GOP candidate releases 2011 returns; Paul Ryan booed during AARP speech
POSTED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 5:30pm
UPDATED: Friday, September 21, 2012 - 5:34pm
NBC NATIONAL NEWS — Mitt Romney released his 2011 tax returns Friday, to prove he kept his word to pay at a rate of at least 13 percent.
The surprise for many was Romney decided to pay more than he legally had to in 2011 taxes.
Romney made $13.7 million, donated $4 million, deducted $2.25 million and paid $1.9, or 14.1 percent.
Aides said he paid more to keep a promise made earlier this year, in which he stated he always paid at least 13 percent.
Earlier Friday President Obama fired back at Romney, who vowed he'd change Washington from the inside.
"The change takes more than one term or even more than one president and it certainly takes more than one party. It can't happen if you write off half the nation before you even took office," Mr. Obama said, a reminder that Romney was caught on tape criticizing 47 percent of Americans who pay no federal income tax but, as he said, "feel entitled to benefits".
The president made his view clear via satellite to an AARP meeting in New Orleans.
"I want to emphasize Medicare and Social Security are not handouts. You've paid into these programs your whole lives," Mr. Obama said.
Romney running mate Paul Ryan appeared in person at the AARP event and was booed when he pushed changes in senior health care.
"The first step to a stronger Medicare is to repeal Obamacare because it represents the worst of both worlds," Ryan said, prompting a round lound of heckling.
The new NBC-Marist poll puts Romney behind President Obama in three key swing states.