Big Trouble for Romney: Even His Fellow Republicans are Now Demanding to See His Tax Returns
We know that the Democrats are pushing hard to see Mitt Romney’s tax returns. They want to know what’s going on in his financial life, and from the way he’s hiding things, there appears to be a problem. Making matters worse for poor Mitt is that even some of his fellow Republicans are starting to ask that he release his information to the public, adding an odd twist to an already complicated story.
Pete Sessions, a Republican out of Texas who heads GOP campaigns, said that he is fine with questions about Romney’s taxes and financial holdings.
“His personal finances, the way he does things, his record, are fair game,” Sessions said.
Sessions did not specifically state exactly what Romney should release, but did say that his financial history was “fair game” for the American people. Romney said that he will release his 2010 tax returns, but won’t release the 2011 returns until after the election.
President Obama is among a chorus of Democrats asking for Romney to release his information. He says that Romney should be transparent to American taxpayers. The calls are growing louder after it’s been revealed that Romney has substantial holdings in offshore tax havens, allowing him to hide money and evade the IRS.
Romney has, of course, been screaming in outrage over Democratic calls for the release of his returns. On Neil Cavuto this week, Romney said that he is going to attack instead of become defensive.
“Well, I of course respond to the attacks which come,” Romney said. “But you know, they say in politics, if you’re responding, you’re losing. I think the better course for our campaign is to respond to the attacks as being completely off-base.”
Sessions is not the only Republican who is starting to question Romney. Rep. Walter Jones out of North Carolina told CNN that Romney should release at least six years of returns.
“I think he should release his financial records and I think if he does it in July it would be a lot better than in October,” Jones said. “Whenever you are asking for the vote of the American people that you need to fully disclose what your holdings are, if you have any.”
Other Republicans, such as former Mississippi Governor Haley Barbour and former RNC Chairman Michael Steele have also been vocal about the matter.
“If there’s nothing there, there’s no ‘there’ there, don’t create a there,’” Steele said on MSNBC.
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