Romney wants his taxes, business record off table
By MAGGIE HABERMAN | 8/10/12 2:33 PM EDT
Mitt Romney made an unusual suggestion in his interview with Chuck Todd yesterday, which First Read previewed thusly:
*** This is business not personal: Romney also said in the interview he would like a pledge (of sorts) with Obama that there be no "personal" attack ads. "[O]ur campaign would be — helped immensely if we had an agreement between both campaigns that we were only going to talk about issues and that attacks based upon — business or family or taxes or things of that nature." (Question: Is Romney really saying that scrutinizing his business record — which he has held up as one of his chief qualifications to be president — is personal?
But we digress. ...) He continued: "[W]e only talk about issues. And we can talk about the differences between our positions and our opponent's position." Romney said of his own campaign: "[O]ur ads haven't gone after the president personally. ... [W]e haven't dredged up the old stuff that people talked about last time around. We haven't gone after the personal things." That doesn't mean surrogates or Super PACs have, as was brought up to him. Bottom line, obviously, this negative stuff is getting to Romney or he wouldn't have said this. Campaigns that are winning never complain about the tone of the campaign (although Obama certainly laments "crazy" things outside groups say — more on that below.). There will be more on this from Romney on MSNBC's The Daily Rundown. Did he just offer the Obama campaign an official pledge? See for yourself.
Talking about candidates' personal finances is hardly novel, nor is it irrelevant — how candidates make their money, however much or how little they've earned over the years, is not only fair game but a legitimate line of inquiry. The question of tax returns is also not new (to that end, Romney has said he would also release his 2011 taxes, but has yet to do so, with less than three months to go in the race).
What is surprising is hearing a candidate say, essentially, "stop hitting me." As the folks at First Read note, this would seem to be something of a concession that the negatives are bothering the candidate, whom a round of new national polls shows running at a deficit that exceeds the margin of error. Some of the attacks have indeed gone rather far over the line (the ad that yokes a man's loss of his job due to Bain Capital to his wife's death was at minimum factually off and at most suggests a pretty ugly thing about the candidate).
Ok, I'm back.
You know...I almost still have no words.
Have you EVER
and I do mean EVER
seen a more ENTITLED WHITE MAN THAN WILLARD ROMNEY?
I mean that.
This mofo, who LIES everytime he opens his mouth.
He lies so much that Steve Benen has pretty much had a WEEKLY COLUMN chronicling his lies. Benen posted his TWENTY-NINTH EDITION today.
And, these aren't short columns, with 2 or 3 items in them. They are long, and get longer by the week.
So, Willard & Co can LIE about the President of the United States. Cast aspersions at him. Attempt to cast the President as ' other'. Insult the President's PATRIOTISM.
And, have SuperPacs lie in ads about the President 24/7/365.
But, Team Obama presents THE TRUTH about Willard, and suddenly, it's ' waaah waaah waah'.
Willard Romney said that he was qualified to be President because he was this great businessman, and the country needed someone who 'understood' the economy.
THAT is what he based his candidacy upon.
He wouldn't mention that he was Governor of Massachusetts. It wasn't even on his official Website.
No. He said, he was qualified to be President of the United States because of the time that he had spent in the private sector.
If this is the basis upon which your ENTIRE candidacy is based, then that means EVERYTHING that happened there is fair game, and open for scrutiny.
This man was born on third base, believes he should be worshipped for crossing home plate, and has had everything handed to him in life.
And, thought that the PRESIDENCY OF THE UNITED STATES was just gonna be handed to him.
I've said the following before, and will repeat it now:
1. Willard's been running for President officially since 2007, and not one of his supporters can tell me 3 things that he stands for and would do as President.
2. He is a human cipher with no core, who believes in nothing, except that HE should be President.
3. That he ran against amateurs and grifters in the GOP Primary, and did nothing but bury them under negative ads. He never presented a case FOR his candidacy - not even to the GOP Primary Voters. And, he was delusional enough to think that that was going to be enough against the team that a) defeated the Clinton Machine and b) got a Black man elected President of the United States.
He really is arrogant enough to think that he could pull the same scam twice - with regards to the tax returns, and folks were just gonna be ok with it.
I love the tax return issue, because:
1. the messaging of it is so simple:
WHAT ARE YOU HIDING IN THE TAX RETURNS?
2. the message can be gotten around the MSM, which has been doing its best to cover for Willard.
Willard acts like ' how dare you' question me.
And folks are like ' where are the tax returns'?
So, they trot out Miss Ann to tell us how ' generous' Willard is. ...um, Miss Ann, nobody believes your entitled ass either.
Show us the tax returns.
He's not even man enough to stand up to the example of his OWN FATHER.
The mane's been running for President officially since 2007.....why can't he trot out at least the last 5 years automatically?
The past few weeks, we heard about the scam of tax shelters that Willard tried to get for the Marriot Corporation that the IRS said HELL NO too.
THAT is the scheme that's in this 'SON OF BOSS' ad by the Obama Campaign.
Once I heard about that scam, I began to strongly believe that Willard's on that 2009 AMNESTY LIST.
Oh, he would do illegal shyt for a corporation, but not for himself?
I don't think so.
Which is why he won't release even the last 5 years of his tax returns, because someone that knows how to read those things would go ' Um, weren't these offshore schemes deemed illegal by the IRS?'
The 100 million dollar IRA
The 100 million he gave to his sons - TAX FREE
The offshore bank accounts.
The IRS itself said that the only people who have money in the Cayman Islands are: a) tax dodgers, b)criminals, c) terrorists.
THAT is the kind of company Willard's money keeps. And, one wonders how close Willard's money is with the others. After all, we found out that this week, FORTY PERCENT of the startup money came from those who funded the right-wing death squads in El Salvador.
That's right....the beginnings of Bain was done with BLOOD MONEY.
What is happening now, is that Willard is being VETTED.
THIS is what VETTING looks like, Willard.
NOBODY is handing you the Presidency of the United States.
So, you can take your whining about the President and his team being mean to you..
and shove it where the sun don't shine.