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    This will not stand – Romney refuses to release tax returns

    This will not stand – Romney refuses to release tax returns

    We keep hearing about how we should not nominate a candidate who is not disciplined and will create needless general election distractions .

    This certainly will be a major distraction, Romney Says He Won’t Release Tax Returns:

    “I doubt it,” Mr. Romney said, according to a transcript of the interview provided by NBC News. “I will provide all the financial info, which is an extraordinary pile of documents which show investments and so forth.”

    “But you won’t do the tax returns?” asked Chuck Todd, host of “The Daily Rundown.”

    “I don’t intend to release the tax returns. I don’t,” Mr. Romney responded.

    A spokesman for President Obama‘s re-election campaign blasted Mr. Romney and questioned whether he had something to hide in his finances.

    “Why does Governor Romney feel like he can play by a different set of rules?” said  Ben LaBolt, a spokesman for the Obama campaign. “What is it that he doesn’t want the American people to see? Governor Romney, who has favored secrecy over openness time after time, should live up to the same standard of disclosure his father and others set.”

    Just what we don’t need is a months long battle over whether a nominee will release tax returns, which simply will give Democrats another excuse to play class warfare.

    By contrast, Newt pledged to release his tax returns if he becomes the nominee, and I presume all the other candidates would do so as well.

    It’s a no win situation. If Romney doesn’t release the returns, the issue will dominate the general election media narrative. If he does release the returns under pressure, he will look weak and like a flip-flopper.

    And it already has started:

    Romney followed up on the tax return question during an avail in Lancaster, N.H. Juana Summers sends his answer:

    “I can tell you we follow the tax laws, and that if there is an opportunity to save taxes we like anybody else in that country follow that opportunity.  But we don’t have any current plans to release tax returns, but never say never. We’ll see what the future holds. We’ve released of course all the information required by law which is a pretty extensive release. But down the road we’ll see what happens if I’m the nominee. I don’t have any immediate plans to release tax returns but that may change in the future.”

    The returns eventually will be released.  I’ll bet you … oh never mind..


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    Ben LaBolt and the obama adminstration are hilarious. I give him an “A’ for saying all that with a straight face.

    BurkeanBadger | December 23, 2011 at 12:44 pm

    This caught me by surprise and it is more than a little unsettling. While I personally have little interest in examining any Presidential candidate’s tax returns, I strongly believe in full disclosure. Tax returns, birth certificates, college records, any civil or criminal actions (even traffic tickets!), etc. I’ve consistently criticized Obama for his secrecy, not because I believe any absurd conspiracy theories about his past, but because I’m outraged by his flippant and dismissive attitude in regards to full disclosure. People have a right to thoroughly examine Presidential candidates before making a decision.

    I am a strong Romney supporter, but he is wrong here, both on principle and in practicality. Whatever is in those records, however much money he’s made or where it is coming from, is NOT worth hiding and giving the Obamedia an issue with which to distract the public.

    He needs to to a 180, and quickly. The sooner he does it, the more he’ll minimize fallout: Sure it will be a superficial example of “flip-flopping”, but it will soon be forgotten. The longer he drags this out, the more damage he will do to himself.

    Absolutely. ALL presidential candidates should undergo a scrutiny that is NO LESS stringent than that of government contractors and military officials who are seeking levels of security clearance.

    The Commander in Chief receives the HIGHEST security clearance of anyone in the United States. They should be vetted and “cleared” in every aspect of their lives.

    Just like others who have to go through the process of an FBI check, etc., if they’re seeking a job that requires security clearance.

    And I don’t give Mitt the benefit of the doubt that he’s “setting” up Obama to release his records.

    Mitt REALLY doesn’t want to release his records. Mr. “I’ll bet you $10,000” doesn’t want his financial arrangements known.

    But I do give the Obama campaign the benefit of the doubt that they WILL restart the OWS rabble-rousing next Spring – and WILL point to Mitt as WS.

    SmokeVanThorn | December 23, 2011 at 1:07 pm

    Is it your position that only someone who is paying income tax at a rate similar to yours can be trusted to reduce taxes?

    SmokeVanThorn | December 23, 2011 at 1:08 pm

    The last question is directed to abenson. Sorry.

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