FROM THE press pool, Mitt Romney finally finds an offensive message on taxes.
“I just have to say, given the challenges that America faces – 23 million people out of work, Iran about to become nuclear, one out of six Americans in poverty – the fascination with taxes I’ve paid I find to be very small-minded compared to the broad issues that we face. But I did go back and look at my taxes and over the past 10 years I never paid less than 13 percent. …” – Mitt Romney [Buzzfeed]
We’ll have to take his word on the 13%, because the Romneys are not going to offer any further returns, that much seems clear.
It should be noted that when a candidate gives an exact number, it’s like holding a red flag in front of a bull, because reporters will want to verify it. Trouble is without the Romneys help they can’t.
The case Romney made today, shifting to substantive challenges the country faces, is a lot better than what they said previously. If this had been their line all along, though I still contend claiming privacy as well would have helped, the questions would still have been asked, but the public would have heard a different answer from both Romneys that put them on offense instead of defense, which made the both look like they were hiding something, instead of having real principle for keep their returns private.
File this story under developing, because we’ll have to see how this plays out and whether his new offense sticks.