Obama senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs says that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney’s debate performance was “theatrical” but only proved that the Republican nominee would take “the battle straight to Sesame Street and let Wall Street run hog wild.”
“Gov. Romney had a masterful, theatrical performance just this last week, but the underpinnings and foundation of that performance were fundamentally dishonest,” Gibbs told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos on Sunday. “You cannot cut taxes by $5 trillion as he’s doing and simply say, ‘Oh, I don’t have that tax cut, I’m not going to cut taxes for the wealthy,’ when the average high-income earner is going to get a $250,000 tax cut.”
Stephanopolous pointed out that the Romney campaign has asserted that President Barack Obama’s campaign had been lying about the $5 trillion tax cut.
“Absolutely not,” Gibbs insisted. “If you’re going to reduce the Bush tax rates by 20 percent and the estate tax and the [alternative minimum tax], change the corporate rate and whole host of other changes, that adds up in a reduction of revenue of $4.8 trillion. The question for Gov. Romney is, what loopholes are you going to close — supposedly — to make up for that revenue?”
“Let’s be clear, [Republican vice presidential nominee] Paul Ryan a week ago was asked about the math for this, and Paul Ryan said, ‘Look, the math takes to long,'” he continued. “Well, Mitt Romney’s solution is he just decided there isn’t math involved in this problem. And that’s absolutely crazy.”
“The only thing that he outlined that he would cut in the budget is Big Bird. You know, he’s taken the battle straight to Sesame Street and let Wall Street run hog wild. Again, it was a masterful, theatrical performance. It was fundamentally dishonest for the American people.”
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Here are 7 wild, bizarre and pathetic moments from Trump’s ‘campaign launch’
On Tuesday night, President Donald Trump held a rally that was billed as the official launch his re-election campaign — though he has never really stopped holding campaign rallies.
As expected, the president ranted, lied, and engaged in the raucous attacks that are central to his connection with Republican voters. Some of it was actually just sad, such as his continued obsession with Hillary Clinton.
Here are seven of the wildest, disturbing and pathetic moments from the rally:
1. He said Democrats "want to destroy our country as we know it."
Trump casually accuses Democrats of "want[ing] to destroy you and they want to destroy our country as we know it." pic.twitter.com/4K79KlbEeR
British PM candidates clash over Brexit as Boris Johnson skips debate
Candidates to become Britain's next prime minister clashed over Brexit strategy at their first debate on Sunday but the frontrunner, Boris Johnson, dodged the confrontation.
The 90-minute debate on Channel 4 featured the five remaining candidates and an empty podium for Johnson, the gaffe-prone former foreign secretary and former mayor of London.
In sometimes ill-tempered exchanges, four of the five candidates said they would seek to renegotiate the draft Brexit divorce deal agreed with Brussels even though EU leaders have repeatedly ruled this out.
Michael Cohen ordered back to Congress on March 6
President Donald Trump's so-called "fixer" is being asked to return to Congress for more questioning on March 6.
Outside of the closed-door committee hearing Thursday, Cohen said that the House Intelligence Committee is seeking further information, according to Washington Examiner writer Byron York.
Michael Cohen finished closed-door testimony before House Intel Committee, says he's coming back for another session March 6. Again: No reason for secrecy. Transcripts should be released ASAP.
— Byron York (@ByronYork) February 28, 2019