Appearing on two Sunday shows, Bill Clinton addressed the controversy surrounding Mitt Romney's newly unearthed remarks that the 47 percent of Americans who don't pay federal income taxes are essentially freeloaders.
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"You know, I know a lot of higher income people, a lot of whom help me do my work and they're supporting Governor Romney. And a lot of people say things like that," Clinton said on CBS' "Face The Nation," before taking on the premise.
"First, they do pay taxes -- they pay Social Security taxes, they pay Medicare taxes, they pay state and local taxes," he said. "Second, they are out of the income tax pool for two reasons: one is the economic crash, which lowered a lot of peoples' incomes. ... Now the second reason is interesting, it's a bipartisan reason in the past: it's because of the combined impacts of the Earned Income Tax Credit and the Child Tax Credit."