Priebus Calls Buffett Rule a 'Shiny Object'

Alexandra Jaffe
National Journal

Republican National Committee Chairman Reince Priebus called the Obama administration's "Buffett rule" proposal “a shiny object” that the president is using to distract the country.

“It’s all about dividing and conquering,” Priebus said on CNN’s State of the Union on Sunday, adding that "this is a shiny object that Barack Obama wants the country to look at.”

The Buffett Rule would set a minimum tax rate of 30 percent for those earning more than $1 million a year. Obama and Congressional Democrats have been promoting the proposal in recent weeks in hopes of highlighting one of Obama's primary campaign messages: economic inequality.

The Buffet Rule has very little chance of passing in Congress and Priebus's comments echo those of other Republicans, who have derided the rule as an election-year ploy.

“Why is it that the president is using all of this time, 23 appearances, Air Force One, bringing it on the floor of the Senate, when these same Democrats haven’t passed a single budget in over 1,100 days?,” Priebus said.

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