Does Mitt Romney have to raise middle class taxes?

Conservatives say a much-cited Tax Policy Center study -- finding that Mitt Romney's tax plan would work only if he raised taxes on the middle class -- is flawed.

Paul Ryan dodged questions about that study in an interview with "Fox News Sunday," saying he didn't want to bore viewers with math.

Tax Policy Center co-director William Gale responds to critics Tuesday, telling the Post: 

“So we are saying, ‘It is impossible to do these 5 things without raising taxes on households with income below $200,000.’ And they are saying, basically, ‘It is possible to do up to 4 of the things without raising taxes on households with less than $200,000,’” Gale said. “Everyone – including us -- agrees that if you give up on some of the goals, give up on some of the proposed tax cuts, or [protect] a [less affluent] income group (under $100,000 for example), the plan can be financed without raising taxes on households with income below $200,000. We basically said that in the original paper.”

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Rachel Weiner covers local politics for The Washington Post.
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Rachel Weiner · October 2, 2012