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Rich writes: "Is there any major Republican, from George Will to Bill Kristol to Haley Barbour, who has not called for Romney to release more returns? Surely Romney himself is asking for more than two years of returns from the veep prospects he's vetting."

Mitt Romney addresses supporters during a campaign rally, 04/24/12. (photo: Getty Images)
Mitt Romney addresses supporters during a campaign rally, 04/24/12. (photo: Getty Images)

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+74 # Barbara K 2012-07-19 11:08
We have to consider that if this tax dodger is hiding something about his taxes, what else is he being dishonest about? He lies every time he opens his mouth, showing he has no integrity or compulsion to be honest with us. He is just the King of the Liars Club. An empty, soulless suit who has spent his whole life in an Ivory Tower and thinks we are nothing but serfs to him, and not worthy of any truth.
 
 
+33 # universlman 2012-07-19 13:54
Quoting Barbara K:
we are . . . not worthy of any truth.


Mitt - We can handle the truth, why can't you?
 
 
+8 # LessSaid 2012-07-20 14:48
Quoting Barbara K:
what else is he being dishonest about?


Everything!
 
 
-86 # chirostv 2012-07-19 11:10
It would be awesome to get Romneys tax returns on the same day we got Obama's College Records and ALL of the papers and records on Fast and Furious from the most transparent administration in the history of the world.
 
 
+69 # WestWinds 2012-07-19 11:54
The difference is that Romney's tax forms will tell us exactly when it was he left Bain Capital and how deeply involved he was with their criminal conduct.

The college records, etc. that the Right-wingers keep calling for have nothing to do with anything except to harass president Obama and to give the Right more material with which to change the dialogue away from what's important to the absolute drivel the Right is always spewing. I'm all for transparency but Obama is correct to lock everything away from the Right-wing who can't seem to get their collective heads out of the sand.
 
 
+15 # John Locke 2012-07-19 12:53
WestWinds: I beg to differ with you, but what Romney has done is not a criminal act! It surly is not in the best interest of America, but every major corporation is outsourcing today or haven't you noticed foreigners talking to you when you call even Verizon! they have a deep Indian accent!

as for Obama releasing College records, that is ridiculous!
 
 
+19 # Skippydelic 2012-07-20 06:07
If Romney gave false information to the SEC, that *is* a federal crime!
 
 
+2 # John Locke 2012-07-20 09:27
Skippydelic: WestWinds was referring to outsourcing as a criminal act...
it isn't!!!!

I have a feeling the tax return issue is a trap...The Democrats are so focused on Romney's tax returns that if Romney should release them closer to the election he will discredit the democrats and gain momentum! This should be one of many issues not the main focus!
 
 
+58 # bmiluski 2012-07-19 12:24
It would be even better if we could get the notes from the Cheney energy meetings tthat took place weeks before the california energy crisis hit. Especially since the then republican governor Arnold Schwartnager was in attendance as was Ken Lay.
 
 
+19 # Ralph Averill 2012-07-19 16:25
Correction; Gray Davis was the governor when the manufactured California energy "crisis" hit. It's whole purpose was to take down Davis who was seen as the biggest threat to Dubya's re-election. I think it highly unlikely that Schwartzenager, husband to a Kennedy, was in attendance at Cheney's energy policy seances.
 
 
-2 # Billy Bob 2012-07-21 07:05
Are ALL of your family members devoted to the same party line principles? No? Neither are mine.

What makes you think the Kennedy family would be any different? Schwartzenager' s wife, who overlooked his drug use, his unimaginable ego, and his publicly known record of attacking underage girls to marry him IS ALSO A REPUBLICAN.
 
 
+2 # futhark 2012-07-22 18:21
Regardless of who was or was not present at the Cheney Energy Task Force meetings of 2001, the facts were that these meetings were held in Federal offices by persons on the Federal payroll. There does not seem to me to be any valid reason why the agendas, minutes, and recommendations do not belong to the American people and should be shrouded in secrecy. These documents rightfully ought to be published and available pursuant to the Freedom of Information Act.
 
 
+23 # suzyskier 2012-07-19 15:25
Quoting chirostv:
It would be awesome to get Romneys tax returns on the same day we got Obama's College Records and ALL of the papers and records on Fast and Furious from the most transparent administration in the history of the world.


Let's see, so you think Obama didn't perform well in college?? So you want to see his records from college, I guess that's shy he went to Harvard Law School, he couldn't get in anywhere else?
 
 
-17 # chirostv 2012-07-19 21:49
Fast and Furious was a part of my post. Why not comment on that?
 
 
+1 # Billy Bob 2012-07-21 06:48
I commented on it just a few comments down. Why not argue with my comment?
 
 
+4 # Billy Bob 2012-07-21 06:49
Do you have evidence that a crime was committed, or are you just angry about there being a sting operation started by a repuglican and continued by a Democrat?
 
 
+10 # LML 2012-07-20 18:21
Do they think that O's college record is worse than W's, who bragged that even a C student at Yale could become president?
 
 
+5 # Billy Bob 2012-07-21 07:00
Everybody on the right KNOWS Obama's college record was impeccable. How else does one graduate Magna Cum Laude and head the Harvard Law Review?

THEY KNOW THAT.

It's just a distraction, like "fast and furious", being a secret Muslim who was also too much of a secret Baptist, being secretly unamerican, Whitewater, Monica Lewinsky, Ron Brown, paling with terrorists, being just a peanut farmer who doesn't know anything outside Plains Georgia, secretly protesting the American flag in West Germany, pretending to have several medals as a war hero, inventing the internet,.....

The list goes on and on and on and on and on.....

No. Not all of that involved Obama. Who cares? The idea is the same. Any Democratic threat must be removed by any means necessary. It's all bullshit and they know it well, but bullshit sells. Bullshit like this gets republicans, who are too lazy to read the actual news, to vote.

Democrats are worse. We read the news, understand the issues, understand what's at stake in the election, and DON'T BOTHER TO VOTE, because we don't want to dirty our precious little egos voting for the lesser of two evils "which is still evil". Until a "perfect" candidate comes along, Democrats will refuse to vote.

Until then, absurd lies like this that should have NO impact on a national election other than backfiring on the people who tell them, will continue to get the liars elected.
 
 
-29 # SMoonz 2012-07-19 16:20
The Fast and Furious records need to be released. This is one of the most important issues that unfortunately the Left and the Right have conveniently swept under the rug.

I guess nobody cares that thousands of Mexicans were killed along with an American Federal agent because of a failed program.
 
 
+25 # Billy Bob 2012-07-19 19:46
Saying we don't have evidence that a crime was committed is not the same as saying we don't care. If we didn't care we probably wouldn't be engaged in a sting operation to catch the people involved.

Who on the right is "sweeping this under the rug"? This whole phony accusation has been drummed up by the right all along. Of course they (you?) were ok with it when it was bush's idea. It only became a problem when Obama continued it.

Still waiting for evidence of a crime. Sting operations are still not a crime.
 
 
+14 # pernsey 2012-07-20 09:06
Quoting Billy Bob:
Saying we don't have evidence that a crime was committed is not the same as saying we don't care. If we didn't care we probably wouldn't be engaged in a sting operation to catch the people involved.

Who on the right is "sweeping this under the rug"? This whole phony accusation has been drummed up by the right all along. Of course they (you?) were ok with it when it was bush's idea. It only became a problem when Obama continued it.

Still waiting for evidence of a crime. Sting operations are still not a crime.


Right wing thinking, GOP does it, its ok. A Dem does it, and its illegal.
 
 
+61 # Mrcead 2012-07-19 11:52
Well, Romney picked this fight. Since he cast the first stone, he must be without sin. Show us your records sir.
 
 
+34 # brux 2012-07-19 12:12
Is it possible this PR effort from the Republicans is just the Bush Republicans trying to test whether Romney can be character assassinated so they can get their boy, Jeb, in at the convention?
 
 
+29 # bmiluski 2012-07-19 12:27
Oooooh, wow that is so right. I've been thinking that Romney just might NOT be nominated with all this going on. I just couldn't figure out who'd they nominate. Jeb Bush....hmmmmm.
 
 
+32 # brux 2012-07-19 12:41
I cannot really imagine Romney getting elected without major fraud. He is even more the poster boy for an aloof uncaring ruling class than "W" was. I don't think Americans will vote for him. But I have been wrong before.
 
 
+29 # John Locke 2012-07-19 12:56
brux interesting thought!

God no, I can't imagine another 8 years of a Bush in the White House...The new wars would be unthinkable
 
 
+12 # Ralph Averill 2012-07-19 17:02
A Romney presidency would be a Bush third term anyway. Maybe worse. There was no Tea Party when Dubya graced the White House corridors.
 
 
+2 # kelly 2012-07-21 11:48
There didn't have to be. Rove, Cheney and the Koch's already had their puppet in office. The were honing up their skills for the TP in case they didn't win in '08. Remeber, they weren't expecting to win anyway...even they expected Hillary. But a black man was a great gift to the racists. A woman was good to the mysoginists but for the bigots--this was a treasure trove for fear mongering and drumming up pent-up anger.
 
 
+40 # michelle 2012-07-19 12:59
In an interview this morning concerning tax papers, Anne Romney stated she and Mitt had given the American people all they NEED to know. Really Queen Anne, do I get a piece of cake with that decree?
 
 
+16 # cordleycoit 2012-07-19 13:01
Looks like we are supposed to vote for this real rich guy who beleives in not paying taxes and blood atonement. He's got the IQ of a grape and likes Dick Cheney. This guy understands what it's like to unemployed permanently. He knows he is a diagnosis away from being medically indigent. The only job openings for his kids is in the military executing children as joy-stick psychopaths.
 
 
+5 # Regina 2012-07-19 23:33
The Republican power wielders have already stated that they don't need a brain in the White House -- all they need is someone who can sign his name. They'll hand him the documents they want signed.
 
 
+3 # Skippydelic 2012-07-20 06:11
Don't insult grapes like that!
 
 
+20 # jon 2012-07-19 13:09
Ultimately it doesn't make any difference who the repubs run, because they are going to steal the election.

It will be so flagrant that it will look positively banana republic.
 
 
+6 # pamitty 2012-07-19 21:23
that is a highly likely thing to happen. The Bush-Gore thing is NOT the 1st time and won't be the last time.
Banan Republic, here we come!
 
 
+6 # pamitty 2012-07-19 21:32
I think my post didn't take. OK the Bush -Gore race isn['t the 1st to be stolen and it won't be the last. IT's highly likely that they will blatantly steal this one. In 2011 all hell broke loose with blatant attacks, blatant lies, blatant obstruction , and hatefulness.
Our country has already been sold down the river and it will only end when many people have starved to death on the streets or rotting in debtor's prison.
 
 
+20 # tswhiskers 2012-07-19 13:13
Thank you, Mitt for being such a secretive pol. Obama may be regarded as a cold fish but he's an open book about his personal life. Do we really KNOW anything about Romney except that his father was regarded as a magnificent human being? Finances, religion, personal history, political platform, anything? The one accomplishment he has, the health care program in MA, thanks to the weirdness of Rep. politics, he doesn't dare run on. I suspect that any Rep. candidate would have a very hard time running this year simply because everyone knows, or should know that Obama despite the dreadful economic hand he was dealt and despite the Reps' sucess in obstructing most Dem legislation still accomplished a awful lot. Big money loves Romney because they know that Conservatives and Reps. (see Romney on marionette strings)will do ANYTHING Big Money wants and will do nothing for the public except to keep us highly taxed, unemployed and without affordable medical care. Are Tea Partiers wealthy or stupid?
 
 
-37 # Sensible1 2012-07-19 13:14
All of the right wing extremists must congregate around these blogs. When Obama is elected twice to the presidency, how are you going to explain that to your flock? I can't wait to hear that one. For the second time Americans will prefer an American hating, nation destroying, racist dog eating black man, instead of a wealthy anal republican. Good luck on that one.
 
 
+2 # Jyl 2012-07-22 12:58
Quoting Sensible1:
All of the right wing extremists must congregate around these blogs. When Obama is elected twice to the presidency, how are you going to explain that to your flock? I can't wait to hear that one. For the second time Americans will prefer an American hating, nation destroying, racist dog eating black man, instead of a wealthy anal republican. Good luck on that one.

Why is it that racist comments are consistently made about Obama? He is not "black" but half white, as well. Why is the Caucasian part of his heritage always omitted and swept under the rug by racists, particularly, so as to add more phony fuel to their ignorance?!
 
 
+19 # MarjG 2012-07-19 13:27
Romney, et al, will try to drive up Obama's negatives and distort his successes. Banking on the recession/depre ssion they caused and continued, with austerity and focused obstruction, will be so bad that no one will care about his taxes. May work.
 
 
+20 # ericlipps 2012-07-19 13:39
"Take a shot at naming Romney's VP choice"?

Well, let's see. Sarah Palin's still out there (way, way out there); Tim Pawlenty's being hawked as a "down to earth" choice even though he's one of those Republicans who thinks the earth is 10,000 years old; then, of course, there's Chris Christie, who infamously said he'd win if he ran for the GOP presidential nomination but that he wouldn't run because he didn't think he was qualified to be president.

Just about any choice Mitt could make out of the freak show of the national GOP would have people praying for his safety everty day if he were to be elected.
 
 
+11 # JetpackAngel 2012-07-19 14:39
"Take a shot"? What, are they going to turn it into a reality show like The Bachelor?

Actually, wait, no, they might do that. Because it would make them money. *hides face in hands*
 
 
+30 # angelfish 2012-07-19 13:51
It's really amazing to me that a man like Willard "Mitt" Romney, with ALL his Presidential aspirations, never, ever, once thought about having to release any Financial statements. Hello? By NOT releasing them he is making everyone think that he has, oh gee, I don't know,...somethi ng to HIDE? Seriously. This is just another indication of the man's TOTAL inability to govern HIMSELF. let alone, our Country! Give it up, Mitt! You are now, unofficially, TOAST.
 
 
+35 # Susan1989 2012-07-19 14:49
I could be wrong, but a Romney Presidency will devastate this country. This man and his gushing phoney wife are elitists of the worst kind. I met him years ago at a small, intimate event of about 100 people. He was so remote, cold, and aloof that I thought there was something wrong with him. He didn't act human...acting as though he was royalty. Behavior like this overseas will only alienate us from the rest of the world.
 
 
+13 # Mrcead 2012-07-19 16:20
Oh Willard...

You've certainly stepped in it this time.
 
 
+26 # Old Man 2012-07-19 17:36
I have to say this again: Ann Romney call my home the other day w/a recorded message about how great Mitt is etc,etc.
along w/how our President is take God out of our schools, public places and taking God out of our Government and stated our Government was founded by God.
Then she went on to say stay on the line for your copy DVD we will send you.
A nice older lady verified my address and ask for a $50. donation,I told her I was on a fix income and couldn't afford that, she said well then just give $25. I said I just don't have any money to spare, her reply was well we aren't going to give it to you for free.

These are the type of people that want the highest office in the land...they want you to pay before they give you the information on what they can do to help the American people.
The whole Romney game plan is to gather as much money as possible and "Screw You".

Western Capitalism has fail the American people and has become world Capitalism.
Screw the little guy no matter what part of the world you live.
This has turned into class war-fair in our world.
Thanks for reading my rant.
 
 
+14 # Billy Bob 2012-07-19 20:37
Great comment. You may have uncovered the real reason Mittens is running for president. He probably just hopes to make a profit on the attempt.

Seriously though, if he wants "God back in our government" (against the First Amendment), then I think Mittens' Mormon beliefs are fair game for ridicule. If he doesn't want to discuss his religion he has no business telling the rest of us that it should be incorporated into our government.
 
 
+5 # epcraig 2012-07-20 03:06
I want Romney to open the Vice Presidential nomination to a floor vote, else voters are likely to sleep through November.
 
 
+2 # Jyl 2012-07-22 05:54
It is amazing, to me, that this botoxed, caricature of himself is actually running for president. He is mired in excess, completely evasive, belongs to a cult, looks like a toothpaste ad, appears vainly dumb, cannot answer an educated question or make an intelligent statement. He is obviously being controlled like a puppet, by his handlers, whose agenda he likely cannot comprehend. How is it that American politics is so base and humiliating to its populace ...
 

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