Romney’s positions have changed
During the first presidential debate, Romney said: “I will not reduce the taxes paid by high-income Americans.” True, Romney said he would sign a 20 percent across-the-board tax cut to everyone, and that the top bracket would come down from 35 percent to 28 percent. That plan would give people who make as much as $3 million a year a quarter-of-a-million-dollar tax cut.
Without specific details, why should we believe that Romney isn’t going to blow up the deficit with another gigantic tax cut?
Romney also said: “But No. 1, pre-existing conditions are covered under my plan.” True, his plan would cover pre-existing conditions, but not for people who don’t already have insurance. Romney’s campaign manager Eric Fehrnstromn came out afterwards to say that he didn’t mean to say that, because he only meant people who already had a policy.
Romney argued: “We’ve had 43 straight months with unemployment above 8 percent. If I’m president, I will ... help create 12 million new jobs in this country with rising incomes.” However, the morning after the debate, the Labor Department reported that the unemployment rate fell to 7.8 percent in September, from 8.1 percent the prior month.
Obama joked: “When I got onto the stage, I met this very spirited fellow who claimed to be Mitt Romney. But it couldn’t have been Mitt Romney because the real Mitt Romney has been running around the country for the last year promising $5 trillion in tax cuts that favor the wealthy. The fellow on stage last night said he didn’t know anything about that. Gov. Romney may dance around his positions, but if you want to be president, you owe the American people the truth.”