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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  1. Rudy NYC

    WiredweirdinSF wrote

    Agreed and the most corrupt, incompetent, inept, union toady president in history should release his college transcripts
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    No problem. It's Romney's turn to go first. :P

    July 17, 2012 02:48 pm at 2:48 pm |
  2. rs

    Dr. Paul is quite right on this one. Mr. Romney needs to learn that "just because I say so" isn't an answer.

    July 17, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  3. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Romney just threw Republicans under the bus with him when he said "Democrats would distort the truth" and Republicans don't care about the truth.

    July 17, 2012 02:50 pm at 2:50 pm |
  4. HenryMiller

    How about this: Romney and Obama could meet in some neutral location–I'd suggest The Old Ebbitt Grill; a nice, old, bar not far from the White House–and trade Romney's tax returns for Obama's college transcripts.

    July 17, 2012 02:51 pm at 2:51 pm |
  5. Elyssa

    so it was okay for Obama to walk into office without a legitimate birth certificate to even prove that he is a legal U.S. citizen?

    July 17, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. CanadaONE

    Mitt the nit wit has just destroyed the republican party – wait until you see his taxes – not only will Mitt – the nit wit loose but he will bring down the republican party – GOP made a big mistake ! any way that they can replace him fast!

    July 17, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  7. max3333444555

    college transcripts have nothing to do with anything. its just something ridiculous.

    i understand the hesitiation to release the tax returns because of the current class-warfare approach taken by the obama camp but, he is just feeding the frenzy by not releasing them.

    July 17, 2012 02:59 pm at 2:59 pm |
  8. Governor 47th in Job Creation (excluding jobs off-shored to China)

    HenryMiller

    How about this: Romney and Obama could meet in some neutral location–I'd suggest The Old Ebbitt Grill; a nice, old, bar not far from the White House–and trade Romney's tax returns for Obama's college transcripts.

    Mitt needs to catch up first. President Obama has released 12 years worth of returns. Willard? One. Once Willard is on equal footing with our President, then we'll move along to college transcripts, as Rudy has said, in the interest of fairness, Willard gets to go first this time: once we see hos college transcripts then President Obama will do the same. After that, we'll compare Punahou fight song to Cranbrook's.

    July 17, 2012 03:01 pm at 3:01 pm |
  9. The Real Tom Paine

    -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.
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    Putting Bin laden on ice, and stopping the biggest economic collapse in over 70 years is not worth crowing about? I guess you would prefer the alternative to that, which would have been to sell the auto industry for pennies on the dollar and to let Bin laden to continue to roam the earth. As far narcissism is concerned, any one of the GOP candidates would have easily fulfilled that requirement, but I guess a modest, thoughtful man is un-American in a GOP universe with Rush Limbaugh and Ted Nugent are considered wise sages.

    July 17, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  10. California

    The Hussein Obamination is panicing.

    July 17, 2012 03:09 pm at 3:09 pm |
  11. Wake up people

    The American people have a right to know. Just like President Obama got hammered over a lousy birth certificate and is still hammered about college transcripts, this lying thief needs to show us his papers.

    Btw, all of you idiots that want the presidents transcripts are going to look dumb as hell when you see he got all A's and B's. I bet Mittens barely made C's.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 17, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  12. California

    The Obama administration and transparency goes together like oil and water.

    July 17, 2012 03:18 pm at 3:18 pm |
  13. Tubby the Tuba Texas

    The only honest Republican....Ron Paul!! Good man, great patriot!

    July 17, 2012 03:19 pm at 3:19 pm |
  14. Rudy NYC

    Even a broken clock is correct twice a day.

    July 17, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  15. California

    Wake up people

    The American people have a right to know. Just like President Obama got hammered over a lousy birth certificate and is still hammered about college transcripts, this lying thief needs to show us his papers.

    Btw, all of you idiots that want the presidents transcripts are going to look dumb as hell when you see he got all A's and B's. I bet Mittens barely made C's.

    OBAMA 2012!

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    Your arrogance without having facts is hysterical to say the least.

    July 17, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  16. Woman In California

    Here in California, I must admit I have seen at least two Ron Paul stickers, no one wants a sticker with Willard's name on it because they know it's just a matter of time before he joins his cult full-time again.

    July 17, 2012 03:29 pm at 3:29 pm |
  17. Michael

    Looks like fear and panic is in Robney park! Repuglicans block the spending disclosure Bill, Block every Jobs bill presented to the to jump start this economy, that would hire teachers, firemen, construction workers, FAA workers and want to eliminate unemployement insurance, medicare as we know it, programs that support poor working families, but they are quick to bail out corporations who are worth trillions and are not people! These knuckle heads expect Americans not to label them obstructionist, out of touch and for the rich! I think repuglicans have lost with Robney as their candidate! President Obama released 6 tax returns and so did George Bush, even Robneys father released 12!

    July 17, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  18. Woman In California

    @ GROVER NORQUIST IS AN ENEMY OF THE STATE

    I agree with you entirely.

    July 17, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  19. California

    Who want's to drive around town with a Hussein Obamination sticker on their car?

    July 17, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  20. Max

    Flimsy Excuse

    According to Romney ' democrats will distort his tax returns' oh! What a flimsy excuse. Many things have already been distorted by both democrats and republicans about each Candidate. Are we so stupid enough not to realize when something is being distorted?

    This is an insult to our intelligence, and an unacceptable excuse form Romney...this supports the assertion that something must be wrong so he's hiding it.

    Come on Romney. MAN UP! and get this out and behind you. You are showing us more and more why you would not make a good president and why you don't deserve our votes.

    Come clean and stop making these flimsy and silly excuses...they don't get you anywhere. Release your years of tax returns if nothing is wrong with them.

    July 17, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  21. Strangways

    Ron Paul looks like an elf, grasping for the presidency that always eludes him.

    July 17, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  22. Wake up people

    @California, it sounds like you're the arrogant one with no facts. President Obama has made his birth certificate public, now Mittens needs to show us those taxes.....but he can't, because somewhere along the way, he has lied.

    OBAMA 2012!
    No more rethuglicans EVER!

    July 17, 2012 03:37 pm at 3:37 pm |
  23. California

    Democrats not only distort, they out right lie.

    July 17, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  24. The Truth Teller

    This is so funny that I was about to just let it go , I just don't understand why these people are so bent out of shape on Obama , transcripts , birth certificate , what else are you dummies going to ask for ! You folks on the right just cant believe that a Black man could get a degree from a outstanding college , why ? I don't know but I can tell you if Obama was asked for his tax returns and he said I'll only show two years , I bet you dumb hicks would be ready to have a civil war behind that . So I say to you southern so called gentlemen and gentle ladies of the southern states if you expect us to treat or think better of you I suggest that you make Romney show his papers other wise no one will take you folks seriously ! Until you start treating this President with more respect you'll never get the respect from anyone else other than Joe Blow six pack and we all know how people see that type of person .

    July 17, 2012 03:40 pm at 3:40 pm |
  25. Thomas

    Yes , Romney should't feel like such a wessel rich guy , he should be proud of his CPAs and Lawyers.

    He's what every American longs to be . Out of Touch , Selfish , extremely wealthy with Daddy issues , car elevators , and a family tradition of avoiding military service .

    Romney / Aqua Buddha
    Keep it in the family 2012

    July 17, 2012 03:46 pm at 3:46 pm |
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