Conservative paper tells Romney to release taxes
July 26th, 2012
02:44 PM ET
2 years ago

Conservative paper tells Romney to release taxes

(CNN) – The editorial page of the New Hampshire Union Leader – which endorsed Newt Gingrich ahead of the state's first-in-the-nation primary in January – called on Mitt Romney to release more of his personal income tax returns Thursday.

Romney has released his returns from 2010, and an estimate of his 2011 information. He vowed to release the full return when it's finalized by his accountant. The presumptive GOP nominee has consistently said that amount of disclosure is beyond what is legally required for presidential candidates, and plenty of information for voters.

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The Union Leader wrote Thursday the refusal to release anything beyond the two years amounted to secrecy.

"Maintaining the secrecy creates the impression, justly or not, that there is something there to hide," the newspaper editorial read. "No escaping that reality. The impression is there. And it will cost Romney votes he cannot afford to lose. Those voters might not cast their ballots for Obama, but not voting can be just as damaging. And yes, for using the tax dodges and loopholes legally available to him, he might lose votes as well."

The Union Leader is not the first conservative publication to call on Romney for more tax disclosure. The National Review used a similar argument as the New Hampshire paper in making their case last week.

"Romney may feel impatience with requirements that the political culture imposes on a presidential candidate that he feels are pointless (and inconvenient)," the National Review wrote. "But he's a politician running for the highest office in the land, and his current posture is probably unsustainable. In all likelihood, he won't be able to maintain a position that looks secretive and is a departure from campaign conventions. The only question is whether he releases more returns now, or later – after playing more defense on the issue and sustaining more hits."

In the Union Leader editorial, the writers question why Romney had not prepared to disclose more tax information in the lead up to his presidential campaign, saying the candidate's "presidential aspirations predate the tax returns in question."

"What could he possibly have been thinking when he failed to ensure that everything contained in those documents was above reproach?" the Union Leader asked. "Or was he simply not thinking at all? Surely he could not have arrogantly believed that he could withstand any storm that developed by bluffing his way through it? If so, it hasn't worked."

The Union Leader is New Hampshire's largest paper, and a leading conservative voice in the state. New Hampshire is labeled a toss up on CNN's Electoral Map and carries four electoral votes.

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Filed under: 2012 • New Hampshire • Taxes
soundoff (64 Responses)
  1. Andrew

    Release 2011 when it is finished? April 15 was more than three months ago!!!! Give me a break.
    He is clearly hiding something he doesnt want voters to see in his past returns. Maybe not illegal, but certainly information he knows will turn people against him...... No matter what happens, his insistence on not doing it has made sure this will be an issue all the way to November, which cannot help his chances.

    July 26, 2012 02:49 pm at 2:49 pm |
  2. Nija

    What are you hiding Mitt? You can fool me now but not in November.

    July 26, 2012 02:52 pm at 2:52 pm |
  3. Squigman

    It matters not. Too many requests for the same thing, and too many times ignored. He's above being asked for disclosure. He's better than the common people. Just ask him, or the wife. They'll be glad to point out the differences to you.

    July 26, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  4. Sniffit

    "the writers question why Romney had not prepared to disclose more tax information in the lead up to his presidential campaign, saying the candidate's "presidential aspirations predate the tax returns in question."

    Greed is a thought disorder, not a virtue (i.e., Ayn Rand was a moron).

    July 26, 2012 02:53 pm at 2:53 pm |
  5. 1Joyce

    I still think Romney should only release what is legally required of a presidential candidate. The people crying for more only want to twist and distort the facts.

    July 26, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  6. Sniffit

    I will say this: maybe they ARE above reproach. We just want proof. If they're fine, they're fine and I'll be the first to admit it, but if they show what tax experts around the country have said they likely show, then it's a legitimate discussion of legitimate concerns that needs to happen.

    July 26, 2012 02:54 pm at 2:54 pm |
  7. Expat American

    Sir Cower and Whine-A-Lot needs that Conservative voting bloc.

    Romney had better start polishing his dancing shoes; because he is going to be doing a lot more duckin’ and weavin’ from this day forward over those darn taxes.

    July 26, 2012 02:55 pm at 2:55 pm |
  8. g

    conservative paper,democratic paper,when you have journalist that work for one party or the other .you end up with no reliable free press

    July 26, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  9. 1Joyce

    Andrew – anyone can request an extnesion on their taxes. Nothing illegal here. Lets face it. People like you are not going to vote for Romney. And you're so envious of his wealth that you will twist any information out there to make him sound like a "big, bad, rich guy". Obama has definitely succeeded in the class warfare drive.

    July 26, 2012 02:56 pm at 2:56 pm |
  10. ted

    I hope he continues to hold out and not release anything and tries to act like the big smug richy rich person he is. OH that's right, he is already doing that. Good.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 26, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  11. 1Joyce

    Nija – with all the information out there about his wealth- how much he's worth, where his money is located, who he worked for. Why do you assume he is hiding anything? Just because he is wealthy? I would have a hard time believing that all you who think Romney is hiding something were ever concerned about Obama and all his questionable associations.

    July 26, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  12. n

    He is hiding something he knows if he releases his tax return for other years he will be in trouble.

    July 26, 2012 03:00 pm at 3:00 pm |
  13. ted

    1joyce – you are incorrect. I am not envious of his wealth; I have my own wealth. The fact of the matter is that he needs to get with the transparency and full disclosure or he will not be elected. OK scratch that. I want my guy to win.

    Obama/Biden 2012

    July 26, 2012 03:02 pm at 3:02 pm |
  14. 1Joyce

    Please tell me what the Romney's have said that make you feel as though they think they are above the "common" people? Leave out the phrase "we've given "you people" all you need from his wife. She was talking to reporters, not "the people".

    July 26, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  15. Me IN HOUSTON

    NO! Mitt, don't release your taxes
    And keep making those "Build That" ads
    And whatever you do, don't offer any solutions to the problems we face
    And don't tell anybody your plan for the way forward
    Keep making gaffes
    WE NEED ALL THE HELP WE CAN GET!

    July 26, 2012 03:03 pm at 3:03 pm |
  16. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    There's nothing illegal in Romney's tax returns the problem is his tax returns are in direct contrast with any economic policy the Republicans want to put on the table, that's why Romney doesn't talk economy. Romney knows he can't sell his economic policies to America and that's why all Americans should demand to see his tax returns, you have a right.

    July 26, 2012 03:04 pm at 3:04 pm |
  17. wimsy

    CEO Romney is to accustomed to people questioning him...or telling him what he must do...or questioning his actions. In Romney's world, he speaks and you jump - and that goes for the British Empire, too.

    July 26, 2012 03:06 pm at 3:06 pm |
  18. wimsy

    CEO Romney is not accustomed to people questioning him...or telling him what he must do...or questioning his actions. In Romney's world, he speaks and you jump – and that goes for the British Empire, too.

    July 26, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  19. ken

    He will only release two years 2010 and 2011 when are complete. Why not two years 2009 and 2010? We know you have turns of money Mitt but there is something else you are trying to hide!

    July 26, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  20. Lynda/Minnesota

    Hey, I thought Ann had taken care of this problem for Mitts by making it abudantly clear that "you people" have seen all you are going to see financially concerning Mitt and his oh so hidden tax havens.

    Guess even Conservatives aren't buying Romney BS anymore.

    Good.

    July 26, 2012 03:07 pm at 3:07 pm |
  21. Rudy NYC

    He's got something to hide. He should have stuff ready to release when he ran in 2008. Where are those returns? Romney initially balked at releasing anything until he resoundingly BOOED at a GOP debate. Apparently, that was the game plan back in 2008, too.

    I'm Mitt Romney. I make my own rules. I'm a leader, not a follower. And I approve this message.

    July 26, 2012 03:10 pm at 3:10 pm |
  22. Phil

    1Joyce-
    It has nothing to do with painting Romney as a "big, bad, rich guy". I am one of the people (as we all probably are) that would like nothing more than to BE the guy with the Swiss Bank account. The issue here is that Romney keeps covering this issue up. Romney is going against the STANDARD PROCEDURE that candidates have undergone for the last 50+ years in refusing to release more than 2 years of returns. Also, the years he released are mostly useless. Who cares what he did in 2010/2011... he claims that he is a good candidate based on his BUSINESS EXPERIENCE which happened over a decade ago. I'd like to see Romney show us the numbers that actually matter. If his business experience is what is going to save this country, then he needs to show us the money (so to speak).

    That does not change the fact that Romney is guilty of one of two crimes here. He is either A) Lying to the American people about his tax returns. Attempting to cover up the truths of his past with Bain and other financial information. Or he is B) An idiot who doesn't understand that he CANNOT continue to ignore these requests. Obama will keep hitting him in the jaw with this until Romney figures out that he might want to block once in awhile.

    The American people can forgive a person for being rich (none of our Presidents have been poor)... I doubt we can forgive someone for being a liar or an idiot (or both).

    July 26, 2012 03:11 pm at 3:11 pm |
  23. BillyBrasky

    “I don’t want to release them, because people will use them against me.” Is not a good excuse! You are running for POTUS! The people have the right to know everything about you. Obama had to send people to Hawaii to get his birth cert for God sake! You want to manage the funds for the largest economy in the world, but you refuse to show us how you managed your own. Not gonna fly!

    July 26, 2012 03:13 pm at 3:13 pm |
  24. Chris

    @1Joyce People do not want to "twist and distort the facts" as you stated, the just want to SEE the facts.

    July 26, 2012 03:14 pm at 3:14 pm |
  25. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    Show us the money Robmey. Show us the money and stop this unnecessary melodrama of your own creation.
    I mean really, besides you arrogance, what is stopping youl? You were willing to show McCain eons of back taxes, why aren't you as willing to disclose to the American voters?
    Obam 2012. Because Romney the Clown is sketchy.

    July 26, 2012 03:17 pm at 3:17 pm |
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