The Republican nominee was defending his policies on stimulating growth in the US, when he said he wouldn’t raise taxes on “middle-income people”.
“We can get to a balanced budget without raising taxes on middle income people,” Mr Romney told ABC’s George Stephanopoulos, who then asked the Massachusetts Governor if he considered someone earning $100,000 as being “middle income”.
“No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less,” Mr Romney replied.
With the average salary at $39,959, according to the Social Security Administration, the comments are likely to anger an American public grappling with an unemployment rate of 8.1pc.
Cue chortles about out of touch multi-centi-millionaire.
Strangely, Obama’s, and all the Democratic, proposals for tax changes lead to higher taxes only on “the rich”, those earning more than $250,000 a year. And it’s not entirely beyond the bounds of belief that if you’re not rich and you’re not poor then you’re in the middle.