Conservatives are weeping.
Mitt Romney said Tuesday that President Obama did not raise taxes during his first term, contradicting a constant attack he has leveled on Obama — that his healthcare plan was a tax increase.His campaign scrambled to backtrack, but alas, the damage is done.
“I admit this, he has 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.
The Romney campaign says the nominee was talking about federal taxes. "The governor has repeatedly pointed out that President Obama has raised taxes, in addition to increasing federal spending," said advisor Kevin Madden. "The governor was specifically referring to President Obama's promise to raise income taxes in a second term, which would also impact small businesses."Mitt Romney has just admitted that the Democratic President of the United States has not raised taxes on anyone during the first four years of his Presidency. Perhaps tomorrow he'll acknowledge that taxes on Americans have in fact been lowered. Perhaps tomorrow he'll acknowledge that during the first year of the Obama Presidency Americans paid less taxes than they have in the last thirty years.
The Zombie-eyed granny-starver, standing directly behind him, was less than pleased.
Behind him, Ryan appeared to wince at the mention.But after the primaries, as we all know, it's time to "hit the reset button."
During the primaries, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul offered a very different view of the presidents record, when she told the L.A. Times: “President Obama has raised taxes 19 times.”
There just seems to be no end to the series of amazing revelations coming out of the Romney campaign.
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One more observation: They may try to spin this as a "gaffe." It's not a "gaffe" when you start your sentence out with the words "I admit this." It's clear that Romney was fully aware of what he was saying.