Obama: Romney "Should Come Clean" on Taxes

Your News Companion by Ben Mathis-Lilley
Sept. 24 2012 9:31 AM

Obama's New Campaign Math: 47 + 14

The Obama campaign is rolling out a new attack ad Monday that looks to capitalize on two numbers: 14 and 47. Fourteen as in 14.1 percent, the effective federal tax rate Mitt Romney paid last year. And 47 as in, "There are 47 percent who are with [Obama], who are dependent upon government, who believe that they are victims."

The Associated Press reports that the ad, which is part of a larger tax-themed assault on Romney, will begin airing Monday in Ohio but will also likely see airtime in other battleground states between now and November. The 30-second spot suggests that the president and his allies are likely to continue to batter the GOP challenger over his past tax returns. On Friday, Romney released a summary of his returns dating back 20 years, but he continues to steadfastly refuse calls from Democrats to release the actual documents for any year prior to 2010.

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Josh Voorhees is a Slate senior writer. He lives in Iowa City. 

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