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Romney: "The First Victim Of An Obama Campaign Is The Truth"

Question: Thank you, Governor. When my son's boss asked why he wanted the day off, he said I get a chance to see Romney and Ryan. He said, 'You mean that guy that wants to raise taxes.' So what are you going to do to combat the lies that the leftists are telling about you?

Romney: Thank you. It seems that the first victim of an Obama campaign is the truth. It has been sad and disappointing. Frankly, you know, when I became the presumptive nominee, the president called me and congratulated me on becoming the presumptive nominee, and said that America deserves an honest debate about the future course of the country, and I agreed.

I'm waiting to hear him begin that, because all we've heard so far is one attack after the other. And frankly they're typically not honest. There may be one in there that is. I keep looking for it, but it's been a disappointment.

So, for instance, let me make this clear: You know I signed a statement. I will not raise taxes on anybody. I don't want to raise taxes on the American people. This is a president who, by the way, has proposed raising the tax rate from 35% to 40%.

And let me just point out, you realize the great majority of enterprises that we all work in, Americans work in across this country, are taxed as individuals. They pay that rate. They don't pay the corporate rate, they pay the personal tax rate. They're called flow-through companies, they pay individual taxes. When you raise taxes on small business, from 35% to 40%, you will kill jobs. And then he put in place the ObamaCare tax, it doesn't sound very big. Only 2.3% of revenues, not of profit, of revenues. So these businesses who are making medical devices and medical instruments, they have to pay taxes even if they're not making a profit.

He's been raising taxes, he's proposing raising taxes. Let met tell you, the heart of my tax proposal: I will not raise taxes on the American people. I will not raise taxes on middle-income Americans.

We're going to make sure that Americans have the money to pay their bills. We're not going to raise taxes that slows down growth and kills jobs. We're going to get this economy going, and Mr. President stop saying something that's not the truth. Thank you.

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