Kerry's office: Romney has facts wrong on Kerry's tax returns
July 16th, 2012
07:22 PM ET
10 years ago

Kerry's office: Romney has facts wrong on Kerry's tax returns

(CNN) - Sen. John Kerry's office took issue with Mitt Romney on Monday, saying the presumptive GOP nominee was wrong to use the Democratic senator and his wife as an example in the latest swirl over Romney's refusal to release more tax returns.

David Wade, Kerry's current chief of staff, said in a statement that Romney's team has long been "conjuring up false and convoluted alibis," including Kerry's 2004 tax disclosure, as an excuse for not releasing further tax returns of his own.

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Monday morning, Romney made headlines when he mentioned Kerry and his wife, Teresa Heinz, as precedents for deciding not to release more than the two years' of tax documents Romney has already made public.

"John Kerry ran for president and his wife, who has hundreds of millions of dollars, she never released her tax returns," Romney said on Fox. "Somehow this wasn't an issue."

However, Kerry's office was quick to point out that Teresa had in fact released the first two pages of her most recent tax return in 2004, revealing that she took in about $5 million in 2003 and paid approximately $750,000 in taxes, according to the information.

Wade, who served as Kerry's national spokesman in the 2004 presidential campaign, added that Romney also needed to get his facts straight about the Massachusetts senator.

While Romney has previously said that he's releasing the same level of tax information as Kerry did in 2004, the senator's office said by the time Kerry was running for president, he had already made public 20 years of tax information from previous Senate races-not two years' worth. That number included five years of tax returns released during his 2004 White House bid.

"As Sen. Moynihan once said, people are entitled to their own opinions, but they're not entitled to their own facts," Wade said. "Facts matter."

Over the weekend, Democrats and some Republicans continued to push Romney to release more tax information, saying having further documentation of Romney's financial holdings would shed light on offshore investments and overseas accounts.

Romney released tax returns from 2010, and put out an estimate of his 2011 information in April. He filed an extension with the Internal Revenue Service to file after the April deadline, and has vowed to release the official documents when they're completed by his accountant.

- CNN's Kevin Liptak contributed to this report.

Filed under: 2012 • John Kerry • Mitt Romney • Taxes
soundoff (37 Responses)
  1. artraveler

    What you have to hide, Mitt?

    July 16, 2012 09:50 pm at 9:50 pm |
  2. ronb

    WHAT???! Kerry's wife wasn't running for president silly man! You've got to be kidding me. That's the best you can do willard? LOL

    July 16, 2012 10:04 pm at 10:04 pm |
  3. WeR4Freedom

    Remember what axelroids said about obamas wealth??? He (Obama) "could have invested 100s of millions in offshore accounts if he wanted too" hello America, Obama thinks his croney money raised for his campaign is really his money? Wow, talk about out of touch president with the middle class. If he wasn't, they wouldn't be struggling so bad right now. Romney all the way 2012/2016

    July 16, 2012 10:05 pm at 10:05 pm |
  4. ghost

    Like Mitt said "I WIll DO ANYTHING TO BECOME PRESIDENT". Telling a lie is just one of the things he will do.

    July 16, 2012 10:33 pm at 10:33 pm |
  5. Mike in Texas

    Of course Romney will deny he ever said this. That is his mantra.

    July 16, 2012 10:50 pm at 10:50 pm |
  6. aaron

    Teresa Kerry made millions and actually paid taxes? No wonder the Repubs were so bent on Kerry not winning. She's counter to every benefit they seek for the rich.

    July 16, 2012 11:00 pm at 11:00 pm |
  7. BeverlyNC

    Romney needs to come clean with his own past and his with his own tax returns and stop trying to blame everyone else for his shady investments overseas, his true time as head of Bain, his outsourcing of jobs overseas, his ever changing positions on every position. This is not a man who is a leader, who is qualified for the highest office in our land, or who has the character to be the representative of our country. Republicans don't even want him or like him. Neither do the people. He is just a corporate puppet.

    July 16, 2012 11:04 pm at 11:04 pm |
  8. S.B. Stein E.B. NJ

    Did someone check this before Romney opened his mouth? It sounds like he hasn't done that on many occasions.

    July 16, 2012 11:14 pm at 11:14 pm |
  9. J.V.Hodgson

    Wives are not running for President, leve them out of this tax disclosure stupidity. if he says wives should be included then what about ANN. its joke my family earns nothing like what they do but even I use the ability of paying my wife money in the business to minimise income taxes and corporate taxes
    Romney's claim here about Kerry is an complete and utter lie, verifiable in all sorts of sources. I demand he apologise to Senator Kerry for this vile lie!! fact check .org get onit please. If I can do it you can.

    July 17, 2012 02:33 am at 2:33 am |
  10. TheVoice

    But...but....but Teresa Heinz didn't so why should I? Unbelievable! Is this guy for real? He mentions the wife of a presedential candidate back in 2004? Is he running for spouse in chief? Then it just happens that she did release her tax returns. What a joke this man is!

    July 17, 2012 05:35 am at 5:35 am |
  11. Yonni

    The dishonest Bishops doesn't care about facts

    July 17, 2012 05:38 am at 5:38 am |
  12. Out Of Touch with reality

    purple heart for what a scratch, that was bull

    July 17, 2012 07:04 am at 7:04 am |
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