Part of the reason it was surprising was that Kaine was given a softball question from David Gregory about Mitt Romney’s “47 percent” comments. When Gregory pushed him on whether something needed to be done about a minimum federal income tax level, though, he broke.
This soundbite is probably already being clipped into an Allen ad:
“I would be open to a proposal that would have some minimum tax for everyone.”
It could be particularly damaging because it’s a direct break with the Democratic message this year — let the Bush tax cuts expire, and tax the rich.
It also threatens to overshadow the fact that the Republican Allen subsequently broke with Romney on the “47 percent” comments, saying he has his “own point of view” on the matter.