Perry renews his call for Romney tax docs
July 17th, 2012
08:36 PM ET
2 years ago

Perry renews his call for Romney tax docs

(CNN) – Former Republican presidential candidate Rick Perry on Tuesday reaffirmed his position that candidates should be forthcoming with their tax documentation, finding himself again at odds with Mitt Romney, his party's presumptive presidential nominee.

Perry first called on Romney to release his tax returns when running for the GOP presidential nomination, and in late January, Romney released his records for 2010 and an estimate of his liability for tax year 2011. He has since said that he does not intend to release additional years, as Democrats - and an increasing number in his own party - have called for.

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Perry addressed the issue when asked by a reporter in Austin on Tuesday.

"I'm a big believer that no matter who you are or what office you're running for, you should be as transparent as you can be with your tax returns and other aspects of your life so that people have the appropriate ability to judge your background and what have you," he said.

But the Texas governor steered clear of mentioning Romney's name, instead criticizing President Barack Obama.

"I certainly think it is inappropriate for the president of the United States to not keep his college transcript and his law school transcript public," he continued. "He should make those available."

Perry raised the issue in a January Republican presidential debate in South Carolina, saying he thought disclosure of tax returns is a "fair thing" to request.

"Mitt, we need for you to release your income tax so the people of this country can see how you made your money," he said. "Listen, here's the real issue for us: as Republicans, we cannot fire our nominee in September. We need to know now. So I hope you'll put your tax records out there this week so the people of South Carolina can take a look and decide if, you know, we've got a flawed candidate or not."

Romney responded at that debate that he "hadn't planned on releasing tax records" but was "not opposed to doing that" later, "in April or tax season" should he become the nominee.

"I looked at what has been done in campaigns in the past with Senator McCain and President George W. Bush and others," he said. "They have tended to release tax records in April or tax season."

He characterized the financial paperwork all presidential candidates file as "a pretty full disclosure."

He released the 2010 document and 2011 estimate several days later.

Several Republicans have recently called on Romney to be more transparent or said they would be more transparent if in his position, including former Mississippi Gov. Haley Barbour, editor of The Weekly Standard Bill Kristol, the conservative writer George Will, and Matthew Dowd, the chief campaign strategist for President George W. Bush.

On Tuesday, Romney said in an interview that Democrats would use the records to "distort" him.

– CNN's Ashley Killough and Dana Davidsen contributed to this report


Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • Rick Perry • Taxes • Texas
soundoff (48 Responses)
  1. Larry L

    So now the right-wing Teavangelicals are going after old Mitt as well? Perry hasn't got enough sense to pour piss out of a boot but he likes the idea of making himself look powerful. This is the first time I've ever agreed with the moron.

    Where's those returns Governor Flip-flopper? Note: You can't call Perry a flip-flopper! He's stupid 100% of the time.

    July 17, 2012 08:43 pm at 8:43 pm |
  2. newshead12

    What president has ever released school records? You can call registrar's offices of universities to see who graduated. What's more, the Deans of universities pose in graduation pics and most schools have yearbooks and/or lists of who attended.

    July 17, 2012 08:46 pm at 8:46 pm |
  3. Darnell Clayton

    I don't know about most of you, but when I apply for a job, i have to pass a credit check, sign a consumer disclosure and give references with a legitimate resume. Why should he have to not prove his credentials when running for president?

    July 17, 2012 08:50 pm at 8:50 pm |
  4. Gurgyl

    Why he is hiding TEN YEARS TAX returns????? Flip-flop.

    July 17, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  5. bcrunner

    Even Mr. Ooops!! thinks that Romney should release his tax returns. It's time to do what his Dad did...

    July 17, 2012 08:56 pm at 8:56 pm |
  6. Name

    Everyone kmows there are a couple of men of character left in GOP. the majority are crook minded.

    July 17, 2012 08:59 pm at 8:59 pm |
  7. Darryl

    Well there ya have it, Rick Perry is on the hunt too.Perry and Romney never did get along anyhow.But now calling for Romney to gaugh-em up ? LOL....look out! Everybodys out to get Romney!!!!

    July 17, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  8. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Republicans are running scared and they want Romney gone before September too bad they didn't feel the same about Palin when she made a fool out of them in 2008. LOL

    July 17, 2012 09:00 pm at 9:00 pm |
  9. CanadaONE

    Looking back Now – Perry would a better presidential candiate than Romney – is it too late for the GOP to change their minds?

    Romney has lost all credibility for the GOP, and it will get worse!

    July 17, 2012 09:15 pm at 9:15 pm |
  10. Name Jeremy@Dallas

    I support my Governor on this. Politicians should be transparent. No tax returns =no votes.

    July 17, 2012 09:20 pm at 9:20 pm |
  11. MaryM

    Many respected leaders (not Perry) in the republican party are saying Release your tax returns Mitt. Dan Rather, one of the Great News anchors said.
    The longer Mitt holds on to his tax return, the worse he looks.
    Not looking good for Mitt at all

    July 17, 2012 09:24 pm at 9:24 pm |
  12. 0rangeW3dge

    He smells the blood in the water....Perry could make a comeback when Romney is indicted for fraud and forced to give up the nomination.

    July 17, 2012 09:25 pm at 9:25 pm |
  13. Hey, Mittens, got any more of those 100K Bain jobs for doing nothing? 'Call Me, Maybe'?

    Looks like someone is angling to have Mittens dumped during the upcoming RNC 3-ring circus and a new clown car driver chosen.

    July 17, 2012 09:31 pm at 9:31 pm |
  14. Ancient Texan

    Romney perhaps is waiting for Obama to release all of the records, grades, and contacts that he spent millions of dollars hiding, then release his tax returns ..

    July 17, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  15. They ought to change from the elephant to the hippo...

    Wow... Even Ricky wants Mitt to come clean! Seems simple enough to do so... Unless there is something in them that is... damaging? What's to hide, Mittens? Got another wife listed as a dependent or something?

    July 17, 2012 09:32 pm at 9:32 pm |
  16. PrivateEye

    Man, Romney must REALLY have something to hide in those tax returns!!!

    July 17, 2012 09:34 pm at 9:34 pm |
  17. Marie MD

    I was going to say, before I read the whole story, that maybe oops man wasn't as stupid as we thought he was. Unfortunately, he continued to keep mouth open and shove foot further down his throat when he went after the President after four or five years about his school records.
    The tax issue with the bully bishop has nothing to do with a man who has already been in office for three and a half years. This flip flopping liar wants to be president but won't tell us how much money he has made for the last 10 years. I wonder what those accountants of his have done with his taxes in the last two years to make them look better!
    The only one distorting the bishop's anything and everything is himself. LIAR!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    July 17, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  18. LEK

    Little Perry, either you are on our Team or you're not. You can't criticize President Obama one week and then kick Romney the next week. Now go and take your meds and sit down somewhere. lol (this is just too funny)

    July 17, 2012 09:36 pm at 9:36 pm |
  19. Phil Thomas

    Mitt wow your coming apart already, sad watching this happen but this is the USA and you can't buy elections regardless of what the supreme court does people are not stupid

    July 17, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  20. bzonline123

    What a disappointment to see Republican party gets broken at this moment. Any more trees can be burnt in Texas? Perry basically force Romney into a direction either picking a running mate from his own league or picking someone with a huge voting base and probably winningly to help him, a Catholic.

    July 17, 2012 09:49 pm at 9:49 pm |
  21. Republicans - "The Not Intended to Be Factually Accurate" Party

    Mr. Obama`s college transcripts are completely irrelevent . . . WILLARDS tax records are not. We need to see what rates he`s paid, what jurisdictions he`s paying FOREIGN TAXES to [at the expense of the US Treasury], when he made his income [Bain payments]. etc.

    What mitt needs to realize is that this is well past "Democrats" distorting him. The independent thinking voter does not trust him and he can`t win because of that.

    Despte what he said on the Today show, people are not envious of Mitt / Willard Romney. They don`t trust him.

    July 17, 2012 10:10 pm at 10:10 pm |
  22. zago

    If you are a true American Governor, you should be proud to show that you have complied with the law and have not done anything improper like Madoff did

    July 17, 2012 10:14 pm at 10:14 pm |
  23. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    I am not totally surprised that Perry has said this. He has never been on good terms with Romney. I know that there are a growing group of conservatives that want Romney to release his taxes. The longer it takes, the more people are going to wonder what is really there.

    July 17, 2012 10:22 pm at 10:22 pm |
  24. Anita

    Alexithymic Mitt would know all about distortion. Remember the very first ad he put out when he put John McCain's words in President Obama's mouth?

    July 17, 2012 10:26 pm at 10:26 pm |
  25. Jack

    Release those tax returns Governor Romney. You owe it to the American people and you owe it to the Republican Party. You also owe it to any potential running mate. Please do what is honorable. If you have nothing to hide, you will win the election. If you've lied, you should bow out now. Every day this goes on, you are hurting yourself and the Republican Party.

    July 17, 2012 10:37 pm at 10:37 pm |
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