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. marcuscassius

    I think we all see the pattern. The Right, very full of themselves. Very religious and proper, are a bunch of lying, draft dodging tax evaders. They blatantly lie, even when it gets Americans killed and their friends rich...at all of our expense. Serve themselves and the rich and actively are trying to wipe out the middle class. None of this is anything I would have ever thought I could EVER say about Americans. These people think they're royalty and we're all their servants.

    July 9, 2012 10:31 pm at 10:31 pm |
  2. truindep

    funny Obama calling for transparency , this has got to be a joke

    July 9, 2012 10:35 pm at 10:35 pm |
  3. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    It seems that Romney has something to hid to me. What hasn't he stated to the American public?

    July 9, 2012 10:42 pm at 10:42 pm |
  4. Dookey flavored kool aid

    Most hated president in history

    July 9, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  5. Wendy

    Mitt has way to much to hide and way to much baggage! He's a bully and does not care about anyone he sees as less than himself. That would be 99% of Americans!
    OBAMA 2012! I'm voting for the Dems for the first time! Wake up people!

    July 9, 2012 10:45 pm at 10:45 pm |
  6. Earl

    The more everyone says the same things and signs the same pledges, the harder it is to find a quality candidate.
    Do we want to find out how Mitt's dog felt on the top of that car?

    July 9, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  7. Dookey flavored kool aid

    Im shocked he hasnt been blown in half yet

    July 9, 2012 10:47 pm at 10:47 pm |
  8. /sp/

    i know that feel mitt ronmey

    July 9, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. Four and The Door

    Good luck building Obama/ Biden 2012 on personal attacks against Mitt Romney. The American people are not nearly as stupid or pathetic as the room full of DNC political advisers is suggesting. Guess what? There are some real issues in America that depend on the informed choice for President in November. It is obvious Obama is being steered clear of them and the reason is because these are where he loses in November. Jobs. The Economy. The national debt. A plan forward. Romney 2012 because we have authentic issues to deal with in Washington.

    July 9, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  10. VancCanadian

    I just had CNN on accidentally for an hour or so and heard the term "ObamaCare" many times. What is wrong with CNN and the American people for letting this term go on unendingly! Canada (the great uncharted park somewhere to the north, we think) is not communist or socialist country. But we have HEALTH CARE. It was fought for in the 1930s by a national hero called Tommy Douglas. We don't call it DouglasCare. What is wrong with you people?

    July 9, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  11. FedUp

    Does Obama know the meaning of the word? I know he likes to throw the word around, but never follows through. Oh yes, that's the politician in him.

    July 9, 2012 11:12 pm at 11:12 pm |
  12. enuff

    He also needs to stop with the "private" meetings with CEOs, the Koch brothers, his Utah funraisers, etc. He is giving the impression that he can be bought and is trying to hide something by locking the media and public out of everything he does.

    July 9, 2012 11:17 pm at 11:17 pm |
  13. obamamnesty

    Wow transparency? We been wanting that for almost 4 years now from the great one!

    July 9, 2012 11:19 pm at 11:19 pm |
  14. Put everything on the table

    From birth certificate to faith, from past affiliates and former associations to financial disclosures, President Obama had to endure and lay it all out on the table so all could see. Romney, it's your turn . . . empty your pockets.

    July 9, 2012 11:30 pm at 11:30 pm |
  15. Laura, Boston

    Maybe when you are transparent with Fast and Furious as well as deals with Solyandra and your Democratic Senates back room deals when pushing the health care bill through then you, Mr. President will have the right to demand transparency of someone else. Right? Also, tell us how your Aunt was able to live in my city as an illegal immigrant living in public housing that should have gone to a citizen. What happened? Did you have her deported the way your administration had deported many others? Tell us since you are so transparent!!!

    July 9, 2012 11:31 pm at 11:31 pm |
  16. Myviewis

    Wait, did Obama say "people know who you are, what you've done and be an open book"? Is that why Obama has not explained to us how he got into Pakistan in 1981? Who paid for Obama's college? When did Obama travel to France for the first time, was it in 1981 and not 1988? Why did his campaign claim in 2008 he was a professor when in reality Obama was a part-time Lecturer and why did the campaign fail to inform us that 2 summers he worked as a junior associate in 2 law firms and he only practiced law full-time for 4 years and why did his campaign not tell us that his Law license expired in 2002? And why wouldn't Obama's campaign in 2008 really tell us where all those millions of dollars were coming from? Should I go on with the mysteries, like the inconsistencies in Dreams of My Father???? Seriously, he really is shameless. What about all that Community Work and the non-profit organizations and his friend Ayers?? I think Obama should look in the mirror.

    July 9, 2012 11:35 pm at 11:35 pm |
  17. bill

    "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.

    This, coming from the least transparent president of all time, the uhbama.

    July 9, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  18. Bill

    It's a joke for this President and his Administration to call for transparency. Is he for real??? From the behind closed doors deal that brought us Obamacare to the executive privilege on Fast and Furious. Not to mention the "I'll be more flexible once I'm reelected to a second term" with Russian President. What are YOU hiding Mr. President?? Lets talk about that first will you Mr. President? Now, people know that you rather talk about anything but those subjects. As for Romney and his off shore accounts, it's called investments...you may heard of it if you have the slightest sense of CAPITALISM. Wait, Mr. President you don't believe in capitalism or the free market. You think it's a sin to invest and make money off of one's wealth. Did you ask John Kerry about his wealth or off shore accounts when he ran for President?? No, I didn't think so. It's all different now that it's a Republican, isn't it? Like it was a tragedy and irresponsible to raise the debt ceiling for a Republican, but it's okay under his Administration. Like it was a shame that a President uses executive privilege if you are a Republican, but it's okay under his Administration. Mr. President, you have no credibility what so ever to speak of these sort of things. The Hope and Change you lied you would bring as President is now nothing more than division and negativity.

    July 9, 2012 11:42 pm at 11:42 pm |
  19. AF

    Switzerland? therefore, if Romney get elected he will have his direct deposit to Switzerland Bank Account. So no American can ever work at Switzelnand.People will open their eyes soon

    July 9, 2012 11:50 pm at 11:50 pm |
  20. ThinkAgain

    Mittens, where are your tax returns? What do you have to hide?

    July 9, 2012 11:55 pm at 11:55 pm |
  21. get real

    lots of straws being grasped at these days. Shouldnt a president running for re-election be running around saying hey look at my record? All we see is dancing around any questions and finger pointing when .

    July 10, 2012 12:14 am at 12:14 am |
  22. Teresa Reynolds

    Really? Coming from the man that wouldnt provide his birth certificate for how long?

    July 10, 2012 12:40 am at 12:40 am |
  23. politics as usual

    Is this a joke?

    July 10, 2012 12:47 am at 12:47 am |
  24. Stu Nahan

    This from barry executive privilege soeltoro? Kidding me right?

    July 10, 2012 12:52 am at 12:52 am |
  25. chuck weidemann

    Reasonable request.....those meet the most resistance!!! Romney will have a long list of excuses/reasons that he has done everything required/legal.....blah blah blah......

    July 10, 2012 01:00 am at 1:00 am |
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