News / USA

Taxes Heat Up US Presidential Campaign

Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks to his car to attend a fundraising event in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Aug. 18, 2012.Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks to his car to attend a fundraising event in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Aug. 18, 2012.
x
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks to his car to attend a fundraising event in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Aug. 18, 2012.
Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney walks to his car to attend a fundraising event in Nantucket, Massachusetts, Aug. 18, 2012.
Pamela Dockins
The political campaigns of U.S. President Barack Obama and Republican challenger Mitt Romney have sharpened their attacks against each other with heated discussions on taxes. Romney's decision to limit disclosures about his personal wealth to his 2010 federal tax return and estimates for 2011 drew more fire from the Obama campaign on Sunday. 
 
The Obama campaign, on Friday, had urged Romney to release five years of tax returns. The Romney campaign dismissed the proposal. 
 
Appearing on Fox News Sunday, Obama campaign senior adviser Robert Gibbs defended the call and said it was a relevant issue. 
 
"Look, Mitt Romney is a highly educated man and he has clearly made a decision that what is in those tax returns is far more damaging to him than to do what every presidential candidate has done which is show the American people your personal financesm," he said. 
 
Romney senior campaign senior adviser Ed Gillespie responded by questioning why tax disclosures were not an issue during Obama's first presidential race. "It was not an issue in 2008 because President Obama was not trying to distract from a four-year-long record of failed policies," he said. 
 
U.S. President Barack Obama reacts to supporters during a campaign event in Rochester, New Hampshire, August 18, 2012.U.S. President Barack Obama reacts to supporters during a campaign event in Rochester, New Hampshire, August 18, 2012.
x
U.S. President Barack Obama reacts to supporters during a campaign event in Rochester, New Hampshire, August 18, 2012.
U.S. President Barack Obama reacts to supporters during a campaign event in Rochester, New Hampshire, August 18, 2012.
Obama released eight years of tax returns when running for office in 2008. 
 
Meanwhile, Gillespie did indicate Romney would make public his 2011 tax return by mid-October.   
 
He also suggested the Obama campaign was trying to avoid focusing on the big issues. "We want a serious campaign about real issues that are facing this country. It is time for that. We will win that debate and that is why they are trying to avoid that debate," he said. 
 
Earlier in the program, Gibbs dismissed criticism from Romney's team about running a negative campaign. "The notion that we're going to get lectured by Mitt Romney and his campaign about running a positive campaign, that's a pill far too big to swallow," he said. 
 
On ABC's 'This Week,' the debate turned to tax plans to help Americans and grow the U.S. economy. 
 
Democrats have accused Romney of putting forth economic proposals that would mostly benefit the wealthy.  
 
Campaign adviser Kevin Madden said Romney and his running mate, Congressman Paul Ryan, had a more broad-based plan. "This is a campaign that is very focused on the middle class. Governor Romney has made it very clear that what he is doing is putting forth an economic vision, an economic plan along with Congressman Ryan, that is focusing on the middle class so that we have more jobs and more take-home pay and, that is the focus," he said. 
 
Obama campaign adviser Stephanie Cutter disagreed. "I find that statement slightly incredulous because the tax plan that is on the table, even if Congressman Ryan is now agreeing with Mitt Romney on his tax plan, is a five trillion dollar tax cut, mostly geared toward the wealthy," she said. 
 
Romney, the presumptive Republican nominee, will face Democratic President Obama in the November 6 election.

You May Like

Video Video Claims to Show Shi'ite Forces in Iraq Executing Sunni Boy

While not yet independently confirmed, brutal killing already has gotten attention of Islamic State followers on social media More

After Six Years, Little Change for Niger Delta's Former Militants

Nigerians who laid down arms in exchange for government amnesty subsidies fear program may end with upcoming presidential elections More

Vietnam Pushes for More Educated Drivers to Curb Road Deaths

Transportation officials hope that making a greater effort to get drivers to learn the rules of the road will reduce fatal crashes More

Featured Videos

Your JavaScript is turned off or you have an old version of Adobe's Flash Player. Get the latest Flash player.
NASA Spacecraft Approaches a Dwarf Planeti
X
George Putic
March 04, 2015 8:51 PM
NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will make history on Friday, March 6, when it becomes the first man-made object to orbit a dwarf planet named Ceres. It is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, almost 500 million kilometers from Earth. Among other objectives, Dawn will try to examine two mysterious bright white spots detected on the planet’s surface. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video NASA Spacecraft Approaches a Dwarf Planet

NASA’s Dawn spacecraft will make history on Friday, March 6, when it becomes the first man-made object to orbit a dwarf planet named Ceres. It is located in the asteroid belt between Mars and Jupiter, almost 500 million kilometers from Earth. Among other objectives, Dawn will try to examine two mysterious bright white spots detected on the planet’s surface. VOA’s George Putic has more.
Video

Video Young Muslims Radicalized Online

Young Muslims are being radicalized ‘in their bedrooms’ through direct contact with Islamic State or ISIL fighters via the Internet, according to terror experts. There are growing concerns that authorities and Internet providers are not doing enough to counter online extremism - which analysts say is spread by a prolific network of online supporters around the world. Henry Ridgwell reports from London.
Video

Video African Americans Recall 1960's Fight For Voting Rights

U.S. President Barack Obama and thousands of people will gather in the small southern U.S. city of Selma, Alabama, Saturday, March 7th to commemorate the 50th anniversary of a historic voting rights march that became known as “Bloody Sunday." VOA’s Chris Simkins traveled to Alabama and introduces us to some of the foot soldiers of the voting rights struggles of the 1960’s.
Video

Video Positive Messaging Transforms Ethiopia's Image

Ethiopia was once known for famine and droughts. Now, headlines more often point to its fast-growing economy and its emergence as a regional peacemaker. How has Addis Ababa changed the narrative? VOA's Marthe van der Wolf reports.
Video

Video Cyber War Rages Between Iran, US

A newly published report indicates Iran and the United States have increased their cyber attacks on each other, even as their top diplomats are working toward an agreement to guarantee Iran does not develop a nuclear weapon and to free Iran from international sanctions. The development is part of a growing global trend. VOA’s Al Pessin reports from London.
Video

Video Answers Elude Families of MH370 Passengers

For the families on board Malaysia Airlines flight MH370, an airline official’s statement nearly one year ago that the plane had lost contact with air traffic control at 2:40 AM is the only thing that remains confirmed. William Ide reports.
Video

Video Land Disputes Arise Amid Uganda Oil Boom

Ugandan police say there has been a sharp increase in land disputes, with 10 new cases being reported each day. The claims come amid an oil boom as investors appear to be cashing in by selling parcels of land to multiple buyers. Meanwhile, the people who have been living on the land for decades are chased away, sometimes with a heavy hand. VOA's Serginho Roosblad reports.
Video

Video In Russia, Many Doubt Opposition Leader's Killer Will Be Found

The funeral has been held in Moscow for Boris Nemtsov, the opposition leader who was assassinated late Friday just meters from the Kremlin. Nemtsov joins a growing list of outspoken critics of Russia under the leadership of President Vladimir Putin who are believed to have been murdered for their work. VOA’s Daniel Schearf reports from Moscow.
Video

Video Simulated Astronauts Get Taste of Mars, in Hawaii

For generations, people have dreamed of traveling to Mars to explore Earth's closest planetary neighbor. VOA's Mike O'Sullivan reports that while space agencies like NASA are planning manned missions to the planet, some volunteers in Hawaii are learning how humans will cope with months in isolation on a Mars base.
Video

Video Destruction of Iraq Artifacts Shocks Archaeologists

The city of Mosul was once one of the most culturally rich and religiously diverse cities in Iraq. That tradition is under attack by members of the Islamic State who have made Mosul their capital city. The Mosul Museum is the latest target of the group’s campaign of terror and destruction, and is of grave concern to archaeologists around the world. VOA’s Kane Farabaugh reports.
Video

Video Smartphones May Help in Diagnosing HIV

Diagnosing infections such as HIV requires expensive clinical tests, making the procedure too costly for many poor patients or those living in remote areas. But a new technology called lab-on-a-chip may make the tests more accessible to many. VOA’s George Putic reports.
Video

Video Afghan Refugees Complain of Harassment in Pakistan

Afghan officials have expressed concern over reports of a crackdown on Afghan refugees in Pakistan following the Peshawar school attack in December. Reports of mass arrests and police harassment coupled with fear of an uncertain future are making life difficult for a population that fled its homeland to escape war. VOA’s Ayesha Tanzeem reports from Islamabad.

All About America

Circumventing Censorship

An Internet Primer for Healthy Web Habits

As surveillance and censoring technologies advance, so, too, do new tools for your computer or mobile device that help protect your privacy and break through Internet censorship.
More