Kerry's office: Romney has facts wrong on Kerry's tax returns
July 16th, 2012
07:22 PM ET
6 years ago

Kerry's office: Romney has facts wrong on Kerry's tax returns

(CNN) - Sen. John Kerry's office took issue with Mitt Romney on Monday, saying the presumptive GOP nominee was wrong to use the Democratic senator and his wife as an example in the latest swirl over Romney's refusal to release more tax returns.

David Wade, Kerry's current chief of staff, said in a statement that Romney's team has long been "conjuring up false and convoluted alibis," including Kerry's 2004 tax disclosure, as an excuse for not releasing further tax returns of his own.

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Monday morning, Romney made headlines when he mentioned Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz, as precedents for deciding not to release more than the two years' of tax documents Romney has already made public.

"John Kerry ran for president and his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns," Romney said on Fox. "Somehow this wasn't an issue."

However, Kerry's office was quick to point out that Teresa had in fact released the first two pages of her most recent tax return in 2004, revealing that she took in about $5 million in 2003 and paid approximately $750,000 in taxes, according to the information.

Wade, who served as Kerry's national spokesman in the 2004 presidential campaign, added that Romney also needed to get his facts straight about the Massachusetts senator.

While Romney has previously said that he's releasing the same level of tax information as Kerry did in 2004, the senator's office said by the time Kerry was running for president, he had already made public 20 years of tax information from previous Senate races-not two years' worth. That number included five years of tax returns released during his 2004 White House bid.

"As Sen. Moynihan once said, people are entitled to their own opinions, but they're not entitled to their own facts," Wade said. "Facts matter."

Over the weekend, Democrats and some Republicans continued to push Romney to release more tax information, saying having further documentation of Romney's financial holdings would shed light on offshore investments and overseas accounts.

Romney released tax returns from 2010, and put out an estimate of his 2011 information in April. He filed an extension with the Internal Revenue Service to file after the April deadline, and has vowed to release the official documents when they're completed by his accountant.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • John Kerry • Mitt Romney • Taxes
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. Bill from GA

    I hate to disagree with Senator Kerry, but Romney has no facts. None.

    July 16, 2012 07:27 pm at 7:27 pm |
  2. chuck weidemann

    The only thing Romney knows for certain is he doesn't want to release his tax returns....doubt he will flip flop on this!!! So much for using a wealthy liberal to compare yourself to!!!

    July 16, 2012 07:34 pm at 7:34 pm |
  3. Larry L

    Every time Romney speaks he looks like a bigger fool. Independents will turn away from a man who is this desperate to avoid allowing voters to see his returns. He wants control of our future but won't show us his past? He's hiding something really bad!

    July 16, 2012 07:45 pm at 7:45 pm |
  4. Astonished

    I am honestly worried about this man's character. He seems to fabricate facts at the drop of a hat without thinking that they might come back to haunt him. He "forgets" many things, like the boy he supposedly bullied at prep school, or whether or not he attended meetings at Bain, and so forth. I don't like that he dragged someone's wife into the argument just so he could hide behind her. He threw a massive hissy fit when Rick Perry talked over him at a debate. I am starting to think he is very weak person who can't handle adversity in a confident manner.

    July 16, 2012 07:46 pm at 7:46 pm |
  5. Now Who Is Really Getting Personal?

    Now I ask you: You want me to trust a guy who is knowingly lying about someone else's taxes to be telling the truth about his own?

    Talk about getting personal, Mitt Romney should apologize to John Kerry for telling lies about the Senator's taxes. Romney has been using that lie about John Kerry for months and months and months. As early as April 2012, he and his campaign were corrected on the fact that John Kerry had released decades more years of returns than he and his campaign were claiming. In spite of being given the truth, the Romney campaign and Romney himself have continued to use the line over and over and over ad nauseum, knowing full well that it was a lie.

    Romney is like a man puppet just waiting to be told what his script is going to be. Whatever it turns out to be, then he'll just repeat it back like a man puppet just dangling on strings being controlled by other hands. Mitt Man Puppet. Muppitt. It fits like a glove. Just like Pinocchio, his nose knows no bounds.

    July 16, 2012 07:50 pm at 7:50 pm |
  6. Four and The Door

    Mitt Romney's real mistake was giving John Kerry a chance to try and grab 15 more minutes. Can you even imagine how difficult it has been for John Kerry to be so meaningless for the last 7 years since Kerry/ Edwards 2004 got beat to give George W. Bush his second term?

    July 16, 2012 07:52 pm at 7:52 pm |
  7. Mike

    I don't begrudge Romney his wealth. Good for him – he worked hard and made a bunch of money. And I don't fault him for being in Private Equity, although I dispute that it qualifies him as a job creator. But his refusal to release his tax returns is indicative that he is hiding something. And the idea that a presidential candidate hides his money in offshore accounts to avoid US taxes – well that's just plain unpatriotic.

    July 16, 2012 07:55 pm at 7:55 pm |
  8. Down the bayou

    OOPS. Now make sure Ann releases her returns too if they don't file jointly.

    July 16, 2012 08:10 pm at 8:10 pm |
  9. joe

    Shame on you Mitt... You cant use Kerry
    an excuse. Release the damn returns if you have nothing to hide....

    July 16, 2012 08:11 pm at 8:11 pm |
  10. John F

    Liar liar, Romney.

    July 16, 2012 08:18 pm at 8:18 pm |
  11. Bootstomper

    Mitt Romney the long lost 4th stooge.

    July 16, 2012 08:20 pm at 8:20 pm |
  12. Mack

    So you lied for the Lord again Mitt? Because its your turn to be president...right?

    July 16, 2012 08:21 pm at 8:21 pm |
  13. Release the Worth Certificates

    If Obama can release short- and long-form birth certificates, the least Romney can do is release his worth certificates. Put out the taxes now Romney, and you can clear this whole thing up.

    Are you afraid we're going to find out you've become an insanely rich man by being a vulture capitalist and shipping jobs overseas of American workers and letting companies go bankrupt while you get your vulture profits anyway. Those accounts in the Caymans are still paying you today for the Americans you ripped off yesterday, huh? Hey, Romney, how many millions do you need to be satisfied? How much money is enough to make you feel rich?

    You sure do talk a good game about loving America (heard your bad singing), but a good chunk of your money is somewhere else. If you love America so much, why don't you put your money where your mouth is?

    July 16, 2012 08:26 pm at 8:26 pm |
  14. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Romney with the facts wrong?!?! That's not news. Now if Romney actually got the facts RIGHT, that would be NEWS!!

    July 16, 2012 08:34 pm at 8:34 pm |
  15. tracy

    Romney has dished it out to everyone who got in his way, but can't take it. He's a weak punk.

    July 16, 2012 08:39 pm at 8:39 pm |
  16. Snow

    kerry you dolt, quit whining after all, if I had selected edwards as my VP I would not show my face.

    July 16, 2012 08:41 pm at 8:41 pm |
  17. tracy

    Romney is the bully on the playground that hit the wrong person. Go Mr. President!!!! Keep up the great work!!

    July 16, 2012 08:47 pm at 8:47 pm |
  18. Pete

    See Romneys world is coming apart and his staff is too ignorent to know how to combat it.He wants transparency but won't come forward with no more than two years,now he's got Sen.Kerry who also against Bush got blindsided by Swift Boat and their lies who ended Kerrys campaign run in 2004,Romney just started another battle he'll soon wish he never started.How come Romneys old director said from 1999-2002 he flew from Salt Lake to meetings with Bain to sign papers ,140 in all,when he said publicly he wasn't involved after he left for the Olympics,who's telling the truth and who benefits from the lies,not Romney as its painting a pretty guilty picture of him,something that's hurting him politically as well as in business in his future,would you deal with a man who a pathelogical liar ,but that's big corporate business isn't it!!

    July 16, 2012 08:53 pm at 8:53 pm |
  19. A Kickin` Donkey

    Open mouth and inseert foot Mitt.

    Now, to match Senator Kerry you need to make the past 20 YEARS of tax returns PUBLIC. Also the standard applies to the candidate and not his wife. We all know that Teresa Heinz got her money thru the sale of ketchup.

    You got your`s outsourcing jobs in Bain paid you after 1999.

    Now that I think about those offshore accounts, Mitt are funding the activities of those non-US governments at the expense of the US Treasury? I want to know what taxes you are paying to other countries. That money could be used to buy bullets for that war in Afghanistan that you love so much.

    July 16, 2012 08:57 pm at 8:57 pm |
  20. john

    Typical Romney,always getting it wrong.

    July 16, 2012 09:01 pm at 9:01 pm |
  21. Marie MD

    No bishop, as always, this isn't about spinning your lies and not answering your questions like your boy gillespie did on Meet the Press and what your team does all the time.
    It's not about what millions of Americans' taxes look like if they are unemployed. The question is when are you going to release your 2011 TAXES?????????????????????????????
    You can't continue not to answer those gotcha questions except these are really hard to hide.

    July 16, 2012 09:07 pm at 9:07 pm |
  22. Hap

    Facts! We don't need no stinkin facts! Time is running out for republicans to make a final choice for their candidate. Even my racist right wing, "christian" in-laws are questioning this guy, and that's really saying something. My wife, her brother and sister have been working on them for years and this is the first time they've shown any doubt in their beliefs. I'd would love it if the repubs rejoined society and nominated a candidate with their own ideas like Condi, or Huntsman. I know the party doesn't believe in original thought, but I have hope for them.

    July 16, 2012 09:17 pm at 9:17 pm |
  23. ZedATL

    While the public has only gotten to see the latest 2, Romney gave 23 years of returns to the McCain campaign while being vetted for VP.

    Something there made them choose Palin instead.

    Think about it for a second...

    July 16, 2012 09:37 pm at 9:37 pm |
  24. anagram_kid

    Every day it becomes more evident that some members of the GOP assume that facts and truth cause more harm than getting caught in yet another lie. When will an adult step up and get the party back on track? Seriously, we need opposing solutions in government, at all levels. This collection of immature complainers, paranoid liars and obstructionists is harming not only their party, but the very nation they so persistently claim to love.

    July 16, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  25. ted

    Sen Kerry, Mitt will want you to apologize for questioning his honesty. Keep hammering on this clown to open his tax returns so that we can find out what he is hiding and why?

    July 16, 2012 09:47 pm at 9:47 pm |
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