David Koch, a billionaire industrialist who, with brother, Charles, has given millions to the Republican cause had a surprising message for the base and the Romney campaign Thursday night.
"I believe in gay marriage," Koch told Politico's Kenneth Vogel.
Perhaps even more surprising, considering Koch's status as a delegate from New York at the Republican National Convention, is his stance on the need for a tax increase to help balance the federal budget. Koch tells Politico:
"I think it's essential to be able to achieve spending reductions and maybe it's going to require some tax increases," he said. "We got to come close to balancing the budget, otherwise we're in a terrible deep problem." As for whether military spending cuts should be on the table, Koch said, "I think to balance the budget, probably every federal department has to take cuts in my opinion. We have to spread it around."