Stephanopoulos misrepresents Romney’s statement
George Stephanopoulos of ABC News has an “exclusive” interview with Mitt Romney (“exclusive” to what, one wonders, considering Romney’s given about a million interviews). Anyway, the entire thing is worth reading. but I noticed something peculiar going on when a few lefties on Twitter began quoting a line in Stephanopoulos’ story on the interview that goes like this:
“He defined middle income as $200,000 to $250,000 a year.”
That sounds pretty crazy right? Did Mr. Richie Rich really say that middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 a year.
From the transcript:
MITT ROMNEY: No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less. So number one, don’t reduce– or excuse me, don’t raise taxes on middle-income people, lower them. Number two, don’t reduce the share of taxes paid by the wealthiest. The top 5% will still pay the same share of taxes they pay today. That’s principle one, principle two. Principle three is create incentives for growth, make it easier for businesses to start and to add jobs. And finally, simplify the code, make it easier for people to pay their taxes than the way they have to now.
So $200,000 to $250,000 a year or less. That’s where Barack Obama caps the middle class (anything above 250,000 being a millionaire — you know, math) and that’s probably why Romney picked that number.
It’s possible Stephanopoulos meant to write that Romney defines middle income as $200,000 to $250,000 a year, “or less” or “or up to” or something else, but, as far as we know, Romney does not define middle income “as $200,000 to $250,000 a year.” The line should be corrected.