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But as Josh pointed out earlier, when Mitt promises to make sure the 1% pay their share "or more," that starts to sound a lot like he's hewing closer to the prevailing political wind. Contrast it, for example, with Mitt himself back in January calling Obama out for "encouraging the idea of dividing America based on 99 percent versus one percent":

*Late Update: There are actually two ways of measuring tax burden here: how much in actual taxes does the 1% pay, and what is the 1%'s share of the overall tax burden. As a noted tax expert tells Greg Sargent, "If you reduce the whole thing by 20 percent then they can go down by 20 percent and still pay the same share."

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