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Tue Jul 17, 2012, 06:44 AM

"Obama Campaign Goes for the Jugular On Romney's Taxes " Sam Stein

http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/07/17/obama-romney-taxes_n_1678254.html


Sam Stein
Huffington Post
Posted: 07/17/2012 6:04 am Updated: 07/17/2012 6:05 am


WASHINGTON -- Democrats have entered the go-for-the-jugular stage of the presidential race, with President Barack Obama's campaign, the Democratic National Committee and an allied opposition research group all releasing videos today attacking Mitt Romney for his refusal to release more tax returns.

The videos are distinct. The Obama campaign clip will air on television in Pennsylvania, where Mitt Romney is campaigning today. The DNC's version craftily uses Sarah Palin to suggest that John McCain was so nervous about Romney's taxes that he made a historic roll of the dice with his running mate pick in 2008. The video put together by America Bridge 21st Century is a sharp edit job of all the prominent GOP officials and pundits who have begun groaning about Romney's handling of the matter.

All three videos hit at the same theme: Romney's obstinacy on tax returns has become a crippling problem for his campaign and one that Democrats are intent on compounding. Romney has released his completed return for 2010 and his estimated return for 2011, showing an effective 2010 tax rate of 13.9 percent and financial accounts in Switzerland, Bermuda and the Cayman Islands.

"Until he releases additional years of tax returns, the American people won't know why he kept his finances offshore in the Cayman Islands and set up a shell corporation in Bermuda," emailed Ben LaBolt, Obama's campaign press secretary. "Romney would be the first nominee in decades to release only one full year of tax returns. He recently said that his campaign has “put out as much as we’re going to put out” -– which makes you wonder: What is Mitt Romney hiding?"
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Obama's Campaign is doing exactly what it needs to do. Tell the truth and destroy this guy, cause he would destroy us.
It is that simple.

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Reply "Obama Campaign Goes for the Jugular On Romney's Taxes " Sam Stein (Original post)
Stuart G Jul 2012 OP
DCBob Jul 2012 #1
ProgressiveEconomist Jul 2012 #12
kentuck Jul 2012 #2
Stuart G Jul 2012 #3
Skittles Jul 2012 #22
Kablooie Jul 2012 #4
kentuck Jul 2012 #5
randome Jul 2012 #6
justiceischeap Jul 2012 #9
magical thyme Jul 2012 #10
hifiguy Jul 2012 #17
markpkessinger Jul 2012 #24
alcibiades_mystery Jul 2012 #13
cbdo2007 Jul 2012 #15
Stuart G Jul 2012 #19
Ruby the Liberal Jul 2012 #20
GeorgeGist Jul 2012 #7
DCBob Jul 2012 #8
kaiden Jul 2012 #11
Paladin Jul 2012 #14
docgee Jul 2012 #16
Ruby the Liberal Jul 2012 #21
markpkessinger Jul 2012 #25
bemildred Jul 2012 #18
flamingdem Jul 2012 #23
sadbear Jul 2012 #26
calimary Jul 2012 #27

Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 07:03 AM

1. Good. They can make this an issue all the way to November if he doesnt release them.

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When Romney says he will only release the legally required number of years Obama should respond by saying..

"Look Mitt, we are running for the highest office in the land. The American people have the right to know as much as possible about their candidates. If you remember a few months ago there was big stink about my birth certificate. It became big news and a distraction for everyone. I didnt legally have to release my long form birth certificate but I did because that was the right thing to do. Now its your turn."

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Response to DCBob (Reply #1)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:07 AM

12. I'm looking forward to new revelations at the end of August

just in time to RUIN Romney's nomination acceptance speech and peak coverage by a huge convention press corps.

The greater the press coverage, the better is the opportuinity to step on the opponent's lame messaging attempts and expose crooked-looking behavior.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 07:08 AM

2. What is he hiding?

The meme for the day. Perhaps the meme for the entire campaign?

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Response to kentuck (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 07:09 AM

3. That's it. Four words, you said it all..nt

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Response to kentuck (Reply #2)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:15 PM

22. he is hiding how the 1% REALLY "earn" their money

yes INDEED

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 07:49 AM

4. What if he releases 20 years of taxes and nothing is unusual?

He could be making this a huge issue so Dems would focus on it and them look foolish when they find out nothing is there.

Just thinking.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 07:53 AM

5. And what are the odds of that happening?

1000 to 1 ?

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 07:55 AM

6. You still think Rove and assholes like him are in charge?

 

This has been a lose-lose situation for Republicans since it started.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:18 AM

9. I can't imagine the Dems would go to all this trouble

just to end up with egg on their faces. I would imagine they've been clued in by someone in the know about his tax returns.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:01 AM

10. you honestly "think" Obama's ops research is so bad that they're basing their strategy

 

on what would amount to a total gamble? Seriously?

Just sayin'...

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #10)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:51 AM

17. The Obama people are playing this with the quiet confidence

 

of the guy who drew the fourth ace. They know what's in their hand.

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Response to magical thyme (Reply #10)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:27 PM

24. Agreed. The Obama campaign has the goods, and they know it . . .

. . . and they're going to let the details spill out one devastating dribble after another from now until the election!

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:10 AM

13. Then he was forced to do something he said he wouldn't, and he looks weak

 

This is a win-win. Romney has put himself in this mess, and it's perfectly useful to exploit his stupidity. Even if he's above board and is only filthy rich, he was still forced to cave to the pressure.

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:22 AM

15. It looks worse for him if he doesn't release them, not for the Dems.

If there was nothing bad, he would WANT them released because each day that goes by I hear more and more people in my real life questioning what he could be hiding. This is negative publicity for him.

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Response to cbdo2007 (Reply #15)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 12:11 PM

19. Yes, people in "real life" question what he could be hiding.

And it will continue..people in "real life" will question him, till he releases the info, withdraws from the race, or looses the election.
After that last possibility, then no one will care. He will have lost because he was hiding something

It really ain't rocket science...is it???

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Response to Kablooie (Reply #4)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 12:26 PM

20. How are people going to trust him to stand up to China and Cuba

(insert boogie man du jour) if he caves on something like his taxes then? He didn't "stand his ground".

This is a lose/lose for Willard.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:13 AM

7. "No drama" Obama makes me suspect ...

they already know what's in those tax returns.

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Response to GeorgeGist (Reply #7)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:18 AM

8. +1

me too.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:04 AM

11. I believe Obama already has the 23 years of Mitt's tax returns.

The Obama Admin will release the truly damaging stuff after the RNC Convention.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:12 AM

14. I Love It.

It's about time we had a Democratic campaign with some guts and momentum.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:46 AM

16. Did McCain ever respond

to picking Palin over Romney because of his returns. It must be true or I think he would have denied it.

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Response to docgee (Reply #16)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 12:28 PM

21. Steve Schmidt did.

Said it was right after the gaffe where McCain didn't know how many houses he had - and they thought adding Multiple Choice Multiple House Mitt to the ticket would be a disaster.

McCain's team didn't do the vet - they hired an outside firm for that.

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Response to docgee (Reply #16)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:29 PM

25. Yes, he did --

He said that it absolutely did not pass over Romney because of anything in Romney's tax returns, and called such a suggestion "disgraceful." He then went on to say the reason he picked Palin over Romney was that Palin "was the better candidate."

You just can't make this stuff up!

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 09:55 AM

18. That's it beat on it like a gong. nt

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:16 PM

23. Steele just said on Ed's show that he HAS to release them b4 the convention

His opinion, but it sure looks like other pukes agree

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:29 PM

26. In all fairness,

it IS like shooting fish in a barrel, provided the fish lied about his retirement from Bain Capital and refused to release pertinent tax returns.

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Response to Stuart G (Original post)

Tue Jul 17, 2012, 08:29 PM

27. Mmmm-Hmmmmm! Relentless and merciless. Pull no punches and keep no powder dry.

Not anymore.

Backbones Inc. Ruthless Bad-Ass Take-No-Prisoners Inc.

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