In a local radio interview this morning, Mitt Romney blasted President Obama's proposal to end Bush-era tax cuts for wealthy Americans as "a massive tax increase on job creators and on small business."
"That will kill jobs," the Republican presidential contender said. "That will be another kick in the gut to the middle class in America."
Romney was responding to the president's renewed call Monday for extending the Bush-era cuts, but only for households earning less than $250,000 a year, painting Romney as a protector of the rich.
In the interview aired today on WHKT-AM 1650 in Hampton Roads, Romney said that Obama, "having never had a job in the private economy, just doesn't understand the kind of difficulty it is to start a business, to grow a business, to decide to hire people, to bring them on board, to train them, to take the risk associated with expanding an enterprise."
Romney also took on the president over his health insurance overhaul, saying it's not affordable.
"The idea of a trillion dollars in new federal spending, when we're already racking up trillion-dollar deficits every year, is an unacceptable idea," he said. "We simply can't go there. We can't keep spending more and more money, borrowing more and more money from China and other places. We are putting America in peril. Obamacare must be stopped."
Romney expressed support for some aspects of the health-care overhaul, such as making sure people with pre-existing conditions can't be denied insurance and young people up to age 26 can be covered by their parents' policies.
Challenged by interviewer John Fredericks to defend the health-care overhaul he implemented as governor of Massachusetts, Romney said it was different from Obama's plan.
"One fundamental difference is, our plan was crafted for a state," he said. "We did not have a federal government take over the power of citizens and states and impose federal will on all the people of the country."
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