Capitol reporter Mary Wilson covers Pennsylvania politics and issues at the Pennsylvania state capitol.
Pennsylvania’s presidential primary isn’t a contest anymore, but presumptive Republican nominee Mitt Romney is still campaigning in the Keystone State.
Speaking to a rally hosted by the Independence Hall Tea Party, the former Massachusetts Governor received a warm welcome from the conservative voters who had treated him with skepticism throughout the Republican primary process.
Romney drew multiple standing ovations from the crowd, who launched into cheers of, “Mitt! Mitt! Mitt!”
The audience booed when Romney mentioned President Obama’s suggested “Buffett Rule,” which would require millionaires to pay a minimum tax of 30 percent. “His big idea now is this Buffet Rule,’” Romney said. “Someone calculated, by the way, that the taxes he would raise from his Buffet Rule would pay for 11 hours of the government. This is not exactly a grand idea.”
“This man is out of ideas,” he continued. “He’s out of excuses. And in 2012, we’re going to make sure he’s put out of office.”
The “Buffett Rule” proposal, which President Obama has been talking up on the campaign trail this month, failed to pass a Senate cloture vote shortly before Romney began speaking. According to the Associated Press, the change would affect about 210,000 taxpayers - about one in a thousand.
Romney may have received a warm welcome from the Tea Partiers Monday night, but he’ still waiting on the support of one prominent Republican.
Former Pennsylvania Senator Rick Santorum declined to endorse his one-time primary rival during a Monday conference call with supporters. According to news reports, Santorum says he’ll make an endorsement announcement within the next few weeks.
Romney will be in Lancaster Tuesday night, to attend a dinner put on by the county’s Republican Party. (Santorum had been scheduled to attend, too, but Lancaster Online reports he has backed out of the appearance.)
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