Romney: Yeah, I’ll release my tax returns on Tuesday; Update: Video added

posted at 10:00 am on January 22, 2012 by Ed Morrissey

Translation: I can’t afford to lose three debates in a row.

Gov. Mitt Romney said Sunday he will release his tax returns on Tuesday as he tries to pivot from an issue that dragged him down in his South Carolina primary loss to Newt Gingrich.

Romney said he’ll post his 2010 tax return and 2011 estimate online Tuesday, after he was hammered by his rivals and gave awkward debate answers last week as he said he would release his tax returns in April.

“I think we made a mistake holding off as long as we did,” Romney said in an interview on Fox News Sunday. “It was a distraction. We want to get back to the real issues of the campaign.”

Newt Gingrich says that this will put the issue “set to side.”  That may or may not be true about the taxes themselves; after all, the whole point of demanding their release is to play class-warfare games over incomes and tax rates.  If Romney’s tax rate is 15%, partisans on all sides will point to that and claim it shows that Romney’s out of touch when (a) Republicans have been arguing over whether or not to lower the capital-gains tax rate that Romney paid, and (b) even Democrats aren’t too keen on raising it in a stagnant economy.  Just as with the Bain debate, the willingness of Republicans to engage in these class-warfare attacks has been pretty disheartening, to say the least.

The issue of Romney’s campaign strategy and reactive ability will still be on the table, however.  Romney admitted that he made a mistake in keeping the tax returns off the table, especially since he essentially conceded the legitimacy of the request in the first debate.  Why didn’t the campaign move to defuse the issue by the second debate by promising to give South Carolinians an opportunity to access those records?  He probably wouldn’t have won the state, but he might have won a few delegates in a closer vote, which would have given him an opportunity to put a better face on the loss.  They’ll defuse it well before the Florida debates, but I assume that their issue polling in the Sunshine State told the campaign that they would face a similar problem if Romney continued to answer “maybe” to the question.

Update: The Daily Caller has the video:


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Just a side note: He said he will disclose his tax records on Tuesday, how noble of him, seeing the first debate is MONDAY.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 3:45 PM

Another side note….as Gingrich makes unsubstantiated accusations of POSSIBLE wrong doing by others, he is the only person in the race that is PROVEN to have violated the public’s sacred trust and lied to congress.

I expect that outrages you also, but you don’t mention it because you’re over it by now. Right?

csdeven on January 22, 2012 at 4:27 PM

SparkPlug on January 22, 2012 at 2:01 PM

Considering the not-Romney candidate is a corrupt liar who was proven to have violated the public trust and lied to congress, that only solidifies how stupid and corrupt the so-called conservatives are, who support Gingrich.

csdeven on January 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Barack Obama?

Mitt Romney?

Mr. Joe on January 22, 2012 at 4:30 PM

Gutless is as gutless does.

ebrown2 on January 22, 2012 at 4:17 PM

Gingrich campaign slogan: Corrupt is as corrupt does.

csdeven on January 22, 2012 at 4:31 PM

csdeven==== As a Christian, I know that the only unforgivable sin is denying the Christ, All other sins are forgivable, but you must ask and repent. Furthermore, who elected you to the position of deciding. So many of you mittbots sing from the same hymnal!

Mitt is the only one that can beat Obama (when we all know a cabbage could beat him)

Newt is unelectable. Just how do you know? Romney had a 25 point lead in SC, how did that turn out. Ect ect ect. Just unprovable claim after claim all designed to dishearten us anti Mitts. Well run your mouth all you wan, it changes nothing.

Sarah Palin means nothing! Just how did her simple statement that if she lived in SC she would vote for Newt turn out. Don’t you ever get tired of being wrong? Don’t you have no shame? The answer is you don’t.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

You want corrupt? Why did Mitt sit still for a judge telling a separate governmental power to pass legislation on Homosexual marriage. No judge has that power unless you cede it to him, which the coward Romney did.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Sarah Palin means nothing! Just how did her simple statement that if she lived in SC she would vote for Newt turn out. Don’t you ever get tired of being wrong? Don’t you have no shame? The answer is you don’t.

That is Queen Palin to you. She merely had her husband give his endorsement, then she nodded approvingly in Newt’s direction and suddenly new support showed up for him at a critical junction in the campaign. Newt acknowledges the importance of the Palin nod to his campaign. Many pundits including Karl Rove have noted the importance of the Palins’ support. Instead of a five-six point win, the Palin Army showed up in Newt’s corner and pushed the margin into blow-out territory. That is how her simple statement turned out for Newt. Sarah Palin matters a great deal to a great many people. If you were honest you would admit that. But you can’t be honest and it is obvious that it is you that has no shame.

Tarnsman on January 22, 2012 at 4:57 PM

Tarnsmen==== can you read? I said the same thing you did, but with a little snark. Palin should be the next President in a sane world. I was talking to csdeven one of the craziest Palin haters on the planet.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 5:10 PM

Sorry, Jain, didn’t see the /snark tag. And yes, in a sane world Palin would be in the thick of things and crushing the field.

Tarnsman on January 22, 2012 at 5:14 PM

it changes nothing.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 4:47 PM

Of course it doesn’t because you have no principles. Gingrich was entrusted with the public’s sacred trust. He violated that trust, not as some ignorant junior congressman, but rather as the speaker of the house and second in line to the presidency.

And you support him over Romney? How about Paul or Santorum? Are neither one of them acceptable or are corrupt politicians and life long Washington insiders your preferred choice to prove your morality and status as “real” conservative?

csdeven on January 22, 2012 at 5:27 PM

You want corrupt? Why did Mitt sit still for a judge telling a separate governmental power to pass legislation on Homosexual marriage. No judge has that power unless you cede it to him, which the coward Romney did.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 4:51 PM

Unsubstantiated accusations? Show the sanctions. The evidence of corruption.

The entire group will wait so we can determine if you will ever be taken seriously.

csdeven on January 22, 2012 at 5:29 PM

My take on this is that George H.W. told Bar to tell Laura to tell George W. to tell Jeb to tell Romney he better release the returns if he wants help toting barges and lifting bails in Florida.

So, we can look forward to hours, and hours, and hours of picknitting over every single line of Romney’s tax returns by the government-controlled media and liberals and other assorted jackasses for no other reason than to create distractions and mock how just unfairly rich the 1% are.

Will the NY Times and WashPo ask for volunteers to peruse Mittens’ tax returns as they did with Sarah Palin’s 24,000 emails?

Will semi-sober Diane Sawyer and the Obama-bowing Brian Williams take turns reading them on TV like their liberal punk predecessors did with the Nixon tape transcripts?

Will the OSWer rat-infested things now openly call for a March of the Winter Palace? (On to the Finland Station – Lenin is in Petrograd!)

Stay tuned!

Horace on January 22, 2012 at 5:35 PM

jainphx

Your post makes no sense. How does a Governor “cede” power to a Judge?

A trial judge has any power to do anything he or she wants to. It is then up to an appellate court to determine if the Judge exceed statutory authority, or the Rules of Procedure or his/her judicial discretion.

Also, the executive and judicial branches are separate at both the state and federal levels.

New concept ya got there. Be sure to water it twice a week.

Horace on January 22, 2012 at 5:44 PM

Horace==== He cedes power by allowing the Judge’s decision to be law, without telling said judge to decide the law and not make it. No judge has the constitutional power to order any legislation be passed, nor any law be enacted. Romney just bent over and grabbed the ankles and did the judges bidding instead of telling him to buzzoff.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 5:54 PM

csdeven you are now the spokes person for the “entire” group and you make the decision on who has credibility? Maybe you should go back and read some of your own post here. Credibility my aunt Hanna? What an ego!

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

So does this mean that Mitt is now an anti-capitalist and leftist, seeing as how he now believes he should release his tax returns?

james23 on January 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

Horace===== Thats how we got into this mess to begin with, letting another court decide on unconstitutional orders from any court. I would just once like to see a Governor or Mayor tell the court to mind it’s own business, WHICH is their right. Did you also know that congress has the right to ORDER the Supreme court NOT to take up any case.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 6:03 PM

jainphx

How do you know all of this? How do you know Romney didn’t do this?

And what if Romney did it and the Judge told Romney to get his butt out of the judicial branch of government. Then what does Romney do?

What stopped anyone from appealing the Judge’s action?

How did Romney do the Judge’s bidding if the Legislature was ordered to pass a law? The Legislature is a separate branch,too.

If Romney told the Legislature not to pass the law as the Judge supposedly ordered, the Legislature could rightfully tell Romney to get his butt out of the legislative branch. What should Romney do then? Rule by fiat like The Messiah?

I’m not a Romney fan, but to hold him accountable for not doing what he has no power to do is really stretching it.

Horace on January 22, 2012 at 6:06 PM

csdeven you are now the spokes person for the “entire” group and you make the decision on who has credibility? Maybe you should go back and read some of your own post here. Credibility my aunt Hanna? What an ego!

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

The rational people (of which the huge majority of HA members are) reading your comments of support for a corrupt politician are certainly wondering about you.

csdeven on January 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

csdeven on January 22, 2012 at 6:32 PM

How much is Bain Capital paying you? Or is it the LDSers paying you? Confess.

SparkPlug on January 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 5:59 PM

Additionally…..

Provide the proof of your claims.

csdeven on January 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

SparkPlug on January 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

Calling Gingrich what he is, is not a partisan issue. It is an issue of facts, his admission to lying, character, trust, and the basic tenet of public service. Honoring the sacred trust entrusted to him by the American public.

Gingrich is the only politician in the race with a proven history of corruption. For rational folks, that trumps any attack you level to distract from your despicable defense of that corrupt scumbag Gingrich.

If you choose to support him that says all anyone has to know about you.

csdeven on January 22, 2012 at 6:42 PM

Translation: I can’t afford to lose three debates in a row.

So you’ve become fluent in BS. Good for you.

Of course what he really said is that it was stupid of him to allow this non-troversy to hurt him. I expect him to make a few more cosmetic changes to take the rampant mythology out of play.

MJBrutus on January 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

SparkPlug on January 22, 2012 at 6:36 PM

I’m in the pocket of big Mormon myself.

MJBrutus on January 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Mitt can’t win the general election if he loses the South. :-(

Punchenko on January 22, 2012 at 7:26 PM

Csdeven==== For one thing, I’m not a Gingrich supporter per se, but he’s head and tails over Mitt by any measure. I was a Palin supporter, and will vote for who ever comes out on top. Romney is NOT a conservative, and will not fight to change anything, as his miserable liberal record as Governor of Mass, proves. Give you link or proofs? Don’t make me laugh, you spout and spout and never attempt to back up your statements. You are a cancer to all conservatives and should be ashamed.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 7:42 PM

All ethics complaints were brought by Demoncraps, all were dismissed, but one. Palin had the same thing happen to her, and yet you take at face value anything a Crummy Demoncrap says. Now that says a lot about you now doesn’t it.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

Mitt thinks “we” made a mistake. Can’t he bring himself to admit that he made the mistake?

Y-not on January 22, 2012 at 8:10 PM

MJBrutus on January 22, 2012 at 7:18 PM

Front pocket or back pocket?

SparkPlug on January 22, 2012 at 8:37 PM

Meanwhile…

Obama: yea, I don’t think I need to release my college records. People think I’m smart. No need to prove them wrong.

Book on January 22, 2012 at 8:58 PM

Knock you socks off, comments would indicate that you are not a currently a compelling advocate but we will assume that practice makes perfect.

Cindy Munford on January 22, 2012 at 12:29 PM

Cindy, I fear a great cabal has met with the intent of making the commentary here so shill, off the wall and insulting to the eyes; in the hopes that many of us will stop visiting.

I’m very close.

hawkdriver on January 22, 2012 at 12:35 PM

Some of us newbies were drawn in to HA precisely because of the quality of the commentary offered by commenters like you, Cindy and a few others. Please don’t leave!

Just Sayin on January 22, 2012 at 10:16 PM

bluegill on January 22, 2012 at 10:46 AM

kg598301 on January 22, 2012 at 10:18 PM

bluegill, I must say the speed at which you shifted your hate from Perry to Gingrich is astounding.

kg598301 on January 22, 2012 at 10:20 PM

Mitt Romney and his advisors, here is some free advice don’t attack Newt Gingrich with surrogates bait him to the Ryan Plan, make him repeat the phrase that broke him before “Right Wing Social Engineering”. For Romney to win he must destroy Newt as authentically conservative. Outsourcing attacks to the media isn’t going to cut. The Ryan Plan hurt Newt before, try making him step in it again. Kind of like Perry with In-State Tuition for Illegals.

CoolChange80 on January 22, 2012 at 10:45 PM

Romney looks so weak in this video! Ground Romney beef.

The man looks like he was mauled by a tiger….then caught the flu!

Sherman1864 on January 23, 2012 at 12:18 AM

All ethics complaints were brought by Demoncraps, all were dismissed, but one. Palin had the same thing happen to her, and yet you take at face value anything a Crummy Demoncrap says. Now that says a lot about you now doesn’t it.

jainphx on January 22, 2012 at 7:46 PM

dude, he was fined for his ethics violations, so stop this nonsense. The House actually voted overwhelmingly to reprimand Gingrich and ordered him to pay an unprecedented 300,000 USD. And BTW, that was the first time in the House’s 208-year history that a speaker has been disciplined for ethical wrongdoing. So, stop spinning, he is your average corrupt Washington politician, on top of a hypocrite sleazebag. I do hope that Nan will get over their little couch intimacy thingy and let the public know what those ethics violations were exactly about…

jimver on January 23, 2012 at 5:17 AM

He should have listened to Palin when she suggested this.

ChuckTX on January 23, 2012 at 7:36 AM

the whole point of demanding their release is to play class-warfare games over incomes and tax rates.

I’m sorry, could someone please tell me, is Gingrich running for the Democrat nomination?

scotash on January 23, 2012 at 8:15 AM

How about releasing the contracts with the companies you and Bain shut down where you made millions and then threw the employees out on the street and onto the public dole via unemployment???

georgealbert on January 23, 2012 at 8:40 AM

The issue of Mitt’s Tax Returns is a diversion of what is important. What his tax returns will show is what people already know: He does not work and is living off his investments, which means – like everyone else doing so – he pays a 15% Capital Gains Tax rate, and it will show that – like many other Christians – he tithes 10% to his church. Actually, that is boring! ANYONE else’s Tax Returns would be more ‘enlightening’. Being a milllionaire and after taking $1.6 Million from Freddy Mac for being a ‘Historian’ during Fannie and Freddy’s collapse and bailout, I would think Newt’s tax returns would draw more interest. Agaian, however, this tax return stuff with Romney is a diversion to mire him in something meaningless…unless people want to get trapped in the ‘class warfare’ that this is all part of.

More interesting than his tax return is the fact that Romney took $1 as a mandatory payroll while serving as governor, handing the rest to charity. Or how about the fact that the awesome job he did with the Winter Olympics was done while receing no salary at all! Those two accomplishments are far greater that that of being an ‘Historian’ to a failed and bailed out Financial Institution. For 2 major cussesses, Romney collected a payroll of approximately $5 while Newt collected $1.6 Million (probably in the form of our tax dollars used to bail Freddy Mac out) while the company he worked for went under. Interesting how no one seems to be mentioning THAT right now!

easyt65 on January 23, 2012 at 9:17 AM

More Interesting ‘Tax’ and ‘Salary’ Information:

Romney refused to take his $135,000 a year salary as Governor of Massachusetts.
http://www.bizjo
urnals.com/boston/stories/2002/12/30/daily21.html

Republican Mitt Romney said Tuesday he would likely donate his salary to charity if elected president, a financial freedom he described as a byproduct of a successful business career.

http://www.usatoday.com/news/politics/2007-05-29-426197623_x.htm

Romney turned around the 2000 Winter Olympics, making it a success. Romney and his wife contributed $1 million to the Olympics, and he donated to charity the $1.4 million in salary and severance payments he received for his three years as president and CEO.

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mitt_Romney

Gingrich received between $900,000 and $1.3 Million from Freddy Mac as an Advisor and Historian during the collapse and tax-payer funded Bailout of financial Institutions Freddy Mac and Fannie Mae.

http://www.pensitoreview.com/2011/11/16/did-freddie-mac-pay-gingrich-1-6-mil-for-history-lessons/

easyt65 on January 23, 2012 at 9:35 AM

“How did Romney do the Judge’s bidding if the Legislature was ordered to pass a law?” – Horace

Ahhhhh …
You mean the Separation of Powers means nothing unless your side wins?
Got it.

~(Ä)~

Karl Magnus on January 23, 2012 at 9:44 AM

“Romney can’t run away from his wealth like a guilty limousine liberal, not when he is centering his campaign around his business success.”

WHY does Romney have to run away from being wealthy? As long as he earned it, why does anyone think they have the right to villainize him for it?

Newt is also wealthy….every member of Congress and the current President is ‘wealthy’! The ‘American Dream’ is based on the fact that if you are willing to work hard enough for it, you can be as successful as you want/can be. Liberals are the one who suddently want to villainize Americans who DO work hard and DO become succesfful…ad then want to ‘make things fair’ by introducing ‘re-distribution of wealth’! No thanks.

I don’t hear anyone giving Romney credit for refusing to take his $135k salary as Governor of Massachusetts (he donated all but $1 a year, which he had to take by law, to charity) or for not only donating his $1.4 million salary for running the highly successful 2000 Winter Olympics but for donating an additional personal $1 Million to the games!He said, again, last Tuesday that he will donate his salary as President to charity if elected. Good grief! the nerve – tar and feather that ‘rich guy’!

Anyone condemning Romney for his ‘wealth’ while supporting a guy who took over $1 million in tax payer dollars from Freddy Mac is being ridiculous! and the whole Romney Bashing is just part of the Liberal ‘Class Warfare’ campaign!

easyt65 on January 23, 2012 at 10:58 AM

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