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Obama urges Romney to release past tax returns

By The Associated Press

This article was published April 14, 2012 at 1:33 p.m.

— President Barack Obama is calling on Republican Mitt Romney to release his past tax returns. Obama says it’s important for candidates to be “as transparent as possible.”

Obama tells Univision that candidates should “let people know who we are” and “what we stand for.”

The president says the act of releasing tax returns is “just carrying on a tradition that has existed throughout the modern presidency.”

Obama has released tax returns for last year, showing that he paid more than $160,000 in federal taxes on nearly $790,000 in income. Obama’s campaign has released tax information going back to 2000 and pressured Romney to release past records.

Romney’s campaign projects he will pay $6.2 million in taxes on $45 million in income in 2010 and 2011.

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aimee says... April 15, 2012 at 12:22 a.m.

I wonder what Romney is trying to cover up..??? Loopholes galore, tax havens, Swiss bank accounts...
How unpatriotic..!!! Not to support the country that helped to make his fortune... What ingratitude..!!!

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Reason says... April 15, 2012 at 9:33 a.m.

Or tithing which is 10% of gross on everything received. Mormons are required to attend a Tithing Settlement with the Bishop each year, one-on-one. Those not paying 10% are prevented from entering the Temple. And you cannot reach the Celestial Kingdom which is the highest of the 3 heavens of the Mormon belief. The middle is the Terrestria, for people that follow the Law of Moses reside. The Telestrial is the lowest, where the ones who followed carnal law reside.

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T6 says... April 15, 2012 at 10:05 a.m.

This B.S. coming from the MOST TRANSPARENT President and Regime we've had..HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAH, Sorry, I couldn't quit laughing.

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Reason says... April 15, 2012 at 11 a.m.

No, it is the most hate spewing GOP that we have ever had.

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NoUserName says... April 15, 2012 at 1:12 p.m.

Both parties suck. Seriously. The sooner the American people realize that the better off we'll be. In the meantime, you guys can piss and moan about each other's party.

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Barmus says... April 15, 2012 at 1:19 p.m.

Mr. Obama is the least transparent president I can recall. His call for transparency is vacuous.


As to Aimee's comment, Mr. Romney's tax returns are there in broad open daylight for the IRS to examine. So far as their tax returns are concerned, neither he nor Mr. Obama has done anything that the Congress did not encourage by the passage of legislation designed to achieve a purpose. If Mr. Obama truly believes that Americans earning more than $250,000 should pay more, he is free to write an additional check to the Treasury. Neither he nor Mr. Buffett has chosen to do so.


I firmly believe that our tax code needs major overhaul. I also think the howls from those who benefit from special provisions could be heard 'round the world.

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Reason says... April 15, 2012 at 3:29 p.m.

Theo: Obama didn't lie about WMDs and illegal wiretaps. Nor did he conceal $2.7 trillion off the books for wars. And the Rosemary award was named after Nixion's secretary.

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aimee says... April 15, 2012 at 10:11 p.m.

Romney should release all of the types records that the president has released... So, far he has been hemming and hawing and putting it off... AGAIN, what is he trying to HIDE..???
Everyone's tax returns are open to the IRS... What Romney needs to do is let the public examine how he handles his own income so we know whether or not to trust him to handle our national economy... So far, I am not impressed... He seems to be negligent and tardy about filing his return... We don't want a president who is so careless..!!!

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amberjack says... April 16, 2012 at 6:12 a.m.

Just another ploy by the Muslim Moron do nothing president

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