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Romney Worried He'll Lose to Obama if People See His Tax Returns: VIDEO


Mitt Romney was booed at last night's debate after refusing to commit to the release of his tax returns. He was asked about it on FOX News this morning, and repeated his statement that he wouldn't release them until April 15.

Said Romney:

 “I want to beat Barack Obama. I don’t want to give the Democrats a nice little present of having multiple releases.”

Watch both clips, AFTER THE JUMP...

In related news, ABC News reports on newly discovered contributions to the Mormon Church in the millions of dollars, through stock transfers:

His family charity, called the Tyler Foundation, has given more than $4 million to the church in the past five years, including $1.8 million in 2008 and $600,000 in 2009. But because Romney, whose fortune has been estimated at $250 million, has never released his personal tax returns, the full extent of his giving has never been public.

Newly uncovered stock contributions made during Romney's Bain days suggest there is another dimension to Romney's support for the church -- one that could involve millions more than has been previously disclosed.

As part of just one Bain transaction in 2008, involving its investment in Burger King Holdings, filings with the Securities and Exchange Commission reveal that an unnamed Bain partner donated 65,326 shares of Burger King stock to the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, holdings then worth nearly $1.9 million. And there were numerous others, giving the church a stake in other Bain properties, such as Domino's Pizza, the electronics manufacturer DDi, the phosphates company Innophos Holdings, and Marquee Holdings, the parent to AMC Theaters.

What else happened in 2008? Proposition 8.

And here's the debate clip:

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  1. @ say what-

    Actually the verdict is out on whether Joseph Smith is the source of the White Horse Prophecy or not. And either way the prophecy and idea have been practical doctrine if not canon in the LDS Church for more than a century. The prophets seers and revelators since Smith have taught and repeated the same teachings— that the Elders of Israel (meaning the Mormon Church) will save the Constitution of the US when it hangs by a thread. Canon or not Mitt an others Mormons believe in this.

    Posted by: LDS Revelations | Jan 20, 2012 8:01:06 PM

  2. Liberals are such nice, tolerant people.

    Little Kiwi:
    - "those poor little Mormons only tens of millions each. and that's just not enough"
    - "Mormonism is the definition of a cult"
    - "Mormons breed like primitive baby-factories and hoard wealth"

    Say What:
    - "a mormon will ride in on a white horse to save the USA while establishing mormonism as the religion of the US and only mormons in power with mormon law the law of the land and a return to polygamy"

    Do either of you even know a Mormon?

    Posted by: Max | Jan 20, 2012 9:14:34 PM

  3. What's most puzzling to me is that if Mr. Mitt really knows now to create jobs and grow the economy and help this country, then why has he held back since the last election? Offer up some suggestions, use your vast wealth to back think tanks on economic growth, bring minds together to foster breakthrough ideas. Being president is not the only way to help the country or our economy. Perhaps you have some other agenda for becoming president?

    Posted by: Mitch | Jan 20, 2012 10:01:37 PM

  4. Mormon tradition states that 10% of a person's income must go back to the church. That's tithing. It's not unique to Mitt Romney. But how he did it might be.

    To me, here's how the race stacks up:

    Raised by a single mother vs raised by a Governor
    Very smart vs very smart
    Harvard vs Harvard
    Public service vs venture capital firm

    Which kind of person do people want as President?

    Posted by: gr8guyca | Jan 21, 2012 6:03:23 AM

  5. Where there is smoke there is fire. He is not releasing all of his tax returns because he has "invested" his money off-shore. There are three reasons that come to mind why one would do such a thing: To evade taxes, to hide illegal dealings and because you don't believe strongly in America. We vote every day with our dollars. When we spend our money and invest our money we help our economy here in America. When we "invest" our money in a country other than America, it is not helpful in the least and it actually harms all of us. This man is an embarrassment to the GOP and that being kind. I hope he gets their nomination.

    Posted by: Dave | Jan 21, 2012 8:55:52 AM

  6. maxc

    one whole side of my family is/was mormon

    My own great grandfather supposedly had a dream of 2 men in black coming to his house, the next day 2 mormon missionaries came and so he converted, and 1 of the LDS presidents was a distant cousin

    I also have catholics and Jews in my gene pool. Easier to be an atheist

    Posted by: say what | Jan 21, 2012 9:28:52 AM

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