Matt Romney backs off birth certificate quip
December 30th, 2011
03:28 PM ET
11 years ago

Matt Romney backs off birth certificate quip

(CNN) – Mitt Romney's second-oldest son, Matt, made his first foray into the Twitterverse Friday with a mea culpa for tying the release of his father's tax returns to President Barack Obama's birth certificate.

Thursday Matt Romney responded to a question at a Concord, New Hampshire event about whether his father would release federal tax returns.

"I heard someone suggest the other day that as soon as President Obama releases his grades and birth certificate…then maybe he'll do it," Matt Romney said.

But one day later Matt, who appeared on the stump with his brothers Craig, Tagg, and Josh, backtracked.

"I repeated a dumb joke. My bad," he said in a tweet responding to a Politico reporter.

Mitt Romney, seeking the 2012 Republican nomination for president for the second time, declined to make his tax returns public but said he had nothing to hide, while referencing other candidates who haven't chosen to release theirs as well.

"No other candidates have released their income tax returns at this point," Romney told CNN's "The Situation Room" anchor Wolf Blitzer in an interview Wednesday.

"There's nothing particularly to hide. It's just when people say what disclosures have you made, you say, you follow the law, and you provide that information. I don't put out which tooth paste I use either. It's not that I have something to hide," he continued.

President Barack Obama was dogged by demands to make his long-form birth certificate public following his 2008 election. Hawaii, the state where he was born, traditionally releases a shortened document certifying the birth of state residents to the public. The president released the long form version in April of 2011 in response to extended speculation that he was not, in fact, a U.S. citizen.

- CNN Political Producer Rachel Streitfeld contributed to this report.

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  1. Jason

    One day soon, our reckless economic and military ignorance will be called an act of war. Who will come save us from ourselves? Will they say they are defending their strategic interests? What if they say they are protecting the freedoms of humanity?

    What if sound money and jobs are only possible when we aren't sending $5 billion out of this country every day?

    What if Christianity teaches peace and not preventative wars and aggression?

    What if we save ourselves?
    Ron Paul & Jon Huntsman 2012.

    December 30, 2011 04:26 pm at 4:26 pm |
  2. T'sah from Virginia

    I fail to see the humor in the JOKE or the APOLOGY!!! All of the candidates from the Right have a "hidden" agenda and a "hidden" trait of what they are all about. Ron Paul's is way out there – Others, are not so forefront – and others seemingly "joke" about it after it is said. Take your pick!!

    You should also take you pick in 2012 and vote for President Obama – We know how he wears his sleeves!!!

    December 30, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |
  3. vic , nashville ,tn

    Here go again republicans never let go

    Sears closing its store in my neighborhood, because sales are down it will hurt all other business around that mall
    2009 and 2010 Nashville Mayer (democrat) try to protect the mall and the small business people didn’t listen. Now too late
    I will trust Democrats when its comes to economy

    December 30, 2011 04:28 pm at 4:28 pm |

    Forest Gump to Matt Romney: Momma always said that stupid is as stupid does.

    December 30, 2011 04:30 pm at 4:30 pm |
  5. GOP = Greed Over People

    "Sarah! Sarah! Sarah! Sarah! Like Phoenix rising from the ashes, the brilliant (and divine)Sarah will rise up on the 11th hour"

    Silly Sarah has wisely been silent since it was disclosed she liked to lick chocolate Fudgecicles!

    Her KKK followers were less than pleased to discover she used Eric's disco stick as a pogo stick!

    December 30, 2011 04:31 pm at 4:31 pm |
  6. Grog Says

    And yet, we got to hear about his magic underwear.

    December 30, 2011 04:34 pm at 4:34 pm |
  7. Mikey

    @Jason – I have to hand it to you Paul supporters – you have passion. Good sense not so much, but lots of passion.

    December 30, 2011 04:35 pm at 4:35 pm |

    obama own birth cert says obama'daddy born in it or are all of you blind..

    Yes, President Obama's father was born in Kenya. President Obama, however, was born in Hawaii. Perhaps you are the one who should read the birth certificate again, dim bulb. Have a nice 2012. 🙂

    December 30, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  9. Woman In California

    Pat wrote:

    My question has always been, why would we elect a man to be our president who is a mormon. They change their history and their rules as their interests or investments change. He learned his flip flopping from being a mormon. Mitt Romney is no different than any self indulgent toddler who changes his story as his wants change. Mitt Romney is a mormon with the hope of running our country into the ground. Joseph Smith was killed in Carthage Illinois by other mormons because they figured out that Joseph was stealing from them and taking their women. Do we want someone who helps change his religeous history running our country? I DO NOT

    THANK YOU PAT. I DO NOT. Both Romney and Huntsman are the devil and both dwell in secret religions of which I will NEVER be a part of. I wish both of them would just go away for good. I'm not fooled.

    December 30, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Romney will carry on the proud republican tradition of huge national debt and unnecessary wars. Don't forget you right wingnuts, that Reagan, Bush, and Bush the child, are responsible for $12 trillion of our national debt. Republicans make people throw up.

    December 30, 2011 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  11. Woman In California

    Making jokes while others are dying. That's truly the Romney way. These types of "jokes" are the reason you won't ever be considered one of the first kids.

    December 30, 2011 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  12. Thomas

    Dear Matt Romney could you please tell us why you and your bothers avoided voluntary military service in a time of war.

    Also , is it true that your families stock portfolio holds Halliburton and other defense contractors ?

    Thanks for your service and patriotism .

    December 30, 2011 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  13. Bootstomper

    What a gene pool.

    December 30, 2011 04:45 pm at 4:45 pm |
  14. Jariv

    Dumb comments. To many to respond to.

    Romney 2012 !!! He is truly a role model.

    December 30, 2011 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  15. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    There are some out of touch right wingnuts posting today, but I still think 'four . . . ' is the winner.

    December 30, 2011 04:47 pm at 4:47 pm |
  16. MTATL67

    Look at this pathetic field of candidates. There is no law that says there has to be an opposing candidate to the sitting President. George Washington and James Monroe ran unopposed, why not President Obama.

    December 30, 2011 04:51 pm at 4:51 pm |
  17. Rue McDowell

    RON PAUL 2012 ,Any one but Mitt Romney,he is another hopeless Obama

    December 30, 2011 04:52 pm at 4:52 pm |
  18. politics as usual

    @Woman in California

    And your hateful, venom-laced comments (I have never read one that wasn't) are the reason no one is ever going to call you a "Christian" no matter how loudly you shout it to the rooftops!

    December 30, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  19. Rue McDowell

    We still want to see Hopeless Obama birth C. We know the ones he showed was Fake!

    December 30, 2011 04:53 pm at 4:53 pm |
  20. jon

    I'm A Dem and for the last 3 years we've had to hear FOX news and all the right wing talk about how the President is a Muslim and was not born in the U.S. . I heard Romney talk about his religion and that religion should not be a issue in picking a President......I think he should tell Rush , Hannity , Beck and Fox News. I'm sick of the right high values that they say they have. How can Republicans say they love America when they hate Americans.

    December 30, 2011 05:06 pm at 5:06 pm |
  21. Noodle Nose Johnson

    Wow the snarky apple doesn't fall far from the snark tree, does it?

    December 30, 2011 05:07 pm at 5:07 pm |
  22. bullock w

    I am belived that his grandmother are clear throat that she said obama. Was born in keynea. But presdient obama make trying hide confusion to her
    I m belived God that his grandmother said that he was born in keynea alright. So I know that his grandmother is alright say to his born in keynea

    December 30, 2011 05:09 pm at 5:09 pm |
  23. rs

    God, Republicans are such idiots!

    December 30, 2011 05:14 pm at 5:14 pm |
  24. Valerie from Raleigh

    The Republicans will never stop trying to "bring down" the President by any means possible. Compared to the group of Republicans now running for President, Barack Obama is heads above every one of them in intelligence, education, understanding of the country and the strong desire to do what is right for all Americans, not just the wealthy few. In 2012 we must re-elect the President and send the Tea Baggers home who have stopped almost every good idea the President has put forth to help the economy. How did the once-proud Republican party ever let the Tea Party bunch get control of their party?

    December 30, 2011 05:15 pm at 5:15 pm |
  25. george of the jungle

    Good Lord even his kids are brain dead. They will make a great first family. Not!

    December 30, 2011 05:20 pm at 5:20 pm |
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