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Democratic National Committee announces the “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” tour

Today, the Democratic National Committee announced the “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” Tour II, which will advance the route Mitt Romney is expected to travel over the coming days through Virginia, North Carolina, Florida, and Ohio. The “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” Tour II will begin in Alexandria, Virginia TOMORROW, Friday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m. EDT and will highlight Mitt Romney’s record of failure as Governor of Massachusetts, the lack of support small businesses received from Governor Romney’s Administration and Romney’s proposed tax hike on middle-class families to pay for massive tax cuts for the wealthiest Americans. The DNC’s latest tour represents a reprise of the successful tour by the same name that the DNC conducted in June to respond to Mitt Romney’s tour at the time, which included stops in NH, PA, OH, IA, WI and MI.

Throughout Mitt Romney’s career, middle-class families have frequently found themselves thrown under the bus as a result of his failed record and top-down economic policies. When Romney was Governor of Massachusetts, the number of business startups fell by 10 percent and hit its lowest point during his last year in office. Massachusetts ranked 47th out of 50 in job creation, and Romney hiked taxes and fees by $750 million a year in addition to saddling the Commonwealth with the highest debt per person in the country.

And the policies Mitt Romney has embraced as a candidate would only further erode middle-class security. Mitt Romney would hike taxes on the middle class to pay for massive tax cuts for wealthy Americans like Romney. Independent economists found that Romney’s plan would raise taxes on the average middle-class family with children by $2,000 in order to give hundreds of thousands of dollars in tax breaks to millionaires and billionaires.

Yet while Mitt Romney favors a tax plan that benefits millionaires and billionaires like himself him while raising taxes on the middle class, he continues to refuse to release more of his own tax returns. Americans have a right to learn more about why Romney had a Swiss Bank Account, how low a tax rate he has paid and if he even paid taxes at all some years, and what his finances looked like while he was outsourcing jobs, offshoring his own money and laying off workers in the private sector.

The four-day DNC bus tour will stop in the states that Mitt Romney is visiting, beginning tomorrow in Virginia with stops in Alexandria, Richmond and Norfolk. Tomorrow’s stops will be followed by multiple stops in North Carolina, Florida and Ohio on Saturday, Sunday and Monday. Joining the DNC on the tour will be Massachusetts elected officials, local officials and small business owners, and national surrogates such as DNC Chair Debbie Wasserman Schultz, DNC Vice Chair R.T. Rybak, former Pennsylvania Governor Ed Rendell and former Iowa Governor Chet Culver.

WHAT: Press conference launching the DNC’s “Romney Economics: The Middle Class Under the Bus” Tour II to highlight Mitt Romney’s Disastrous Policies for the Middle Class

WHO: Former U.S. Rep. Tom Perriello (D-VA)
Brad Woodhouse, DNC Communications Director
Massachusetts Representative Kathi-Anne Reinstein
Massachusetts Representative David Linsky
Nora Partlow, Owner, St. Elmo’s Coffee Pub in Alexandria, VA

WHEN: TOMORROW, Friday, August 10 at 9:30 a.m. EDT

WHERE: 1400 Duke Street
Alexandria, VA 22314

Press must RSVP in advance and present a valid credential at the event. For tomorrow’s Virginia event, press must RSVP to chalifr@dnc.org by Thursday at 7 p.m. EDT to be considered. All those receiving credentials will be notified. Details for Friday’s events in Richmond and Norfolk are forthcoming.