(CNSNews.com) - “Governor Romney’s proposal to limit certain tax deductions based on income, including the deduction for mortgage interest on second homes, is a surrender to the class warfare rhetoric of the Left," Republican Newt Gingrich said on Wednesday.
Gingrich has scaled back his campaign for president, but -- as he promised to do last month -- he is continuing to represent the conservatives' views and values, especially when he believes Mitt Romney is not representing those values.
Gingrich issued the statement in response to something Romney said over the weekend: Reporters overheard the Massachusetts Republican telling donors in Florida that he might abolish the tax break for mortgages on second homes, or maybe eliminate state and property tax deductions for the wealthy, as part of his effort to lower tax rates for all Americans.
"I'm going to keep the burden on the upper-income people the same as it is today," Romney said on Tuesday as he campaigned across Pennsylvania on Tax Day. "I know Democrats will say it day in and day out, 'They (Republicans) are for tax cuts for the rich,' he said, mimicking his rivals. "No,'" he added firmly.
Gingrich on Wednesday reminded Romney that conservatives believe in the "classical American definition of fairness – that every American be treated equally under the law." Equal treatment must apply to Americans of every income level, just as it does to Americans of every race, color and creed, Gingrich added.
“Governor Romney’s tax proposal violates that principle by giving politicians the power to carve out exceptions in the law for people of certain incomes. Furthermore, it sets the stage for future tax increases, as politicians will continually try to decrease the income threshold where citizens will no longer be able to avail themselves of the deductions."
Gingrich is advocating an optional 15% flat tax that he says treats all Americans equally and allows them to either keep the current deductions and all the paperwork or move to a simpler system -- and a one-page form.