Former Republican presidential candidate Newt Gingrich on Sunday admitted that GOP hopeful Mitt Romney had “changed” positions during last week’s debate when he claimed that he had not proposed a $5 trillion tax cut.
“I don’t have a $5 trillion tax cut,” Romney had insisted on Wednesday. “I don’t have a tax cut of a scale that you’re talking about.”
But an analysis by the non-partisan Tax Policy Center had concluded earlier that Romney’s plan would reduce revenue by $480 billion in 2015 and $5 trillion over 10 years.
“Speaker Gingrich was pretty eloquent in running during the primaries, saying, ‘Look, Mitt Romney will say absolutely anything to get elected,'” Obama senior campaign adviser Robert Gibbs recalled during an NBC panel discussion on Sunday. “There’s a $4.8 trillion reduction in revenue, OK? According to Mitt Romney’s own plan, there’s a 20 percent rate reduction from the Bush tax cuts. We’re going to end the estate tax. We’re going to cut the corporate tax rate from 35 to 25 percent. You cannot sit here, Mr. Speaker, and say that doesn’t require a reduction in the amount of revenue by $4.8 trillion. This is math.”
“Standing on the stage with you in Arizona this is what Mitt Romney said,” Gibbs told Gingrich. “‘Number one, I said today we’re going to cut taxes on everyone across the country by 20 percent, including the top 1 percent.’ Mr. Speaker, you mentioned that your opponent, Mitt Romney, had a problem with being dishonest in the primary. My question is, was he dishonest when he said that?”
“I think it’s clear he changed,” Gingrich shrugged.
“We don’t disagree that he changed,” Gibbs replied.
Watch this video from NBC’s Meet the Press via Think Progress, broadcast Oct. 7, 2012.
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
Here are 10 women who wouldn’t be silenced in 2018
It's been 26 years since the so-called "Year of the Woman," when a record number of women were elected to Congress in 1992. Four senators and 24 representatives were sent to Capitol Hill, following contentious Supreme Court hearings for then-nominee Clarence Thomas, who was accused by Anita Hill of sexual harassment.
On several levels, the themes of 1992 have made repeat, and amplified, appearances this year. The #MeToo movement became fully realized with women reclaiming and reframing their stories, as President Donald Trump, himself accused many times of sexual predator behavior settled further into the White House. Trump nominated Brett Kavanaugh, also accused of sexual assault, to the Supreme Court, and while Kavanaugh would go on to attain a seat on the highest court in the land, serial sexual predator and former beloved comedian Bill Cosby was sent to prison for the drugging and rape of Andrea Constand, only one of dozens of women who have spoken out against Cosby with credible accusations of assault.
US ‘model soldier’ gets 25 years in prison for Islamic State support
A U.S. Army sergeant described by former colleagues as a one-time “model soldier” was sentenced to 25 years in prison at a federal court in Hawaii on Tuesday after pleading guilty to providing material support to the Islamic State militant group, a local news outlet reported.
Ikaika Erik Kang, 35, agreed to a plea deal in August on four counts of breaking antiterrorism laws in which he accepted a proposed 25-year sentence.
Judge Susan Oki Mollway accepted the terms of the plea deal at Tuesday morning’s hearing, Hawaii’s KHON2 news channel reported. Kang told the court he knew what he did was wrong, KHON2 reported.