A recent article in the Associated Press outlines Romney's response to Democratic allegations of favoring the wealthy in perspective tax reform. The presidential candidate insists that "his as yet-to-be disclosed tax plans will not benefit the well-to-do at the expense of others." He alleges that his tax plan will keep the burden on the upper-middle class and the wealthy the same that it is today.
Continuation of current tax rates of course is truly counter to his assertion of not benefiting the well to do. Since current tax rates are still under the Bush tax cuts which do benefit the wealthy at the expense of the rest of the nation. Romney is clearly presenting a moderate guise as the national election approaches. Such political maneuvering is to be expected to make him more appealing to the general electorate.
Romney is playing a delicate balancing act as he tries to appeal to the middle class while not estranging his wealthy donors. He mentioned the possibility of cutting the tax break on second home mortgages, however he got a huge push-back from wealthy constituents.
Perhaps this is a testament that no candidate can be successfully moderate in America's political landscape. As much as Presidential candidates try leading up to the general election, they are bound to their base for money - especially in this years Super-PAC mega-funded campaign season.