Skip to comments.Jay Carney: I donít speak for Reid, but Romney could resolve this by releasing those tax returns
Posted on 08/08/2012 7:31:37 AM PDT by SeekAndFind
Via the Washington Free Beacon, why on earth is the White House press secretary wading into a dispute related to the presidential race? I'm sure GOP press secretaries have done that too for Republican incumbents but I don't like it from either party. Carney's supposed to be a liaison between the president and the media so that the public can stay informed about what's going on with the executive branch. The only questions he should be fielding vis-a-vis Romney are when Team Mitt makes a charge about the administration’s policies that requires fact checking. The One's paying Ben LaBolt for a reason, right? Let him be the one to navel-gaze on camera about the proper way for Romney to respond to Reid's low-rent smear, not a guy who's ostensibly some sort of public servant tasked with providing citizens with basic facts.
As for why Romney hasn’t yet released the returns, does anyone believe this?
Mitt Romney and his aides believe that despite loud and nagging calls for him to release his tax returns the candidate simply cannot afford to release his taxes now, even as some aides wish he would have put them out six months ago or more.
With less than three months to election day, the Romney campaign has passed the “point of no return,” as one Republican operative close to the campaign put it, beyond which there isn’t enough time for the media to digest the tax returns before the public starts to pay attention to the race.
“The complaining for more and more returns and the stories about how rich he is get old after a few weeks, but there aren’t a few weeks left,” the operative said. “Now we’ve got to keep doing what we’re doing and hope it isn’t too painful.”
If he put them out now, the press would spend two weeks buzzing about them and then everyone’s focus would shift to the conventions. In the meantime, Romney would have announced his VP pick and there would be new jerky little distractions to keep the media busy. By the time of the debates, when voters are really tuned in, no one would care anymore. Unless there really is something damaging in there that he’s hiding, the suspicions he’s creating by not releasing them are probably hurting him worse than releasing would. But I don’t know; maybe the dynamics of this now are such that if he produces the returns, he’ll be seen as “giving in” to Democratic pressure and some conservative voters will be mad at him. Just seems hard to understand why he’d let this be a liability if the truth is that it isn’t one.
When is Carney going to release HIS tax returns? He’s a DemocRAT. He might not even have any to release.
Hey,Jay,release your birth records to prove you were born
Funny guy. Release sealed records, what a joke.
I think Romney should just let this thing fester for a little while. Democrats have nothing else on him and will just make fools of themselves. Especially Reid, let him make stupid statements.
I want to see Romney do a trade. One more tax year, for all of Obama’s school records (applications for acceptance, grades, SAT’s, etc.).
Is Barack Obama an Indonesian citizen, Mr. Carney?
Obama needs to release his college records, all of them, right now to prove that he is not.
Hey, Jay; why don’t you release your tax records and, while you’re at it, let’s have a look at your bank account...
Don’t forget Social Security and Passport records.
Jay, I don’t speak for Sheriff Joe but if Obama would release his real birth certificate it would put that issue to rest.
Ever notice that lately when Harry Reid speaks that Jay Carney’s lips move?
reid could solve this even MORE easily by disclosing his ‘source’. As far as I know, reid and/or his ‘source’ are not protected like they would be if reid was a ‘journalist’.
Says the stooge for Barack Obama who decided to spend $3million to FIGHT the release of his birth certificate.
Says the stooge for Barack Obama who sealed his college record including whether he applied for enrollment as a foreign student or used a second social security number or got Ds or whatever he decided he needed to bury...
It's called kowtowing.
And people are SICK of it!
well they want to know about Romney’w Itallian tax shelters..how he got out of paying taxes..thats the latest thing I heard. Lets just let eveyone lay thier cards on the table including Obama and dirty Harry R.
To call Obamas bluff, Romney should SEAL his Federal and State Tax Records when he announces who his Veep will be.
That would give The Media a double surprise with a maximum Media audience.
The average voter isn't going to start paying attention for at least another month. Let Obama burn through the rest of his cash.
The answer as to whether Jay Carney is a lousy Communist could be resolved by his testifying under oath before the House Committee on UnAmerican Activities.
Republicans should demand that Obama release the school records and other information he is hiding and lying about. They should offer nothing in return.
Reid should be charged with a felony under the privacy laws that prevent the unauthorized release of confidential IRS information.
Romney should publicly declare that he doesn’t deal in hearsay, or anonymous sources. A first year lawyer would know that, a Obama has claimed he was a lawyer once, or at least played one for the public.
Next the Rats will be asking for Romney’s Facebook password as some employers are now doing.
“So, Carney, when are you going to come out of the closet as a furry?”
Maybe he's in Vegas working on some kinda business.
I was at first in favor of the quid pro quo of Romney's tax returns for Obama's records but I'm more of a mind to have Romney hold fast. The 'Rats look terribly desperate in this and it serves to call the attention of those who had given the issue a pass before to the missing Obama records. Romney should let it ride and let the 'Rats immolate themselves with their public thuggishness.
Why do they call it “tax returns” anyway?
I want all the taxes I paid returned. dammit.
Is Barack Obama an Indonesian citizen, Mr. Carney?
you’ll find out when you get him out of the White House ,he’ll go on tour laughing at the USA on how he fooled them all
Carney - what a perfect name for the spokesman of the circus that is the Obama administration.
LOL - but as a matter of fact, I have. I think it's interesting that the Obama campaign tried to distance The Won from Harry Reid's wild and crazy accusations and then doesn't even say "Duh!" before letting Obama's own press secretary do the same thing.
I know. I was being a little tongue-in-cheeky. To my mind this eminently qualifies for a lawsuit against reid, et al. His first pronouncement was to a reporter. That is malicious libel.
OK, you don't speak for Reid. But do you trade .jpegs with him?
Yup, Carney was leading with his chin. Obummer should release his records and RESOLVE those issue.
Carney should release his nose from Reid’s posterior.
How about Mr. Transparency releasing his records.
A) Let me translate: "I dont speak for Reid, but word-for-word recitation of Reid's statement , and
Reid makes around 176K a year but he has 10 million where did he get that much money??.