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‘Don’t Let It Fester’: Romney’s Tax Return Delay Could Bode Badly [six-month extension]
WTMA The Big Talker ^ | April 15, 2012

Posted on 04/15/2012 1:42:50 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife

NEW YORK) -- After President Obama released his 2011 tax returns Friday, the pressure has been mounting for his Republican rival Mitt Romney to do the same.

The day after the president put out his tax information, Romney filed for a six-month extension on his own taxes, a move that Wall Street Journal editorial page editor Paul Gigot warned against Sunday during the “This Week” roundtable. Gigot cautioned Romney not to “let it fester.”

“I would have gotten the tax returns out three or four months ago or six months ago or a year ago,” Gigot said. “I don’t think you want that to be the focus of the argument.”

.....Romney campaign adviser Kevin Madden pointed out that the likely GOP nominee has already disclose d his estimated income for 2011 — about $21 million — and completed the “exhaustive” financial disclosure forms required for all presidential candidates.

“I think the more important debate that we’re going to have is about what we’re going to be doing with the American people’s tax dollars when we get to Washington,” Madden said.

(Excerpt) Read more at wtma.com ...


TOPICS: Culture/Society; Extended News; News/Current Events; Politics/Elections
KEYWORDS: gopprimary; irs; romney2012; taxes
Ed Gillespie defends Mitt Romney.........."The former Republican National Committee chairman, who recently joined the Romney presidential campaign as a senior adviser, also defended Romney for not releasing decades worth of tax records, saying, “This is a classic attempt by the Obama campaign to try to distract” from more important issues.

“He has complied with all of the disclosure laws; he is going over and above the requirements of the disclosure laws … in releasing two years of tax returns,” Gillespie said.

Gillespie denied reports that he’s heading up Romney’s search committee for a vice presidential nominee.

“I saw that report about my heading up the vice presidential search committee. It was news to me, and I don’t, as far as I know, it’s not accurate,” Gillespie said.".......

1 posted on 04/15/2012 1:42:57 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

How can Obama demand anybody release anything? Where are his college transcripts, etc?


2 posted on 04/15/2012 1:44:29 PM PDT by bamagirl1944 (That's short for Alabama, not Obama)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
When you file for an extension you must pay anything you owe *at that time*...so he's not delaying *payment*.He certainly can release how much he paid.
3 posted on 04/15/2012 1:45:56 PM PDT by Gay State Conservative (Unlike Mrs Obama,I've Been Proud Of This Country My *Entire* Life!)
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To: bamagirl1944

“Republicans call Romney tax return squabble a distraction”

....Arizona Sen. John McCain, who endorsed Romney in January, said releasing a decade’s worth of personal tax information wasn’t necessary for a presidential candidate. Democrats often point out Romney disclosed several years of returns to McCain’s own presidential campaign in 2008 during the vice presidential vetting process.

“He gave that to me and it was confidential, and so did a lot of other people,” McCain said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”

“We agreed with everybody we considered that would remain confidential. John Kerry only introduced two years, Mitt Romney did, I did, two years is sufficient. And frankly, I’m not sure that’s the key issue Americans are worried about,” McCain said.

Priebus also pointed to presidential campaigns of the past, saying Romney would eventually follow the same precedent.

“The type of the rigorous financial disclosure requirements when running for president are so expansive and vast that if you were to look at what John Kerry, John McCain, all of these other presidential candidates have revealed, Mitt Romney is going to do the same thing,” Priebus said.....

http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/04/15/republicans-call-romney-tax-return-squabble-a-distraction/

TICK-TOCK....


4 posted on 04/15/2012 1:47:51 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Gay State Conservative

I don’t care how much Mitt makes. I do care that the “most electable” candidate — the businessman — the turnaround king and the “clean” outsider isn’t going to put this out there, allowing it to become a distraction. Like he didn’t KNOW it would be?


5 posted on 04/15/2012 1:51:17 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: bamagirl1944

Yep, need to see his passport, his college thesis, his college records..I want to know what grade he got on Constitution 101.


6 posted on 04/15/2012 1:54:02 PM PDT by rovenstinez
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To: All
"...Democrats often point out Romney disclosed several years of returns to McCain’s own presidential campaign in 2008 during the vice presidential vetting process.

“He gave that to me and it was confidential, and so did a lot of other people,” McCain said on the CBS program “Face the Nation.”

“We agreed with everybody we considered that would remain confidential. John Kerry only introduced two years, Mitt Romney did, I did, two years is sufficient. And frankly, I’m not sure that’s the key issue Americans are worried about,” McCain said."

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I guess those are the "club" rules -- they can look but we can't.

7 posted on 04/15/2012 1:54:02 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: bamagirl1944

All Romney has to say is that he will release his tax returns when Obama releases his transcripts from college...i guarantee...the demand for tax release will disappear


8 posted on 04/15/2012 1:54:16 PM PDT by t2buckeye
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

This issue would hurt Romney in a campaign against Obama, no matter how Gillespie, Madden, McCain, and Priebus try to spin it.


9 posted on 04/15/2012 1:54:16 PM PDT by ngat
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To: bamagirl1944

All Romney has to say is that he will release his tax returns when Obama releases his transcripts from college...i guarantee...the demand for tax release will disappear


10 posted on 04/15/2012 1:54:28 PM PDT by t2buckeye
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To: ngat

Exactly. And we’re supposed to cast our lot with this kind of boneheadedness?


11 posted on 04/15/2012 1:57:09 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: bamagirl1944

Where are his college transcripts, etc?

Where’s the jerk Romney’s transcripts? I never saw them.


12 posted on 04/15/2012 1:59:39 PM PDT by napscoordinator (VOTE FOR NEWT!!!!)
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To: t2buckeye
All Romney has to say is that he will release his tax returns when Obama releases his transcripts from college...i guarantee...the demand for tax release will disappear

No it won't. The media will ignore the transcripts and ask for Mitt's returns and use this photo for emphasis while speculating about off-shore accounts and 14% tax rates.


13 posted on 04/15/2012 2:00:35 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Romney should tell Zero, “I’ll release more tax returns when you release your education records.”


14 posted on 04/15/2012 2:03:01 PM PDT by RightWingConspirator (Obamanation--the most corrupt regime since Robert Mugabe's Zimbabwe)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Let’s forget about all of Obama’s past as a private citizen.

Let’s start with his public life only.

When will Obama release records from his 2 years as a Illinois State Senator?

Hillary tried to get them so it’s politically correct and liberally acceptable to ask.

http://www.politico.com/news/stories/1107/6821.html

Obama records requests prove fruitless

Sen. Barack Obama (D-Ill.) dodged questions Sunday about releasing papers from his eight years as an Illinois state senator, and his campaign has not answered records requests from the state’s two largest newspapers.


15 posted on 04/15/2012 2:03:09 PM PDT by KSanders (Hope and Change is now Class and Gender warfare)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

He’s rich, we know it.

Almost as much as Kerry is via Kerry’s wife.


16 posted on 04/15/2012 2:11:22 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: driftdiver

We also know Mitt has received 4,595,908 popular votes and Santorum, Gingrich and Paul have a total of 6,684,884 popular votes.

http://www.realclearpolitics.com/epolls/2012/president/republican_vote_count.html


17 posted on 04/15/2012 2:16:51 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Sadly in this case the popular vote doesn’t matter.


18 posted on 04/15/2012 2:22:46 PM PDT by driftdiver (I could eat it raw, but why do that when I have a fire.)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

lol

So much for Romney learning lessons.

*sigh*

This is going to be a disaster.


19 posted on 04/15/2012 2:31:39 PM PDT by TexasFreeper2009 (Go Newt!)
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To: driftdiver

And it doesn’t matter that Mitt is rich. It matters that his refusal to disclose his tax returns is causing a democrat talking point.


20 posted on 04/15/2012 2:32:11 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: TexasFreeper2009
Fred Grandy Interviews Newt Gingrich [Secure Freedom Radio] "Presidential candidate and former Speaker of the House Newt Gingrich shares his foreign policy strategy for Middle East. Gingrich touches on every country of the region from Iran to Saudi Arabia to Turkey and finally Afghanistan and speaks about the policies that would be implemented in a Gingrich Presidency."
21 posted on 04/15/2012 2:34:33 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Romney is the worst candidate ever

A leftwinger running as a rightwing Wall Streeter caricature right out of a Hollyweird script.


22 posted on 04/15/2012 2:48:48 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I don’t know if Romney has released all of his school records all the down to kindergarten, but he should. So the next time a ‘journalist’ asks him for his tax records, he could ask for an exchange of tax records for hussein’s school records.
It could be that Romney may be baiting Hussein on this issue. If Hussein keeps this up, the reciprocal call for Hussein’s school records (via surrogates) will increase. I expect a similar game to play out with religion as Hussein attempts to impugn Mormonism.


23 posted on 04/15/2012 2:52:50 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: GeronL

They’re already making excuses for a lousy Romney presidency.

http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2872484/posts


24 posted on 04/15/2012 3:07:11 PM PDT by Cincinatus' Wife
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To: grumpygresh

Romney isn’t going to win any debates.

He will not win a debate over ObamaCare since he is the one who wrote the USA TODAY column suggesting a national individual mandate on healthcare to Obama. Plus there is RomneyCare.

His tax release will come out at the exact worst time for his campaign, by design. He will continue to make stupid gaffes like “I like firing people” and “I’m not concerned about the very poor” as if his speech writer is a leftwing Hollyweird hack writing Mittens as a Wall Street villain or something.

It is like he only knows how to pretend to be a conservative (which he isn’t) from watching Hollywood films.

Even though Wall Street will donate their cash to Obama, the Occupy Wall Street movement will be back with as vengeance against Romney. At every campaign appearance they will get more coverage than him.

He does not attract conservatives, has no chance with liberals and moderates won’t trust him. He has no chance.


25 posted on 04/15/2012 3:10:56 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

They have served their conservative souls for Romney.

but... they won’t have to make excuses for a Romney Presidency - I think it’ll be a moot point.


26 posted on 04/15/2012 3:13:37 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Gov. Palin Commands RESPECT,
while the BISHOP Romney has had to buy it.

FLASHBACK:

The McCain/Palin ticket was up ++4 to 10 pts
in some polls, days prior to Election 2008.
So rather than helping the GOP, Romney and
TeamROMNEY and the RNME (Republican National Media Establishment)
decided …to attack Gov. Palin to throw Election2008.

Romney, and the Van der Sloot RNME RINOs for Obama in 2008

Late in October, The American Spectator's The Prowler revealed:
"Former Mitt Romney presidential campaign staffers…
have been involved in spreading anti-Palin spin to reporters, seeking to diminish her standing after the election.
'Sarah Palin is a lightweight, she won't be the first, not even the third, person people will think of when it comes to 2012,'
says one former Romney aide…
'The only serious candidate ready to challenge to lead the Republican Party is Mitt Romney.
"Some former Romney aides were behind the recent leaks to media, including CNN, that Governor Sarah Palin was a 'diva' and was going off message intentionally."


The Palmetto Scoop reported: "One of the first stories to hit the national airwaves was
the claim of a major internal strife between close McCain aides and the folks handling his running mate Sarah Palin."
"I’m told by very good sources that this was indeed the case and that a rift had developed, but it was between Palin’s people and the staffers brought on from the failed presidential campaign of former Gov. Mitt Romney, not McCain aides."
"The sources said nearly 80 percent of Romney’s former staff was absorbed by McCain and these individuals were responsible for what amounts to a premeditated, last-minute sabotage of Palin."
… aides loyal to Romney inside the McCain campaign, said The Scoop, reportedly saw
that Palin would be a serious contender for the Republican nomination in 2012 or 2016, which made her a threat to another presidential quest by Romney.


"These staffers are now out trying to finish her off ….hoping it would ingratiate themselves with Mitt Romney."


"Who's the Palin Leaker from the McCain Campaign?
National Review Online The publication of a Vanity Fair profile of Sarah Palin
appears to have opened old wounds in the McCain campaign.
... the source of the “Diva” leak was Nicolle Wallace’s husband."


"Peeking Out From the McCain Wreckage: Mitt Romney"

"Someone's got to say it: IS MITT ROMNEY RESPONSIBLE FOR OBAMA'S VICTORY?"

"Vanity: Team Romney Sabotaged Palin and Continuing to Do So?"

"Romney Supporters Trashing Palin"

"Romney advisors sniping at Palin?"



27 posted on 04/15/2012 3:30:38 PM PDT by Diogenesis ("Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. " Pres. Ronald Reagan)
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28 posted on 04/15/2012 4:03:14 PM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93)
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To: ngat

LOL, so Romney’s doing a rerun of the same issue that destroyed him in South Carolina. “Maybe I’ll release ‘em later.” And people still think it’s time to “coalesce” around this guy when 20 states and over 1,000 delegates yet to be voted on say we have a chance to get a better candidate?


29 posted on 04/15/2012 4:11:31 PM PDT by JediJones (From the makers of Romney, Bloomberg/Schwarzenegger 2016. Because the GOP can never go too far left.)
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To: JediJones

I could care less if he ever released his returns.


30 posted on 04/15/2012 4:16:37 PM PDT by beandog (Just because I don't care doesn't mean I don't understand)
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To: JediJones

This thread - http://www.freerepublic.com/focus/f-news/2872473/posts

contains the most well-reasond expose of the hopelessness of a Romney campaign I’ve seen concerning the fiscal and tax issue - forget the flip-flopping and social issues.

The Romney-pushing elites have to be delusional, trying to foist this gaffe-prone, blue-jean and button-down-collar shirt wearing corporate raider on us.

Do you think the button-down-collar shirts he wears with those blue-jeans are Brooks Brothers?


31 posted on 04/15/2012 4:36:24 PM PDT by ngat
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

His return must involve dozens, if not hundreds, of partnership K-1s. He’ll be doing well if he can finalize within six months.

It’s a sign of the weakness of his campaign that this was ever allowed to become an issue.


32 posted on 04/15/2012 5:49:27 PM PDT by Vide
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To: GeronL

Why don’t we go and vote for obama and work on his campaign. That’ll show ‘em. At least we can destroy the GOP, nevermind that the Dems will rule forever. We need to uphold our principles even if Obama sends us to a gulag.


33 posted on 04/15/2012 7:33:49 PM PDT by grumpygresh (Democrats delenda est; zero sera dans l'enfer bientot.)
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To: grumpygresh
Why don’t we go and vote for obama and work on his campaign

Nope. I do not vote for or support leftists.

34 posted on 04/15/2012 7:45:19 PM PDT by GeronL (The Right to Life came before the Right to Pursue Happiness)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

I agree it is bad for Romney to delay his tax return release...How the hell does Romney think that this is not going to be played against him when the Obama main campaign strategy is going to be based on Romney weatlh and Bain Capital?


35 posted on 04/15/2012 7:59:52 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: bamagirl1944
Very few give a damn about Obama college transcripts...But when Romney wealth is going to be a main strategy in Obama re-election campaign than a huge number of voters are going to give a lot attention about Romney taxes...
36 posted on 04/15/2012 8:02:01 PM PDT by jveritas (God bless our brave troops)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife

Look, I’m a Newt guy, like Romney as little as most here, but this is a non-issue. Lots of people routinely don’t file until October 15, and this household is one of them. If you have even a moderately complicated tax return, it is often difficult to get all the pieces in final form in time to get your taxes done by April 15. What this is, is an opportunity to push the Fairtax.

Romney’s people need to push for Obama’s college and other records on this.


37 posted on 04/15/2012 8:07:22 PM PDT by FreedomPoster (Islam delenda est)
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To: Cincinatus' Wife
has already disclose d his estimated income for 2011 — about $21 million — and completed the “exhaustive” financial disclosure forms required for all presidential candidates.

This should be a no-brainer for Romney. Release NOTHING until Obama releases previously sealed records relevant to the office he wishes to hold. As the press screams and yells remind them of Obama’s sealed records. Let's be fair and treat everyone equally.

38 posted on 04/15/2012 8:54:50 PM PDT by Joan Kerrey
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