August 28th, 2012
08:40 AM ET
9 years ago

Josh Romney on dad's tax returns: 'He's paid his taxes'

(CNN) - Josh Romney, one of Mitt Romney's five sons, defended his father Monday against attacks over the presumptive GOP nominee's tax returns.

"He's paid his taxes," Josh Romney told CNN's Piers Morgan. "This is a gimmick by the Obama campaign to take the message off the economy and on to my dad's personal taxes."

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  1. I Wonder Why....

    A tweet on Monday from Samuel L. Jackson,

    Samuel L. Jackson thinks it’s some “unfair s-” if Hurricane Issac hits New Orleans instead of Tampa, the site of this week’s Republican National Convention.

    “Unfair S-t: GOP spared by Issac ! NOLA prolly F-–d Again!” the actor tweeted on Monday. “Not understanding God's plan!”

    If I recall correctly, Samuel L. Jackson's father was a minister. He must be very proud of him.

    August 28, 2012 09:15 am at 9:15 am |
  2. Boo

    So what? It's his kid....does anyone expect his kid to say "No, he did not pay taxes"? This article is a waste of space.

    August 28, 2012 09:18 am at 9:18 am |
  3. PJ

    So did Nixon.
    Someone said the other day that Mitt Romney is the most secretive candidate we have had since Richard Nixon.
    Nixon also faced controversy regarding the tax rate he paid (7%) in some years,
    Nixon also tried to "improve his image" by siding with the southerners unhappy about segregation,
    So, three similar situations between Nixon and Romney: Secretive, low tax rates, cater to anyone for a vote.
    Something to think about.

    August 28, 2012 09:20 am at 9:20 am |
  4. Lionel

    If he paid taxes why not release them and we will end this discussion. He is hiding something.

    He did not pay taxes and everyone knows it. The American public is not stupid to believe what he says. Look at all the times he has flip-flopped. Don't vote for this bafoon.

    August 28, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |
  5. kkummen

    How much ??????????????????????// 10% –5% Sticking up for Daddy is one thing-PROOF is another HOW MUCH money did he HIDE in overshore accounts-----if he is hiding things now he will always be hiding things........

    August 28, 2012 09:21 am at 9:21 am |

    How do you know Josh? Are you his accountant? You're just sticking up for your tax evading father. Willard Capone's campaign has a major malfunction. The public will continue to look at Willard Capone as I do: A CRIMINAL. Unless he can prove otherwise, we'll continue to call him a tax evading, 1%, crook.

    August 28, 2012 09:22 am at 9:22 am |
  7. enuff

    And everyone is supposed to believe him just because he said so. The gimmick isn't from Obama.

    August 28, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  8. Barr. Viag

    So let Romney release it at least five years tax return to the Ameriacan public not just to his sons and wife

    August 28, 2012 09:25 am at 9:25 am |
  9. Nelson Colorado Springs Co.

    Somebody should ask Josh Romney how can you make between 3 to 2.5 million dollar in 2010 and pay only $52.000 in taxes this the story being told. The government should closed out off shore account for all company that have headquaters not in the United States

    August 28, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  10. Niko_in_Richmond

    Easy solution to your problem, Mitt: instead of instantly having to recruit people to defend you on this tax issue, why not just release at least six years of taxes. That way, it will remove the shadow that has been cast over you regarding the issue. Just show us that you are not hiding anything. The fact that you have not released your tax returns, and the fact that you are flailing like crazy to justify your position, makes it seem like you are hiding something.

    August 28, 2012 09:27 am at 9:27 am |
  11. myviewis

    I think that people that keep acusing Governor Romney of not having paid his taxes or acuse him of paying too little taxes are people who don't do taxes otherwise they would know that the IRS would have been after Governor Romney to pay any outstanding taxes due. Seriously, the IRS is not going to chase someone who failed to pay his/her taxes?????? We are still talking about the IRS, right??????????

    August 28, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  12. Wire Palladin, S. F.

    Josh knows his dad is a liar, but it is good he still defends him.

    August 28, 2012 09:28 am at 9:28 am |
  13. onlyfacts61

    Stocks doing well, corporations profits at all time high. Unemployment after near depression steady. No gimmick needed. Revealing tax returns takes very little time or effort. These Romney's must all be alike and too dumb to realize we can all see the real gimmick!

    August 28, 2012 09:30 am at 9:30 am |
  14. pkMyt1

    No one is or should be saying this guy did not pay the taxes he legally owed. The debate is about his used of loopholes in the tax code that are designed to help the uber wealthy avoid paying the same percentage of their income on taxes that I pay. That is a valid debate to have.

    August 28, 2012 09:32 am at 9:32 am |
  15. incredulous

    Romney Sr. lies every day but now we're supposed to believe his son?

    August 28, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  16. kkummen

    get rid of Piers Morgan he is pro republican and pro white and of course BORING - ALL the talk in the world can say all we want but only the proof says the the tax returns

    August 28, 2012 09:33 am at 9:33 am |
  17. Michael

    I noticed Romney and his family members are consistently acknowledging that "he paid his taxes." We stll do not know what that means, property taxes (for his mansions), sales, federal or state taxes. Another smoke in mirrors attempt to deceive Americans into dropping the issue of his lack of transperancy, with exception to John Mccain and his repuglican hypocrites.

    August 28, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  18. Basedbot

    If Mitt Romney is saying he is going to close tax loopholes and make the tax code fairer, how can he honestly expect anyone to take his word on what he will do If he wont even show what tax loopholes he has already taken advantage of? By virtue of that, his taxes are absolutely part of the discussion. Suck it up Mitt

    August 28, 2012 09:39 am at 9:39 am |
  19. nick

    ok, whatever u say kid. like u would know anyway. just show us the papers robmey, and bury this once and for all.

    August 28, 2012 09:40 am at 9:40 am |
  20. Joseph B

    Then just show us the last 12 years of taxes. Very simple and we can be done with this.

    August 28, 2012 09:41 am at 9:41 am |
  21. Rudy NYC

    Listen up, folks. The Romneys are trying to seed the idea into our minds that not releasing tax returns is okay. Okey doke, so what is significant about that? Mitt Romney wants to weasel out of releasing his the full version of his tax returns in mid-October with two weeks to go before the election. I can't blame him for not wanting to something as risky as that, but he brought it upon himself.

    Romney wants us to be satisfied with an estimate and his word of honor. HIs track record on honest statements about his tax returns leaves much to be desired. He's a proven liar when it comes to tax returns. Romney should have planned on releasing returns, but obviously arrogance prevailed. He had no intent of releasing anything at all, not until he was resoundingly BOOED at a GOP presidential debate. Obviously, he has been caught unprepared without a Plan B when it comes to releasing taxes. Romney has bungled every minor crisis that his campaign has faced.

    August 28, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  22. montanagal

    "He's paid his taxes." What Josh Romney didn't add was "and I want to be just like him, and never pay as much as the regular schmuck." Sad when you have to get your kids to stump for you and defend your secrets.

    August 28, 2012 09:42 am at 9:42 am |
  23. Sniffit

    "He's paid his taxes,"

    Yay for straw men!!!! Huzzah!!!

    Now, can we get back to the issue of just how broken the tax code is and how, even though Mittens paid his taxes, his tax returns are the epitome of preferential treatment for the wealthy and gift them advantages over the middle-class that they neither need nor deserve? THAT is the point. Cut the crap with "he paid them." We know that. It's obvious because there's been no reports of him buying his way out of jail.

    August 28, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  24. Joseph B

    Apparently Romney believes the US public is too stupid and impressionable and untrustworthy to show us his taxes. Either that or Romney has done something really very wrong.
    Actually in either of these cases, I do not think I want Romney to be our president.

    August 28, 2012 09:43 am at 9:43 am |
  25. Al-NY,NY

    thanks Sonny, but we don't believe you. And you're "gimmick" comment is a nice parroting of your daddy's evasion tactics. Now go back with the other Osmond Brothers, brush your plastic white teeth, put on your little suits, and sing away

    August 28, 2012 09:45 am at 9:45 am |
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