The Romney campaign, distilled in four paragraphs

ABC’s George Stephanopoulos interviewed Republican Presidential nominee Mitt Romney today.  Here’s a telling passage from Stephanopoulos’s recount of the interview (emphasis added):

Democrats say Romney’s plan would cause a $2000 tax hike on the middle class – something Romney disputes and points to a number of studies that say his plan to cut taxes will not increase the deficit, including one by Harvard professor Martin Feldstein.

Feldstein says Romney’s math will work, but he would have to eliminate the home mortgage, charitable, state and local tax deductions for incomes greater than $100,000.

When I pressed Romney on that point, he conceded that he actually hadn’t read the Feldstein report that he and Paul Ryan cite on the campaign trail.

“I haven’t seen his precise study,” he said.

Mitt Romney’s math doesn’t work.  Of course, it’s easy for him to say otherwise, because he hasn’t actually detailed what he would do.  He’s painted in the broadest possible strokes to avoid having to spell out the hard decisions that his principles would imply.  Heck, it seems he can’t even be bothered to know the details of what the people who are at least sorta defending him are saying.

The American people deserve to know the true measure of the choice they are making.  Mitt Romney needs to produce a much more detailed budget plan — or else he needs to stop complaining about other people filling in the gaps he refuses to fill himself.

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