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Nancy Pelosi Downplays Tax Return Demand

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Facing questions about why she and other top Congressional officials won’t release their tax returns, House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) downplayed her previous demands for presumptive GOP presidential nominee Mitt Romney to release his, calling the issue a distraction.

As recently as Wednesday, Pelosi had strongly urged Romney to provide further disclosure of his tax returns. But today, while maintaining Romney should release more documents because of “custom” and “tradition,” Pelosi said the issue was trivial compared with economic issues.

“We spent too much time on that. We should be talking about middle-income tax cuts,” Pelosi said after answering two questions about the issue.

The Minority Leader faced questions about the issue after a McClatchy News report showed only 17 of 535 Members released their tax returns when asked.

Romney has faced increasing pressure to disclose more about his financial history in recent weeks, including — as Pelosi noted — from top Republicans.

The former Massachusetts governor has released his 2010 tax returns and has promised to release the 2011 returns when they are available.

Republicans say Romney will release the same amount of information that Sen. John McCain (R-Ariz.) did in 2008 when he ran for president. McCain, however, had filed decades of financial disclosure forms from his tenure in Congress leading up to his presidential bid.

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2 responses to Nancy Pelosi Downplays Tax Return Demand

  1. Mark Brickey July 21, 2012 at 6:30

    Let’s have the fun of ALL our politicians who want to be our “leaders” either new or incumbent, should lay out their last 3-5 years’ records. Are they not supposed to do this anyway to even run? Then each of them go through a background/criminal check just as if they were being hired for a job (which they are?!?) Which would include work history, educational history and, of course, where they were born & to whom?!?!?
    We the People are HIRING these guys – we need to know more than what they tell us in 30 sec. bites

  2. Mitt Romney should be saying ” I will release my tax records when Obama releases his–including showing his illegal use of his social security number belonging to a 100 yr old Connecticut man!:

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