FORTUNE — Mitt Romney has a curious definition of “middle income,” based on an interview this morning with ABC News:
I’m honestly not sure what Romney is trying to say here, except that he doesn’t want to raise federal income taxes.
Is he honestly trying to argue that “middle-income” is $200,000 to $250,000?” According to recent U.S. Census data, just 1.9% of U.S. households fit that definition. I’ve heard people say the American middle class is disappearing, but 1.9% would be extreme.
Romney defenders on Twitter have latched on to the “and less” part of his statement, but how does that really help matters? Does Romney mean everything under $250,000 is middle income? If so, that would seem to eliminate the “lower income” category entirely — and how do you have a middle without the lower and higher?
I’ve asked the Romney campaign for clarification. Also asked for a specific definition from the Obama campaign, given the President’s tendency to refer to tax cuts for those earning less than $250,000 as “middle class” tax cuts. Not really expecting answers from either.
For the record, median U.S. household income is around $50,000.
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