Former Gov. Charlie Crist is making the rounds as a Barack Obama surrogate and today released the following statement that adopts the talking points of the Romney campaign. Crist, who campaign last weekend for the president in Ohio, chided the Romney/Ryan economic plan as having a double standard. Here's the statement as released by the Democratic National Committee:
“Let’s call the Romney-Ryan economic plan what it is – a so-called five-point plan that is really a one-point plan: one set of rules for them and their friends and another set of rules for everyone else – the same bad ideas that created the crisis in the first place.
"Mitt Romney is offering the American people a “sketchy deal” – his plan to spend $5 trillion on a tax cut for the wealthiest that they don’t need and $2 trillion for a defense buildup the Pentagon hasn’t asked for, without explaining how he’d pay for it. Mitt Romney and Congressman Ryan oppose asking millionaires and billionaires to pay their fair share.
"That’s why their plan would require raising taxes on the middle class by cutting deductions like those for mortgage interest, children, and charitable contributions to pay for $250,000 tax cuts for multi-millionaires. Because that’s the truth – and in addition to their tax plan favoring the wealthy at the expense of the middle class, Paul Ryan and Mitt Romney both support deep cuts in to the investments we need to grow, like education. The Romney-Ryan budget would make deep spending cuts now which would weaken the recovery and cost the economy jobs.”