In a new 2-minute Web video, President Obama is reminding people of exactly what he campaigned for during the election: higher taxes on those making $250,000 or more a year.
The clip is part of the Obama administration's social-media push to raise public support for his position of higher taxes on the top 2 percent of earners as "fiscal cliff" negotiations continue. It is one of the first times the post-election the Obama team has used actual footage from the campaign to show verbatim what he called for on the trail.
"President Obama campaigned on a clear tax plan,” graphics in the video's opening sequence read. Then, a flashback to Obama's speech on Sept. 9 in Florida: "Under my plan, first of all, 98 percent of folks who make less than $250,000, you wouldn't see your income taxes go up a single dime."
Since he won re-election, Obama has highlighted what he believes was his victory in the court of public opinion on taxes, suggesting Republicans should accept the politically popular idea of raising taxes on the wealthiest Americans.
“That's the kind of fair, balanced, responsible plan that I talked about during the campaign, and that's what the majority of Americans believe in,” Obama said in Hatfield, Pa., last Friday in a campaign-style trip to rouse public support for the White House’s position.