Skip to comments.Romney, Obama teams clash over tax returns (Romney rejects Obama's tax return demand)
Posted on 08/18/2012 8:18:11 AM PDT by pabianice
WASHINGTON (Reuters) - President Barack Obama's re-election campaign said on Friday that if Mitt Romney releases five years of his tax returns, it would not press the Republican presidential challenger to release more - a proposal quickly rejected by Romney's campaign.
Democrats have criticized Romney for not providing more than two years of tax information and questioned whether the millionaire former private equity executive has something to hide about his wealth.
Romney said on Thursday he had paid at least a 13 percent tax rate for the last 10 years, but did not release tax documents. The former Massachusetts governor called Democrats' focus on his taxes a distraction from the issues of jobs and the economy.
"Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide," Obama campaign manager Jim Messina said in a letter to Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades.
"So I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point," Messina wrote, saying if Romney releases taxes from 2007 through 2012, "I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more - neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign."
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This is all they have on Romney????? What a bunch of losers.
I really don’t understand how Romney and the people that run his campaign can be this STUPID.
It’s perfectly simple.
You release tax returns with anything you want on them. Across the first page of each return you print in big bold letters:
CERTIFICATE OF LIVE TAX RETURN
Then answer no questions whatsoever about what it means.
Agreed. When Obama shows all his hidden materials, Romney will show his tax returns. And please, “assurances” from Jim Messina? Would anyone trust that liver-lips moron?
The rats really have this distraction thingy down pat!
That would be a foolish move. Romney should not release more and keep the stupid communists Democrats begging for more. Soon that crap will burn out with the voters.
0's team sounds like someone who begs for half a benefit when they find that they aren't eligible for anything and then tries to make it sound like they're the ones being reasonable.
Obama thinks he is king, he needs a reminder that he is not. No more tax returns from Mitt, or his campaign, ever. Just say no. The issue of the day is the economy of the WHOLE nation and while the extreme personal attacks are to be expected from the commies, they shouldn’t be tolerated.
Sounds good but the problem with that solution is that the same press who yawned at the obvious fake birth certificate would spend the next two months tearing Romney apart for being dishonest. Romney is doing exactly what he should. He knows that Obama’s campaign is aware that he paid taxes - what they are looking for are the details of how much money he makes and where that money comes from. Obama’s minions can’t find any new dirt on Romney and they are looking for a treasure trove of information to feed to the liberal base - who have been somehow convinced by Obama that those who have wealth have, somehow, gotten it by stealing from the rest of us. Romney has to remain firm and not let the media push him into giving them something to sink their talons into.
This tax return thing is all I hear about the campaign on the news.
When is Romney going to get serious about this campaign? “I’ll provide my tax returns when Obama starts by releasing his college transcripts and papers boosting Marxism” would be a good start.
Wrong. Romney should only consider releasing any further tax records AFTER Obama releases all the documents relating to F & F, Solyndra and the communications involving the illegal move by Treasury and the O admin to screw over the non-union Delphi workers on their pensions.
Put the pressure back on Obama as running the MOST CORRUPT administration in our nation’s history.
“press who yawned at the obvious fake birth certificate would spend the next two months tearing Romney apart for being dishonest”
And my ads for the next two months would be the two documents side by side with simple captions beginning with, “Huh?” followed by “How come one is OK” and then ending with, “One of these is a Constitutional Requirement”
Even the dumbest sheeple will eventually get the message if you make it simple enough.
That's community organizing in a nutshell. You can never get enough.
Here is the bottom line:
The Obama administration knows Romney has paid his taxes every year. The Obama administration knows exactly how much Romney has claimed every year and has alreadly delved into the legality of every return Romney has ever filed. How do we know this? Because the IRS is a government agency that answers to the White House these days. Obama can see the records of any citizen. His campaign already knows everything there is to know about Romney’s taxes and income.
What the President cannot do is legally release that information to the public to use against Romney in a campaign of class envy, which is his goal. He cannot use Romney’s tax information to demonize his wealth without Romney’s permission. Romney knows this and is not co-operating. He doesn’t need to.
Had Harry Reid received a phone call from someone claiming that Romney did not pay taxes the Obama administration would have checked that claim with IRS records that very day. If they suspect fraud of any kind, they do not need the taxpayer’s permission to check!
The IRS does not need Romney’s permission to check for fraud. They did that when Romney first announced his candidacy.
That’s the truth. It’s what Romney and Ryan need to say every time the issue comes up, because it will disappear quickly when they do.
* I’ll provide my tax returns when Obama starts by releasing his college transcripts ... *
My thoughts exactly.
What unemployment? What recession?
If only the media were as interested in Zero’s college records as they are about getting more tidbits from Romney’s tax returns that they could then spin into something “controversial”.