The tax return controversy is not going away.
Governor Mitt Romney opened up a bit on his tax history yesterday, saying he has never paid a tax rate below 13 percent over the past decade. It was more than the presumptive Republican nominee had said on the matter in months. But the Obama campaign isn’t satisfied. This morning, Obama for America campaign manager Jim Messina wrote a letter to Governor Romney’s campaign manager, Matt Rhoades, offering to cease criticism of Governor Romney if he releases five years of returns (including the 2010 and 2011 returns Governor Romney has released and has pledged to release).
It’s not likely Team Romney will take the bait. In an interview with Natalie Morales on Rock Center with Brian Williams, Mrs. Romney says she and her husband have nothing to hide - and won’t be releasing any more returns, believing it will only provide fodder for their opponents.
Ari Melber is in for Alex Wagner today, and one of the questions he’ll pose to the panel today: will this tax issue go away, or will it stay with us - and the Romney camp - until November 6? See you at noon ET on NOW.
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