Income tax, voting
For tax year 2008, more than 554,000 Oklahomans who filed federal income tax returns owed no income taxes. In that year, then-Sen. Barack Obama got fewer than 503,000 votes in Oklahoma.
There is no way to document how many of those who paid no income tax actually voted for Obama.
But Oklahoma's distinction as the reddest state in the nation calls into question the political calculus used by Romney in linking Obama's base to those who don't pay federal income taxes.
Wallace Collins, chairman of the Oklahoma Democratic Party, said Tuesday that, when criticizing those who didn't pay income taxes, Romney was essentially attacking young workers, military service people, veterans and the elderly.
Matt Pinnell, chairman of the Oklahoma Republican Party, said, “Let me get this straight: When Obama says that Americans aren't paying their fair share, it's cool. But when Romney says it, it's not cool?
“Romney was simply stating the obvious — that as president he wants to cut taxes and that those in this country that pay little to no taxes wouldn't see that as a reason to vote for him. I believe that as bad as the economy is, many of these people will in fact decide we need a change in the White House.
“Regardless, this is a great opportunity to finally have a debate over what kind of America voters want — an entitlement ‘cradle-to-grave' society, or an opportunity society.”