Senate Democrats

On Taxes, The Voters Have Spoken

On Election Day, Americans Pulled Lever For Ending Tax Breaks For the Wealthy

NATIONAL EXIT POLLS: 60% OF VOTERS SUPPORT HIGHER TAXES ON WEALTHY

POLITICO: “More than half of voters favor increasing taxes, according to early exit polls released Tuesday night. Six in 10 voters nationwide say they think taxes should be increased, a welcome statistic for President Barack Obama and a sign that the president’s attacks on Mitt Romney’s proposed tax cuts for the wealthy may have been effective.” [11/6/12]

PUNDITS AGREE: OBAMA WON PUBLIC’S BACKING ON TAX ISSUE

WEEKLY STANDARD’S BILL KRISTOL: “President Obama won re-election. I hate to say it, but he said he wanted to raise taxes on the wealthy and he got 51 percent of the vote. They won seats in the Senate and the House.” [Fox News’ Special Report with Bret Baier, 11/7/12]

WSJ’s STEPHEN MOORE: “Now, look, Barack Obama won the election. Elections have consequences. He ran on the fact that he’s going to raise those tax cuts — those tax rates on the rich, so he can claim that he’s got a voter mandate to do that.” [FBN’s The Willis Report, 11/7/12]

NBC’s CHUCK TODD & DAVID GREGORY:

GREGORY: “Did the President win the fight over taxes last night?”

TODD: “I looked at that exit poll. It sure looks like it to me.”

GREGORY: “Yeah.”

TODD: “Maybe not on health care. There were some other things that didn’t go so well for the President, but boy, on taxes, it wasn’t even close.”

[NBC’s The Daily Rundown, 11/7/12]

CNN’s ANDERSON COOPER: “This president got re-elected very clearly saying that is what he wanted to do—to raise taxes on the wealthiest Americans. The Republican challenger said he did not want to do that and he did not get elected. Doesn’t that give President Obama and the Democrats some right to push for raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans?” [CNN’s Anderson Cooper 360, 12/7/12]

SLATE’S DAVE WEIGEL: “Barack Obama ran on one consistent tax promise, in both 2008 and 2012. Vote for him, and you’d see middle-class tax rates stay the same while the rate on income over $250,000 increased to 39.6 percent. /// Twice, in four years, a majority of voters have picked Obama for president, knowing full well that he’ll raise upper-income tax rates.” [Slate, 11/7/12]

 

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