Matt Romney backs off birth certificate quip
December 30th, 2011
03:28 PM ET
2 years ago

Matt Romney backs off birth certificate quip

(CNN) - Mitt Romney's second-oldest son, Matt, made his first foray into the Twitterverse Friday with a mea culpa for tying the release of his father's tax returns to President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Thursday Matt Romney responded to a question at a Concord, New Hampshire event about whether his father would release federal tax returns.

"I heard someone suggest the other day that as soon as President Obama releases his grades and birth certificate…then maybe he'll do it," Matt Romney said.

But one day later Matt, who appeared on the stump with his brothers Craig, Tagg, and Josh, backtracked.

"I repeated a dumb joke. My bad," he said in a tweet responding to a Politico reporter.

Mitt Romney, seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for president for the second time, declined to make his tax returns public but said he had nothing to hide, while referencing other candidates who haven't chosen to release theirs as well.

"No other candidates have released their income tax returns at this point," Romney told CNN's "The Situation Room" anchor Wolf Blitzer in an interview Wednesday.

"There's nothing particularly to hide. It's just when people say what disclosures have you made, you say, you follow the law, and you provide that information. I don't put out which tooth paste I use either. It's not that I have something to hide," he continued.

President Barack Obama was dogged by demands to make his long-form birth certificate public following his 2008 election. Hawaii, the state where he was born, traditionally releases a shortened document certifying the birth of state residents to the public. The president released the long form version in April of 2011 in response to extended speculation that he was not, in fact, a U.S. citizen.

- CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.


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  1. ricd

    Sarah! Sarah! Sarah! Sarah! Like Phoenix rising from the ashes, the brilliant (and divine)Sarah will rise up on the 11th hour and save our country, families, faith, marriages, and most importantly... our guns! I HEREBY NOMINATE THE 1/2 GOVERNATUR SARAH PALIN!

    December 30, 2011 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  2. Tony

    I guess Matt missed the news that Obama released his long-form birth certificate. OK, where are Romney's federal tax returns? Is Matt a flip-flopper like his father?

    December 30, 2011 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  3. NATHAN WIMBERLY

    Like Father,like son. The GOBP wingnut/teabagger trainwreck implosion continues full speed ahead.

    December 30, 2011 03:39 pm at 3:39 pm |
  4. Rudy NYC

    "No other candidates have released their income tax returns at this point," Romney told CNN's "The Situation Room" anchor Wolf Blitzer in an interview Wednesday.

    President Obama is a candidate. President Obama's tax returns for the past several years are on public record. I am not sure if we should give Matt a pass on the birther remark or not. I vote no.

    December 30, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  5. Kansas City CT Yankee

    I'm not sure that federal tax returns are analogous to toothpaste, Mittens, since one of them might be of interest to a voter.

    December 30, 2011 03:42 pm at 3:42 pm |
  6. kenny

    This article says "Mitt Romney, seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for president for the second time, declined to make his tax returns public but said he had nothing to hide, while referencing other candidates who haven't chosen to release theirs as well".

    A man suspected of murder will claim he had notheing to do with the murder and will also claim that his co-conspiritors have not admitted to it so why should he.
    Mitt hasn't even released his "Long Form Birth Certificate" showing that he was even born rather than mfg'ed.

    December 30, 2011 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  7. Woman In California

    This is precisely one of the reasons you'll never take your lazy good for nothing @@s to the White House. People are sick of looking and listening to spoiled, rich, privileged, stupid kids live contently off the backs of hard working Americans. While thousands of men/women (their ages) die – they (the Romney boys) go out and "help their country" on the campaign trail by lying for their good for nothing father. Personally, I hate the entire Romney family with ALL my heart and I look forward to seeing their demise on the national stage and/or in hell if they choose just as long as it is not anywhere near 1600 Pennsylvania Avenue.
    Good riddance.

    December 30, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  8. ST

    These boys should be in Afghanistan now and tweet or blog from there. Not sleeping in a big mansion waiting for their father to occupy the peoples house. God forbid if their father becomes President, they should be sent there before he is sworn in!

    December 30, 2011 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  9. Guest

    Here we go again, birther are still live and kicking. This is what is wrong with our country. Educated, young man and fool is now going after President for his birth certificate.

    Shame on you Matt.

    December 30, 2011 03:48 pm at 3:48 pm |
  10. Ron

    Proving once again that the nut doesn't fall far from the tree.....

    Or lord, help us if one of these wacko's gets elected.

    December 30, 2011 03:51 pm at 3:51 pm |
  11. ksdb

    Just to be clear, nothing Obama has released is a legal birth certificate. Matt needs to stand by the joke. A layered PDF is not a birth certificate.

    December 30, 2011 03:53 pm at 3:53 pm |
  12. Mikey

    What is this about releasing grades? Do candidates regularly release their grades? Not that I am aware of. Obama's academic record, by all accounts, is very strong. Transferred to Columbia. Harvard Law and elected by his peers to head the Harvard Law Review. Professor at the University of Chicago. With all the dimwit half-baked GOP polticians out there, how can conservatives question President Obama's academic credentials?

    Tax returns, on the other hand, are frequently disclosed by politicians and financial disclosures are required for many elected officials.

    Birthers, on the other hand, are complete morons and not worth the time of day. They will never measure up in any way to the President they hate. Put that in your pipe and smoke it.

    December 30, 2011 03:56 pm at 3:56 pm |
  13. Nash

    How dumb can Romney's son be? Just when we thought the circus was over this idiot starts the inevitable demise of his father. This tells us that Romney is a birther who has no guts to say it. He uses his surrogates and family to do his dirty deeds. When the family is put in the spotlight they will start crying foul like Palin.

    December 30, 2011 04:01 pm at 4:01 pm |
  14. noah

    The apple doesn't fall too far from the tree in the Romney Klan!

    December 30, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  15. Conrack

    Is this one of the Romney offspring who is better serving his country by trying to get his father elected and feathering his own nest rather than serving in America's military?

    December 30, 2011 04:03 pm at 4:03 pm |
  16. Independent Voters

    Romney will you please give up will never be president. You a flip flopper

    December 30, 2011 04:04 pm at 4:04 pm |
  17. stoley eisenhower

    who's this stooge? Oh, its the son of king stooge, Mitt....Lord, protect us from your followers.

    December 30, 2011 04:06 pm at 4:06 pm |
  18. Indy

    The Romneys are geeks with bad humor, I guess thats OK ? Mitt sounded like a jealous ninth grader today because Obama was with his family in Hawaii where he is from, and Romney tried to portray that Obama does not care about the country because he was in a awrm place. Presidents are people too Mitts, much more then corporations.

    December 30, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  19. NC

    So the Romney's are birthers no suprise. Romney will sell his soul to be President. Appealing to the birthers is repulsive, may get tea party vote but not intelligent Americans votes
    Happy New Year everyone.

    December 30, 2011 04:08 pm at 4:08 pm |
  20. PR

    Just shows that Roney's kids aren't the brightest bulbs in the box. Maybe its runs in the family.

    December 30, 2011 04:09 pm at 4:09 pm |
  21. dgb

    obama own birth cert says obama'daddy born in Kenya...read it or are all of you blind..

    December 30, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  22. Trevor

    The kid said he just repeated a dumb joke. Relax and have a bit of charity. No reason for so much hate liberls. Also, to the person who pointed out Barry is a candidate–again, some charity–Romney was pretty obviously referring to his fellow GOP candidates. Also, why does it matter if he releases them? Why should it matter to voters exactly? Oh, yeah, Barry wants to use "class" as a weapon.

    December 30, 2011 04:12 pm at 4:12 pm |
  23. dgb

    the old sheriff will show all of you dim whits the truth in fed..then impeach the fraud berry

    December 30, 2011 04:14 pm at 4:14 pm |
  24. ricd_is_dumb

    Sarah Palin? Really? She's dumb.

    December 30, 2011 04:24 pm at 4:24 pm |
  25. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Everyone already knows that Mittens received $13 million from Bain last year. It is the additional income that people wonder about. Mittens represents the new upper .2% middle class that republicans refer to.

    December 30, 2011 04:25 pm at 4:25 pm |
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