It‚Äôs not just the left who are asking and demanding that Mitt Romney release his income tax returns, now the right to include politicians, pundits as well as Republican strategists are all making the same demand now. In the last week, several Republicans have advised Romney to release his returns. That list includes former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, former RNC chairman Michael Steele and Alabama Gov. Robert Bentley and others.
One of the most interesting aspects of the controversy is the fact that when President Obama sends the Senate a nominee for a cabinet post, Senate Republicans require the nominee turn over at least three years‚Äô worth of tax returns. As Romney has only turned over his 2010 return and an estimate of his 2011 return, by Senate GOP standards ‚Äď Romney wouldn‚Äôt be eligible for a confirmation hearing.
Robert Bentley, Republican governor of Alabama:
‚ÄúIf you have things to hide, then maybe you‚Äôre doing things wrong. I think you ought to be willing to release everything to the American people,‚ÄĚ Governor Bentley said.
‚ÄúThe best thing to do is just get everything out in the open and just say, ‚Äėhey I have nothing to hide and I‚Äôm going to release my tax returns‚Äô.‚ÄĚ SOURCE:http://www.businessweek.com/news/2012-07-16/republicans-urge-romney-to-release-taxes-change-debate
Rep. Pete Sessions (TX), chairman of the House Republican re-election effort:
Without naming a specific number of years or returns or amount of information he believes Romney should release, Session called the issue a ‚Äúlegitimate question‚ÄĚ and stated ‚ÄúHis personal finances, the way he does things, his record, are fair game.‚ÄĚ SOURCE:http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/12/house-gop-campaign-chief-says-romneys-personal-finances-fair-game/
Rep. Walter Jones (NC):
Jones told CNN: ‚ÄúI 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. Obviously people know he‚Äôs rich, nobody holds that against him,‚ÄĚ Jones said, but added, ‚Äúwhenever you are asking for the vote of the American people that you need to fully disclose what your holdings are, if you have any.‚ÄĚ
Noting he‚Äôs not a financial expert, Jones said Romney should release tax records for the last 6 -7 years. SOURCE: http://politicalticker.blogs.cnn.com/2012/07/12/house-gop-campaign-chief-says-romneys-personal-finances-fair-game/
Former RNC Chairman Michael Steele:
‚ÄúIf there‚Äôs nothing there, there‚Äôs no ‚Äėthere‚Äô there, don‚Äôt create a ‚Äėthere.‚Äô Put out as much information as you can. Even if you don‚Äôt release 12 years worth of tax returns, at least three, four, five. ‚ÄĚ SOURCE: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/growing-republican-chorus-pushes-romney-to-release-tax-returns.php
Former RNC Chairman and Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour:
Barbour told CNN Tuesday that he would release the returns if he was in Romney‚Äôs shoes.
‚ÄúI would. But should it be an issue in the campaign? I don‚Äôt think it amounts to diddly.‚ÄĚ SOURCE: http://2012.talkingpointsmemo.com/2012/07/growing-republican-chorus-pushes-romney-to-release-tax-returns.php
Republican strategist Matthew Dowd:
‚ÄúThere‚Äôs obviously something there, because if there was nothing there, he would say, ‚ÄėHave at it,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Dowd said. ‚ÄúSo there‚Äôs obviously something there that compromises what he said in the past about something.‚ÄĚ
‚ÄúMany of these politicians think, ‚ÄėI can do this. I can get away with this. I don‚Äôt need to do this, because I‚Äôm going to say something and I don‚Äôt have to do this,‚Äô‚ÄĚ Dowd said. ‚ÄúIf he had 20 years of ‚Äėgreat, clean, everything‚Äôs fine,‚Äô it‚Äôd all be out there, but it‚Äôs arrogance.‚ÄĚ SOURCE:http://abcnews.go.com/blogs/politics/2012/07/george-will-matthew-dowd-blast-romney-for-not-releasing-tax-returns/
Republican strategist John Weaver:
‚ÄúStop demanding an apology, release your tax returns.‚ÄĚ SOURCE:http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/16/12767580-gop-pressures-romney-release-the-tax-returns?lite
Republican strategist Rick Tyler:
‚ÄúMitt Romney had an opportunity to answer these questions during the primary. He did not answer these questions and now they‚Äôre coming up again.‚ÄĚ
Tyler warned that Romney‚Äôs tax issue has the potential to inflict real harm if Romney doesn‚Äôt start providing answers, particularly in light of the controversy surrounding Bain Capital. Referring to Romney‚Äôs press secretary, Tyler went on to note ‚ÄúI saw Andrea Saul‚Äôs robotic response, which was the same as it‚Äôs always been. That doesn‚Äôt comport with documents that have his name on it after 1999 that list him as CEO who was making money off of transactions. If he wasn‚Äôt making money from Bain, then his tax returns from the period in question would reveal that. Only [Romney] can provide that information, or we‚Äôll just have drip, drip, drip to November.‚ÄĚSOURCE: http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78459.html#ixzz20WaCf3xj
Republican strategist Ana Navarro:
‚ÄúI feel like we are watching a rerun of an episode from the Republican primary with the return of the releasing of taxes issue. It turned into a big deal during the primary, and pretty much got diffused when he released the one-year of returns. I wish he‚Äôd hurry up and release more tax returns so this distraction would go away.‚ÄĚ SOURCE:http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0712/78459_Page2.html#ixzz20WaltuNw
Conservative editor and pundit Bill Kristol:
On ‚ÄúFox News Sunday,‚ÄĚ the Weekly Standard‚Äôs editor Bill Kristol said ‚Äú[Romney] should release the tax returns tomorrow. It‚Äôs crazy. You have to to release six, eight, ten years of back tax returns. Take the hit for a day or two.‚ÄĚ SOURCE: http://youtu.be/6dMHkG6FDvE
Conservative columnist George Will:
‚ÄúThe cost of not releasing the returns are clear,‚ÄĚ noted Will, on ABC‚Äôs ‚ÄúThis Week.‚ÄĚ ‚ÄúTherefore, he must have calculated that there are higher costs in releasing them.‚ÄĚ SOURCE:http://maddowblog.msnbc.msn.com/_news/2012/07/16/12767580-gop-pressures-romney-release-the-tax-returns