House GOP campaign chief says Romney's personal finances 'fair game'
July 12th, 2012
05:18 PM ET
10 years ago

House GOP campaign chief says Romney's personal finances 'fair game'

Washington (CNN) - The chief of the House Republicans' campaign arm said Thursday it was "fair game" for people to ask for more information about GOP presidential candidate Mitt Romney's personal financial records.

"His personal finances, the way he does things, his record, are fair game," Texas Republican Pete Sessions told CNN.

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Sessions heads up the National Republican Congressional Committee, which helps elect House Republicans. The senior GOP leader's comment comes amid calls, mainly from Democrats, for Romney to release his tax returns from 2011, and earlier financial records. Democrats have seized on recent reports about Romney holding accounts in places considered offshore tax havens, such as the Cayman Islands.

So far the former Massachusetts governor has released his 2010 tax records and an estimate for 2011, but he has filed an extension for his 2011 taxes. In an interview on Fox News on Wednesday Romney said he'll release the most recent information "as soon as they're prepared." Romney has an estimated net worth of over $250 million.

Sessions declined to specify what level of detail or how many years worth of tax records Romney should release, but called it a "legitimate question." He emphasized that any disclosure should be confined to the candidate himself – not his extended family.

North Carolina Republican Rep. Walter Jones, who said he was arranging a meeting soon with the GOP candidate's campaign on other issues, urged Romney to make the information public sooner rather than later.

"I think he should release his financial records and I think if he does it in July it would be a lot better than in October," Jones told CNN. Romney's extension for completing his latest tax return goes until October.

"Obviously people know he's rich, nobody holds that against him," Jones said, but added, "whenever you are asking for the vote of the American people that you need to fully disclose what your holdings are, if you have any."

Jones said he's not a financial expert, but he said Romney should release the last 6 -7 years of records.

But not all Republicans believe Romney needs to provide any more public information.

House Financial Service Committee Chairman Spencer Bachus, R-Alabama, told CNN, "I think the issue is who will make the best president and not the fact that Mitt Romney's been successful."

He argued Romney's business success was enough information for him and voters.

"I'm just excited about having someone who has been so successful -turning the Olympics around and creating jobs and who understands free enterprise. I'm not interested in finding out every deduction he took or every charitable contribution he made," Bachus said.

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soundoff (70 Responses)
  1. savethechildren

    The US Founders never would have imagined an American elite so corrupt that they would dissolve the people and import a new one. But how about the WHITES? There future?

    How is this not genocide:
    White countries are being flooded by non-whites. We are told to be TOLERANT. We are forced to integrate.

    With assimilation we see the extinction of one race only, the white race. Its not funny, not comedy, its white genocide.

    July 12, 2012 09:35 pm at 9:35 pm |
  2. 1andRun

    Obama is hiding. He knows that the economy is broken, and it is his fault. So when Romney doesn' release multiple tax reccords, he'll just slime Romney to make people think Romney on of the "stinking filthy rich" Team Obama has and will lie about Romney to save their henies. Obama2012-the untrusworthy way forward!

    July 12, 2012 09:43 pm at 9:43 pm |
  3. Beauty

    Look at those standing around him like they want him to be quiet! The truth will come out sooner or later. Imagine if President Obama is the one playing this stupid game with the American people!
    I can't wait till November!!!

    July 12, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. JerseyGirl

    And by the way, in the Vanity Fair article (, you can read that in 1994, Romney attacked Kennedy about his own investments, declaring "the blind trust is an age-old ruse." THIS GUY is a piece of work! He has totally flip-flopped on every single thing he has ever said. It seems to me Willard R-money is going to be exposed to having more BAGGAGE than Newt himself!! Too funny!

    July 12, 2012 10:27 pm at 10:27 pm |
  5. ST

    Romney is applying for the job. In order to be considered for being hired, he must meet the requirements. One of them is to produce his Tax Returns.

    July 12, 2012 10:40 pm at 10:40 pm |
  6. smithdp

    If there isn't anything to hide then why hide anything.

    July 12, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  7. ronb

    LOL. The rats are starting to jump ship! You are starting the end of Willard Romney's bid for the presidency. And, to think he released an ad calling the president a liar. LOL. God don't like ugly, willard. You'd better stop telling those lies and being such a dirty little rascal. How dare you try to lie to the American people! I can't wait to see what lies you come up with to try to cover the lies you've already told...

    July 12, 2012 10:44 pm at 10:44 pm |
  8. Name Stephanie from Pittsburgh

    Donald trump and the other birthers are so concerned about a birth certificate why don't they use all that energy and try to locate mitt's tax info.

    July 12, 2012 10:52 pm at 10:52 pm |
  9. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    He's put so much on the business experience that he can't seem to explain the problems with it.

    July 12, 2012 11:02 pm at 11:02 pm |
  10. factChik

    8.2% unemployment and people want to see Romney's personal financials- for what? Perhaps we should be looking to make it easier to create jobs instead and solving REAL problems instead of inventing new ones to obfuscate the real ones.

    July 12, 2012 11:34 pm at 11:34 pm |
  11. factChik

    Obama's dismal fiscal and economic policies is what ails this country- not Romney's income taxes.

    July 12, 2012 11:36 pm at 11:36 pm |
  12. ThinkAgain

    Mittens has filed for an extension for his 2011 taxes?!?!? This guys is obviously hiding something ... probably trying to figure out how to explain him claiming his wife's horsey as a dependent ...

    July 13, 2012 01:24 am at 1:24 am |
  13. ThinkAgain

    I've heard people say in defense of Mittens that "George Washington was our wealthiest president our country has.

    Again, I don't have a problem with wealth; it's how Mittens made it – and continues to hide it – that concerns me and gives lie to his claims that he's just "regular folks" who "believes in America" (mom jeans notwithstanding).

    If Mittens wants to put this whole tax returns thing to rest once and for all, he needs to be the man his father was and release the last 10 years' worth.

    July 13, 2012 01:29 am at 1:29 am |
  14. ThinkAgain

    Correction ... getting tired here ... "I've heard people say in defense of Mittens that "George Washington was our wealthiest president our country has."

    Should have read: I've heard people say in defense of Mittens that "George Washington was the wealthiest president our country has ever had."

    Regardless, you get the point: Mittens is hiding something. PERIOD.

    July 13, 2012 01:30 am at 1:30 am |
  15. J.V.Hodgson

    First off all his tax return filings have been so far accepted by the IRS as correct.... QED what is the problem of releasing something that breaks no laws tax wise.
    The answer is that it will reveal a huge amount of tax avoidance which is legal but falls right into Democrats complaints that taxes are unfair and only the wealthy benefit.
    Do you see the look on Boehner, Cantor and other Republicans faces in this picture. It says to me from all of them "how soon can we get this idiot unelected!?"
    PS the other " look explanation" is thnk god we put him up to it with the family restriction. ( I love (( actually hate)) conspiracies).

    July 13, 2012 04:00 am at 4:00 am |
  16. joe smith

    the same filterers are again at work this morning..this is a government of the people, by the people, and for the people, not some self appointed post analiser..just another reason Ron Paul will get the delegates he needs..

    July 13, 2012 05:02 am at 5:02 am |

    The unhinged GOBP have their daggers ready to gut Mitt McCain. Sessions stays on script as he stabs Mitt.

    July 13, 2012 05:57 am at 5:57 am |

    Where are the disk drives from mass????could all be cleared up fast .romney the clown is unelectable,but the republican bafoon party will tell you not to believe what you see with your own eyes !!!

    July 13, 2012 06:25 am at 6:25 am |
  19. Marie MD

    If the Presiden't birther bs was fair game the bully bishop's finances should be front and center.
    The flip flopper needs to come clean on his taxes. Interesting about only him. Is he moving his money to his non working wife or those non serving sons of his? Didn't he already live in the basement to avoid paying MA taxes?
    I WANT TO SEE THE BISHOP'S TAXES FOR THE LAST 10 YEARS NOW AND HIS LONG FORM BIRTH CERTIFICATE. Presdient Obama is still being attacked for his. The bishop should come clean. Just like the bad hair man from NY couldn't find his.

    July 13, 2012 06:36 am at 6:36 am |
  20. Scott

    every investigation out there,SEC,FBI,fact check, even Democrats all say that Romney left in 1999. Yet the Obama campaign is so patheic and so desperate, that they are willing to say anything after reading articles from that Liberal Rag the Boston Globe, which is on the same level as the National Enquire. Obama needs to stop the lies, and apologize to Romney for his staff that is out of control. In fact Romney is he so chooses has a good libel lawsuit here. To think that Obama is the person we elected to run this country, we all ought to be ashamed of ourselves.

    July 13, 2012 07:09 am at 7:09 am |
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