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. Laverne

    The fact is he is running for the highest job of the land and we the people get to say what is relevant and irrelevant! If Romney thinks he is above having to answer to the people so we can make an informed decision by election day in Nov. I don't see how he gets the job. If there is nothing to hide then prove it and as far as the media shredding it apart, well welcome to the club, it was done with all the other presidents taxes also. The most hilarious thing to date from the Romney campaign is from Ann Romney "it is too dangerous to release more taxes", give me a break queen Ann! He can give it up or risk losing in Nov!!

    July 26, 2012 03:21 pm at 3:21 pm |
  2. ken

    Joyce, is Obama has definitely succeeded in the class warfare drive because he cares for the middle class who has been oppressed by the rich! Middle class would love tax break and pay 14% taxes. Middle class people are the one who drive the economy because the spend their money and don't hide anything in Cayman island.

    July 26, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  3. Wes B.

    I'd like to stand up for Mitt and all the GOP that think this is nonsense. But...well...they sure didn't stand up for Obama when morons like Trump were calling for Obama's birth certificate. So I guess he'll just have to eventually release it–like Obama did with his birth certificate.

    July 26, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  4. Milton K. Wiah

    Mitt Romney is not a politician, he just an ordinary person who does not understand politics. He should know
    politics is a game but you have to know how to play it.
    To have money in foreign countries alone is a problem for him. He can get around that subject before the
    general elections. But to refuse to release the information how he got the money there is adding
    oil to the fire. Release now and get the beating before the elections or do not release and cash
    doubts in people minds about your conduct.

    July 26, 2012 03:22 pm at 3:22 pm |
  5. Dominican mama 4 Obama

    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
    -------------------------------------------------
    Hey girl! Ann-Antoinnette is busy baking cakes for the voting masses.
    Meanwhile Conservatives that have always had an ingrained disdain for the Mittster are gleefuly joining the throngs' cries of "Show us the money Robmey! Show us the money"!!!
    Make sure you have enough popcorn! The fun is just starting. His house of cards may just collapse.
    Obama 2012. Because America deserves the best.

    July 26, 2012 03:25 pm at 3:25 pm |
  6. NOT BACKWARD into the GOP FISCAL ABYSS

    @1Joyce – Obama has definitely succeeded in the class warfare drive.
    -----------------------------
    NEWSFLASH – a right wingnut actually gave Obama CREDIT for something, even if it was a negative. I'm not going to vote for Robme, because I do not want the Grand Obstructionist Party to take us over the fiscal cliff we were teetering on when Obama was handed a broken set of reins. We are at the brink. if we step back with the GOP, we are doomed. When Obama wins in Nov, business will know what to expect for the next four yrs.. That is good for the country.

    July 26, 2012 03:26 pm at 3:26 pm |
  7. Darryl

    I guess a Historical Even is comming.................The Republican T-Party is going to give Romney his walking shoes at the RNC and put someone else up for Election ( POTUS ) ! LOL...LOL....

    July 26, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  8. Rudy NYC

    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".
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    Besides that? Leave that part out becaue it never happened? Granting interviews to reporters doesn't count when you say something that grabs attention and headlines? Okay. When he spoke before the NAACP and said that he was not giving "you anymore free stuff". He forgot to acknowledge that they were people. He merely left the word out.

    July 26, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  9. Wake up people

    Ruh roh Willard! Now show us those taxes and please don't forget your long form birth certificate along with your college transcripts..... Come on Mittens, chop chop.

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 26, 2012 03:27 pm at 3:27 pm |
  10. 1Joyce

    Ted – I'm glad you have your own wealth. Get with the transparency? What transparency? Not with this administration. Does it bother any of you that Obama has known ties with, and has people in his administration who are self-proclaimed socialists or communists? I'd be much more concerned about them.

    July 26, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  11. rrd

    You would think that the discussions on these boards would center around jobs, the economy, the deficit, tax cuts, etc. not tax returns.

    I agree with Romney's reasoning for not releasing more. The democrats will rip them apart and find a T not crossed or and I not dotted and run around blowing more smoke to try and divert attention away from the real issues and Obama's record.

    July 26, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  12. Phil

    I can't figure Romney out on this. He has a pretty simple choice. Either he releases the forms, takes the heat for a few weeks and moves on... or he doesn't and we assume he is a lying criminal who is covering up his past. Seems like a no brainer to me.

    July 26, 2012 03:28 pm at 3:28 pm |
  13. The Real Tom Paine

    Earlier this week, the New Hampshire Union-Leader showed that the participants in the "Build This" ads had received help numerous times from the federal government. Now, they are calling for Mitt to release his tax returns: is it possible the Right is not enchanted with the prospect of the Mormon Aristocrat becoming President? If the Union-Leader is making calls and exposes like this, maybe its because They are figuring out that Romney is NOT the miracle worker he claims he is, and that his aura is as fragile as a house of cards.

    July 26, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  14. Romney is not My Hero

    BWAHAHAHAHA – Even the conservatives are starting to poke at Plastic Mitt. Why not just "retroactively retire" from campaigning?

    OBAMA 2012!

    July 26, 2012 03:30 pm at 3:30 pm |
  15. Johnathan

    Mr. Flip Flop, as is politically expedient – has never taken a firm position on any single topic, with one exception:
    "HANDS OFF MY RETURNS"

    What a pig.

    July 26, 2012 03:31 pm at 3:31 pm |
  16. 1Joyce

    A lot of people did not buy into the "birther" thing. And were vocal about it. Nope – he doesn't have to release more than he legally needs to.

    July 26, 2012 03:32 pm at 3:32 pm |
  17. NOT BACKWARD into the GOP FISCAL ABYSS

    @1Joyce – Does it bother any of you that Obama has known ties with, and has people in his administration who are self-proclaimed socialists or communists?
    -----------------------------
    Do you even know what those two labels mean, or are they merely "dirty words" to bolster your dislike of a POTUS whom Faux Noise tells you not to like. Does it bother you that your right wing candidate associates with self-proclaimed Christians, atheists, wealthy and folks from the planet golob? I didn't think so.

    July 26, 2012 03:33 pm at 3:33 pm |
  18. Alvin

    Sounds like the Union Leader is still trying to recover from the Gingrich loss. This follows their issue last week with the "build this" Ads. Perhaps the "conservative" Union Leader has gone soft.

    July 26, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  19. The Real Tom Paine

    -1Joyce

    Ted – I'm glad you have your own wealth. Get with the transparency? What transparency? Not with this administration. Does it bother any of you that Obama has known ties with, and has people in his administration who are self-proclaimed socialists or communists? I'd be much more concerned about them.
    ***********************************************
    Point to a single policy decision he has made that would not have been supported by the GOP 12 years ago. Is there anything you can come up with? Ricahrd Nixon had a more radical healthcare plan than the ACA. What have these known ties produced in terms of policy that has us all planning May Day parades? Can you actually point to anything that has affected the lives of a significant portion of the population? Please don't bother mentioning healthcare, since the framework for that was spelled out by the Heritage Foundation 20 years ago.

    July 26, 2012 03:34 pm at 3:34 pm |
  20. 1Joyce

    rrd – Yes, I'd like to see more discussion on what really matters. But this article was about Romney's tax returns. Not too many articles on CNN about the important issues.

    July 26, 2012 03:35 pm at 3:35 pm |
  21. Johnathan

    talk about arrogance... Mrs. Romney said it best on ABC's Good Morning America, where she made this remark when asked about her husband's tax returns:

    "YOU PEOPLE ...have seen all your going to get"

    July 26, 2012 03:38 pm at 3:38 pm |
  22. Lynda/Minnesota

    Dominican mama 4 Obama
    Make sure you have enough popcorn! The fun is just starting. His house of cards may just collapse.
    Obama 2012. Because America deserves the best.
    --------------

    Hey! back at ya. (Took a bit of a break from politics ... looks as if I didn't miss too much.)

    Got the popcorn ready to go just in time, yes? Mitt's gone shopping overseas and isn't getting the platinum-gold treatment he expected. Crying him a river, I am.

    Well, not really...

    July 26, 2012 03:45 pm at 3:45 pm |
  23. 1Joyce

    Ken - Well, I'm middle class and I've never felt "oppressed" by rich people. They're the ones that gave my husband and myself jobs and benefits. I didn't think they owed me any more. I don't care if they are rich, and I don't care what they do with their money, as long as it is legal. Maybe when you see the extra taxes built into the healthcare bill, you won't think Obama wants to help the middle class as much as you think he does. We just have a difference of opinion and will have to agree to disagree.

    July 26, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  24. Rudy NYC

    I just love the semantic word games that Romney plays on the tax return issue. "I have more than complied with what is required by law." The key phrase here is "by law." The law does not require you to release any tax returns, only file a financial statement with the FEC. Please note that Romney had to go back and revise his financial statement the same day he released his one tax return.

    There is no law that applies when it comes to releasing tax returns. It has become an unwritten rule for the rite of passage into the office of POTUS. Buuuuuut, Romney feels that he's so successful because he makes the rules, his own rules. That's either a gross display of arrogance, or he thinks that he's a Jim Kirk of investments.

    July 26, 2012 03:47 pm at 3:47 pm |
  25. Rudy NYC

    The Real Tom Paine wrote:

    ....Point to a single policy decision he has made that would not have been supported by the GOP 12 years ago. Is there anything you can come up with?.....
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    You don't even need to go back that far? Every fiscal decision that Pres. Obama has made would have gotten a full throat endorsement from the GOP in 2008.

    July 26, 2012 03:50 pm at 3:50 pm |
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