Obama Retreats from ‘Bowman Plan’

By James Gerber

Jun 13, 2008 1:26pm

ABC News’ Teddy Davis and James Gerber Report: When he was seeking the Democratic nomination, Sen. Barack Obama, D-Ill., won the support of Iowa high school government teacher Tod Bowman, in part, because he liked the Illinois Democrat’s willingness to ask all Americans to pay the Social Security tax on all their income.

Bowman had clashed with Sen. Hillary Clinton, D-N.Y., at a 2007 town-hall meeting over her unwillingness to impose the 12.4 percent Social Security tax on all income above $97,500, the cap which was in place at the time.

"I understand that in her world $97,000 is the middle class, but here in Iowa $97,000 doesn’t qualify as the middle class," Bowman told the Associated Press. Bowman added that as someone who makes under $97,500 per year, he felt that he paid an unfair share.

Contacted on Friday about Obama’s
newly clarified plan to exempt income between $102,00 and $250,000 from new Social Security taxes, Bowman said he wanted to hear from the campaign about it.

"I want to see if this is a compromise or if this is selling-out," Bowman told ABC News. "I was kind of put out there on the podium to support (taxing all income at the same rate) and now he’s moving a little bit away from it."

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