Romney fumbles tax returns question again

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Mitt Romney said at last night’s debate “he’ll release his tax returns in April — but the booing that drew suggests Republican primary voters don’t appear willing to wait,” Politico reports.

“The tax returns delay provides the opening for growing suspicion and unease about the candidate who’s been leading the polls here.”

Jonathan Cohn: “What is in Mitt Romney’s tax returns? I have no idea, but I’m starting to wonder if it’s even more damning than speculation has suggested. Romney’s answers on the tax questions were rambling and unclear, which is remarkable for a candidate who is so intellectually sharp, who prides himself on careful preparation, and who had to know the question was coming. This issue has rattled him, obviously, and I’m eager to find out why.”

Dave Weigel: “The tax return question was totally predictable, and Mitt Romney blew it.”

Andrew Sullivan: “Romney then completely flounders in response to John King’s brilliant citation of George Romney’s position on the matter. And that word — ‘maybe’ — in answer to a direct and simple question is devastating.It not only makes him look shifty; it makes him look as if he doesn’t respect his own father’s honorable example.”

Via The Political Wire.

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