Obama Campaign Offers a Tax-Return Truce, Romney Camp Rejects It

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Aug. 17 2012 4:07 PM

Obama Campaign Offers a Tax-Return Truce, Romney Camp Rejects It

Forget truce … let the presidential race tax battles continue!

President Obama’s campaign manager promised to stop calling for more of GOP candidate Mitt Romney’s tax returns this week, if the former Massachusetts governor would release five years’ worth. But Romney’s campaign manager has fired back a swift and public refusal, saying, “It’s clear that President Obama wants nothing more than to talk about Governor Romney’s tax returns, instead of the issues that matter to voters.”

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Pressure on Mitt Romney to release more of his finances continued this week, with the candidate saying at a news conference in South Carolina that he had looked at his taxes for the last decade and never paid less than 13 percent.

Will voters take Romney’s word for it? It seems unlikely; a recent CNN/ORC poll of registered voters suggests that in fact 61 percent believe Romney should release more than two years of returns.

Video by Dallas Jensen.

Ben Johnson is the producer of Marketplace Tech from American Public Media.

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