Public release of a candidate’s tax returns is not required by law but has been precedent set by candidates in both parties.
Nonetheless, President Obama said in an interview at the White House with WMUR, a New Hampshire television station, “What’s important, if you are running for president, is that the American people know who you are and what you’ve done, and that you’re an open book.”
“These issues are important because voters can’t make judgments about Mitt Romney’s motivations on critical policy matters if this information is kept hidden,” deputy Obama campaign manager Stephanie Cutter said in a statement yesterday. “If there’s nothing to hide, why not clear it all up and release multiple years of returns like every candidate has done for decades, including Mitt Romney’s own father?”
On Monday, Robert Gibbs, senior adviser to the Obama re-election campaign and his former White House press secretary, kept up the pressure on Mitt Romney to release more of his tax returns during a feisty exchange on Morning Joe.
“The notion that somehow Mitt Romney has somehow been transparent about the fact that he has off-shored money all over this world is patently ridiculous,” concluded Gibbs. “Release the tax forms—put all this to rest.”
Today, the Obama campaign is releasing a new ad demanding that Gov Romney release his past tax returns.
Wrapping up a discussion with Politico’s Patrick Gavin, who described the Obama campaign plan to continue hammering away at the Romney tax return issue, Morning Joe co-host Mika Brzezinski said, “This is a tough one. I mean, why not just release them? There’s got to be something in them that’s not good. Right?”
Governor Romney probably should release additional tax returns if that is what the American people want and need to know before deciding who to elect President of the United States…AFTER he is officially nominated as the Republican candidate for that office.
Additionally, since the current president brought up the issue, the Obama campaign should do some releasing of information of its own. After all, “What’s important, if you are running for president, is that the American people know who you are and what you’ve done, and that you’re an open book.”
Barack Obama has yet to release any of the following:
- Tax returns from the 80’s
- Tax returns from the 90’s
- Occidental College records and transcripts
- Columbia University records and transcripts
- Columbia Thesis paper
- Harvard University records and transcripts
- Medical records
- Illinois State Senate schedule
- Illinois State Senate records
- Law practice client list
- Certified Copy of Original Birth certificate
- Harvard Law Review articles published
- University of Chicago scholarly articles
- Record of Baptism
These have been requested over and over for the past four years without success. Providing this list would be a good start to “open the book” on Barack Obama.
Mika’s view on the subject is “This is a tough one. I mean, why not just release them? There’s got to be something in them that’s not good. Right?”