Santorum: Tax returns 'should be out soon'
February 14th, 2012
08:19 PM ET
3 years ago

Santorum: Tax returns 'should be out soon'

(CNN) – Republican presidential candidate Rick Santorum seemed slightly out of the loop Tuesday over when his own tax returns would be released, saying he thought they may have already been out.

"They should be out soon. I thought they were actually coming out today," Santorum told reporters at a campaign stop in Coeur d'Alene, Idaho.

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The former Pennsylvania senator has said in previous interviews that he files his own taxes. He added that since he has been on the campaign trail he is having others handle it in his absence.

Shortly after his comments, Santorum spokesman Hogan Gidley confirmed to CNN that the returns would in fact not be made public Tuesday but would be "coming." No other details were provided.

Two of his opponents, Newt Gingrich and Mitt Romney, made headlines last month when they both released their taxes amid heavy attention on their private-sector careers.

After talking taxes, the White House hopeful quickly turned to the issue of his chief rival, Romney.

Shortly after saying he had released several "positive ads" in a variety of upcoming primary and caucus states, he had some not-so-positive things to say about Romney's recent attacks directed at Santorum's history of earmarks.

"For Governor Romney, who was doing the same thing at the same time, to now be critical of me is hypocritical. And it's unfortunate that he's gotten into that game," Santorum said, adding that he is not one to play "hypocritical politics" by "lambasting someone for something that I did."

"That's the kind of politics people get soured of very quickly," he said.

On electability, he said he is best positioned as an "authentic" conservative to take on President Barack Obama. He suggested people will wonder "whether (Romney) will still be a conservative" when the primary is over.

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Filed under: 2012 • Idaho • Rick Santorum
soundoff (20 Responses)
  1. Uthor

    Santorum's tax returns? Who would have paid that man for anything? Is his income somehow tied to a church? Did he sell chastitiy belts on late-night TV commercials?

    February 14, 2012 08:40 pm at 8:40 pm |
  2. ms

    I'm a woman. I couldn't care less about his tax returns. I'm already "soured" on his politics. I don't want government interfering in religion and i sure don't want his religion interfering with my rights.

    February 14, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  3. lev nicholayavich

    Rick Santorum, why has he not released his taxes? Because he is waiting for some good headlines to eclipse the firestorm that will come when everyone realizes that Rick stayed in Washington after getting voted out of the Senate (by a landslide worth better highlighting). And what happened during that time? Rick became a millionaire lobbyist. This guy hasn't even slightly been vetted. Few that support him can say anything substantive about legislative successes....no one even knows Rick outside of Pennsylvania.

    I used to think I could vote for Rick but the more I learn about him (including his radical, intolerant social conservative proclivities), the less I like him.

    Rick is just like Newt. Newt said he didn't want to go negative...because his opponents had a treasure chest of baggage to discuss about him. Rick wants to drum up social conservative votes as fast as possible and not talk about how his past is one full of big government speeding, quid pro quo earmarks and other shocking unethical behaviors.

    Look, when people really look into Rick, it ain't gonna be pretty.

    This guy is scary. Great work CNN and John King in particular for putting Ricks feet to the fire.

    Truth is the child of time.

    February 14, 2012 08:42 pm at 8:42 pm |
  4. Chipster

    Tax returns? Seriously? Have the people of the United States lost their minds? Santorum and the new American Taliban (GOP) are promoting a ban on contraception, forced ultra sounds, and second class citizenship for women! What's next? Banning women from leaving the house without a male family member as her escort? How can anyone in this country support this insanity? This is 2012, not the 19th Century. This is the United States, not Afghanistan! What are Americans thinking to even consider this crazy notion that women can have their personal choices dictated by the Catholic Church and some screwball like Santorum? We've been fighting this religious fanaticism in the middle east. Why would we elect it in the U.S.?

    February 14, 2012 09:19 pm at 9:19 pm |
  5. Seattle Sue

    Santorum could at least show his 2009 and 2010 tax returns, it would not take long to make a few copies.

    February 14, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  6. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Didn't he post them on the campaign site himself? I guess not... There goes a staffer because he couldn't get it done.

    February 14, 2012 09:51 pm at 9:51 pm |
  7. cali girl

    Dedededede. Stupid is as stupid does.

    February 14, 2012 09:55 pm at 9:55 pm |
  8. chris24

    looks like the republicans are again picking an unelectable candidate.
    wait until some of his stupid quotes from the past come back to haunt him.

    remember he lost his senate seat by 15 pts. or something.

    February 14, 2012 09:56 pm at 9:56 pm |
  9. Carol

    Rick Santorum is squirming over releasing his taxes. Me thinks me smells a rat.

    February 14, 2012 10:12 pm at 10:12 pm |
  10. Thomas

    Who's the guy on the right in the photo ?

    His acountant ?

    February 14, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  11. dagoberto

    Some cyber....... to hide?

    February 14, 2012 10:46 pm at 10:46 pm |
  12. ct

    tax return please?

    February 14, 2012 11:32 pm at 11:32 pm |
  13. J.V.Hodgson

    He will not release them until after the next two state votes. And boy do you media just let the free speech mis information seem like truth. Whether he has delegated his tax returns to others they have no authority to release them without his signed written approval that CPA society code of ethics QED to say and gidley propogates the misinformation.
    My guess is that he will have ( having done his own) made mistakes possibly in both directions i.e overpaying some tax and underpaying on others. Either way it is going to be messy.
    Not sure but I do believe thier is a substantial family business interest. That makes his return quite complex and creates lots of legal ways to reduce taxes, if you set things up properly.
    Regards,
    Hodgson.

    February 15, 2012 12:07 am at 12:07 am |
  14. Lev

    Vet Rick, starting with his taxes. No one seems to know anything about this guy. They just have an ideal image of who they hope he is. When you look into this guy's past, it is scary how hypocritical he is. Keep pushing him. This is going to be excitng to watch this sanctimonious guy get what is coming to him.

    February 15, 2012 01:15 am at 1:15 am |
  15. Marry

    If he is as incompetent preparing his tax returns as with everything else he does, the returns might make for interesting reading. But he left himself a back door open should they be incorrect. He will say (like Newt) – opps, my bad…but had to work so hard for the country….

    February 15, 2012 02:22 am at 2:22 am |
  16. chuck weidemann

    Wasn't it in Florida when Santorum said his taxes where at home on his desk and he would be releasing them soon? What's up Rick? Which home ?

    February 15, 2012 02:57 am at 2:57 am |
  17. Marie MD

    Now sanitarium wants secret service protection because he is afraid of the crowds. What a waste of money. He is not that important.
    Darn that first amendment right, remember ricky?

    February 15, 2012 06:28 am at 6:28 am |
  18. GI Joe.

    Out of the loop? He's the very picture of LOOPY. What a Pious Jerk.

    February 15, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  19. Anonymous

    I thought hefiles his own tax returns. Why do they take so long to release?

    February 15, 2012 06:59 am at 6:59 am |
  20. The Greedy Old PIgs declared class war on US!

    In a way Mr. Frothy is correct about Flipper the Elitist Robot. As Karl Rove tries to keep his Plan to Elect the Next Neocon Robot from blowing up in his face, little whispers about Rmoney's Olympics experience tend to be heard when Rmoney's obvious lack of leadership ability is mentioned. What the whispers don't tell you is that Rmoney's Olympic "accomplishment" was simply getting the state and federal government to pony up more money. So Rmoney is phony boy who also enjoyed his time at the corporate welfare trough. Indeed, his work with Bain shows this was a regular practice for this Greedy Old Piggy.

    February 15, 2012 07:46 am at 7:46 am |