Romney Wants an End to the Bain Capital & Tax Return Attacks

By: Associated Press
By: Associated Press
Says both campaigns would be better off focusing on the economy.

Republican presidential candidate and former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney talks to American businessman Sheldon Adelson, who has said he will donate millions to Romney's campaign, after he delivered a speech in Jerusalem, Sunday, July 29, 2012. (AP Photo/Charles Dharapak)

Republican candidate Mitt Romney says attacks on business and taxes are just diversions from discussing issues and positions in the presidential race.
Romney's personal taxes and his business activities have come under intense criticism from the campaign of President Barack Obama and its allies.
In an interview aired Friday night with NBC News, Romney said he would "love to" have a setting in which he and Obama would only talk about issues and about the differences between their positions.
Romney says both campaigns would benefit if they agreed that, in his words, "attacks based upon business or family or taxes or things of that nature -- that this is just -- this is diversion."
Romney has pointed to his business experience as evidence that he could improve the economy.

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  • by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2012 at 05:23 AM
    To no name: Most people who are 50 and over have worked most of their lives and due to Eron, the Stock market, or ill health have watched their savings dwindle to nothing. Without SS and medicare they are lost, and you koolaid remark is not needed. People have died because they had to choose between medicine and food. People are living on nothing, and you want to give the rich a big tax break, and stick it to the rest of us? I am so not impressed with you.
  • by Ahmad Location: Ben Salam on Aug 13, 2012 at 10:43 AM
    No one expects Romney to pay a dime more than what he is required to pay, but every American has the right to see what he paid. Shame on our tax codes if he didn't pay as much as "RT", "Dan" or "Connie." He has nothing to worry about if he followed the tax codes as flawed as the tax codes may be, even if he paid no taxes.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 14, 2012 at 04:37 AM in reply to Ahmad
      Don't you think the BHO IRS would go after anyone who didn't pay their full amount???
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        by Courtney on Aug 14, 2012 at 10:04 AM in reply to
        Nope! Because many of those within his own administration are not paying and they are still in their jobs.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2012 at 04:50 AM in reply to
        Seems the IRS let people right here steal over 3 million what makes you think they would go after someone else.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2012 at 07:28 AM
    I think that as far as Romney, Ryan and rest of them are concerned they are rich privleged, and don't need to worry about taxes, or anything else, Ryan thinks Social Security is a a goverment entitlement which we need to get rid of and wants to overhaul medicare so those of us who are not rich will have to pay 3 times more, and Romney wants to pay less money in taxes then he already does. How special, like to see them live on a yearly income of under $40,000.00 like most of the rest of us.
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      by RT on Aug 14, 2012 at 05:48 AM in reply to
      Right...and obama (capitalization ommitted out of contempt for the man and all he stands for) is one of the middle-class. His wife wears $500 sneakers and you want to give grief to Romney for being a successful businessman who actually knows what it means to sign someone elses' paycheck and create jobs for others. I certainly hope Romney wants to pay less in taxes than he already does--I hope EVERY American wants to do the same!! If someone is only making 40K per year and is complaining about it...maybe they should do something to learn a new skill or get a better education to EARN a higher salary. I don't know about anyone else but I'd like to be one of those super-rich folks who can afford $500 sneakers!!...and I want to keep every last dime of my own money and pay as little tax as possible!!
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        by Courtney on Aug 14, 2012 at 10:02 AM in reply to RT
        RT, not being nasty but, I am well educated and have many skills and make just about 9.00 an hour because I am considered either "overqualified" or "not enough experience", or "you are not a vet" so finding a job is difficult for many. I work to keep food on the table and work very hard to keep applying for each rejection letter knowing that one of those will turn into an interview. With that little money, there is nothing to spend on more schooling and going further into debt is not an option. Some of us are not lazy and "wishing for better pay" but just can't seem to get to the right place or the right person to fix our situation. There are many hard workers who are educated making little money because the job market sucks. Not all of us are lazy with our hands out or uneducated. Just saying.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 14, 2012 at 11:59 AM in reply to RT
  • by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2012 at 04:53 AM
    So just where is the money to come from to replace these business taxes? I know they can use the medicare money and social security they want to get rid of.
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      by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2012 at 07:01 AM in reply to
      Why don't you just stay with your boy BHO and Medicare will be done in 12 years. I hear they will be offering Kool Aide at Obamaville in 2024.
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        by Anonymous on Aug 15, 2012 at 04:49 AM in reply to
        Sick humor does nothing to solve the problem. Ryan said 2 years ago that SS was an entitlement. We are not asking for government money just our own. Also we have been paying into medicare, and want that also. If I wanted to follow Jim Jones I would have done it years ago. You are an extremely sick person.
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      by Courtney on Aug 14, 2012 at 09:48 AM in reply to
      Please, they are not trying to get rid of medicare and social security. The systems are already bankrupt practically from all of the "good people" who abuse the system and commit fraud. We just want it fixed and to eliminate the fraud and wasteful spending, not scrap the whole system.
  • by Dan Location: DeWitt on Aug 11, 2012 at 03:03 PM
    Listen, he doesn't pay the same percentage because that's how the existing tax code is written. None of choose to give the government one more cent than we are lawfully obligated to pay. If you were in his situation and were only obligated to hand over 15-20%, none of you would offer to give another 10-20% out of the kindness of your heart. Why don't we start by making government employees pay taxes that they already owe? Look at all of Obama's appointees that owe close to a million dollars in delinquent taxes.
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      by RT on Aug 12, 2012 at 10:12 AM in reply to Dan
      That's a GREAT point, Dan! Where's the outrage when obama's (captalization ommitted from contempt) own treasury secretary "tax cheat Tim Geithner" owed tens of thousands of delinquent taxes (of course I believe him when he said that he just forgot to pay..sure, right!) and wasn't thrown in Federal prison. You and I would still be locked-up if we just happened to "forget".
  • by Anonymous on Aug 11, 2012 at 02:09 PM
    who pays 30-40 percent taxes?.. for that matter, the vast majority of obama fans pay 0 tax... they also think economic recovery means bigger welfare checks
  • by Patrick on Aug 11, 2012 at 11:06 AM
    Mitt should pay 30-40 percent like the rest of us.
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      by Francis on Aug 12, 2012 at 04:29 AM in reply to Patrick
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        by Anonymous on Aug 13, 2012 at 06:54 AM in reply to Francis
        He did! The 14% is on the interest he earned from the money he paid 38% on. Maybe you should repay 30-40% of your public education as it has let you down!?!?!?
  • by Bill Location: Potterville on Aug 11, 2012 at 08:32 AM
    I don't know who wrote this story, but Mitt Romney ran a company called Bain Capital, not Bane Capital. Please research your story material, and don't just depend on spell check.
  • by Connie Location: Lansing on Aug 10, 2012 at 08:00 PM
    I'm sure he would like that, however he's running as a businessman, on his record in business. The tax issue, the imbalance between what people in his income bracket pay and what people in the working and middle class brackets pay is a big focus of this election. I've never seen someone who thought they could run for public office without divulging their tax returns before. Heck, I had to show 3 years of my tax returns to buy my house! What makes him think he's too good to show us his tax returns? It shouldn't be a problem if he hasn't done anything wrong, right? So buck up little camper and bring out your tax forms. Of course you don't have to run!
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      by RT on Aug 12, 2012 at 10:07 AM in reply to Connie
      Hey there little camper...he has released his tax forms along with legally required financial statements as far back as 2007 only the liberal media wants you to think he hasn't. It doesn't matter to what level returns he releases...he could release his last ten years of returns and the liberals will want the last fifteen.
  • by Anonymous on Aug 10, 2012 at 07:48 PM
    Well if you want an end to it Romney then drop out of the race and then it will all go away. You are a worthless good for nothing jerk and you need to just go away. And take that worthless wife of yours with you.
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      by RT on Aug 12, 2012 at 10:02 AM in reply to
      Now this is the type of comment I expect from a "compassionate" and "tolerant" substance, only childish name calling.
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