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U.S. – Santorum, the new target of Obama’s advisors

Washington – The campaign team of Barack Obama, having concentrated the fire of his criticism of Mitt Romney, has changed its target and is now Rick Santorum, revived in the race for the Republican nomination by his successes in Colorado, Minnesota and Missouri.

This strategic adjustment of the Democratic candidate is explained both by the good results obtained by the former Senator from Pennsylvania and the persistence of high uncertainty in the process of selecting its future opponent in the presidential election of November 6.

At one week of primary in Arizona and Michigan, February 28, the ultraconservative Rick Santorum crosses the old industrial arc that runs from Detroit to Baltimore and refines its image as a candidate close to the people facing a billionaire Mitt Romney presented as the friend of Wall Street bankers.

These differences in style did not convince the Obama communications advisers who have opted for a tactical front: try to show that on budget issues, Romney and Santorum is Tweedledum and Tweedledee.

“Governor Mitt Romney and Senator Rick Santorum say they will be successful enough to reduce spending to cut taxes and balance the budget,” said James Kvaal, policy director for Obama campaign, in a note delivered to the release.

“In reality, both offer budget plans irresponsible and thoughtless that would lead to a deficit in trillions of dollars while their proposals for a balanced budget by reducing spending is totally unrealistic,” he writing.

On the fiscal side, Rick Santorum and Mitt Romney have very similar programs which draw their inspiration from the policy pursued by the administration of George W. Bush.

Mitt Romney advocates a reduction in the tax burden for the wealthiest taxpayers and the removal of tax concessions in the areas of education and health that primarily benefit the poor.

According to the non-partisan Tax Policy Center, this program would result in a tax loss of $ 180 billion per year.

“Romney promises to balance the budget. Not only his program can not achieve this goal, but actually increase the deficit and debt would soar, “said James Kvaal.

According to the advisor of Barack Obama, the implementation of the policy of the former Massachusetts governor would cost 375 billion for fiscal year 2016, chosen as a benchmark in its budget proposals.

Rick Santorum offers, for its part, reduced from six to two the number of tax brackets, one at 28% of revenues and the second at 10% while keeping the tax relief on mortgages and health.

“By operating the largest tax cuts, the proposed Santorum would increase the deficit even further. Santorum has proposed 900 billion of tax cuts in 2015, “recalled James Kvaal.

In an email sent last week, he felt that “the social positions of the extreme right [Santorum] are as inaccessible as they are memorable.”

Bringing water to the mill Democrat, conservatives have criticized the plans of the two Republican candidates.

These tax issues should be addressed during the nationally televised debate scheduled for tonight in Mesa, Arizona, between the four candidates of the Grand Old Party (GOP) still in contention.

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