(VANDALIA, Ohio) — Paul Ryan stood by as Mitt Romney strayed from campaign talking points on President Obama’s tax record during a joint “reset” rally Tuesday in Ohio.
In the midst of remarks ridiculing the president’s handling of the economy, Romney said: “I admit this, he has one thing he did not do in his first four years — he’s said he’s going to do in the next four years, which is to raise taxes.”
During the primaries, Romney spokeswoman Andrea Saul offered a very different view of the president’s record, when she told the Los Angeles Times: “President Obama has raised taxes 19 times.”
Indeed, Republicans have spent much of the election season criticizing Obama for adding to the middle-class tax burden, most recently citing in a campaign email blast the 6 million Americans expected to face a tax penalty for violating the Affordable Care Act’s insurance mandate.
“The president has raised taxes on the middle class, as determined by the Supreme Court,” Romney said in August, referring to the high court’s decision to uphold Obama’s health care law based on Congress’s constitutional authority to levy taxes.
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