The Obama campaign attacked Mitt Romney for saying that he doesn’t have to “worry” about 47 percent of Americans in a new ad hitting the airwaves in Ohio Monday. The ad uses Romney’s comments about people who pay no federal income tax, made at a May fundraiser and leaked last week, to go after Mitt Romney’s own taxes. The ad begins running just as the Romney campaign begins a three-day bus tour in the Buckeye State.
The ad begins with the footage of Romney’s 47 percent comments, then transitions to focus on Romney. “Mitt Romney paid just 14.1 percent in taxes last year,” the narrator says. “He keeps millions in Bermuda and the Cayman Islands. He won’t release his tax returns before 2010.”
Images of a veteran and the elderly then appear. The narrator finishes: “Maybe instead of attacking others on taxes, Romney should come clean on his.”
The Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul responded to the ad in a statement late Sunday night:
“President Obama’s tax increases on middle class families will not make the next four years any better than the last four. Under President Obama’s failed leadership, 23 million Americans are struggling for work with 46 million Americans on food stamps and more people in poverty than ever before. Mitt Romney has a plan for a stronger middle class that will lower tax rates across the board and jumpstart economic growth creating 12 million jobs.”
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