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Talk Back: What Defines Middle Class Income?

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's definition of "middle class" set off a debate last week.

Republican Presidential candidate Mitt Romney sparked a media firestorm last week during an interview on ABC's "Good Morning America" last Friday morning.

ABC's George Stephanopoulos was discussing the middle class, which has been a central part to President Barack Obama's campaign message, with Romney during an interview, according to The Huffington Post.

"No one can say my plan is going to raise taxes on middle-income people, because principle number one is (to) keep the burden down on middle-income taxpayers," Romney said to Stephanopoulos.

Stephanopoulos followed up by asking "Is $100,000 middle income?"

"No, middle income is $200,000 to $250,000 and less," Romney said. His campaign later clarified throught the news media that Romney was referencing a total household income, not a single person's individual income.

Many complained that Romney's quote was simply taken out of context while others said it was evidence of the candidate being out of touch with the current state of American households and what the middle class truly is.

For reference, the U.S. Census Bureau states the median, or most common, household income in the United States was $51,914 between 2006 and 2010 and that almost 14 percent of Americans live under the poverty line.

What income range defines the "middle class" of the United States? What did you think of Romney's comments on television?

Let us know in the comments!

Tired of This September 18, 2012 at 01:44 PM
Mitt Romney is correct in stating that middle class income is between $200-250,000 or LESS for total household income, especially on Long Island. The accurate part of his statement is that is states OR LESS!!! Why isn't the media hyped up about OBAMA's MILLIONAIRE TAX on those who make $250,000 or more. DOUBLE STANDARD??????
donna September 18, 2012 at 02:09 PM
MITT ROMNEY is done.
frustrated September 18, 2012 at 07:25 PM
You are so right. I do not make that $ but some average people with teaching jobs, police - if they are married to a teacher that is their salary. With the taxes on LI and other utility prices from gas to electric... you are lucky to have left over $. Forget it if you have student loans for kids in college
ELLA September 20, 2012 at 12:22 AM
Don't count him out. Remember Carter.
kathy m September 24, 2012 at 12:17 AM
God help us if Oboma gets back in were all screwed

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