In an interview on Friday morning with George Stephanopoulos for “Good Morning America,” presidential candidate former Gov. Mitt Romney (R-MA) said that he believes that in the U.S., middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 per year.
During the interview Friday that Stephanopoulos asked Romney if he believes that “middle income” in the U.S. is around $100,000 per year.
“No,” Romney replied, “middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less.”
The U.S. census bureau reported on Thursday that the U.S. median annual household income in 2011 was $50,054 — that is, half of American households make about $50,000 or less. That number is down 1.5 percent from the 2010 median, declining for the second year in a row.
In a week that has seen Gov. Romney lambasted in the media for his grandstanding approach to the events in Libya that resulted in the tragic deaths of U.S. personnel, the salary gaffe could further an already problematic narrative for the Romney campaign, that the candidate is out of touch with the struggles of ordinary Americans in hard economic times.
Watch video of the “Good Morning America” interview, embedded below:
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