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Harold Ford Jr. Wants to Raise Taxes?

Our favorite part of Harold Ford Jr.'s interview with his best bud Cindy Adams is when the pseudo-candidate tries to sound like he's barely scraping by during his now 45-day leave of absence from his estimated $1 million-a-year job at Bank of America Merrill Lynch. "Fortunately, I've still got a little NYU teaching job and some MSNBC," he says, "so for a while I think I can put food on the table." Right, um ... we think you'll be okay.

But we get what's he's doing there — bonding with the struggling working man, however unconvincing that is. What confused us, though, was when he said this: "Corny and idealist as it sounds, I care about educating kids, raising taxes, health benefits, and I care that, to me, this country is going down a wrong road." Emphasis ours, because, what? Surely he meant lowering taxes? Stop giving bad interviews!

New Yorker at heart [Page Six/NYP]

Update: Ford's spokesman, David Goldin, tells us that Ford's intention was to express his concern about people raising taxes. "He was not in any way suggesting he's for raising taxes."

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