Ron Paul: Releasing taxes would help Romney politically
July 17th, 2012
02:11 PM ET
2 years ago

Ron Paul: Releasing taxes would help Romney politically

(CNN) – Ron Paul says it would help Mitt Romney politically to release more of his tax returns.

The longtime congressman from Texas and GOP presidential candidate is the latest in a number of Republicans who think the presumptive GOP nominee would be wise to give further transparency into his finances to satisfy a political calling headed by Democrats.

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"Politically, I think that would help him," Paul told Politico in an interview Tuesday. "In the scheme of things politically, you know, it looks like releasing tax returns is what the people want."

Paul said he doesn't know why Romney hasn't release more tax returns, adding however, that the issue is a distraction and way to avoid talking about the real issues facing the country.

"It's a shame. The important issue is [what] the two candidates seem to agree on. They don't really disagree with militarism overseas, they don't disagree with the Federal Reserve system and the bailouts, and they don't disagree on basically whether the role of federal government is wealth redistribution through welfare. So instead, they're talking about tax returns and that to me is so disappointing," Paul said.

Romney has stood firm on his commitment to release only two years of his tax returns - with 2010 and an estimate of his 2011 taxes available. He pledges to release his full returns for last year once they're ready. He filed an extension with the Internal Revenue Service, meaning he may not put out his returns until the October filing deadline.

President Barack Obama's re-election campaign continues to mount an attack against the former Massachusetts governor, releasing a television ad in Pennsylvania Tuesday saying that Romney "has used every trick in the book" when it comes to his finances.

A number of Republicans – including Matthew Dowd, George Will and former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour – have in recent days urged Romney to release more taxes returns to keep political attacks at bay.

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soundoff (50 Responses)
  1. California Gary

    Remain in the area and stay close to a phone Mr. Paul.........at the rate Romney is imploding, you may still get a call to step up at the convention and save the GOP from the embarrassment of Romney.

    July 17, 2012 02:17 pm at 2:17 pm |
  2. cali girl

    Robmey is in the hot set already, nothing he does will help him out of this.
    The attacks on BAIN coming from media sources are quite telling, and Robmey can't run and hide from this.

    July 17, 2012 02:19 pm at 2:19 pm |
  3. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    Says the nutcase who would like to take a brokered convention in Tampa. Pass the popcorn.

    July 17, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  4. GROVER NORQUIST IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE

    Gosh Willard! You're catching it from all angles now. Ron Paul would have been a better nominee than you. At least we know where he stands. You on the other hand, you go which ever way the wind blows. WE THE PEOPLE want to see the papers!!!! No Apologies

    July 17, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  5. Rudy NYC

    That guys's wise. Sometimes.

    July 17, 2012 02:21 pm at 2:21 pm |
  6. Richard T.

    Next Mitt may claim releasing his tax record would be an invasion of privacy. Then perhaps he could return to a pro-choice position that mandated ultra-sounds are an invasion of a woman's privacy.

    Mr. Etch-A-Sketch Robmey does have plenty to hide.

    July 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  7. demwit

    Wow!.., two articles on Romneys taxes in less than 20 minutes. Great job from the motorcaid dentifing the things that matter to voters!!

    July 17, 2012 02:22 pm at 2:22 pm |
  8. Jay

    Ron Paul 2012. Mittens drop out of the race you can't beat Obama

    July 17, 2012 02:24 pm at 2:24 pm |
  9. ghostriter

    Maybe republicans will retroactively change their primary votes. I think they may like a lil Santorum to play with right about now.

    July 17, 2012 02:25 pm at 2:25 pm |
  10. Bill from GA

    Romney (and his backers) obviously don't think it would help to release the tax returns.

    What can he be hiding that is so bad?

    Romney says the real problem is Obama's handling of the economy. Maybe Obama's team will soon (September or so) release a series of ads with images (graphs) SHOWING how effective President Obama's policies were when they were being used, before the repugs got 41 votes in the Senate and began to block progress. The graphs tell the story of the turnaround. Job growth, from 750.000 lost per month under Bush; GDP's turnaround from MINUS 6%; the stock market,; etc.

    Romney has no workable plan; Obama's plan has a proven track record, when allowed to work.

    July 17, 2012 02:26 pm at 2:26 pm |
  11. Rico Sauve

    Thank you Ron Paul! Romney is worst then Palin! Now that is scary

    July 17, 2012 02:28 pm at 2:28 pm |
  12. Liberals Hate Success

    Paul has left the reservation. He just stated a bunch of outright lies like we hear from the Obama propoganda machine daily.

    July 17, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  13. WiredweirdinSF

    Agreed and the most corrupt, incompetent, inept, union toady president in history should release his college transcripts. My God, Mitt has already released as much as McCain 4 years ago. Does Mr. Transparency in the White House want the rectal exam he never got from the liberally biased media? I guess he and the regime figure as long as they can divert attention from his miserable, failure of a record, it will give them time to energize ACORN and the corrupt unions as well as the welfare frauds and dope addicts to put him in for another 4 years.

    July 17, 2012 02:29 pm at 2:29 pm |
  14. demwit

    Release the tax returns! Release The Tax Returns!! RELEASE THE TAX RETURNS!!! Obama 2012

    July 17, 2012 02:33 pm at 2:33 pm |
  15. Richard T.

    Oh boy, oh boy, oh boy! This is getting good.

    Me thinkth the GOP convention may be an out-Right winner for Entertainment of the Year.

    July 17, 2012 02:35 pm at 2:35 pm |
  16. BARACK HUSSEIN OBAMA has a FAILURE PROBLEM

    OK, who woke Ron Paul up?! Now all of his whacky dope smoking supporters are going to flood in here claiming he is on the verge of winning,

    July 17, 2012 02:36 pm at 2:36 pm |
  17. NVa Native

    And the crazy side (as opposed to the delusional & fearful side) of the GOP who believe in magical solutions speaks out.
    Okay Dumbledork you have the stage, but where’s your wizard hat?

    July 17, 2012 02:38 pm at 2:38 pm |
  18. Obama 2012 - MOVE Forward America, NOT another round of DUBYA's FAILURES

    @WiredweirdinSF – blahblahblahblah... it's the same old trolling "union today" phrase on every post. You must get your info from Faux Noise Entertainment!.
    And BTW, for your education, ACORN is NOT ALLOWED to filter or in any way touch, modify, tamper or filter with voter registration paperwork. They are REQUIRED BY LAW to turn over every registration no matter how invalid or garbaged it may be. Of course that allows said papers to be interspersed with fake and "tainted" registrations to make them appear bad. ACORN was never convicted of fraud. Of course, the TRUTH and a few FACTS have no bearing on the right wingnut element.

    July 17, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  19. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Wrong Ron Paul, the only thing Romney believes and knows would help him is if President Obama would apologize to him and that ain't gonna happen. He has no way out other way out.

    July 17, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  20. Montykoolaid

    Yeah, we might "distort" the things in your tax returns.

    Like how you deducted $77,000 for your ballet dancing horse in the tax returns you did release.

    Im sure glad that you, as a multimillionaire, wont pay for your own freaking dancing horse but instead have us middle and lower class tax payers pay for your dancing horse.

    No one will have to distort or lie about anything on your tax returns Mitt, those shady greasy deals, tax loopholes, offshore/caymen island/swiss tax havens, investments in companies that outsource, all of that wil speak for itself.

    July 17, 2012 02:41 pm at 2:41 pm |
  21. cali girl

    What is really strange, when McCain was the nominee, he vetted Robmey for VP. The group who handled that got a lot more than 2 years, it was something like 10 years.
    So what is the catch? Robmey ran for Senate and had to release them. Running for Pres 4 years ago he obviously did.

    July 17, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  22. California Gary

    I'm with you Richard T..........the GOP convention has the potential for being the most entertaining event of the century. I don't plan to miss a minute of it. It will be the "mother" of all reality shows........complete with a clown show second to none!

    July 17, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  23. Sorensen

    No, it would not help him. It would just reveal that he is a lying, old crook.

    July 17, 2012 02:42 pm at 2:42 pm |
  24. Gurgyl

    Ten years of tax returns, please.....obama12.

    July 17, 2012 02:43 pm at 2:43 pm |
  25. Land of the High Sky

    If Obama had the experience and skills to perform as President he could actually discuss his accomplishments (but there are none). But as it stands now all we hear are excuses form the Narcissist and Chief and his drones.

    July 17, 2012 02:47 pm at 2:47 pm |
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