Mitt Romney and Paul Ryan held their first joint interview on CBS' 60 Minutes on Sunday night, and the Obama For America campaign immediately seized on one comment by the vice-presidential nominee as "awkward."
Specifically the Dems criticism came from Ryan's comment "What we're saying is, take away the tax shelters that are uniquely enjoyed by people in the top tax brackets so they can't shelter as much money from taxation, should lower tax rates for everybody to make America more competitive."
An e-mail from the OFA camp read
”But Mitt Romney has investments in foreign tax havens that span the globe, leading experts to question whether Romney’s avoided paying U.S. taxes. While we can’t know for certain if he’s using his offshore accounts and investments to avoid paying his fair share in taxes or hedge against the dollar until he releases additional tax returns, we do know that Romney approved the use of tax shelters as head of Marriott’s audit committee. Tax experts have noted that Romney’s role with these abusive tax shelters represent “a key troubling public manifestation of Romney's apparent insensitivity to tax obligations.”