In his latest ad in Virginia and other key states, Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney is branding President Barack Obama a tax hiker, accusing him of placing a burden on middle class Americans.
“Who will raise taxes on the middle class? Barack Obama and the liberals already have,” a female narrator says, with the ad cutting to an image of Obama with his arm around House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi.
“To pay for government-run healthcare, you’ll pay higher taxes and more for your medicine. And their plan includes a trillion dollars in higher taxes, even on the middle class,” she adds.
“Mitt Romney and common-sense conservatives will cut taxes on the middle class, and they’ll close loopholes for millionaires,” the narrator says. “Obama and his liberal allies? We can’t afford four more years.”
Obama campaign spokeswoman Lis Smith responded by claiming that the suggestion that the president had raised taxes on the middle class was false, pointing to remarks from Romney at a campaign stop last week.
“One thing he did not do in his first four years he’s said he’s going to do in the next four years, which is to raise taxes,” Romney said at the event.
“In fact, the President has cut taxes by $3,600 for the typical family, while cutting taxes for small businesses 18 times,” Smith said. “But Romney’s proposing a $ 5 trillion tax cut skewed toward millionaires and billionaires that would require him to raise taxes on middle class families by cutting deductions they rely on, like the mortgage interest deduction.”