OK, he didn’t say that in so many words. But at a town hall meeting today, Mitt Romney bought into exactly the argument that Elizabeth Warren and, more recently, President Obama have been making – namely, that nobody in America builds a business in a vacuum, and that many of the conditions required for building a successful business (good roads, good schools, fire and police forces, etc.) are paid for by taxes. Which would seem to undercut the attacks that both Romney himself and all of his surrogates have been trying to level at Obama for the last couple of days.
Don’t believe me? I didn’t believe it either, until I watched it for myself. So here you go.
In an unrelated story, Huffington Post is claiming that “several current and former Bain executives” told them that Romney wouldn’t have run for president if he thought it meant releasing his tax returns, and that his personal preference, should doing so become politically necessary, might be to drop out. Hard to know how much stock to put in the story, but still, it’s remarkable.