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Poll: Should Mitt Romney Release Five Years of Tax Returns?

So far, Romney has released his 2010 tax return and an estimated return for 2011.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns are back in the spotlight.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina offered the Romney campaign a deal on Friday: "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."

Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades replied: 

"If Governor Romney’s tax returns are the core message of your campaign, there will be ample time for President Obama to discuss them over the next 81 days."

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid previously charged that Romney has not paid taxes for a decade.

Romney told reporters he has paid a tax rate of at least 13 percent per year for the past 10 years.

The Obama campaign called on him to prove it.

"Mitt and Ann Romney have released their complete 2010 tax return and an estimate of their 2011 return. (A full copy of their final 2011 return will be made public as soon as it is filed in the upcoming weeks)," Romney's website states. 

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have posted 12 years of tax returns on the Obama-Biden campaign website.

Republican vice-presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, recently released two years of tax returns.

Romney is often reminded that his father, George, released a dozen years of tax returns when he was a candidate.

So, what should Mitt Romney do? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments.

Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 05:38 PM
If obama is guilty by association with Rezko (for what exactly?), then by using the same standards of evaluation, Romney is guilty by association with Damon Corp. Let's set higher standards for ourselves when choosing what to believe. We certainly cannot be critical of Obama maintaining a friendship with a financial donor without being critical of every politician ever. Carl Davidson? Really? You know, he lives in Beaver County. Why don't you go ask him about his connections to Obama.
Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 05:58 PM
It is not fair to claim to want unbiased facts, and then also claim that anything that anyone comes up with in defense of Obama's presidential record or plans for the future is false. _Both_ Romney and Obama campaigns/supporters have put out a ton of lies already. To claim that it is only Obama advocates and the Obama campaign that is "using blatant untruths to defend him" is false. I think what we have to remember is that Republicans mainly view republican news sources and the same is true of Democrats. What does one get on a Republican news source? "the Obama campaign is lying..." What does one get on the Democrat news sources? "The Romney campaign is lying..." I watch both. I know. Truth: Both campaigns are lying. So what are the issues that we really care about? And can we talk about them without parroting slander? Case and point, Concerned Citizen refers to Obama as a "corrupt socialist." That right there signals to me that Concerned Citizen is partaking in some very misinformed, biased, and hateful news sources. If one knows anything about socialism or communism, you know that Obama is not a socialist and does not support socialist policy and the PPACA is not socialist policy. I think most people are aware of this, so I am not going to go into detail. Sue, I am surprised that you would champion someone calling Obama a "socialist," and proclaim that he has summed your feelings up "exactly." Do you believe that Obama is a socialist?
Mary Ann August 22, 2012 at 06:21 PM
Erin....sounds like you're with the Daily Kos ! Obama's interaction with radicals goes way beyond mere "association". He was trained by the Industrial Areas Foundation which was started by Mr. Alinsky, an acknowledged communist. Obama served on the radical supporting Woods Fund (they worked in the same office). He was mentored by Frank Marshall Davis, an avowed member of the Communist Party USA. In Obama's first book, he refers to "old Frank" being a father figure for him (old Frank was also a convicted pedifile). Obama spent time working for ACORN, a convicted voter fraud group. Talk about a disfunctional childhood.....Obama only saw his natural father for one week out of his whole life. The "Dreams" Obama received from that father were of a socialistic government in Kenya. His mother was named Stanley because her father really wanted a son. Obama was ultimately adopted by Lolo Santoro....moved to Indonesia and became a Muslim. By his own words, Obama stated that while in college, he was more comfortable in the presence of radical professors and students than with the normal population. This list of radical evolvement could go on and on and on..........(Odinga, Reverand Wright, Father Flager, Kalidi, etc). Those stories, dear reader, will be reserved for another time.
Mary Ann August 22, 2012 at 06:29 PM
Stacey...Yes you can look at that so called birth certificate. The most questionable aspect that jumps off the page shows the baby's fathers race as being "African". The term "African American" did not come into vogue until the 90s when black people seemed to prefer that designation verses "Negro". That could lead to a deduction that this document was photo shopped in this decade and not an original from the 1960s.
James Dale Barrington August 22, 2012 at 06:46 PM
Erin C. -- What a refreshing series of comments from you. The truth is, I am very disappointed with Obama with his first term, but I will vote for him again. -- Will he win again? Don't know. -- But no, he is not a socialist. Given the size of a country as ours, and the unique history we have had we should be social-minded, however. Capitalism, as we define it, is as a disease in the world, and until we get tired of doing the navel-gazing thing we will remain less then neighbor to a planet of family members who occupy the same turf. Feudal lords and plantation masters is our vision of the world. I suggest you guys take a break from beating the hell out of each other and go to a park somewhere and watch the children play together. Settle down with a good book and enjoy the 'wasted time,' and then come back and start all over again.
Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 06:49 PM
Mary Ann, the connections you are making with the term "African American" used as a politically correct way of referring to black people has no connection with listing a man's ethnicity as African when he is from Africa. Sounds like you are league with Rush, Hannity, Savage, Drudge, etc! (Jk, as I am referencing your comment listing a bunch of nonsense information with extreme bias right up to scrutinizing Obama's "dysfunctional" childhood and linking that with "socialism."). You are really making some extreme leaps from one accusation to the next, forming unlikely connections (two examples previously mentioned in this comment), and going with those unlikely connections/leaps as fact. Criticizing Obama's birth certificate and calling him a socialist and then criticizing the left's attacks of Romney and blogs like the "Daily Kos" is extremely hypocritical. You are only encouraging the continuation of distracting, nonissues put out by both parties.
Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 07:04 PM
Mary Ann, with your heavy criticism of the Daily Kos, maybe you can source where you are getting your own information? I have no affiliation with the Daily Kos and do not recall ever referencing their articles, but I do reference many articles. Are you linking a dysfunctional childhood with socialism? Obama worked along side the Department of Justice to defend a law that gave people the ability to register to vote when they got their license...This was the only case in which he worked with ACORN. Obama also worked on Project Vote (encouraged people to vote). This group was separate from ACORN, but they both worked on projects that encouraged urban youth and minorities, etc to vote. These are Obama's only ties with ACORN. I don't have time to address the rest.
Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 07:05 PM
One of my favorite professors and greatest supporters in college is a self proclaimed "socialist" from Zimbabwe. I myself am not a socialist. I know one other socialist that is not affiliated with my school or connected to the professor in any way. If I were to run for presidency, people would see a grad school recommendation from a known supporter of socialist policy. If you would know the history behind these movements in Africa and the USA's horrendous involvement with some of these governments, then you would understand why so many Africans tend to be leery of american capitalism which has done a lot of evil in Africa (Apartheid, Patrice Lumumba). Just me recognizing these historical truths would lead you to call out "SOCIALIST!" if I were to run for political office. These are the connections that you are making.
Mary Ann August 22, 2012 at 07:19 PM
James.....I wish I could go to Waldon Pond and contemplate my navel, however, as we speak the Independent Payment Advisory Board established under Section 3403 of the so called "Affordable Health Care Act" are busy making cost and benefit reductions to Medicare. These recommendations from this 15 member partisan appointed group become law unless they are over ridden by 60 votes of the US Senate (how likely is that to happen). This panel is functioning under the inspiration provided by Dr. Ezekeial Emmanuel, designer of "the complete life system". What this says in short is that if you are over 55, you are not considered a productive citiizen and the curve of medical care diminishes steeply. If anyone doesn't believe this, read the 2700 page Obama Care Act for themselves. The only way left to repeal this horrible legislation is to repeal Obama on November 6th !
Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 07:20 PM
Thank you so much James. I really appreciate your positive input.
Outraged Citizen August 22, 2012 at 07:24 PM
Too many today seek to destroy their brothers and sisters. This is a direct result of the “dog-eat-dog” world capitalism creates. Too often we care more about designer labels than if those of us who are unfortunate have clothes to wear. Too often we see a fellow traveler with his thumb extended only seeking our assistance in finding his way get splashed with indignity by the luxury SUV that flies by without a care. Too often we endorse animal cruelty so that we can dine on foie gras while not steps away a child goes hungry. Now is not the time to divide, but to unite. Look not with a cold heart, but with a warm one. Extend the hand of friendship, not of war. Now is the time to mend bridges, not burn them. Let us all find it within ourselves to put aside petty bickering. Let us all care more about each other than the accumulation of what we believe to be wealth. The pursuit of worldly wealth leads not to our happiness, but to our destruction. We succeed or fail together and I believe in our collective ability to succeed. As a fellow brother has suggested, let us take a break and watch children play at the park. Let us view their innocence and come away refreshed and determined to live compassionately.
Mary Ann August 22, 2012 at 07:32 PM
Erin....on a final note rather than perpetuating a meaningless debate, my sources are Obama's books, his publicly spoken words, and the record of his dismal results. I form my own opinions and do not rely on talk radio. Obama for your information, represented ACORN IN A LAW SUIT AGAINST CITY BANK, alleging that the bank was not granting a sufficient number of niga loans as provided for under the Community Reinvestment Act. That single piece of legislation lead to the CRASH OF THE BANKS IN SEPTEMBER 2008 and ultimately deepened the recession. That's history kiddo.....
Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 07:56 PM
It is a very meaningful debate. You twisted Obama's quotes. History is interpretive as any historian will tell you and you are making some grand conclusions and seriously questionable interpretations. So I will maintain that you are not representing history correctly. Here is the conclusion of the case: The parties settled the case on May 12, 1998, with an agreement that provided for waiver of some fees for class members, should they reapply for a loan, and also for various procedures to ensure that Citibank followed its own loan policies in a race neutral way. http://www.clearinghouse.net/detail.php?id=10112 Doesn't exactly amount to the crash of banks in september 2008. This case began with one woman claiming she was denied a mortgage based on her race while white people of similar financial situations were approved. Obama was a junior lawyer on a team so not exactly championing this case. Whether or not you are denying that redlining exists, I do not know. But, when it comes to evaluating history, it is _always_ a mistake to say that one instance (in this case an unrelated instance of racial discrimination that was settled out of court) led to a catastrophe. Obama worked on a lot of cases fighting against discrimination of minorities. That is a good thing. So are you saying that redlining (discriminating against minorities in the cases of loans and such) does not exist but is actually a cover? A cover for what?
Tony Montana August 22, 2012 at 08:03 PM
Things started going bad when we started 2 wars that we could not pay for because of the Bush tax cuts and we went from having a surplus to a huge deficit. Remember Dick Cheney"deficits don`t matter"? Mary Ann,you have selective amnesia....a common Tea Party affliction.
imout August 22, 2012 at 08:06 PM
Dear Joe Gennetti, The "Why won't he release more tax returns?" question is a loaded question fallacy. It predisposes that there is something there to hide. Given that we know Romney to be wealthy, just like Obama, it is almost a certainty that the IRS has reviewed his returns very closely. If there was an issue, the IRS would have dealt with it. I believe that this is both a “squirrel” issue to distract from the real issues and it is a fishing expedition, by which the opposition will demagogue anything they can (e.g.: class warfare). Romney will likely not release any other returns other than his 2012 return. I hope you don't exclude him for consideration based solely on that. Thanks.
Tony Biondi August 22, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Erin, The fact of the matter is, Obama has done a lousy job as President. Get over it. He needs retired. Please let him go back to Chicago with his friends.
Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 08:08 PM
Do you have sources for these heavy interpretations that are not the right wing equivalent of the Daily Kos or other left wing blogs? I cannot find any. I suppose you are saying that ACORN was the money behind this woman's lawsuit, and they hired the firm that Obama worked for but I am having trouble finding any mention of ACORN in the legal documents..,I am not doubting you. ACORN championed many racial discrimination cases. I am just looking for a source. Well actually, I have to quit now bc I am going to be late for dinner reservations. I will check back later as I am interested and would love some unbiased, nonpartisan, intelligent sources. I am not always a big fan of Obama, but his minor associations with ACORN were not evil. He was fighting a good fight.
Concerned Citizen August 22, 2012 at 08:11 PM
Erin, I think you are mixing and matching your arguments here. Maybe my rhetoric (calling Obama a socialist) is a bit over the top. But misinformed? Why am I misinformed, because my views are different than yours? I rely on my own judgement to arrive at an opinion; I don't parrot any of the news sources that I get in my information from (and they are varied, from the ulra liberal MSNBC, CNN and Post Gazette to the conservative Fox News, just to name a few). And to imply that I know nothing about socialism or communism is an arrogant thing for you to say. I am well aware that lies are perpetrated on BOTH sides of the election (and arguments about the candidates). You totally twisted my words around and proved my point about apologists rationalizing everything. Your posts come across as arrogant. So...if I read what you've posted correctly, no one else is as informed as you (thank GOD you are around to enlighten us) and everyone else is "uninformed"? You need to re-read what I posted because you obviously have my post confused with another post. My "transgression" was stating my OPINION (that Obama is a socialist) among the facts. But the way you twisted my words are very appropriate for a political argument, though.
Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 08:36 PM
I am sorry that you interpret my posts as arrogant. You did say that Obama was a socialist, correct? I am not an Obama apologist. You should hear me go on about Abduhlrahmen Al Awlaki and predator drones.
Mary Ann August 22, 2012 at 08:37 PM
Erin.....even though I indicated that was my last comment to you....you seem to have gotten twisted up in your knickers. You said Obama's last involvement with Acorn was Operation Vote. I merely pointed out that he was involved in the City Bank matter. Again, you miss the reference since I was not contending that this singular episode wrecked the banking industry, but instead there were 8% of loans that could never be repaid .... these turned toxic...and...wrecked the banking industry. I don't know if you realize that your photo has appeared along with your comments. It is obvious by your photo that you are a very young woman and as you've often heard...with age.....comes wisdom, not idealism. With all due respect, I am wondering if you have had enough life experience to realize the eminent devistation of our wonderful country if things remain status quo. In my many years, I have tasted bitter pills. I just hope they do not become poisoned.
Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 08:42 PM
You say that because Obama was a junior member on this panel of lawyers in this case, Obama must have been a part of ACORN's voter fraud and obviously committed some dirty dealings. I will agree. So using the same reasoning... Romney was on the board of directors for Damon when they were committing fraud against medicare and sold the company the same month that the subpoenas were issued. So Romney was guilty of fraud. So why are we not demanding a legitimate third party candidate since both of these politicians, using your own reasoning, are both scandalous frauds?
Deborah August 22, 2012 at 09:24 PM
Tax returns and offshore bank accounts have EVERYTHING to do with this election and says a lot about the person and his/her principals and character. If there is a good reason let's hear it, and If it's not an issue there shouldn't be anything to hide so why would it be a problem releasing 12 years of tax returns and I feel this way in regard to all of our politicians. Extremely fed up, too much continues to be covered up.
Erin Conners August 22, 2012 at 09:25 PM
Yes mary ann. I loaded that picture. I also loaded a profile. Click on my name and it says that I am 29 years old. I write opinion blogs for the Patch and the editor requested that I load my picture and a profile. You get my real name as well. I don't know if 29 makes me a "very young woman." I'll take it as a compliment though. I don't know if it is life experience that enlightens one to the "eminent devastation" of this country. I think you mean imminent. And it is Citibank. And it is project vote. and that particular case had to do with one very specific moment of discrimination against one woman, and not "niga loans." Did you mean "niga loans?" Because that is either a very unfortunate misspelling or you just made an incredibly offensive and racist statement. I am going to believe that it was an unintended misspelling. The term that you are referring to is "Ninja Loans." NOT "niga loans." You can see how that is a horrendous looking mistake.
Mary Ann August 22, 2012 at 10:05 PM
Debate over...this is getting silly and I choose not to waste my time on either silliness or someone attempting to be demeaning by correcting spelling.....ever type on an iPad....or of racial slurs.....very unprofessional of you. I'm also both surprised and disappointed that the editor of Patch would permit you to continue on in this fashion Erin. I see that you have not been able to address section 3403. To enlighten you, Dr. Ezekiel Emannuele (check the spelling for me) believes in his so called "whole life system".This is a misnomer since his philosophy embraces death. He advocates abortion, late term abortion, accidental birth killing, aborting life up to six months, assisted suicide and euthanasia. These are the building blocks the 15 member panel is using to structure the foundation for the medical standards that, God forbid, we have to face if this horrible legislation becomes law in 2014. Patch is out of line having one of their workers continue to debate on any of these issues. If you are reflecting the attitude and political stance of Patch, that tells me this is an informative local site I would no longer be interested in reading.
Concerned Citizen August 22, 2012 at 10:25 PM
I agree with you about an editor having such zeal for one particular side of an argument. Funny how she twists words around to suit her. She made nonsensical rebuttals to my posts too, and I notice that not only did she put words in my mouth, she took issue with me calling Obama a socialist (but the posts above calling Romney a felon are just fine with her). I think that if you are this passionate about a political debate, you need to host your own blog, not use your position as editor to state your views (and insult others with your arrogance). You made a statement that I don't know anything about communism or socialism because I called Obama a socialist; how do you know that? (no one even mentioned communism, maybe you don't know the difference...?) It's okay to disagree with my opinion, but don't call me stupid because I don't agree with you. You're no better than any of the other namecallers on this site. I am officially done with Patch. I had been reading it to find out what's going on in my community, but it's not even useful for that anymore. Letting an editor of a site call people names and incite anger is irresponsible, and if your need to weigh in on a political matter with your ultra liberal positions is too great to resist, then maybe you need to step down as editor. This site is a joke. Not a funny joke either. You can keep it. Seriously though. What a HORRIBLE editor!
MoonMan August 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM
It's obvious Mary Ann know it all loves to hear herself talk. Stay objective Erin. Don't lower yourself to her level. So what if it said his dad was African. Maybe he was. What does that have to do with where his child was born? It's where you're born not where your parents are from. Then again, only people like you made his birth certificate an issue. Move to another country if you don't like who was elected into the presidency by the american people. And put on your tin foil hat while you're at it.
Concerned Citizen August 22, 2012 at 10:27 PM
And an editor (especially one trying to come across as smarter than everyone else) should know the difference between a NEWS SOURCE and a BLOG. Yeah, you're a genius alright.
MoonMan August 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM
blah blah blah who cares
Concerned Citizen August 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM
You say someone twisted Obama's quotes? Like you twisted quotes that have been posted here? When a point is made against Obama, all you can say is that someone is twisting quotes, then spout revisionist history (YOUR version of history) to defend it? JEESH! Sometimes, when the proof is staring you in the face, you need to acknowledge it. Denial is not healthy. I can tell you were never on a debate team.
Mike Jones August 22, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Concerned and Mary Ann... Erin does not work for Patch. She is an unpaid blogger. You and everyone else who follows Patch are more than welcome to blog for us and share your opinions. But I want to be clear that Erin is not a Patch employee and does not speak on behalf of Patch or the local editors who manage the sites. As for monitoring the comments section, it's very difficult to do when we have hundreds of them coming in each day. It's very difficult to patrol and, unfortunately, things slip through the cracks. Since it seems like things are getting out of control (have been out of control?) I'll discuss with my boss about shutting down the comments section. It's probably time to move onto other topics anyway. And we'd love to have everyone comment on some of the happier stories we post. Take care, and thanks for reading.

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