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Obama campaign to Romney: Ok, just give us 5 years of tax returns and we’ll stop bugging you about it

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By Doug Powers  •  August 17, 2012 11:03 AM

**Written by Doug Powers

Mitt Romney’s unreleased tax returns continue to crush any hope of a robust economic recovery, but the Obama campaign is so concerned about putting people back to work that they have reached out with a generous offer:

In a letter sent to Mitt Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, this morning his counterpart on the Obama campaign, Jim Messina promised to let up on their criticism of Mr. Romney for not releasing more of his tax returns if he releases five years worth of returns. Mr. Messina said this offer should address any “fears” on Mr. Romney’s part that “that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide.”

“If the Governor will release five years of returns, I commit in turn that we will not criticize him for not releasing more–neither in ads nor in other public communications or commentary for the rest of the campaign,” Mr. Messina wrote. “This request for the release of five years, covering the complete returns for 2007-2012, is surely not unreasonable. Other Presidential candidates have released more, including the Governor’s father who provided 12 years of returns.”

Mr. Rhoades responded with an e-mail telling Mr. Messina, “If Governor Romney’s tax returns are the core message of your campaign, there will be ample time for President Obama to discuss them over the next 81 days.”

This is starting to sound like a one-sided hostage negotiation, but no, tax returns aren’t the only core message for Team Obama. There’s Seamus too. In any case, Romney declined Messina’s offer.

Don’t we already know about Romney’s taxes? Or is the Obama campaign doubting the veracity (or even existence) of Harry Reid’s “source”?

**Written by Doug Powers

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