August 3rd, 2012
02:51 PM ET
10 years ago

Romney blasts Obama on jobs report, says he paid taxes

Washington (CNN) - A glass half-full or emptying fast? Depends on who you listened to Friday as President Barack Obama and certain Republican nominee Mitt Romney described the July jobs report at competing public appearances.

Flanked by what he called middle-class Americans at the White House, Obama said the July figures showed 29 straight months of job growth, including 1.1 million new jobs this year, following the recession that was in place when he took office in January 2009.


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    I think the real reason the issue of Romney's refusal to release his tax returns won't go away is because Romney himself has said that he will pay for his proposed massive tax cuts on the wealthiest Americans by eliminating tax loopholes.

    But which loopholes will Romney eliminate? HE REFUSES TO SAY. Which raises the obvious question: will he close the loopholes that HE uses to hide millions in foreign accounts and offshore tax shelters? Or does he only intend to eliminate deductions and credits that OTHER people use., e.g., the ones that middle-class families rely on?

    This is why Romney's secrecy is so maddening: We have no idea if his tax plan is a shamefully self-serving one that keeps the loopholes used by millionaires like him while cutting the ones used by middle-class families, since he refuses to release his returns (even his 2010 one is incomplete) and since he refuses to say anything SPECIFIC about his tax plan.

    This seems to be his strategy: Just don't say anything, don't admit to anything, don't divulge any specifics about anything–and hope that people just dislike the President enough to vote for anyone else

    August 3, 2012 04:38 pm at 4:38 pm |
  2. Ram Riva

    John McCain said that he saw nothing wrong with Romney's tax returns ...(did he really asked for them or is it just a mirage distraction)....when he was being considered as a potential VP running mate....yet he chose...SARAH PALIN!!!!!.... c'mon....if Romney is so perfect now....why wasn't he the best choice for a running mate back in 2008???....because he was not!!!'s a lie...they're saying it because the potential GOP candidate....remember he's not the candidate....not yet.....has nothing to offer.....just money.....

    August 3, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |
  3. Ronson2010

    Gee Mitt I am so symbathetic that you are being publicly criticized over your taxes....just like Obama was totally and unfairly maligned over his birth certificate....and how was that finaly shown to be nothing but Republican cheap smear rumors and false innuendo...Obama showed us all that Republicans will stoop to any low level on falsehoods, innuendo and misrepresentation....
    I am so liking the karma coming back around to bite you on the ass!

    August 3, 2012 04:39 pm at 4:39 pm |

    Last weekend in an interview, when Romney was asked if he's always paid at least the 13.9% on the one year (2010) he disclosed (and not even fully).

    Romney replied that he wasn't sure. Really? You don't think he's had staffers pouring through his returns?
    I don't buy it for one second. He also said that he'd, “be happy to look into it” Well, we're still waiting...

    You betcha if he'd paid at least that rate in prior years, he would affirmatively say so.

    This all points to the need for REAL TAX REFORM!

    REGARDLESS OF YOUR POLITICAL AFFILIATION, are you folks out there really OK with Romney and the super-rich paying a lower rate than most for whom the majority of their income is wages? Off-shoring money in tax havens? (Romney didn't park his dough in Bermuda and The Cayman Islands for the weather.)

    Come on? Where is your sense of basic fairness? You want to subsidize this kind of guy? Remember, taxes pay for the military, etc. Romney and his ilk should pay their fair share!


    August 3, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  5. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    I love that some lazy people could not view the entire message that our president gave, instead of the cut and splice version of Fox foreign owned extreme media.

    August 3, 2012 04:40 pm at 4:40 pm |
  6. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Sorry myview, but your interpretation is wrong. Donkey Party is correct.

    August 3, 2012 04:41 pm at 4:41 pm |
  7. Myviewis

    Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Mittens needs to put up of shut up. He can debunk Harry Reid's assertions by merely making his taxes available. How hard can that be, he has several dozen accountants.

    You're just snooping, admit it. This is exactly what Harry Reid wants for Romney to fall into his trap of trying to prove Reid's source wrong. Good oooooooold trick by Harry Reid.

    August 3, 2012 04:42 pm at 4:42 pm |
  8. Age of Fools....

    The White House, Harry Reid and the rest of Dems pile their sour-grapes on Romney for living the America-Dream...Romney worked hard paid taxes and taking advantage of the tax-loop-holes Yes Tax=loop-holes that Harry never tried to fix...nor the White House to this point..."Put-up or shut-up."...

    August 3, 2012 04:43 pm at 4:43 pm |
  9. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Today's lesson is : Obamacare is good, Fox foreign owned extreme media has lied about the benefits. Let me summarize: Obamacare good, Fox bad.

    August 3, 2012 04:44 pm at 4:44 pm |
  10. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Myviewis – Wow, you are really losing your grip. My assertion has always been: Mittens has more dirty secrets than the CIA.

    August 3, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  11. Sniffit

    "what burden of proof??? proof of what??? nobody is required to reveal personal and confidential financial information to run for political office. has obama proven that he is still not beating his wife???"

    Sorry, but the legal requirements aren't what we're talking about. I think I said it pretty clearly: the public places the burden of proof on POTUS candidates to show that they are honest, honorable, and forthright enough to show the minimal integrity required to release their tax returns and show taht they've paid their taxes instead of avoiding them. The polls are clear on that point as well. The majority of people want him to release the tax returns. This has nothing to do with what is legally required. It has to do with what is morally and ethically required...the show of good faith...the show of mutual trust and transparency. He can't do it...not because people will misrepresent it or because he did anythign illegal in his tax returns...but because his tax returns will function as the epic epitome...the blindingly shining example for all time....of just how broken our tax system is IN FAVOR OF THE EXTREMELY WEALTHY LIKE HIM. Were Mittens to release his tax returns from the past 12-15 years, it would not only cost him the presidency, but it would also cost the GOP/Teatrolls and conservative movement all leverage they ever had or will have in the ideological battle of egalitarianism v. plutocracy. For the next 50 years, Mittens tax returns would become the rallying cry for equitable tax reforms to stop the redistribution of wealth upwards. THAT they cannot allow.

    August 3, 2012 04:46 pm at 4:46 pm |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    The republican dream, If you are not born into millions, like the Kochs, Bushes, Romneys, then maybe you should win the lottery.

    August 3, 2012 04:48 pm at 4:48 pm |
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