Now Republicans Call for Romney Tax Returns
Business dealings amount to 'legitimate question': GOP rep
By Matt Cantor, Newser User
Posted Jul 13, 2012 8:03 AM CDT
Mitt Romney speaks in Houston.   (AP Photo/Pat Sullivan, File)

(Newser) – President Obama has some unlikely new allies in his effort to get Mitt Romney to release his tax returns. Members of Romney's own party, from Haley Barbour to Michael Steele, are calling on the candidate for financial disclosure. "His personal finances, the way he does things, his record, are fair game," says Texas Rep. Pete Sessions. He calls it a "legitimate question," according to Talking Points Memo.

"I think he should release his financial records and I think if he does it in July it would be a lot better than in October," adds North Carolina Rep. Walter Jones, who specifically named "six" as the number of years of returns the candidate should make public. If you're "asking for the vote of the American people ... you need to fully disclose what your holdings are." Former Missisippi Gov. Barbour says he would release his own filings, but as for whether returns should be a campaign issue, "I don’t think it amounts to diddly."

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Jul 14, 2012 2:28 PM CDT
Romney never intended to release ANY of his tax returns. He only did the previous year (and said he would probably do this year) because of all the flack he took from the other republican primary candidates. In December of 2011, he was interviewed by msnbc and asked if he was going to provide his tax returns: (clipped from article) “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.
Jul 14, 2012 9:03 AM CDT
Bishop Romney is toast.
Jul 14, 2012 8:32 AM CDT
I wished Sarah would get the nomination for Vice President...then we could have a dog and pony show as well as a circus !