McCain says 'nothing disqualifying' in Romney's tax records
July 17th, 2012
05:46 PM ET
11 years ago

McCain says 'nothing disqualifying' in Romney's tax records

(CNN) - Sen. John McCain, whose 2008 presidential campaign reviewed Mitt Romney's tax records as they considered him to be the vice presidential running mate, said Tuesday he can "personally vouch" that there was "nothing disqualifying" in the tax returns of the presumptive GOP presidential nominee.

Asked by CNN if he could vouch for the fact that Romney had paid taxes and didn't hide his money from taxes offshore, as some Democrats have suggested, McCain reacted strongly but didn't directly answer the question.

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"I can personally vouch for the fact that there was nothing in his tax return that would in anyway be disqualifying for him to be a candidate. Okay?" McCain said.

"We're getting into areas now that are improper for me to talk about," McCain added. "Because when people gave us all those records we agreed to confidentiality. The only reason I'm saying what I'm saying now is because of the scurrilous, scurrilous Chicago style sleaze intimations with no basis in fact that there might have been something wrong with his tax returns, which is disgraceful."

Asked again if he knew if Romney had in fact paid taxes over the years, McCain responded, "Oh please. I am not going to get into that kind of conversation. All I can tell you, and I will tell you again, there was nothing disqualifying in his tax returns. And that is a fact."

McCain didn't say how many years of tax records he reviewed.

McCain initially stopped to talk to reporters as he left the Senate floor because he wanted to clarify an earlier news report that suggested McCain picked former Alaska Gov. Sarah Palin as his running mate because she was the better candidate than Romney.

"It wasn't a matter of who had better or worse qualities it was who we felt would help the campaign the most not that anyone who was under consideration didn't have outstanding qualities," he said.

McCain then criticized Politico for "twisting" his words.

"It's really getting a little disgraceful, twisting someone's words when clearly I said and meant she was the best fit for the campaign. Had nothing to do with the qualities of Mitt Romney or any of the other people we were considering," he said.

Filed under: 2012 • John McCain • Mitt Romney
soundoff (112 Responses)
  1. NoTaxesfor1%

    nothing wrong with using loopholes created for the very wealthy by lobbying (bribing) congress...after all only little people pay taxes...but vote for mittens anyway...he'll rescue you from the burden of your money and health

    July 18, 2012 02:20 am at 2:20 am |
  2. garry

    Well I guess if McCain said so everything is ok. After all he personally vouched for Sarah Pakin as bring only a hear beat away from being President and being able to take over if needed, Who better to trust their Judgment than McCain?

    July 18, 2012 02:21 am at 2:21 am |
  3. Donkey Party

    Liar defending a liar.

    July 18, 2012 03:40 am at 3:40 am |
  4. Cyric

    McCain is full of it. Flip flopper pro. Nothing he says has relevance anymore,he will change his story tmrw.

    July 18, 2012 03:58 am at 3:58 am |
  5. RDM3

    Nothing disqualifying John? Being the CEO of Bain and being paid 'at least 100K' while America companies and jobs were lost is not a crime and no it does not disqualify Mitt from running....but it speaks volumes to his business experience which he wants to keep front and center.......not to mention it would mean he has lied to America about his record on outsourcing. Way to tap dance around the question John. It had to be bad if you picked Sarah 'Train Wreck' Palin over him.

    July 18, 2012 04:07 am at 4:07 am |
  6. J.V.Hodgson

    First off as he said confidentiality and good morals prevent him from commenting. Also what should prevent him from commenting is that he is neither a financial advisor or tax accountant and nor has he disclosed the type of information Romney gave. Full data, short summary more like.
    That would have been reviewed by someone on McCains staff competent to review.
    There is no story or meaningful information to be gotten from here... Mc Cains statement is pure supportive non independent politics and without meaning.

    July 18, 2012 04:40 am at 4:40 am |
  7. jefflz

    Rafalca, the Romney's Olympics dressage horse earned the family a $77,000 tax credit in 2010, $2,000 of which is for what they spent on health care for the horse. The average American family only spends $1,557 a year on health care. No, probably nothing illegal in Romney's returns, just plenty of material that demonstrates how highly subsidized he is by the federal tax laws. I thought he was against government handouts. I guess he is only against handouts to the poor and the sick.

    July 18, 2012 05:11 am at 5:11 am |
  8. dwilson

    I am the Teaparty Speculator in Chief of Tennessee and we call on the Justice Department and the SEC to fully and completely investigate Mitt Romney for the period indicated in his SEC filings between 1999-2003 that prove he was in charge of Bain Capitol. We welcome this investigation as it will prove exaxtly the kind of man he is for the American people. 10 years of tax returns is expected as well since our Governor Romney has nothing to hide. We challenge those that believe otherwise.

    July 18, 2012 06:53 am at 6:53 am |
  9. Seb

    according to wiki
    Swiss bank accounts cannot be opened without the holder signing a legal document asserting that they have no outstanding financial obligations to the IRS. Despite this, Swiss banks have been criticized for improperly SHIELDING TAX EVADERS.
    and caymon accounts
    Interest is generally paid by offshore banks without tax being deducted. This is an advantage to individuals who do not pay tax on worldwide income, or who do not pay tax until the tax return is agreed, or who feel that they can illegally EVADE TAX BY HIDING the interest income.
    Makes you wonder...if ya have nothing to hide then open the books.

    July 18, 2012 07:29 am at 7:29 am |
  10. pkbkr

    Funny how McCain avoids the BIG question......what really is in those tax forms? One would assume he'd stand up for Romney.......Let's see the records and judge for ourselves. Obama/Biden 2012

    July 18, 2012 07:35 am at 7:35 am |
  11. Brandy

    Romney not good enough for VP but McCain backs him as president. This makes no sense

    July 18, 2012 07:52 am at 7:52 am |
  12. Ray E. (Georgia)

    It makes perfect sense that Romney paid his taxes as was required by the law. So if you don't want to vote for Romney you will need to find some other excuse.

    July 18, 2012 07:54 am at 7:54 am |
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