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.
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