Posted 5 years ago on Oct. 15, 2012, 5:40 p.m. EST by bensdad
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Chris Wallace Takes On Romney Adviser Over ‘Questionable’ Studies Supporting Romney’s Tax Plan to find $5T in deductions to offset $5T in tax cuts that some identify as "bribes to voters"
Not to mention the additional $2T in new military spending
by Meenal Vamburkar | 12:36 pm, October 14th, 2012
On Fox News Sunday, Chris Wallace spoke to Romney adviser Ed Gillespie about the Romney "tax plan". The pair sparred over the campaign’s lack of details — and Wallace went on to deem the studies that support the plan very “questionable.”
Wallace said, "Paul Ryan provided no additional specifics about the tax plan. He’s said we should leave the matter up to congressional negotiation [ that always works ]. Why is it all right to tell voters about the candy [the 20-percent across-the-board tax cut]…but let’s not tell them about the spinach, which is, you’re gonna lose some deductions?”
Gillespie said they have discussed deductions, and claimed they can’t start negotiating details “in a campaign environment.” Gillespie further defended the math, repeated the mantra from his bosses,
“Six different studies have said this is entirely doable.”
Wallace pointed out some of those studies are "very questionable. One of them is a blog from a guy who was a top adviser to George W. Bush. There are no nonpartisan studies.”
Gillespie argued that the neo-con American Enterprise Institute, among others, “are very credibly sources for economic analysis.”
“You wouldn’t say that AEI is a conservative think tank?” Wallace asked.
“I would say it is a right-leaning think tank,” Gillespie replied. “That doesn’t make it not credible.”
“It doesn’t make it nonpartisan,” Wallace countered.
It does make it nonpartisan. It is not a partisan organization, I can tell you, there are many instances where there have been things AEI came out with and said, I didn’t find it to be necessarily to be helpful to the Republican Party.