Obama calls for greater transparency from Romney
July 9th, 2012
10:12 PM ET
10 years ago

Obama calls for greater transparency from Romney

(CNN) - President Barack Obama on Monday called for greater transparency from his Republican rival, Mitt Romney, as others within the Obama campaign have pressured the presumptive Republican presidential nominee to disclose further financial records.

"What's important is, if you are running for president, is that the American people know who you are and what you've done and that you're an open book," Obama said in an interview with CNN affiliate WMUR.

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"And that's been true of every presidential candidate dating all the way back to Mitt Romney's father," he added.

George Romney released a dozen years of tax documents during his own presidential bid in the 1960s.

In January, Mitt Romney disclosed his 2010 filings and an estimate of his liability for tax year 2011.

Obama's campaign and its allies have circulated news reports digging into Romney's investments and holdings, including one that called him a "remarkable financial acrobat."

An adviser to Obama's campaign, Robert Gibbs, argued on Sunday that Romney's financial picture is out of touch with that of most Americans.

"I pick a bank because there's an ATM near my home," he said on CNN's "State of the Union." "Romney had a bank account in Switzerland."

- CNN National Political Correspondent Jim Acosta contributed to this report

Filed under: 2012 • Mitt Romney • President Obama
soundoff (32 Responses)
  1. Fire0bama

    0bama has obviously become very desperate sensing that he may be voted out in Nov.

    Romney 2012!

    July 10, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
  2. Thomas

    Dream on Obama !

    Your dealing with the invisible man. Romney and friends have the kind of money you get lost in !

    You could fallow the money trail for years and only see another Bank in the distance.You are dealing in another realm of liquidity comanly seen in Asia .

    To expose Romney would be like exposing how money is moved without record.

    July 10, 2012 01:10 am at 1:10 am |
  3. GI Joe

    Romney's father (tho born in Mexico) at least released his tax forms - AND he paid the going tax rate of about 36%. He didn't abuse the system "just because he could". they must have dropped Mittens on his head or somethng.

    July 10, 2012 01:19 am at 1:19 am |
  4. Name willardbullock

    I mocked out of robert Gibbs so people need know what happened about frauad check scam from afrcian amercian so people like cheat vote support for presdient obama from frauad check scam with afrcian amercian and acorn

    July 10, 2012 02:48 am at 2:48 am |
  5. Common sense!

    "Obama calls for greater transparency from Romney'? Is he talking about Messina or Romney. Yes you have come up with a dashboard wait untill you see what Mitts comes with

    July 10, 2012 06:23 am at 6:23 am |
  6. Out Of Touch with reality

    you have got to be kidding, from the guy that said he would have the most transparent government, more obama lies, it is time to send this wannabe back.

    July 10, 2012 06:40 am at 6:40 am |
  7. Ed1

    Like you do that's so funny look who is calling the kettle black now.

    You work in a stealth mode 24/7 unless you play the blame game nothing you do is wrong.

    Why don't you just work on all of your success that's right all you and your band on spenders can only put this country deeper in debt with you out of control spending but, the private sector is doing just fine.

    Thanks for the tax increase with you stupid Obamacare health care law.

    Let's pass the bill then we will read it out of the mouth of Babes (Nancy).

    July 10, 2012 07:58 am at 7:58 am |
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