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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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    So then lets just look at Gingrich’s tax returns, oh wait…

      William A. Jacobson in reply to Zaggs. | December 23, 2011 at 1:18 pm

      No one is saying release it now, it’s a question of releasing it once someone becomes the nominee. Newt has agreed to do so. Romney should agree to do so also.

        Whats stopping Newt from releasing them now? Oh yeah, nothing. Pretty sure that if he does not become the nominee Newt will have never released his tax records despite holding federal office numerous times.
        Also the fact the question came less than a week after the reports Romney has the audacity to earn money off of evil capitalism may be more revealing as to why he is not releasing his records. It will become another Cheney/halliburton issue.

    gabilange | December 23, 2011 at 1:21 pm

    You ankle-biting, peasant rubes. How presumptuous of you to want to see my tax returns. I am the anointed candidate. I am so good looking in my own mind, and I am giving you my practiced smile, tilting my head, looking up with a twinkle in my eyes. How dare you ask about my hair, if it’s dyed? And I have private sector experience at Bain, and so I will best know how to handle your money, as I have been married always to the same woman, and am an elder in the Mormon church. Moreover, I got the coveted Bob Dole, Dan Quail, and Bush 41 endorsements. Be off, now and go out to play, Willie M. Romney.

    Henry Hawkins | December 23, 2011 at 2:29 pm

    I have no problem believing the Obama team reviewed Romney’s tax record and know exactly what’s in it. They have already called Romney out on it, hard. As for “what’s in Romney’s tax records?”, you don’t demand that kind of question unless you already know the answer. It’s not going to be good for Romney.

      As for “what’s in Romney’s tax records?”, you don’t demand that kind of question unless you already know the answer.

      Not necessarily. On taxes Romney could be as pure as the driven snow, yet a hostile media can easily make him look like a combination of Adolph Hitler and Leona Helmsley.

      Regardless of what is in his tax records, this was a major unforced error by Romney. I think that was the point of Professor Jacobson’s post.

    jakee308 | December 23, 2011 at 3:43 pm

    He’s already left the door open so he can “reevaluate his position”.

    He’ll flip. It’s what he does. He’ll never stop. He’ll keep relentlessly flipping and changing what he says he’ll do until you can’t remember what he’s ever stood for or stands for.

    Except for MassCare. THAT he’ll stay strong on. Cause he was like forced into approving it.

    Did Bambi release his?

    I think the Republicans should release exactly the same documents Bambi has released – tax returns, college transcripts, etc. Fair’s fair, right?

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