Thursday, October 20, 2011

Romney's flat tax concern

While not specifically alluding to Rick Perry on a flat tax, Mitt Romney gave a brief comment on the idea while at a townhall in Iowa today.

"The so-called flat tax that Steve Forbes championed.... the flat tax has positive features, but then again, you've got to make sure that it doesn't raise taxes on middle-income Americans."

Matt Lewis notes that Steve Forbes -- whose 1996 plan is reportedly similar to Rick Perry's -- says that there'll probably be exemptions for those making below $36K/year. But are those middle-income Americans? I'm not sure.

Regardless, Romney's comments are intriguing today, because...

a. They suggest that he might go after Perry over general election-friendly concerns about middle-income Americans.

b. They come the day after word of Perry's proposal. These comments weren't randomly dreamed up.