Poll: Should Mitt Romney Release Five Years of Tax Returns?

So far, Romney has released his 2010 tax return and an estimated return for 2011.

Presidential candidate Mitt Romney's tax returns are back in the spotlight.

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina offered the Romney campaign a deal on Friday: "If the Governor will release five years of returns, I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more—neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign."

Romney campaign manager Matt Rhoades replied: 

"If Governor Romney’s tax returns are the core message of your campaign, there will be ample time for President Obama to discuss them over the next 81 days."

Nevada Sen. Harry Reid previously charged that Romney has not paid taxes for a decade.

Romney told reporters he has paid a tax rate of at least 13 percent per year for the past 10 years.

The Obama campaign called on him to prove it.

"Mitt and Ann Romney have released their complete 2010 tax return and an estimate of their 2011 return. (A full copy of their final 2011 return will be made public as soon as it is filed in the upcoming weeks)," Romney's website states. 

Obama and Vice President Joe Biden have posted 12 years of tax returns on the Obama-Biden campaign website.

Republican vice-presidential candidate, Rep. Paul Ryan, recently released two years of tax returns.

Romney is often reminded that his father, George, released a dozen years of tax returns when he was a candidate.

So, what should Mitt Romney do? Vote in our poll and tell us in the comments.

MoonMan August 22, 2012 at 10:26 PM
It's obvious Mary Ann know it all loves to hear herself talk. Stay objective Erin. Don't lower yourself to her level. So what if it said his dad was African. Maybe he was. What does that have to do with where his child was born? It's where you're born not where your parents are from. Then again, only people like you made his birth certificate an issue. Move to another country if you don't like who was elected into the presidency by the american people. And put on your tin foil hat while you're at it.
Concerned Citizen August 22, 2012 at 10:27 PM
And an editor (especially one trying to come across as smarter than everyone else) should know the difference between a NEWS SOURCE and a BLOG. Yeah, you're a genius alright.
MoonMan August 22, 2012 at 10:31 PM
blah blah blah who cares
Concerned Citizen August 22, 2012 at 10:33 PM
You say someone twisted Obama's quotes? Like you twisted quotes that have been posted here? When a point is made against Obama, all you can say is that someone is twisting quotes, then spout revisionist history (YOUR version of history) to defend it? JEESH! Sometimes, when the proof is staring you in the face, you need to acknowledge it. Denial is not healthy. I can tell you were never on a debate team.
Mike Jones August 22, 2012 at 10:35 PM
Concerned and Mary Ann... Erin does not work for Patch. She is an unpaid blogger. You and everyone else who follows Patch are more than welcome to blog for us and share your opinions. But I want to be clear that Erin is not a Patch employee and does not speak on behalf of Patch or the local editors who manage the sites. As for monitoring the comments section, it's very difficult to do when we have hundreds of them coming in each day. It's very difficult to patrol and, unfortunately, things slip through the cracks. Since it seems like things are getting out of control (have been out of control?) I'll discuss with my boss about shutting down the comments section. It's probably time to move onto other topics anyway. And we'd love to have everyone comment on some of the happier stories we post. Take care, and thanks for reading.


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