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Romney Defines ‘Middle Class Income’ As $250,000 And Less

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The 2012 election season has seen a lot of rhetoric over middle class Americans. Before we continue, maybe we should determine the average income for a middle class family. According to Mitt Romney, that number falls somewhere under $250,000.

During an interview with George Stephanopoulos, Romney said that his tax plan would not raise taxes on middle-income people.

Romney said:

“No one can say my plan is going to raise taxes on middle-income people, because principle number one is (to) keep the burden down on middle-income taxpayers.”

But what is middle-income? Romney defined middle class income as $200,000 to $250,000 a year and less.

It’s a confusing statement that has left Romney open to criticism.

First, $250,000? According to the Census Bureau the median household income for an American family is just over $50,000. Second, “and less” makes it seem like there’s no lower class. The wealth gap in America continues to grow and Romney’s statement makes it seem like he sees the country as a nation of haves and have nots.

President Obama has been working hard to win the middle class vote and has painted Romney as someone who is completely out of touch with the average American. Romney’s classification of middle class wealth seems to solidify that point.

Of course, there is another way to view Romney’s statements.

According to US News, middle class income falls between $32,000 and $100,000. The top 1% make over $250,000 a year and the top 5% make over $150,000. Romney’s numbers were still off but it wasn’t as drastic as people are making it out to be.

Also, there’s been some discrepancy over what Mitt Romney actually said. When the interview first aired many people had Romney quoted as saying that middle class was between $200,000 and $250,000. But the GOP candidate may have been redefining his estimate mid-sentence, saying between “two hundred thousand… two, two hundred and fifty thousand, and less.”

Romney’s campaign later clarified that he was talking about household income and not individual income. Still, Mitt Romney seems to think that the middle class is about $100,000 richer than they actually are.

What do you think of Mitt Romney’s statements? Does this show how out of touch the GOP candidate is with the American people? Or was Romney just a little high on his estimate?

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36 Responses to “Romney Defines ‘Middle Class Income’ As $250,000 And Less”

  1. Dan McConnell

    Absolutely out of touch. While they smile, stare dreamily at some future-point floating somewhere above/left of the camera and talk about the American middle class, they are thinking about the beautiful homes of accountants and lawyers just outside their gated communities-the ones they actually see. They have no idea.

  2. Susan Holmes Weber

    Okay, he said "or less"–does that mean everyone below that? Preposterous. If you are running for president you should know basic facts about what the average middle class person earns or even better an idea of ranges, which I have read are between (circa) 37,000 to 57,000.

  3. Sam Houston

    I'm single male make just over $100,000/yr but live in LA, Calif and do it working 6-7 days a week 8-10 days in an industry that's been doing more with less last 15yrs(down sized 2/3's of technicians) and I'd call myself just middle class… 33-38% Tax Rate Killing Me and I'm a homeowner to boot….

  4. Clare Cameron Cox

    Oh, my — I'm not in the middle income group and and from news reports re:garding Candidate Romney, I never have been! Out of touch? How about dementia?

  5. Linda Morgan Clark

    It really is possible for people of wealth to not have a clue but this guy isn't only clueless; he's deaf and blind to all but what his personal privileged life wanted him to see and her. That kind of an insular life experience has no business occupying the White House.

  6. Rohinton Irani

    "Is $100,000 middle income?" Stephanopoulos asked.

    "No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less," Romney responded.

    ———————————————————————-
    WOW! Oh Ya gotta be Kidding me?

    I mean People CANNOT be THIS STUPID!

    To VOTE for THIS Creature!

    4 More Years? Or GOOD LUCK to US ALL!

  7. Rohinton Irani

    Andrew Jacob Leingang

    No….STUPID !…I HAVEN'T.

    But YOU ARE ?….Since YOU & YOUR ILK Gloss over WHY ? we're in this F**KING Mess ?

    That YOUR Hero President CHUCKLE NUTS Left for us !

  8. Andrew Dirgo

    Andrew Jacob Leingang
    How's about we actually offer reasoning behind our claims, instead of just demeaning people's perfectly legitimate opinions. Also you didn't once use the correct version of 'you're'. Learn how to not be an ignorant person.

  9. Andrew Dirgo

    I suppose I should clarify a bit. Telling people that they're 'tragic' (also note the correct usage of a contraction…) and not offering any reasoning behind this statement is, well, tragic. See what I did there? Going on the internet and being mean for no stated reason only demeans yourself and serves to solidify whatever point you're disagreeing with, because if you offer no rationale people just assume you're dumb. Like I did when I saw your comments both above and below. Don't be a dick on the internet just because you can.

  10. Andrew Jacob Leingang

    well dirgo…. 250,000 is the maximum amount of money in the middle class is what hes stating. That is for a whole household with both parents bringing in that. Not just one person like u ignorant people are claiming. Personally i know people who do bring in this amount… that is the maximum…. not the average. Dirgo try that one on for size… another thing…. u r seriously going to support obama after the last 4 years??? my political teacher is a democrat and he even said obama has a bad track record….. that is fact…. so watch ur mouth……

  11. Andrew Dirgo

    I agree that he has a bad track record. I don't think that McCain would have a better track had he been elected. I also understand what Romney was saying, and that you don't think it's incredulous only tells me that you've grown up in a supremely affluent community and don't have much of a grasp on what the real world is like.

    Read the article you're posting on: The author states that "the median household income for an American family is just over $50,000." Median means middle. And 200,000 dollars a year is an incredible sum of money to be off in your estimates of what middle class (read: average, or something near the median) is making. I'm not claiming anything to do with 'one person', and nobody else who's commented on here made the claim that you've assumed.

  12. Andrew Dirgo

    That comment made literally no sense, but my guess is that if "everyone else is against romney" then it stands to reason that they'll be voting for Obama. I hope the majority of them do. It was nice arguing with someone who doesn't understand what logic is, or how to accurately identify and respond to other people's points. Have fun in college; it's going to be difficult considering the way you reason and write. My first suggestion is to stop calling people ignorant and actually think about what they're saying before you respond. Have a good one buddy.

  13. Andrew Jacob Leingang

    lol ur dumb… i was arguing against obama because ev eryone else was arguing against romney were they not??? u just lost and have to claim u won and that im not intelligent because denial is ur only argument… i made complete sense arguing against obama…. i was giving the other side of the story…. everyone is hating romney when he hasnt done anything as president…. obama has and people are failing to admit what he has done hasnt helped…. so that was my 3rd grade version so even the likes of u can understand…. k pumpkin??? i hope u have a god blessed day Dirgo…. i truly do

  14. Andrew Dirgo

    I'm hating on Romney, at least in this particular forum, because he is tragically out of touch with the vast majority of Americans, as exemplified by his definition of middle class, and you've done nothing rational to dispute that. Nor have you refuted any of my points with anything resembling reason.

    I'm also not sure how you get that you've 'won' an argument here. For the record I don't think that I've won either; clearly neither one of us is going to be swayed by the other person's opinions. But what you're doing isn't arguing. Stop calling people dumb and ignorant for the fun of it, I've done nothing to warrant either label, and neither did Linda, Lynn, or Claire for that matter. You're demeaning yourself and harming Romney by the dogmatic and illogical way you're defending him. Congratulations.

    And thanks sugar, I will. You have a good one too.

  15. Andrew Dirgo

    I'm hating on Romney, at least in this particular forum, because he is tragically out of touch with the vast majority of Americans, as exemplified by his definition of middle class, and you've done nothing rational to dispute that. Nor have you refuted any of my points with anything resembling reason.

    I'm also not sure how you get that you've 'won' an argument here. For the record I don't think that I've won either; clearly neither one of us is going to be swayed by the other person's opinions. But what you're doing isn't arguing. Stop calling people dumb and ignorant for the fun of it, I've done nothing to warrant either label, and neither did Linda, Lynn, or Claire for that matter. You're demeaning yourself and harming Romney by the dogmatic and illogical way you're defending him. Congratulations.

    And thanks sugar, I will. You have a good one too.

  16. Andrew Dirgo

    I'm hating on Romney, at least in this particular forum, because he is tragically out of touch with the vast majority of Americans, as exemplified by his definition of middle class, and you've done nothing rational to dispute that. Nor have you refuted any of my points with anything resembling reason.

    I'm also not sure how you get that you've 'won' an argument here. For the record I don't think that I've won either; clearly neither one of us is going to be swayed by the other person's opinions. But what you're doing isn't arguing. Stop calling people dumb and ignorant for the fun of it, I've done nothing to warrant either label, and neither did Linda, Lynn, or Claire for that matter. You're demeaning yourself and harming Romney by the dogmatic and illogical way you're defending him. Congratulations.

    And thanks sugar, I will. You have a good one too.

  17. Andrew Dirgo

    Ah hah, I see what happened here. There was some random 18 year old who called the above three posters ignorant (in the most blithe, unjustified and insulting fashion possible) and I was responding to him. He's since deleted his comments, as I will mine.

  18. MacKenzie Magnuson

    Romney is by far the biggest idiot in the whole world. If you think for one second that the average middle class person/household makes generally $200,000 to $250,000 a year; is sadly out of touch with the world and needs to look into the facts before openning their big mouths. From moment one I have not liked Romney and hearing this has made me dislike him more.

  19. Andrew Jacob Leingang

    lol if mitt is an idiot isnt it sad that he wrecked the candidate your voting for last night in the debate???? oh and good reasons for stating why hes an idiot…. thanks for coming out though…..

  20. Kimberly Tenuta

    Andrew Leingang what are you like 12 who doesn't work and has no idea what its like to raise a family and maybe you should go back to 5th grade and read about the government and how laws and things are passed before you run your mouth. You may not like President Obama however you should show some respect for the people here who are old enough to know what's going on in this election instead of act like a child who knows nothing about the real world.