Saturday, January 21, 2012

Something he should share

Automat --

It's a long-held political tradition for presidential candidates to release their tax returns.

Last week, Newt Gingrich released his online. Rick Santorum promised to release his, as soon as he finishes them at home. And Mitt Romney? Well, we're not sure.

South Carolina's heading to the polls today, and a lot of the state's voters have asked for them before they vote.

Why so shy, Mitt? We don't know what's in them, but we think it's something he should share.

Sign on to ask Mitt to come clean and release his tax returns.

You see, first, Mitt said he wouldn't release them at all. Then he begrudgingly said he'd release one year's worth -- after this year's tax season. And when asked at Thursday's debate if he'd follow precedent and release more than one year's worth, the best answer he could muster was an awkward "maybe."

Every GOP presidential nominee for the past 40 years has released them. Even some of Mitt's biggest supporters, New Jersey Governor Chris Christie and Virginia Governor Bob McDonnell, have called on him to level with voters on his taxes.

At the same debate, Mitt was reminded that when his father, George Romney, ran for president in 1967, he released not one year's worth of his returns, but twelve. Why twelve? Well, in the words of George, "One year could be a fluke, perhaps done for show."

We think George is right on this. And Newt. And Rick. And every other GOP presidential nominee for the past 40 years.

It's time for Mitt to come clean. Tell him to follow precedent and do what's right -- come clean and release his tax returns:



Brad Woodhouse
Communications Director
Democratic National Committee

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