New Romney, Obama TV ads spar on economy, taxes as president visits Floridaby George Bennett | August 2nd, 2012
Key line: “He focused on Obamacare instead of jobs. Barack Obama — what a disappointment”
Key line: “Mitt Romney’s middle-class tax increase — he pays less, you pay more.”
WINTER PARK — With President Obama set to make another campaign appearance in Florida today, Mitt Romney‘s campaign has released a new ad saying Obama’s focus on health care legislation during the first two years as president came at the expense of improving jobs and the economy.
The Obama campaign is running a new Florida ad piggybacking off Wednesday’s release of a think-tank report that says Romney’s plan to cut tax rates and scale back deductions would sock middle-class taxpayers while the wealthy got a big tax cut.
Obama, who used the report as a hammer while campaigning in Ohio on Wednesday, is expected to do more of the same this afternoon when he speaks at Rollins College.
Top Romney adviser Eric Fehrnstrom this morning called the report by the nonpartisan Tax Policy Center “a joke” that doesn’t factor in the impact of the economic growth and new jobs that Fehrnstrom says would be created by Romney’s tax plan.
The Romney camp has not released many details of the tax plan aside from broad goals of cutting individual rates by 20 percent across the board, eliminating deductions and loopholes to keep the plan revenue-neutral and maintaining progressivity.
“These are goals that are accomplishable,” Romney Deputy Policy Director Jonathan Burks on a conference call with reporters. “The details of how that will be accomplished are things that will have to be worked out with Congress.”