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NBC Report Tonight: Ann Romney Says Releasing More Taxes Would Give Obama Ammunition

Ann Romney talks taxes tonight on NBC's Rock Center. How badly is this issue hurting them with La Grange and Western Springs voters?

In an interview that will air tonight on NBC's Rock Center at 9 p.m., Ann Romney again repeated that the Romney family would not make any more of their tax information public.

The reason she gives to reporter Natalie Morales in the interview is that releasing more tax information would only give more fodder for Obama attacks.

"We have been very transparent to what's legally required of us," Romney said. "There's going to be no more tax releases given."

You can see a clip from the interview here on the Huffington Post.

Both Republicans and Democrats have called on the Romney family to release more of their tax information, and the campaign has come under a lot of fire recently for not doing so.

The most recent polling data from the website Real Clear Politics shows that Obama is ahead of Romney by a 3.5 percent margin.

The issue appears to hurt Romney with middle class voters, as a recent CBS News article explores.

In Local Focus today, we're putting that question before voters in La Grange, La Grange Park and Western Springs. Does Mitt Romney's refusal to release more of his tax information make you want to vote for him less?

Tell us why you think Romney won't release more taxes, and how the issue is influencing your decision this election.

Joseph R. Martan August 16, 2012 at 04:41 PM
Can you imagine this country club elitist snob being the First Lady? Eleanor Roosevelt would jump out of her grave!
Kevin August 16, 2012 at 05:09 PM
Voters have no more interest in Mitt Romney's tax returns than they have in Barack Obama's college transcripts. Both areas have been rumored to contain damaging information about the candidates: Mr. Romney's suspiciously low tax liabilities and Mr. Obama's classroom incompetency. If Mr. Romney discloses his tax history, then Mr. Obama should disclose his academic details.
Ben August 16, 2012 at 06:18 PM
Whoops. "A majority of Americans, including almost a third of Republicans, say GOP presidential contender Mitt Romney should release more tax returns than the two years he has promised to disclose, a USA TODAY/Gallup Poll finds."
Kevin August 16, 2012 at 06:49 PM
To: Ben, Likely the same number of Americans want the President's academic records released. The reality is that nothing in either Romney's tax records or Obama's transcripts will help to stimulate our limp GDP or bring down our high unemployment rate.
Ben August 16, 2012 at 07:42 PM
I see. You're one of the new birtherists. Now I get it. Great article on your kind here: http://theweek.com/article/index/231692/why-conservatives-are-obsessed-with-obamas-college-grades-4-theories Obama graduated (BA without honors) from Columbia in 1983. He graduated (JD magna cum laude) from Harvard Law in 1991. And, yes, the birth certificate is still on file in Hawaii.
Kevin August 16, 2012 at 07:57 PM
To: Ben, One counter-response and you're resorting to ad hominem attacks? Pretty easy to see who wins all the arguments around Ben's dinner table.
Matthew Hendrickson (Editor) August 16, 2012 at 07:58 PM
I would agree that the college transcript issue is different than the tax issue. I think what jumps out about this issue is that the standard seems pretty well defined by what candidates have released in the past.
HLR August 16, 2012 at 08:25 PM
To Matthew: Agreed. Romney was quoted on WBEZ today that they've paid "no less than 13%" tax. Obviously, loads of deductions for investment losses, etc.
Kevin August 16, 2012 at 08:46 PM
The standards for both items are clear - it's the results that are different: Romney has already released the standard number of tax returns (2); four years later, Obama has released zero college transcripts.
Ben August 16, 2012 at 09:06 PM
Kevin wrote: "Romney has already released the standard number of tax returns (2)" Politifact: "since 1980, only two general election candidates have revealed just two years of tax returns. One was Sen. John McCain, R-Ariz., in 2008 and the other is Mitt Romney.... A majority of recent candidates did release far more than two years of tax returns. So Romney lags behind most of the pack." The facts are *so* unfair.
Kevin August 16, 2012 at 09:21 PM
To: Ben, Which makes releasing two years of returns the current standard. Burying your head in several years of Romney's returns won't do anything to reduce a $16 Trillion dollar deficit.
Billy Gallagher August 16, 2012 at 10:01 PM
Who cares either way, boys. We are all going to be the next Greece if we don't put the brakes on this spending and social warfare. How about a patch poll that says "What would you rather see, 1) obama's transcripts 2) Mitt's tax returns 3) Nancy Pelosi's plastic surgery bills or 4) the USA saved from certain economic destruction?
Kevin August 16, 2012 at 10:49 PM
Right you are.
Ben August 17, 2012 at 12:03 PM
You're being flip. The problem is that the ridiculously low effective tax rates of the 1% are a major part of the "economic destruction" we're threatened with. Understanding Romney's own approach to this problem (including his offshore tax havens, etc.) is illustrative of his economic policies that shelter the rich while cutting financial aid for college, etc.
Kevin August 17, 2012 at 01:19 PM
The US tax laws prohibit tax evasion, not tax avoidance. Avoiding paying too much, whether in the marketplace or in taxes, is a sign of an educated consumer. In 2011, the 10% of American households with the highest incomes paid more than 70% of collected federal income taxes. Asking those households to take on even more responsibility for maintaining the gargantuan size of our current government is both unrealistic (they simply don't have enough money) and repugnant; to shift the remaining unpaid economic burden to future generations via debt to the Chinese is abominable.
John Devona August 17, 2012 at 01:31 PM
I wish the PATCH would stick to local issues instead of trying to stir up the political pot.
Billy Gallagher August 17, 2012 at 02:02 PM
John, great idea! Seriously! How about follow up stories, Patch? Whatever happened to the invisible dog fence issue? How about are any lawyers getting ready to sue the village over the water issues? How about reporting/updating on the smash and grab mini crime wave that took place this summer?
Billy Gallagher August 17, 2012 at 02:05 PM
Matthew, you fail to grasp the ridiculous premise that if someone doesn't disprove a false premise, then that person is guilty. So if Mitt doesn't release the records, Harry Reid is correct? What if I ask you to release all of your scholastic records, papers, etc or otherwise if you don't that proves you are not a journalist? It's silly. It's meant to give the Dems ammunition in order to distract the sheep from the elephant in the room: We have no money to pay for the stuff that Obama says we all need. It's sophistry!
Bruno Fontana August 17, 2012 at 02:16 PM
I agree w/you John & Billy. This endless back & fourth-I've never read where someone wrote "wow, yes, you totally changed my opinion with your thoughtful comment, I'm changeing my mind and voting for so & so". I dont know what's going to happen after the election, what will we argue about? There's always State politics I guess.
Kevin August 17, 2012 at 02:26 PM
There will be nowhere to escape the yoke of economic burden that this generation's fiscal irresponsibility is forming for the shoulders of our future generations.
Garry Watkins August 17, 2012 at 03:39 PM
Wow, all this rhetoric over the inability to notice the slight-of-hand going on here. Look at the economy, et al, and tell me Romney's tax returns are more important than that. Romney submitted tax returns asked for by law. Did anyone ask John Kerry to produce additional tax returns in '04? C'mon people, you are being deflected, and responding as the failure in chief wants you too.
Ben August 17, 2012 at 03:54 PM
John Kerry released 20 years of tax returns. http://thinkprogress.org/election/2012/04/17/466341/romney-lies-kerry-tax-returns/
Joseph R. Martan August 17, 2012 at 04:22 PM
No, Gerry, but as a voter I want information about the person who wants to lead this country and I'm getting tired of the disdain and "let them eat cake" attitude of Mittens and his country club snob of a wife. Tax avoidance is fine - but we're entitled to see how it was done. It will give us a very good measure of the man and what he stands for...or are the Republicans so deathly afraid of that?
Bruno Fontana August 17, 2012 at 05:09 PM
I'm not a big fan of pols (the gathering of data, love the people) but I've seen repeatedly that at this time four years ago, almost 25pct of potential voters were undecided Now, they say the numbers are at 5 pct. I think we can all agree(but I doubt it) that the majority of us have made up our minds as to who were going to vote for-correct?
Kevin August 17, 2012 at 05:18 PM
A typical American taxpayer gives 2 to 3 percent of their income to charity and people who make $10 million or more typically give 6.5 percent to charity. Romney gave 14 percent, or $2.9 million, of his 2010 income to charity. Obama and his wife Michelle gave less than 1 percent, or $10,772, to charity from 2000 through 2004. Obama increased the amount he gave to charity to 5 percent when his income rose due to book sales in 2005 and 2006. Using compassion for the needy as a measure of the two candidates, Obama is average, while Romney is well above-average. Using economic acumen as a measure, most people would have happily invested with Romney and Bain - the only people who would have been happy about their investment in Obama are the Chinese. Read more: http://nation.foxnews.com/mitt-romney/2012/01/24/whos-greedy-obama-gave-1-charity-romney-gave-15#ixzz23p7SRFyy
Kevin August 17, 2012 at 05:29 PM
I will vote for economic freedom for my children and for their children.
Garry Watkins August 17, 2012 at 05:46 PM
Joseph, I appreciate your reply. I assume you vote democratic; my question to you would be, were you equally disgusted at the lack of vetting of Obama? We still know little about the man.. College transcripts? Associations with radicals - though that was largely dismissed. Romney has given what the law asks regarding tax returns. Isn't it silly to get off on this tangent when the economy is circling the bowl? It is a distraction, and ideologues are biting. You have vilified the man and his wife(?) simply because they are successful. This country pushes everyone to succeed, then it appears once they do, folks like yourself demonize them. Biden, Pelosi, Kerry and the like are rich beyond the majority of Americans.. Are they snobs as well? Did you attach that vitriol to Kerry's wife - the Heintz ketchup billionaire capitalist? I doubt it. Ben: I stand corrected, it was 5 years for Kerry. I hesitate to think the dems wouldn't have asked Heintz-Kerry for hers even though she wasn't running - if Kerry was a repub.
Billy Gallagher August 17, 2012 at 05:47 PM
Jos R. Martan-- You continually speak of the "country club snob of a wife"...what the hell are you talking about? Please provide us with some kind of evidence of that statement. It makes you seem like a lunatic. If you are basing that on the type of clothes Ann wears...ummm, have you seen Michell's wardrobe? Maybe you are basing in on the vacations she takes...oh, whoops, have you seen Michell's bills for her outings. How about on the charitable donations...nope, Ann gives way more both in amounts and percentages. Maybe on something else? Please enlighten us all....
Garry Watkins August 17, 2012 at 11:45 PM
True, Billy. Does anybody recall the $400 gym shoes Michelle Obama wore to the soup kitchen? Snob, or simply detached and out of touch with her constituancy? Wait, one more thing: where has Michelle's husband been playing those hundreds of rounds of golf when he should be working on his jobs committee? C-o-u-n-t-r-y C-l-u-u-b-s?
Ignacio Steen August 21, 2012 at 12:32 PM
Mutt Money won't talk about his gutter cult - you know, the cult he belongs to that was founded by that illiterate bumpkin that 'translated' "golden tablets" he got from 'an angel' ? Now he won't tell us any more about his secret Swiss bank accounts - or what kind of taxes he pays. Lots of secrets with this cult member. Let's start with "Where is Kolob ?" and go from there.

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