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As the controversy over Mitt Romney's tax returns continues, the one person other than Romney himself who could settle this has been completely silent. That would be Sen. John McCain, who inspected 23 years of Romney's tax returns in 2008 when he was considering Romney as a possible running mate. All he would have to do is hold a press conference and say: "Harry Reid is wrong. I personally saw Romney's tax returns going back over two decades and he paid federal income tax every year." But McCain has said nothing at all at a moment he could help Romney and hurt Reid. Why? It seems very strange. Maybe Reid is right and McCain knows this.
I think it will be a good idea to increase the scope of battle and involve more republican leaders. Given that Sen McCain has no major stakes in the 2012 elections, who knows? He might voluntarily or involuntarily give up some information and keep the heat on Mitt Romney.

I also think that there is a possibility that the VP whetting committee saw the tax returns and made a summary statement to McCain's campaign. Paying low or no federal taxes would still have figured prominantly in the report. Either ways, McCain knows something that we don't. Should be interesting to watch McCain if the media units start poking around on this angle

Mitt Romney's strategy on his tax returns has been known from Day 1. Don't show their weakness but weather the storm and hope that media will find a different topic to run after. By keeping up the pressure, the democrats can upset his strategy.

This is an interesting race!

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Do you believe that we should pressure Sen McCain to vouch that Gov Romney paid FEDERAL INCOME TAX

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  •  Oh that would be delicious (3+ / 0-)
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    sunbro, JeffW, InfiniteThoughts

    But would it be good news for John McCain? Probably, nearly everything is. My guess is he'd give some dodgy answer along the lines of "I don't recall seeing anything wrong with Romney's taxes" which wouldn't answer a damn thing but would probably get the media to shut up about it.

    Many people thought Bush was "the kind of guy you wanted to have a beer with". People are beginning to realize that Romney is "the kind of guy you want to pour a beer on".

    by ontheleftcoast on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 11:58:33 AM PDT

  •  McCain's earlier statement (7+ / 0-)

    Diary states:

    But McCain has said nothing at all at a moment he could help Romney and hurt Reid. Why? It seems very strange. Maybe Reid is right and McCain knows this.
    McCain has commented.
    Posted: 07/17/2012 4:39 pm Updated: 07/17/2012 5:07 pm

    Sen. John McCain said on Tuesday he can "personally vouch" there was nothing disqualifying in the 23 years' worth of tax returns that Mitt Romney submitted to his team in 2008, when he was vetted for a vice presidential spot.

    "Everything was fine," McCain told reporters on Capitol Hill. "I can personally vouch for the fact that there was nothing in his tax returns that would in any way be disqualifying for him to be a candidate."

    When pressed about whether Romney might be shielding his returns because he paid no taxes, McCain refused to discuss such specifics.

    "Please, I am not going to get into that kind of conversation," he said. "All I can tell you, and I can tell you again, is there was nothing disqualifying in his tax returns. And that is a fact."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/...

    •  That isn't a statement that there is nothing (1+ / 0-)
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      in the taxes that would piss off the public. He just said it wouldn't disqualify him.

      And he never said that he didn't go any years without paying any taxes.

      No one has ever accused RMoney of EVADING taxes. But they have said he didn't pay any taxes.

      Big difference.

      "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

      by second gen on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:05:45 PM PDT

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    •  Disqualifying is an interesting term to use. (4+ / 0-)
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      tcdup, InfiniteThoughts, JTinDC, Sylv

      Does he mean there's nothing that would disqualify Romney under the constitution? That's not saying much then, is it? McCain certainly can't speak for the voting public about what they consider to be disqualifying traits in a candidate.

      Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

      by NMDad on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:08:59 PM PDT

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      •  It's right in line with: (1+ / 0-)
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        Sylv

        who'd want a president that paid a dollar more in taxes than was legally requred?

        Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

        by JTinDC on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 01:50:51 PM PDT

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    •  "nothing disqualifying" (1+ / 0-)
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      Doesn't confirm nor deny Harry's assertion.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 01:49:06 PM PDT

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  •  I doubt that McCain knows what's in them. (5+ / 0-)
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    sunbro, JeffW, tcdup, InfiniteThoughts, JTinDC

    It's unlikely that he personally looked at them, and I'm not even sure they were seriously considering Romney anyway. McCain can't stand him.

    Yeah, well, you know, that's just, like, your opinion, man.

    by NMDad on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:00:49 PM PDT

  •  Comments of Schmidt, campaign aide for McCain (4+ / 0-)
    John McCain’s former top presidential campaign strategist said Sunday that Mitt Romney's tax returns had nothing to do with the campaign's pick of Sarah Palin as the GOP's vice presidential nominee in 2008.

    "Mitt Romney went through this process and what I can tell you is that he's a person of decency with the highest ethical character and background," Steve Schmidt said on NBC's "Meet the Press."  "There was nothing that was disqualifying. That pick in 2008 was not about any deficiency with Mitt Romney. It was a political decision that we made in a very bad political circumstance."

    Schmidt, who said he did not personally view Romney's tax returns, said Romney is an "extremely wealthy man" and his tax returns "do not look anything like the average American."

    http://www.politico.com/...

  •  Wrong strategy (6+ / 0-)

    Mitt Romney is the issue.  Keep the ball in his court.

    Republicans: Taking the country back ... to the 19th century

    by yet another liberal on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:02:54 PM PDT

    •  Agree 100% (4+ / 0-)

      The last thing we want is to pressure McCain into making what would be a comment that said nothing but which would allow others to say the issue is settled.

      let the Repubs continue to attack Harry. He wants them to continue to keep the issue front and center and every time they attack Harry it gets back into the news.

      (BTW) McCain lies every day.

      Mojo?!?! What mojo?

      by xopher on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:07:58 PM PDT

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    •  I also agree...this is a terrible strategy (1+ / 0-)
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      This is about Mitt Romney and his taxes.  Make Mitt Romney deal with it, not another Republican or a surrogate.  It could kill the momentum that we have on this issue.

      Let's remember that timing in politics is everything.  I think that Harry Reid timed his initial charge as a softening body blow to Romney.  Harry was the perfect person to deliver the charge too because he is a Mormon and he said George Romney would be shamed of his son.  Pretty harsh words.  It is setting up something bigger.  So I believe that there will be another shoe to drop later, if need be, including possibly the source himself coming forward.

      We must remember that at this point, Mitt Romney's stonewalling is hurting not only him, but the Republican party.  This is why other high placed Republicans have also called for him to release his tax returns.

      Patience is a virtue when you are winning.  The Obama campaign has done a masterful job thus far.  We must be patient and let the Dems play the cards when they think it is best.

      "Growing up is for those who don't have the guts not to. Grow wise, grow loving, grow compassionate, but why grow up?" - Fiddlegirl

      by gulfgal98 on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:57:12 PM PDT

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  •  Anderson Cooper asked him about the tax (2+ / 0-)
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    returns the other day. His response was to say that Harry Reid can be over the top at times. But never once did he ever say Harry was lying.

    "Mitt Romney looks like the CEO who fires you, then goes to the Country Club and laughs about it with his friends." ~ Thomas Roberts MSNBC

    by second gen on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:03:45 PM PDT

  •  Sarah Palin wasn't vetted.. (3+ / 0-)

    so why would anyone expect that they thoroughly vetted Mitt Romney. He may have given them 23 years of returns but that doesn't mean anyone ever looked at them.

  •  Would McCain be allowed, legally, to reveal.... (2+ / 0-)
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    InfiniteThoughts, JTinDC

    confidential information that was disclosed privately?

    Although, I would imagine, IF Romney did pay taxes all 10 years in question, he would permit McCain to say so.

    Tax and Spend I can understand. I can even understand Borrow and Spend. But Borrow and give Billionaires tax cuts? That I have a problem with.

    by LiberalCanuck on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 12:08:48 PM PDT

  •  he may not really now (1+ / 0-)
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    The McCain campaing may have already written off Romney before taking a serious look at his tax returns.  They may have done a cursory review of them but didn't bother to really analyze them.

    •  Romney was never even on the short list. (0+ / 0-)

      Leiberman was his first choice. Tom Ridge was a favorite. But McCain, like everyone else running in the primaries in 08 wanted anyone to win the nomination except for Romney so you're most likely correct, he was written off before anyone took a serous look at his tax returns. Or if they did, it was just foe shits and grins.

      Ds see human suffering and wonder what they can do to relieve it. Rs see human suffering and wonder how they can profit from it.

      by JTinDC on Wed Aug 08, 2012 at 02:05:44 PM PDT

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  •  What McCain wouldn't know.... (1+ / 0-)
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    InfiniteThoughts

    Romney never gave the McCain campaign his returns for 2009 and 2008 because they weren't completed at the time.  I actually doubt that he gave them 2007 as he probably hadn't filed that year yet, either.
    Those three years could have far more interesting items than the years that the McCain camp did get, but I'm sure there are lots of interesting things in all of the years.  That's why they will never be released.

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