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Romney, Obama teams clash over tax returns (Romney rejects Obama's tax return demand)
Al JaReuters ^ | 8/18/12

Posted on 08/18/2012 8:18:11 AM PDT by pabianice

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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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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.
1 posted on 08/18/2012 8:18:18 AM PDT by pabianice
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To: pabianice

This is all they have on Romney????? What a bunch of losers.


2 posted on 08/18/2012 8:24:32 AM PDT by RC2 (Support the Wounded Warrior Project......please.)
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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.


3 posted on 08/18/2012 8:24:57 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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Yeah, the Obama people apparently think that they have a winning idea here, badgering Romney for his tax returns. Its time to force the hand of the most secretive president in history. We know much more about Romney than we know about Obama, and he has been president for over three years. Time to start rattling some of the skeletons in Obama’s closet. If for no other reason but to get them to shut up in their attempt to press class warfare.
4 posted on 08/18/2012 8:27:21 AM PDT by fhayek
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To: pabianice

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?


5 posted on 08/18/2012 8:27:50 AM PDT by astounded (Barack Obama is a clear and present danger to the USA)
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To: pabianice

The rats really have this distraction thingy down pat!


6 posted on 08/18/2012 8:27:50 AM PDT by duckman (Dr Ben Carlson: Vision Not Division.)
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I'll provide my tax returns when Obama starts by releasing his college transcripts and papers boosting Marxism" would be a good start

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.

7 posted on 08/18/2012 8:28:02 AM PDT by Logical me
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I wouldn't reject it. I would ignore it.

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.

8 posted on 08/18/2012 8:28:14 AM PDT by Tanniker Smith (Rome didn't fall in a day, either.)
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To: pabianice

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.


9 posted on 08/18/2012 8:32:16 AM PDT by madison10 (You can ignore reality, but you canÂ’t ignore the consequences of ignoring reality)
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To: I cannot think of a name

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.


10 posted on 08/18/2012 8:32:51 AM PDT by onevoter
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To: pabianice
You can take the low-class Alinskyite community agitator out of the ghetto, but you can't the low-class Alinksyite community agitator out of him.
11 posted on 08/18/2012 8:33:05 AM PDT by E. Pluribus Unum (Government is the religion of the sociopath.)
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To: pabianice

This tax return thing is all I hear about the campaign on the news.


12 posted on 08/18/2012 8:33:48 AM PDT by Jeff Chandler (Whatever a homosexual union might be or represent, it is not physically marital. - F.Cardinal George)
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To: pabianice

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.


13 posted on 08/18/2012 8:36:01 AM PDT by Hotlanta Mike (Resurrect the House Committee on Un-American Activities (HUAC)...before there is no America!)
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To: onevoter

“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.


14 posted on 08/18/2012 8:39:42 AM PDT by I cannot think of a name
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To: Tanniker Smith
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.

That's community organizing in a nutshell. You can never get enough.

15 posted on 08/18/2012 8:40:20 AM PDT by Pearls Before Swine
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"I'll provide my tax returns when Obama starts by releasing his college transcripts ...
Romney should ignore each and every request by the Øbama regime and just concentrate on three issues:

*** Reviving the economy
*** Killing Øbamacare
*** Energy independence (drill here, drill now)
16 posted on 08/18/2012 8:51:06 AM PDT by oh8eleven (RVN '67-'68)
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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.


17 posted on 08/18/2012 8:57:42 AM PDT by Wiser now (Socialism does not eliminate poverty, it guarantees it.)
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* I’ll provide my tax returns when Obama starts by releasing his college transcripts ... *

My thoughts exactly.


18 posted on 08/18/2012 9:05:02 AM PDT by NEWwoman (God Bless America)
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What unemployment? What recession?


19 posted on 08/18/2012 9:07:25 AM PDT by Gene Eric (Demoralization is a weapon of the enemy. Don't get it, don't spread it!)
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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”.


20 posted on 08/18/2012 9:16:18 AM PDT by jeffc (The U.S. media are our enemy)
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 "Romney, Obama teams Conservatives clash over tax returns"

 

“Romney is hiding Bain abortion profits in his tax returns,” says Tampa foe

08/16/2012

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Baldwin: “Disclose your tax returns and everything else about Stericycle.”

Bain investment “would make Herod blush”


TAMPA, FL (Thursday, August 16, 2012) – Republican spokesmen for a rising “DUMP ROMNEY” rebellion today charged that Mitt Romney is “hiding Bain abortion profits in his tax returns” from investments that “would make Herod blush.”    
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21 posted on 08/18/2012 9:30:30 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: NEWwoman

The progressive Mythological conthervative hiding behind the lies of the progressive Mythological constitutional scholar.

What a crock of not-so-mythological progressive bovine excrement ~that is.

FAIL


22 posted on 08/18/2012 9:35:15 AM PDT by OldEarlGray (The POTUS is FUBAR until the White Hut is sanitized with American Tea)
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To: pabianice

I wouldn’t make any deals with that devil. In fact, Romney shouldn’t respond at all.


23 posted on 08/18/2012 10:00:33 AM PDT by murron (Proud Mom of a Marine Vet)
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To: RC2

The Romney administration will not negotiate with terrorists, not now, not ever.


24 posted on 08/18/2012 10:07:33 AM PDT by conservative_cyclist (What the #3|| kind of future do my children & grand children have : ()
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Romney needs to ask about the ownership and property taxes on the Obama’s family home that they have never visited in 4 years. Obama’s name doesn’t show up on the deed. The ones on the deed are the woman professor who lives in the guest house, an attorney, and a trust. While, Barry might be involved with the trust (along with Jarrett, Soros, Rezko, Ayers, or who???), you can be sure it’s some sort of a hedge. It was the lawyer, not the Obamas, who paid the taxes.


25 posted on 08/18/2012 10:34:02 AM PDT by bgill
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Obama Where are the records?

We know where Obama spent some of his adult years and only some.

26 posted on 08/18/2012 11:20:09 AM PDT by RedMDer (https://support.woundedwarriorproject.org/default.aspx?tsid=93destr)
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Just wait.
I’ll bet that around Nov. 1st a ‘rumor’ will be floated that Romney was involved in some sex scandal. He had a lover, maybe a man.
Something really scurrilous.

That would be classic Zer0 tactic.


27 posted on 08/18/2012 2:45:38 PM PDT by Vinnie (A)
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