is asking you to pay more so that people like him can get a bigÂ tax cut,” according to Yahoo report.
“In order to afford just one $250,000 tax cut for somebody like Mr. Romney, 125 families like yours would have to pay another $2,000 in taxes each and every year,” Obama said, citing a report that his opponent’s aides immediately denounced as deeply flawed.