Obama Highlights Tax-Evader Marc Anthony As Example Of Rich Who Can Pay More

Might not be the best example. Republicans pounce.

President Barack Obama chose an odd example of a wealthy individual capable of paying his “fair share” to prevent taxes from increasing on the middle class — latin pop artist Marc Anthony.

“Governor Romney disagrees with my vision,” Obama told donors tonight. “That’s what democracy is all about: we choose. His allies in Congress disagree with my vision. They’ve got a different approach. Neither of them will endorse any policy that asks folks like me or Marc Anthony to pay even a nickel more in taxes.”

But Anthony, who was the featured performer at Obama’s Miami fundraiser, is a frequent tax evader, owing $3.4 million to the Internal Revenue Service in 2010 after paying off $2.5 million in back taxes in 2007, NBC reported in 2010.

Republicans seized on the incongruity of Obama’s remarks on Twitter:

Obama adds Marc Anthony to people who can pay higher taxes. But “Marc Anthony Hit With $3.4 Million Tax Lien: Report” http://t.co/sBoB19ap— Joe Pounder

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