Romney says Obama never raised taxes

September 25, 2012

In a rally with running mate Paul Ryan in Ohio on Tuesday, Mitt Romney declared that President Obama has not raised taxes.

"His idea now, he’s got one new, he's got one new idea," Romney said. "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 his next four years, which is to raise taxes."

Obama tried unsuccessfully to end the Bush tax cuts on those making over $250,000. He has not raised income taxes. But he has raised taxes on cigarettes and tanning beds, and the health-care law will raise Medicare taxes on the wealthy starting in 2013. Romney has argued that the Affordable Care Act mandate is a tax, as the Supreme Court declared.

“President Obama has raised taxes on millions of middle-class Americans during his first term in office," said Romney spokeswoman Amanda Henneberg. "Governor Romney was clearly communicating about an additional tax increase President Obama is proposing on American small businesses that will jeopardize over 700,000 jobs." 

Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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