Policy and personal: Romney hammered on tax fronts

Associated Press
FILE - In this Aug. 9, 2012 file photo, President Barack Obama speaks in Colorado Springs, Colo. Democrats are growing increasingly confident that a two-pronged tax attack on Republican Mitt Romney _ one part policy, one part politics _ could help President Barack Obama lure pivotal support from middle class voters _ and win a second term. Led by Obama, the Democrats are going after Romney for seeking to protect tax cuts for the wealthy and refusing to release more information on the taxes he pays on his multi-million dollar personal fortune.  (AP Photo/Jack Dempsey, File)
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WASHINGTON (AP) — Democrats are growing increasingly confident in their two-pronged tax attack on Republican Mitt Romney. They're hammering both his policies and personal taxes, aiming to help President Barack Obama win pivotal support from middle class voters.

Led by Obama, the Democrats' summer assault goes after Romney for seeking to protect tax cuts for the rich and for refusing to release more information on the taxes he pays on his personal fortune.

Democrats say public and private polling suggests the double-barreled focus on taxes is a political winner for the president.

Republicans reject the notion that Romney's tax proposals could hurt him in the fall. But some party operatives say he is being damaged by his decision not to release more than two years of tax returns.

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