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Friday, December 23, 2011

Romney Refuses to Release His Tax Returns, Even If He Wins the Nomination

Mitt Romney announced yesterday that he would not release copies of his tax returns if he is the Republican presidential nominee, breaking with a long tradition in both parties.

(Hat Tip: Francine Lipman, Ann Murphy.)

Update: William Jacobson (Cornell), This Will Not Stand – Romney Refuses to Release Tax Returns:

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.

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John Kerry wouldn't release his military medical records, John Edwards didn't disclose his affair, and Obama has kept his college records secret...and, everyone, including the media, is a hypocrite about these things.

Obama “won’t release his college transcripts” campaign criticizes Mitt Romney…
The chutzpah is strong in this one.

Posted by: Woody | Dec 23, 2011 7:38:27 AM

Pres and VP returns going back to FDR are available at:

Posted by: ST | Dec 23, 2011 10:27:21 AM

Woody, we're discussing tax records. Try to focus. Perhaps there will come a time when we discuss military medical records (neither Obama nor Romney has any), divorce records (neither Obama nor Romney has any, but Gingrich's would doubtless be entertaining, if not enlightening), and college records. I really don't care about the candidates' college records, and I may be wrong, but I don't think Romney has released his either. Perhaps Romney would also consider releasing his French driving records, including traffic accident investigation records, along with his Selective Service records.

Posted by: Publius Novus | Jan 3, 2012 6:42:41 AM