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On Same Day, Clinton Pledges Not To Raise Taxes On Middle Class, Then Hedges

- February 19, 2016

Last Night, When Answering A Question About Funding For Social Security, Clinton Said Raising The Social Security Tax Cap On Those Making $120,000 A Year Was "One Of The Options" She Was Considering. MSNBC'S JOSE DIAZ-BALART: "Among those different issues that you mentioned as you know people pay social security taxes on income up to about $120,000. Senator Sanders wants to change that. You were opposed to raising the cap in 2008. This time around you seem to be considering it, but you haven't come out one way or another. Should people start paying social security income taxes on over $120,000?" CLINTON: "That's one of the options Jose. You know that's why I said… Well it could be over $250,000, it could from a $120[k] up, it could be a higher amount, but this is the kind of issue that you've got to try to figure out where the Congress might be. So I've laid out a number of different approaches to get the money. The other one that I mentioned to the gentleman is putting the - you know, putting the percentage on passive income so that people with a lot of income, but from capital gains and from investments - you know, they don't pay much into social security, but they have a lot of money, they will have to pay more. So those are a couple of the options. I think we can pick one or more of those, but the goal is to get more money into the trust fund." ( MSNBC's Democrat Town Hall, Las Vegas, NV, 2/18/16)

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BUT LITERALLY JUST HOURS BEFORE THE TOWN HALL, CLINTON REITERATED HER CAMPAIGN PLEDGE NOT TO RAISE ANY TAXES ON AMERICANS MAKING LESS THAN $250,000 A YEAR

Hours Before In An Interview, Clinton Reiterated Her Pledge To Not Raise Taxes On Anybody That Earns $250,000 Or Less A Year. CBS'S SCOTT PELLEY: "What's your tax plan? Who gets a tax increase? Who gets a tax cut?" CLINTON: "Well first, I am not raising taxes on the middle class, period. I'm going after incomes $5 million or more that I think have too many opportunities to game the system and escape paying the taxes that they should. I'm going after corporations that are 'gaming' the system. I want to have a sensible corporate tax policy." PELLEY: "Senator Sanders said that he would raise taxes on any family that made $250,000 and above. Is that your level, $250,000?" CLINTON: "Well I said I will not raise taxes on anybody $250 or below. But, here's the problem with Senator Sander's plan-- his numbers don't add up. There is no way for him to fulfill the promises he is making without raising taxes on the middle class." (CBS Evening News, 2/18/16)

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This Is Not The First Time Clinton Has Waffled On Her Pledge, Sometimes Referring To It As Only A "Goal"

In December 2015, Clinton Hedged On Her Previous Pledge Not To Raise Taxes On Middle-Class Americans, Instead Calling It A "Goal." ABC'S GEORGE STEPHANOPOULOS: "You're also saying no tax increases at all for anyone earning under $250,000. Is that a rock solid read my lips promise?" CLINTON: "Well, it certainly is my goal and I've laid it out in this campaign and it's something President Obama promised, it's something my husband certainly tried to achieve, because I want Americans to know that I get it." (Hillary Clinton, ABC's This Week, 12/6/15)

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