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Sununu To CNN's O'Brien: "Always Good To Come On The Groupie Channel"

SOLEDAD O'BRIEN, CNN: Let's talk about taxes, shall we? Because that's always a good topic.


O'BRIEN: Here is what Governor Romney said last night talking about dividends. Let's play that.


ROMNEY: Every middle income taxpayer no longer will pay any tax on interest, dividends, or capital gains. No tax on your savings. That makes life a lot easier. If you're getting interest from a bank, if you're getting a statement from a mutual fund, or any kind of investments you have, you don't have to worry about filing taxes on that, because there will be no taxes for anybody making $200,000 a year and less on your interest, dividends, and capital gains.


O'BRIEN: Again, there was not a lot of specifics last night about exact deductions that could potentially be compromised. But in the particular thing that he said, you no longer have to pay any tax on interest, dividends, or capital gains, no tax on your savings, do you think that that really helps the middle class? Do you think middle class people are raking in a lot of money and paying a lot of money in tax on capital gains and tax on their savings?

SUNUNU: A lot of elderly who are retired fall in that middle class, and that helps them tremendously. They are part of the middle class. Yes, it does help the middle class, particularly those that are putting money away in savings accounts for kids going to college. They don't have to pay taxes on the savings interest that they get there.

Look, Mitt Romney's plan is a huge benefit to the middle class, and as he said last night, the top five percent will continue to pay 60 percent of the total income taxes in America. That's his commitment, that's the plan. And frankly, I think President Obama is running around just explaining to the public that he can't do the arithmetic to understand that package. There are six major studies that confirm exactly what Mitt Romney has put forward. O'BRIEN: And as you know, I believe it was Chris Wallace who said those six major studies, they're certainly not bipartisan. They don't necessarily don't have a stake in it, and some of them are blog posts. So I think that's unfair to say. But we are actually out of time, governor. Governor we're always happy to have you. Thank you for joining us this morning.

SUNUNU: It's always good to come on the groupie channel. Thank you.

O'BRIEN: Nice to have you, sir. I hope you have a good day.

I always need a cocktail after I speak to him. I really need like a vodka and tonic after I talk to him.

DANA BASH, CNN: I wonder why he was one of our hosts for that program cross fire. You really wonder?

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