Santorum Pays Twice Romney’s Tax Rate

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Santorum Pays Twice Romney’s Tax Rate

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(Republican presidential candidate, former U.S. Sen. Rick Santorum greets a crowd of supporters during a rally February 13, 2012 at the Washington State History Museum in Tacoma, Washington.)

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When it comes to capital gains and the taxman, Romney beats Santorum hands down. Santorum pays double the rate Romney pays to the IRS. 

The former Pennsylvania senator disclosed his tax returns for the last four years showing he paid 28 percent in taxes, compared to Mitt Romney's 14 percent, who made most of his money on investments taxed on the lower capital gains rate. 

Santorum's filing also showed a steep increase in income after getting voted out of the Senate, largely coming from consulting fees to interest groups, shedding light on his deep ties to Washington—something Mitt Romney may want to pounce on. 

But his higher tax rate hasn’t given Santorum any more cred with the 99 percent. On Valentine’s Day the conservative was yelling, "Get a Job" at Occupy Tacoma protestors who disrupted a rally in Washington State. Maybe he can offer more specific advice since he had no trouble getting a job after leaving the Senate.

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