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WATCH: David Cay Johnston Has Five Questions For Mitt Romney

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WATCH: David Cay Johnston Has Five Questions For Mitt Romney


Republican presidential nominee Mitt Romney has resisted calls to make his tax history public — following the protocol that his father George started by releasing 12 years of tax returns during his presidential run in 1967 — leaving the details of his massive fortune shrouded in mystery.

David Cay Johnston believes that “there’s something in [Romney’s tax returns] that the governor doesn’t want us to see.” So, in a web exclusive from MSNBC’s “The Last Word,” he asks five questions about Romney’s taxes — and gives Romney his cell phone number so he can respond and clear the air.

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Henry Decker

Henry Decker was formerly the Managing Editor of The National Memo. He is currently an Online Associate at MRCampaigns.

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  1. howa4x June 30, 2012

    Of course he dosen’t want anyone to see his returns, or how he made his fortune, or how he hid the money in offshore accounts. He said he paid the taxes on those accounts but how whould anyone know if he paid the correct taxes. This is what happens when you have a Wall St vulture running for president. He has already lied about his past as governor where he pushed through the same HC reform as Obama, his support for gay rights, or his support of womens rights to contraception. He is like the invisible man who everyone can see through but can’t really see him.

  2. ladyj June 30, 2012

    he will not do it, because they will find that he is a cheater, lier, and con man, Most people cannot see that because they don’t like OBama and they think Romney is a saint sent to save the country,

  3. Jaime98903 June 30, 2012

    It seems strange that Mr. “I believe in America” has off shore and Swiss accounts and not willing or able to keep is resources in the United States. Something smells here: if honest, straightforward and trustworthy in his belief in America but will not back it up with evidence of behavior supporting his actions through his tax returns. He is obviously wanting to keep something from the voters to consider. Sneaky, and disgustingly so stereotypically republican. Based on his refusal to come clean no American should vote for him until he does— This issue plus his rapidly adjusted “pivot” on just about everything really should give one reason to doubt – and what might that mean if he were president???

  4. nkn_hall1225 June 30, 2012

    There has to be a huge negative reason why the former Massachusetts governor doesn’t want to share his tax returns with us.

    Mr. Romney, you need not only to produce your tax returns, especially for the years 1984 thru 1999, but if you’re the moralist that you purport to be, you must immediately stop the witch-hunt and smear campaign which you and your losing team are conducting against our President, who by the way, happens to be the most intelligent, knowledgeable, able and skeletons-free President to have graced the precincts of the White House during and after our ancestors’ time.

  5. johninPCFL June 30, 2012

    The main reason he won’t do it is because his misdeeds will tar every person he ever worked with to build his fortune, and he’s in a very exclusive club. He learned the mechanisms of deal(mis)making somewhere, and all those teachers will end up bring scrutinized. So in addition to being hit with a huge tax bill, all his cronies will too. In addition to being outed as the fraud he is, all his cronies will too.

  6. ivory69690 June 30, 2012

    the fact is he dosent was to show his taxes, is because he it worth at least a billion $$ and prob. is still getting money from bain,s . thats why he wanter detr. to go bank-rupt. for hew would give them a name to handle it for them he would gave them BAINS name . and of corse he would get a cut from them for the lead . maybe he wont show his taxes because he still has a stake in bains today

  7. ivory69690 June 30, 2012

    the idiot romney realy should of stayed out of the race for Pres. he can steal more money for ppl. with bains or by him self . hmmmmm or maybe that snake has plans to get money buy being Pres. . you know it wouldnt be just whaty a Pres. gets a year is why he is running . heck he can steal that money from old man and women the evil anti-christ POS-SOB

  8. Edrocky NY June 30, 2012

    That is right, i would like to see his tax returns, where is it?

  9. J. Viray June 30, 2012

    I hope there was no tax evasion.

  10. Gammaanya June 30, 2012

    So he mad over 25M and paid about 13% in taxes, Obama earned less than 900K and paid 20%, some of you earned 50K and paid 20% and some of you will vote for Ronmoney because he is a businessman and know how to create jobs. Well,now he talks about creating jobs but he doesn’t say where and how?? His friends do not work and they are doing fine, so no need to create jobs for them and he got their votes nad their money, the poor have safety net (on your dime pretty much), so he is not worried about them. The middle class, I can fix it what Obama screw up. Hmmmmm. What did he screw up??? As a CPA and a business owner if somebody offer me 10 to one on taxes I would jump at the chance and even do some flips.LOL. It is obvious that NONE of them even understand what that means not that some of the people understand what the suppose tax on new health care mean. It’s not a tax (needed to be used as a tax to pass it so it would be constitutional) and McConnel, Rubio, Faux News distort the truth and it’s sad to see even old people carrying a sign protesting the new healthcare law that benefits them the most. I just don’t get it. Please understand the difference between real taxes and commerce clause (the penalty) in which the courts found unconstitutional under the commerce law and it’s enforcement, it’s purpose and it makes it as tax. Congress now look at this as a tax and can not be overturned because now is constitutional. Only elected Representatives can remove it and that’s why the Republican’s scream, lie, distort the truth (some don’t even understand it) and put fear of more taxes, so they can repeal. They just making ground and looking for more gullibles to follow and fall of the cliff. You Grandma is safe with this plan but will be thrown off the cliff under Ryan’s plan.Roberts tweeked this a little to make it to pass it under the constitutional law guide. It’s easy to find the explanation – RESEARCH.. No, IRS will not come after you ever. It’s a boogie man from Rubio, McConnell and all the Republicans. They all should be under the same program if it’s good for us then it should be good for them. Things then would be different and by the way if they lose their job – no more insurance for them either. It should not be for life on our dime.
    Just use your common sense – why the Ins. Co. pumping money for Robmemoney?? To protect their profits. . Any sane , rational person will buy health insurance just as it’s a mandatory to buy auto, homeowner or flood insurance. This law cuts into their maximum profits and it’s funny ,most of them will comply with the new law (in a long run they have tax breaks- trust me is not going to hurt them much) but some people just don’t wanted or just don’t understand. True cost is unknown as is not fully implemented. IT WILL CREATE MORE JOBS! Move to Canada – they have National single payer healthcare. The best is in France, Germany, Norway, Canada, Jordan, Poland, Holland, Norvay, Sveden etc. England sucks and very expensive.
    This plan allows you to shop for better insurance just like you do for a auto, vacations, best prices on airlines, hotels etc. etc. What part of it you people don’t like it??
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    1. rmarqua2921 August 18, 2012

      He still believes that the way to create jobs is to cut the taxes for the rich! Ryan is advocating even more tax cuts for the rich?

  11. bigspender7 June 30, 2012

    I’m not holding my breath waiting for Romney’s call.

  12. TaxEmLike1938 June 30, 2012

    The only jobs Romney created were in foreign countries. The only thing that has “Trickled Down” in the last 30 years came from Romney’s Dog. “Tax Em Like 1938”. In 1938 we had 33 Tax Brackets in order to reach every income bracket of the people. These brackets ranged from 4% for all income up to $64,000. all the way up to 79% for income earned over $79,000,000. That was “Fair & Balanced”.

  13. Jack Wormer June 30, 2012

    If Romney is so “honest and responsible”, he should go back to MA, run for Governor again, AND UNDO HIS HEALTHCARE “CALAMITY” HE’S FOISTED OFF ON HIS FELLOWBAY-STATERS THERE…..

    I mean, if His ‘Healthcare Plan’ is no good for the Country ( because a BLACK MAN PRESENTED IT?????), WHY SHOULD IT BE GOOD FOR MASSSACHUCHETTS?

  14. Davekzy1 June 30, 2012

    He is screwing America by not paying his taxes!

  15. ralphkr July 1, 2012

    Are you sure you want a businessman to be President? G.H.W.and G.W.Bush (the only president to have an M.B.A.) were both in the oil business, Carter (farmer), Herbert Hoover was a brilliant engineer and successful businessman, Harding (publisher) are excellent examples of businessmen as President. Harding is acknowledged as the worst President with the most corrupt administration in the 20th Century. Hoover ushered in the great depression with the aid of his Republican Congress. Carter’s don’t make waves (much like Harding but without all the corruption) attitude kept him from accomplishing anything about the inflation/recession. G.H.W.Bush erred in not overrunning Baghdad and leaving Saddam in power and presided over an ailing economy with rising unemployment. G.W.Bush, well, we all know about him and his mad on about the man who attempted to kill daddy and how he presided over the near destruction of our economy. Do you think that the US can survive another businessman as President?

    1. Fern Woodfork July 1, 2012

      NO!! No More Bushes In The White House!!! Only The Ones That Grow Out Of The Ground!!!

  16. Oumar Diallo July 1, 2012

    Why you Mitt Romny don’t tell the American people what you stand for it doesn’t matter how much they love you. You have to tell them what you stand for in your compagne immgration, health care, the econmy. How are you going to create jobs explain please. Thank you don’t just run your mouth.

  17. Gene Watson July 1, 2012

    I believe he thinks he is untouchable…demand his returns by the Democrats. If he fails to release them, have the IRS legally demand his returns .. Further, ask him to quit dressing as Obama…he looks terrible in shirt and jeans….


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