Obama's "Buffett Rule" campaign, and a push for Romney's tax records.

Obama Pushes "Buffett Rule," Calls for More Romney Tax Records

Obama Pushes "Buffett Rule," Calls for More Romney Tax Records

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April 10 2012 5:11 PM

Obama Pushes “Buffett Rule,” Calls for More Romney Tax Records

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(U.S. President Barack Obama speaks on the economy at Florida Atlantic University on April 10, 2012 in Boca Raton, Florida. The President made the case for the Buffet Rule, a principle for fairness that ensures that millionaires pay at least the same effective tax rate as middle class families pay )

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President Obama and fellow Democrats have picked their next fight with Mitt Romney and Republicans. What’s the issue? Here’s a hint: It comes just before your taxes are due.

The president is in the battleground state of Florida this week, pushing the so-called “Buffett Rule,” which would require the wealthiest Americans to pay at least 30 percent of their income in federal taxes. Democrats say the rule would bring increased equality to a tax code that unfairly favors the wealthy over the middle class—Republicans have called it class warfare.

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The rule has been part of the White House’s agenda for months, but as battle lines are drawn ahead of November, congressional Democrats and the president hope to bring the issue of progressive tax reform front and center. A vote on the rule is scheduled for next week. Meanwhile, Obama’s campaign is calling for Romney to release more of his tax returns—hoping to show the candidate’s relatively low tax rate in comparison to the majority of Americans. Will it work? Depends … does Romney get a write-off for his Cadillacs?

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.