Obama says tax return fight 'isn't overly personal'
August 20th, 2012
05:03 PM ET

Obama says tax return fight 'isn't overly personal'

Washington (CNN) – The ongoing battle over Mitt Romney's personal income tax returns isn't personal, President Barack Obama said Monday, saying instead it was essential for voters to understand a presidential candidate's financial background.

Speaking in the White House Briefing Room, Obama pointed to a precedent on releasing tax returns that extended back to Romney's father, George, who ran for the GOP presidential nomination ahead of the 1968 election.

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  1. Howard

    At this point in time ... Obama's credibility can not be trusted.

    August 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      ONLY AT THIS POINT IN TIME? GIVE YOURSELF MORE CREDIT FOR BEING CONSISTENT HOWARD. YOU HAVE BEEN SAYING THIS CRAP ABOUT OBAMA SINCE DAY 1. YOU ARE A TRUE REPUBLITARD AND YOU ARE MORE CONSISTENT THAN ROMNEY.

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 20, 2012 at 5:47 pm |
      • Lizzie

        He is a republican just like you are a useful idiot to the democrats.

        August 20, 2012 at 6:57 pm |
      • DEcember 2012

        ROMNEY IS A REPUBLITARD, JUST NOT A VERY CONVINCING ONE. MUST BE THE FLIP FLOPS.

        HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

        August 20, 2012 at 9:53 pm |
      • Howard

        ... And, you, DEcember 2012, are a typical Obama Stooge ... who consistently, and predictably supports, enabless, and covers-up for Obama ... and, all, while he is systematically destroying America, right before your eyes. Unfortunately, this phenomena is nothing new ... history has shown us the euphoric faces of fools, who supported other demagogues, only to be victims themselves, when the despots they followed, found them to be expendable, in their desperate attempt to hold onto power ... just like Obama.
        The only way to save America, is to replace Obama with Romney and Ryan in November !!!

        August 20, 2012 at 11:34 pm |
  2. floridadem

    It is unreasonable for President Obama to expect Romney to do what every candidate for POTUS has done for the last 30 years. Doesn't President Obama know that Mr. Romney has a dancing horse and is part the of privilege class. That means he can ignor what has become a tradition for Presidential candidates.. He just says, Take My Word for it. After all he has been so honest so far.

    August 20, 2012 at 5:19 pm |
  3. italmn

    Romney is a white collar Felon, Just read the Huffington Post and see what they found out and what the IRS has to say about Mr. Romney..

    August 20, 2012 at 6:18 pm |
    • Lizzie

      Is not personal, calling someone a fellon, murderer and you spreading lies, what does that make you, a useful idiot just like December12

      August 20, 2012 at 6:59 pm |
    • november2012

      I just checked the huffington web site...saw nothing about the IRS and Mitt Romney...are you that desperate? The guy can write the IRS any check they might legally request and it would not disturb the jingle in his pocket...you fool.

      August 20, 2012 at 8:45 pm |
  4. Judy

    again the republicans on this post show off their low IQ s President is right on on this subject. You all need a history lesson either you are to young or to old and dotty. Romney tried this when he ran for governor and said trust me he was forced to show taxes to determine where he lived and if he was eledgable to run. HE lied then and he is lying now.

    August 20, 2012 at 8:09 pm |
    • november2012

      what did he lie about? Gosh he apparently proved he was a resident...he got elected and did a wonderful job.

      August 20, 2012 at 8:41 pm |
  5. ufadoof

    Romney has been on the payroll of the Muslim Brotherhood. Prove me wrong. Why would republicans vote for this man? Do you want to bring Sharia law to American shores?

    August 20, 2012 at 8:14 pm |
  6. Ray E. (Georgia)

    Yee Gads,
    No it isn't overtly personal but it may be overtly political. Actually that isn't right either. You have to have some intellegence to make an innocent statement and desguise it as political. Obama sadly has neither. Why does Newsweek have on it's cover TIME FOR OBAMA TO HIT THE ROAD??

    August 20, 2012 at 8:27 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      NEWSWEEK... IS THAT ANOTHER NAME FOR TOILET PAPER IN THE LIMBAUGH HOUSEHOLD?

      HAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHAHA!

      August 20, 2012 at 10:00 pm |
      • Howard

        UNLIKE YOU YOU, DEcermber 2012. THE REST OF US USE TOILET PAPER.

        HE-HAW-HE-HAW-HE-HAW !!!

        August 20, 2012 at 11:22 pm |
  7. november2012

    obama is now trying to link this request for Romney's tax returns to the tax reform debate...something he talks little about...hahaha a very thin case if I don't say so myself.....this guy can't tell the truth, even to himself. hahaha

    August 20, 2012 at 8:43 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      HE IS ON RECORD FOR STATING HIS MOTIVES. YOU ARE SPECULATING LIKE A RETARD. OBAMA WILL SLAUGHTER ROMNEY ON THIS ISSUE WHEN DEBATE TIME COMES. THAT'S NOT SPECULATION ON MY PART, THAT'S A FACT AND YOU KNOW IT.

      August 20, 2012 at 9:58 pm |
  8. november2012

    Use a little common sense here...Gov Romney could write the IRS a check for any amount of money the IRS may believe he owes... unless obama can come up with fraud or any legal reason Mitt should comply he might just have to shove it! Lets talk about real issues...like JOBs...or is that of no interest to this fraud of a president?

    August 20, 2012 at 8:48 pm |
    • DEcember 2012

      BLAH BLAH BLAH. RELEASE THE TAX RETURNS ALREADY. OBAMA DOESN'T HAVE TO COME UP WITH ANYTHING SINCE MITT ROMNEY IS TOO MUCH OF A COWARD. THE SMARTER REPUBLITARDS KNOW THIS AND ARE FRUSTRATED WITH MITT ROMNEY THAN THEY ARE WITH OBAMA.

      August 20, 2012 at 9:55 pm |
  9. Enough already

    I am an independent and so tired of both candidates but I'll say this....I couldn't care less about Romney's taxes. And if Obama wants to do the "well everyone else blah blah" then release YOUR stinking college transcripts because the think tanks all say you sealed them because you received aid as a FOREIGN exchange student from Indonesia which is why you can't show them. So you want the tax returns? Then make a deal to unseal the records YOU sealed by executive privilege (unheard of before Obama) and 'everyone else' released, even Bush who was an extremely poor student. Better yet, WHO CARES. Just tell me why I have to work to support program after program for people who choose NOT TO. Or why illegal immigrants get millions in TAX REFUNDS. My tax refund was $600 last year and if I missed a penny, the IRS would be all over me. But the government's OWN report states the agents are NOT to 'investigate' or "deny 'questionable' returns by those with SS numbers that are kicked out of the system. Dont get your news from cnn or fox, look at the government websites – the info is all there to see without a slant one way or the other. Illegal immigrants put nothing into the system but take more than everyone else so count me out of the 'wealth redistribution' crap. Social gov't/communism does not work, has never worked anywhere in the world. somebody has to pay the bill

    August 20, 2012 at 9:33 pm |
  10. Enough already

    oh and one more thing in the "everybody does it' genre...all the other presidents covered their hearts for the national anthem...but Obama -three times now on video in a relaxed stance and smirk. And all the other presidents honor the veterans day at the unknown solider site – only three times has it not happened in our history. We have also never had a president without a budget – in 3. 5 years. Only Obama. With democratic control. And he has video praising – Obama on video with democratic chiefs praising Ryan for being honest straightforward and brilliant just two years ago for the SAME budget. All I hear democratics saying is whatever swill they can sell to less educated (Romney hates women, Women need equal pay (which isn' t even accurately what they are discussing", Romney hates old people, etc. For anyone who hasnt READ the 3,000+ page obamacare package – I have and it clearly indicates that people over certain ages will get 'comfort care' but be denied some care. So you are 65 and need a knee replacement? Sorry, you have diabetets, no can do. Oh, 70 and in good health but need an angio that will take you off medication? sorry, just take the meds as long as possible. In a wheelchair? dont even ask about having several surgeries even if you are an asset to society (whatever that means). But hey, a 20 year old illegal immigrant who pays nothing into the system can bring their whole family in for free care for whatever they want. uh huh. that's what our administration thinks is a good idea.

    August 20, 2012 at 9:43 pm |
  11. Don

    Voters expecting Mittington to disclose his tax returns is reasonable. G0P whiners were not so offended when there were ridiculous calls for the President to show his birth certificate.

    Hypocracy – thou initials are G.0.P. !

    August 21, 2012 at 7:26 am |