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    Romney: ‘Middle-income’ is $200K to $250K and less

    BOSTON — Mitt Romney is promising to reduce taxes on middle-income Americans.

    But how does he define ‘middle income? The Republican presidential nominee defined it Friday as income of $200,000 to $250,000 a year and less.

    The definition of ‘‘middle income’’ or the ‘‘middle class’’ is politically charged as Romney and President Obama fight to win over working-class voters.


    Romney would be among the wealthiest presidents, if elected, and Democrats have repeatedly painted him as out of touch with average people.

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    Obama also has set his definition for ‘‘middle class’’ as families with income of up to $250,000 a year.

    Romney’s comments came an interview broadcast Friday on ABC’s ‘‘Good Morning America.’’

    ‘‘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,’’ Romney told host George Stephanopoulos.

    ‘‘Is $100,000 middle income?’’ Stephanopoulos asked.


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

    His campaign later clarified that Romney was referencing household income, not individual income.

    The Census Bureau reported this week that the median household income — the midpoint for the nation — is just over $50,000.

    Obama wants to extend Bush-era tax cuts for those making less than $250,000, while Romney wants to extend the tax cuts for everyone.

    Romney has not explained how he would keep his plan from growing the nation’s deficit.

    Associated Press