(Image source: American Bridge PAC)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN


President Obama’s supporters are asking — “What’s Mitt Romney hiding?” — accusing the GOP frontrunner of being secretive on his taxes.

HLN: “Democrats are calling on Mitt Romney to release ten years worth of his tax info. Now Republicans say it's just politics.”

Fox News’ Judith Miller: “Romney is not a secret millionaire. He is a millionaire many times over. It's no big secret.”

This as Romney announces he recently filed for an extension on his 2011 filing.


Romney’s camp is accusing the president’s re-election team of trying to “distract” voters. In 2010 — Romney paid a 14 percent effective income tax rate — lower than most Americans pay because the candidate’s income comes largely from investments — which are taxed at a lower rate than regular wages. Here’s a look at the latest — paid for by pro-Obama super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.


“What’s in his returns? What we may or may not be hiding in his tax returns.”

While Romney has released his 2010 returns — the campaign faces calls from critics to release years more.

But fueling some of the “secretive” charges Monday were reports Romney gave specific policy details in front of a crowd at a closed-door fundraiser Sunday evening — details not released to the public. NBC’s Garrett Haake reports the speech...

“...was overheard by reporters on a sidewalk below. One possibility floated by Romney included the elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development...”

For its part the Romney campaign says details in that speech weren’t official policy proposals but rather just ideas. But The Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen — who worked for former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — says Romney’s making it easy for the president’s camp to paint him as secretive. He points out Team Romney waited until Friday evening to announce the candidate wasn’t filing on time.

“...the time politicians usually put out bad news they hope no one will notice.  … The Romney campaign says Obama wants to ‘distract Americans from the real issues.’ They are right. But Obama is not creating the distractions. Romney is.”

Thiessen suggests the “secretive” charges could be an effort by Romney’s critics to remind voters of the candidate’s Mormon faith — an issue Politico’s Mike Allen says some in the Republican base are still not completely comfortable with.


“As the Obama campaign makes the case that Romney is somehow weird, different, some supporters of Romney will say that that is a dog whistle, that is a way to come near the religion issue. The Obama campaign will tell you they're not going to touch it.”

Despite the extension request — Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul says the campaign WILL release 2011 returns once they ARE filed.
 

 

Romney Campaign Fights 'Secretive' Label

by Christina Hartman
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Apr 16, 2012

Romney Campaign Fights 'Secretive' Label

(Image source: American Bridge PAC)

 

BY CHRISTINA HARTMAN


President Obama’s supporters are asking — “What’s Mitt Romney hiding?” — accusing the GOP frontrunner of being secretive on his taxes.

HLN: “Democrats are calling on Mitt Romney to release ten years worth of his tax info. Now Republicans say it's just politics.”

Fox News’ Judith Miller: “Romney is not a secret millionaire. He is a millionaire many times over. It's no big secret.”

This as Romney announces he recently filed for an extension on his 2011 filing.


Romney’s camp is accusing the president’s re-election team of trying to “distract” voters. In 2010 — Romney paid a 14 percent effective income tax rate — lower than most Americans pay because the candidate’s income comes largely from investments — which are taxed at a lower rate than regular wages. Here’s a look at the latest — paid for by pro-Obama super PAC American Bridge 21st Century.


“What’s in his returns? What we may or may not be hiding in his tax returns.”

While Romney has released his 2010 returns — the campaign faces calls from critics to release years more.

But fueling some of the “secretive” charges Monday were reports Romney gave specific policy details in front of a crowd at a closed-door fundraiser Sunday evening — details not released to the public. NBC’s Garrett Haake reports the speech...

“...was overheard by reporters on a sidewalk below. One possibility floated by Romney included the elimination of the Department of Housing and Urban Development...”

For its part the Romney campaign says details in that speech weren’t official policy proposals but rather just ideas. But The Washington Post’s Marc Thiessen — who worked for former President George W. Bush and former Secretary of Defense Donald Rumsfeld — says Romney’s making it easy for the president’s camp to paint him as secretive. He points out Team Romney waited until Friday evening to announce the candidate wasn’t filing on time.

“...the time politicians usually put out bad news they hope no one will notice.  … The Romney campaign says Obama wants to ‘distract Americans from the real issues.’ They are right. But Obama is not creating the distractions. Romney is.”

Thiessen suggests the “secretive” charges could be an effort by Romney’s critics to remind voters of the candidate’s Mormon faith — an issue Politico’s Mike Allen says some in the Republican base are still not completely comfortable with.


“As the Obama campaign makes the case that Romney is somehow weird, different, some supporters of Romney will say that that is a dog whistle, that is a way to come near the religion issue. The Obama campaign will tell you they're not going to touch it.”

Despite the extension request — Romney campaign spokesperson Andrea Saul says the campaign WILL release 2011 returns once they ARE filed.
 

 

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