Dan Dolan, one of three GOPers running to take on Rep. Dave Loebsack (D-IA) in Iowa’s second congressional district, made the comments on Thursday at a Tea Party meeting in Lamoni. After distorting how much revenue the proposed Buffett Rule, which raises taxes on millionaires, would bring in, Dolan used the president’s support for the measure as evidence that he is unpatriotic. “I have a hard time thinking that he loves this country if he’s willing to turn them against themselves for his own advancement,” Dolan declared.
DOLAN: The president who is, to me it’s disturbing where he’s willing to turn the country against itself to advance his agenda. He keeps talking about the Buffett Rule. The Buffett Rule would generate just over $1.1 billion in the first year. That’s 6 hours of federal borrowing. He knows it’s not going to solve anything, but he says it polls well and we’re going to just throw gasoline on the fire. He’s willing to turn the country against itself even though it won’t make a difference. So that’s bad leadership. I have a hard time thinking that he loves this country if he’s willing to turn them against themselves for his own advancement.
Dolan is correct about one thing: the Buffett Rule polls well. Extraordinarily well. And not just among the poor or Democrats. Rather, a new CNN poll this week found that 72 percent of Americans — including 53 percent of Republicans — support the Buffett Rule.
We called Dolan’s campaign to inquire whether he also believes that the three out of every four Americans, and a majority of those in his own party, don’t love their country. We will post their response if one is provided.