New line of attack against Mitt Romney from the Democrats with Maryland Gov. Martin O’Malley saying the public should be suspicious of him because in 2008 Sen. John McCain considered the now-Republican presidential nominee to be his running mate, but picked Sarah Palin instead, after seeing his tax returns.
“What about running for the office of the presidency this year makes it less important than the job that he didn’t get over Palin the last time around?” O’Malley asked BuzzFeed, referencing the 23 years of returns Romney allowed McCain to examine while he was being vetted but hasn’t released to the public.
“But why would you pick somebody — why would you pick Palin over Romney?” he asked. ”His failure to release those is a bit of an implicit admission of…guilt,” he added, portraying Romney’s own individual wealth as the result of the trickle-down theories he advocates for the rest of the country. “There might not be anything illegal about any of it, but it’s certainly not a good economic theory — unless you’re a Romney.”
“When Mitt Romney had the opportunity to avoid paying taxes, he took full advantage of it,” O’Malley said. “It didn’t result in job creation here at home, it resulted in Swiss bank accounts, it resulted in shell corporations in the Bahamas, it resulted in Cayman Island accounts.” Source: Buzzfeed
It’s funny how Mitt Romney claims his father taught him so much, but yet the one thing his father did when he ran for president was to release tax returns for 11 years and he can’t even emulate him on that front.
Rahm Emanuel, an Obama campaign surrogate, also raised the issue of the taxes during his appearance on “This Week” with George Stephanopoulos saying:
“He has only released one year, to the McCain campaign he released 23 years. And he’s telling the people, ‘I’m not going to give you what I gave John McCain’s people in 2008.’ And when he gave them 23 years, John McCain’s campaign looked at it and went, ‘Let’s go with Sarah Palin.’ So whatever’s in there is far worse than just the first year.” Source