In Cincinnati, Obama says Romney's tax cut proposal puts education, jobs at risk

07/16/2012 05:54 PM

President Barack Obama on Monday ripped the tax cut proposal of his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, during a speech in Cincinnati, which is as close as Kentucky will likely get to this year’s presidential campaign.

The tax talk dominated most of the president’s remarks before he took questions from the audience, which even included quizzing the president about his favorite girl scout cookies — an answer that draw a boo from at least one person. (see the last video in the post).

Obama said Romney’s tax plan will provide cuts to the wealthiest Americans at the expense essential programs such as education and scientific research.

And Obama told the 1,200 supporters in the crowd that when it comes to competing ideas of Democrats and Republicans they are “the tie-breaker” — a description that works for the election in general and the presidential race, specifically, as Ohio is one of the pivotal swing states.

Obama also argued that Romney’s tax plan would create jobs overseas because it would include freeing companies from taxes on their foreign holdings.

“We don’t need a president who’s going to give himself a big tax break,” Obama said. “We need a president who’s going to cut your taxes.”

Obama sought to remind the crowd that he delivered on his promise to cut taxes for the middle class. He went on the say that moving forward, he will cut taxes on all households whose income is less than $250,000 while increasing taxes on households and companies which make over $250,000.

Most small businesses that file their taxes as individuals fall in the under $250,000 annual income level, he said.

The President concluded by saying that his vision for the country differs greatly from Romney.

Obama said that he wants to invest in education, alternative energy sources, manufacturing incentives, improving infrastructure, including bridges, along with continuing the pullout of troops in Iraq and Afghanistan.

After the speech, Obama took a number of the questions from the crowd in a town hall meeting type of setting.

The questions ranged from gay rights, education and the economy — to his favorite girl scout cookie.

Obama and Romney figure to spend a lot of time in the key battleground state of Ohio. The Cincinnati area is one to the state’s Republican strongholds, although Hamilton County went for Obama in 2008.

Don Weber

Don Weber is a Video Journalist for Spectrum News and covers politics and education on Pure Politics, Kentucky’s only nightly program dedicated to state politics. Don is a lifelong Kentuckian and a graduate of Northern Kentucky University. He spent many years covering sports in the Northern Kentucky area before shifting primarily to politics. You can watch Don’s work weeknights at 7:00 and 11:30 on Pure Politics, available exclusively on Spectrum News, HD Channels 403 and 715. If you have a story idea you can reach Don at donald.weber@charter.com.

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