How Romney Can Turn the Tax Return Narrative Around
The recent discussion of Mitt Romney’s tax returns has shown no sign of letting up. Harry Reid’s slanderous accusations aside, the Obama campaign is committed to making this a permanent issue. The truth is they have succeeded in creating a narrative that Romney is doing something wrong by not releasing more returns and the time has come for Romney to put an end to this. He can do so fairly easily with the following statement:
“Despite what some seem to believe, Americans are much more concerned about jobs and their own tax bills then my past returns. President Obama has decided to run a campaign based on distractions and diversions as a way to avoid discussing his failed record.
The false and outrageous accusations that have come from that campaign have only served one purpose – to distract Americans from trillion dollar deficits and 42 straight months of 8+ % unemployment. However, I do want to end this issue and get back to the issues that matter to Americans once and for all, so I will make the President an offer: I will release 3 more years of tax returns if this president releases the “Fast and Furious” documents that he has hidden from the American public through executive privilege.
Those documents relate to an issue Americans do actually care about – how the Department of Justice spent American tax dollars and put guns in the hands of dangerous criminals. The Department of Justice has already been caught lying to Congress on two occasions related to this investigation. The families of Brian Terry, a border agent murdered as a result of that operation, and hundreds of others deserve answers. These documents should have never been withheld from the public in the first place.
So how about it, Mr. President? Since you are so concerned with my personal tax returns, will you release those documents? And if not, what are you hiding?”
This statement would shift the issue and put the Obama administration on the defensive. More importantly, it will stop allowing the Obama campaign to distract Americans with this silly sideshow on Romney’s personal tax returns. The American people deserve an election focused on the issues that matter to them, not ridiculous conspiracy theories.