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RNC Set To Air Anti-Obama Radio Ad Tomorrow

Tim Craig

The Republican National Committee will air a radio ad in the Washington region tomorrow to welcome Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) to Northern Virginia.

Obama is scheduled to hold a town hall meeting Thursday afternoon in Fairfax County. In the ad, a teacher accuses Obama of voting to raise taxes on people who earn more than $32,000 a year.

"I hear a lot of promises from politicians," the woman states. "Barack Obama promises to cut taxes, but he voted to raise taxes on folks earning as little as $32,000. I'm a teacher, and I feel the strain of rising gas prices and food prices every day. I don't understand why Obama insists on raising my taxes."

The teacher then states, "Senator Obama is acting like a typical politician, he's promising one thing and he's doing another."

The ad refers to a vote Obama took on the Democrats' proposed fiscal year 2009 budget. Under that proposal, the tax rate would have increased by 3 percent for those wager earners in the 25 percent tax rate, according to the Associated Press.

But Jared Leopold, a spokesman for the Virginia Democratic Party's coordinated campaign, said the ad is more "fuzzy math from" Republicans. He noted Annenberg's Political Fact Check found that it's "not true" to claim that Obama voted to raise taxes on individuals who earn more than $32,000.

Individuals would have to make at least $41,500 per year before their taxes would increase under that bill, the group found. Leopold said Obama wants to cut taxes for middle class families if he is elected president.

By Tim Craig  |  July 9, 2008; 5:56 PM ET
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Even if he plans to raise taxes at 41,500, people below that are not middle class in this area. What this essentially means is higher taxes for almost anyone who has a salary in Northern Virginia. I can't even imagine how much they're going to go up for middle class to upper middle class people here.

Posted by: Anonymous | July 10, 2008 10:40 AM | Report abuse

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