Fri Aug 17, 2012, 08:04 AM
maddezmom (130,850 posts)
Obama campaign offers Romney 5-year tax disclosure
Last edited Fri Aug 17, 2012, 08:49 AM USA/ET - Edit history (2)
GREENVILLE, S.C. (AP) — Barack Obama's re-election campaign kept up pressure against Republican rival Mitt Romney on two fronts Friday, launching a new ad defending the president's record on Medicare while challenging Romney to release at least five years of tax returns.
The TV advertisement — accusing Romney and running mate Paul Ryan of undermining the health care program critical to millions of seniors, came as Romney made plans to spend his time raising money in non-battleground states. That remains a top priority even with the election less than 12 weeks away and Obama making extended visits to toss-up states such as Iowa and Ohio.
Obama campaign manager Jim Messina made the tax-disclosure offer to Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades in a letter Friday morning. Messina said he was taking the step because Romney "apparently fears the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide."Romney's wife, Ann, has repeatedly stated that concern in interviews, arguing that the more the couple releases, the more questions are asked.
Romney released his 2010 taxes and has pledged to release his 2011 returns. Messina said in letter that he wants Romney to provide three more years of returns.
Read more: http://www.chron.com/news/article/Obama-campaign-offers-Romney-5-year-tax-disclosure-3794981.php
Obama offers Romney a deal on tax releases
Source: USA Today
President Obama's campaign is offering Mitt Romney a deal: Release five years of tax returns, and we'll stop demanding more.
"Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide," wrote Obama campaign manager Jim Messina in a letter today Romney counterpart Matt Rhoades.
"So," Messina added, "I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point: if the Governor will release five years of returns, 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."
The offer comes a day after Romney said he has paid a tax rate of at 13% per year over the past decade.
Read more: http://content.usatoday.com/communities/theoval/post/2012/08/obama-offers-romney-a-deal-on-tax-releases/1#.UC4y5t2PW8A
Letter from Jim Messina to Matt Rhoades
August 17, 2012
585 Commercial Street
Boston, Massachusetts 02109
I am writing to ask again that the Governor release multiple years of tax returns, but also to make an offer that should address his concerns about the additional disclosures. Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide. So I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point: if the Governor will release five years of returns, 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.
This request for the release of five years, covering the complete returns for 2007-2012, is surely not unreasonable. Other Presidential candidates have released more, including the Governor's father who provided 12 years of returns. In the Governor's case, a five year release would appropriately span all the years that he has been a candidate for President. It would also help answer outstanding questions raised by the one return he has released to date, such as the range in the effective rates paid, the foreign accounts maintained, the foreign investments made, and the types of tax shelters used.
To provide these five years, the Governor would have to release only three more sets of returns in addition to the 2010 return he has released and the 2011 return he has pledged to provide. And, I repeat, the Governor and his campaign can expect in return that we will refrain from questioning whether he has released enough or pressing for more.
I look forward to your reply.
Obama for America Campaign Manager
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Response to maddezmom (Original post)
Fri Aug 17, 2012, 08:09 AM
TheCowsCameHome (27,714 posts)
2. Screw that.
I can just picture the Romney camp cherry-picking the years they want to release.
10 years worth of returns, minimum, going back from 2011.
Response to maddezmom (Original post)
Fri Aug 17, 2012, 08:12 AM
BeyondGeography (21,326 posts)
4. What fun...there goes Romney's Friday
Whatever points he tries to score today will come in second.
We've got the better policies, but we've always had the better policies. We're also outplaying these fools, which is always more important in this goofball country of ours.