Obama Campaign Manager Jim Messina Offers Mitt Romney Deal on Tax Returns: Release Five Years

Obama campaign manager Jim Messina wrote a letter to Matt Rhodes, Romney’s campaign manager:

“I am writing to ask again that the Governor release multiple years of tax returns, but also to make an offer that should address his concerns about the additional disclosures. Governor Romney apparently fears that the more he offers, the more our campaign will demand that he provide. So I am prepared to provide assurances on just that point: 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.”

Alex Burns: “This is, of course, more of a stunt to draw out negative coverage of Romney than an actual proposal that has any chance of getting accepted. But Romney has given Democrats an opening to go back to flogging this issue and the Obama team is evidently delighted to do so.”