GOP Lawmakers Target of New Attack Ad

NEIL CAVUTO, HOST OF, "YOUR WORLD": Taking class warfare viral.



A new ad from a group called Patriotic Millionaires attacking Republican lawmakers who also happen to be millionaires for fighting against tax hikes on millionaires.

Joining me now on the phone, one of those targets, Republican Congressman John Campbell from the fine state of California.

Congressman, what did you think of this?

REP. JOHN CAMPBELL, R-CALIF.: Well, Neil, you know it's really funny because when I looked at that just this morning, and I think they are trying to imply that there's some hypocrisy going on here. But there really isn't any hypocrisy on my side. The hypocrisy is on the other side.

I don't want to raise my taxes. I don’t want to raise your taxes. I don't want to raise Warren Buffett's taxes. I don’t want to raise anybody's taxes, so I don't see what the hypocrisy is there.

But, on the other hand, Warren Buffett is saying he thinks he ought to pay more money. Well, you know, there's nothing stopping him from doing that right now. He can pay more money to the federal government if he wants to. But don’t ask me and a whole lot of other Americans to contribute to the cause that he believes is worthy.

That's really for us to decide. And, Neil, that's why I have a bill that I -- this will be the third Congress I have introduced it in -- which I call 'Put Your Money Where Your Mouth Is.' And it’s a simple bill that would allow the Warren Buffetts of the world to make it easier for them to pay the more taxes that they seem to want to pay.

You would add another line on to the 1040 return underneath total tax that would say additional tax I wish to pay. And Warren Buffett and Barbra Streisand and others can put in whatever number they want there and they can contribute to this particular cause without asking all the rest of us to do the same.

CAVUTO: Obviously this ad though is targeting the rich members of the House and Senate who might appear to be looking after themselves rather than looking after the American people. That’s the intent anyway. What do you say to that?

CAMPBELL: It's just wrong. It has nothing to do with personal. As I say, I'm not trying to raise taxes -- we all have an income level. We could all be raising taxes on somebody at a different income level than we are. That's where the hypocrisy comes in, and that’s where the wrong thing comes in. I’m not looking to raise taxes on me, no, but I am also not looking to raise taxes or anyone with incomes higher than me or incomes lower than me, because that’s not what got us into this problem and that is not what is going to get us out of this problem.

I think they're just completely misconstruing what's really going on here.

CAVUTO: Congressman, good having you again. Be well.

CAMPBELL: OK, Neil. Thanks.

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