With recent heightened emphasis on the U.S. economic woes, Republicans are finding new ammunition in comments by Democratic vice presidential candidate Joe Biden that raising tax rates on wealthier Americans is a matter of patriotism.
â€œWe want to take money and put it back in the pocket of middle class people,â€ Biden said today during an appearance on Good Morning America . â€œAnyone making over $250,000â€¦â€ the host began to question, â€œIs going to pay more,â€ Biden interjected. â€œYou got it. Itâ€™s time to be patriotic, Kate. Itâ€™s time to jump in, itâ€™s time to be part of the deal, itâ€™s time to help get America out of the rut.â€
The comments, certain to sure to excite the fiscal wing of the GOP, were circulated this morning by the Republican National Committee.
Itâ€™s not the first time Biden has made the connection between higher taxes and patriotism. At a campaign appearance in Sarasota, Fla., earlier this month , Biden was asked by a supporter what she should tell her wealthy friends concerned about the Democratic presidential ticketâ€™s tax increase for those making more than $250,000.
â€œItâ€™s time to be patriotic, thatâ€™s what you say to them,â€ he replied. He received a rousing standing ovation, suggesting Democrats are more supportive of the notion.