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We got -- new developments in the political mudslinging.
Over Mitt Romney's taxes governor -- may try to put this whole discussion to rest.
With a big revelation while the Obama campaign this morning has now leveled.
A new request.
Of their own with the right talent is good morning everybody I'm Mike McCallum here in America's -- young.
It Friday morning to you -- I'm Gregg Jarrett in for Bill Hemmer well this controversy actually began you never call after senate majority leader Harry Reid.
Took to the floor of the senate and claimed that an unnamed source told him the governor Romney did not pay taxes for a decade Reid has never.
Revealed his sore -- offered any concrete proof.
But governor Ronnie says he went and looked over his taxes and then he had Estes -- watch.
Harry Reid said the charges totally.
-- I'm sure waiting for -- to put up who was that told him what he says they told -- I don't believe it for a minute by the way but every year -- paid at least 13%.
And and if you add in -- in addition the -- that goes to charity whether never gets well above 20%.
And very interesting development and all this about an hour ago the Obama campaign is now trying to cut a deal of sorts with the governor.
Promising that they will back off this whole issue if he does something on his side.
Peter it is he's live at the White House Peterson the -- -- campaign is asking governor Romney to release five years of returns.
And that then they say they won't mention of the -- the campaign had to settle on that number and what kind of offer -- this.
Martha they settle on five years because the Obama campaign says that spans all the years that Mitt Romney has been a candidate.
For president and they say those five years would help answer questions about the effective tax rate.
Mitt Romney has paid during that time any foreign accounts he maintained any foreign investments that he made and any types of tax shelters he may have used -- and it's.
Campaign manager to campaign manager letter sent from Jim Messina and Chicago to Matt Rhodes and Boston Messina writes.
If the governor will release five years of returns I commit and -- that we will not criticize him for not releasing more neither -- ads nor any other public communications or commentary.
For the rest of the campaign and -- there's no commitment in there.
Not to criticize what's in the tax returns -- just a promise not to criticize Mitt Romney for not releasing more years of tax returns.
Yeah says that -- so Izzy Ronnie campaign -- the Obama campaign.
Up on this offer what's the response from them so far on all of this this morning Peter.
Martha just about ten minutes ago we got a copy of the letter that Matt Rhodes with the Romney campaign fired back to Jim Messina in Chicago and the first line.
Says it is clear that President Obama wants nothing more than to talk about governor Romney's tax returns instead of the issues that matter to voters like putting Americans back to work.
Fixing the economy and raining and spending so there's nothing in there about taking them up on the offer but remember yesterday in South Carolina Mitt Romney actually gave a little bit -- of his tax returns which is actually twice as many as the Obama campaign is asking for.
I could go back and look at my taxes and over the past ten years I never paid less than 13%.
-- the most recent years thirteen point six or some final -- like that so pay taxes every single year.
And and Romney said in an interview that aired last night that she and her husband have been very transparent as to what's been legally required.
Of them but that the more they release.
The more they get a tax.
-- -- -- you know Peter it where -- -- you point out there is now some response from the -- campaign.
On all of this you know it is -- -- -- the IRS is investigating.
Governor Ronnie here so you know what we about a campaign is asking for some kind of sort of resolution on this barn investments in all of this stuff with really no basis for thinking that there's anything -- -- that they need to be concerned about.
That is correct they just say that.
Look we'll stop talking about.
The amount of tax returns that have been released will we won't put out -- more as we won't send our surrogates out to criticize you for only putting out five years but we want.
Five years' worth.
And -- but they don't indicating there that they think that there's been any thing any law breaking again -- they say there's -- things that they want they want another tax rates they paid.
Any foreign accounts -- -- maintained any foreign investments that he made and any type of tax shelters but he might abuse but they don't allege any kind of and he kind of wrongdoing.
In terms of breaking line Peter thank you lots more on this are coming up this morning made it easy and wash.
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