03/28/2008 02:48 am ET Updated May 25, 2011

Hillary Clinton Redefines 'Middle Class'

Hillary: raising cap on Social Security taxes hurts middle class. Thompson turns his back on Michigan. Huck threatens voters with choke hold. Mitt's wife bakes bread while hubby's cookin'.

The following piece was produced through the Huffington Post's OffTheBus. Edited by Richard Riehl and Denise Wheeler. Reported by Kirsten Anderson, Ken Bank, River Curtis-Stanley, Jodi Lampert, Julie Pierce, Debbi Plummer, and Theresa Weathers.


Hillary re-defines the middle class: Criticizing Obama for suggesting that the cap on Social Security payroll taxes be raised to require people making $200,000 to $250,000 to pay more, Clinton told reporters Wednesday, "It doesn't just fall on the wealthiest of Americans ... It would be a trillion-dollar tax increase on middle class families." Now that the Clinton's have come into some serious money from their book deals, it's understandable her definition of a "middle class" family would change.

Will the most different candidate please stand up? Here's Fred Thompson's latest take on the South Caorlina primary: "Different people are winning these different major contests and I think a different person will win Saturday in South Carolina." That should give Duncan Hunter the edge, since his 0% finish in Michigan makes him the unlikeliest winner of them all.

Thompson tells Michigan--you're on your own: Fred accused Mitt of pandering by promising to come into Michigan and having the federal government bail it out. "But that's no way to get elected president, on things that you cannot and should not deliver," Thompson told about 100 people at a restaurant in Laurens, SC. Nothing personal about his 4% finish there...

Ann Romney's got her priorities straight: In all the ugliness and turmoil of the presidential race, Mitt's main squeeze is always good for a reality check. Click here to see a picture on her blog of her making Monkey Bread in Florida while Mitt panders to Michigan voters. The big question now is whether Florida will make a monkey out of Mitt.

Huck intimidating voters: The Huckster is campaigning in South Carolina with tough guy Chuck Norris and Carolina wrestling legend Ric Flair. He says with those two on his side, it would be a wise choice to vote for him. "If somebody doesn't vote for me, Ric is going to wrestle you to the ground and Chuck will put you in a choke hold." We bet Huck's glad he's not running against Jesse Ventura or Arnold Schwarzeneggar.


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