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August 27th, 2012
08:52 PM ET

Josh Romney on his dad's tax returns: "He's paid his taxes"

Tonight Piers Morgan sat down with the five Romney brothers, Josh, Tagg, Matt, Ben and Craig, at the CNN Grill in Tampa, Fla. to talk politics, their families and most importantly, their father. Mitt Romney has been in the news in recent weeks because of questions surrounding his tax return history.

"He's paid his taxes," Josh Romney said. "This is a gimmick by the Obama campaign to take the message off the economy and on to my dad's personal taxes." Josh stressed "these are not things that matter in the grand scheme of things."

Matt Romney explained to Morgan that the boys understand the game of politics. "We know that he [Mitt Romney] did a great job of making that money," Josh said. "He worked very, very hard to do that and we don't take anything for granted."

Thought Matt said Obama "wants to point to my dad's success as being somehow disqualifying" all of the Romney sons are confident their dad is fit to be president. Watch the clip, and listen to the interview, as Piers Morgan tries to find the chink in the armor.
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  1. peter johnson

    How about the gimmick that the republican's used saying Obama is not an American citizen? If you keep telling a lie some people will start beliving the lie and that's not a gimmick it's a strategy that republican always use. Maybe Romney has paid his taxes if so show us we are all from the show me state.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:19 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      I just opened my own business without anyone's help. I built it. America is great because I can do that. I hope to be successful, maybe even as successful as Mitt someday. I do not need a bunch of regulations that hinder my success. If Obama is re-elected I will have a hard time because of his policies. With Romneys plan my business will flourish. No doubt in my mind he has paid his taxes...I will too and still be successful.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:26 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • PaulBuiltHisBusinessWithoutABrain

        Paul, it's mindboggling how .. basic .. you so-called "buisness builders" really are. The president made a remark that is SO CLEARLY talking about public roadways, servants, teachers, and other infrastructure that has supported your business since DAY 0. The arrogance or ignorance to suggest otherwise is simply remarkable. No one, not the president or anyone else in this country is suggesting that you didn't build your own business. It's .. frightening .. that the lowest common denominator of y'all can't seem to even comprehend basic english.

        August 29, 2012 at 11:45 am | Report abuse |
      • Ariel Peeri, Albuquerque, NM

        Paul, you must be smart and have some courage to launch your new business, yet to say that "If Obama is re-elected I will have a hard time because of his policies" is total ignorance unless you can address which policies are going to wipe off your business? Why didn't you wait till Romney gets elected to start your business, obviously you decided to start it because you thought it may be the right time and climate to start it during Obama presidency.

        August 29, 2012 at 3:25 pm | Report abuse |
  2. Joanna Stevens

    Watching Gov Romney's sons and seeing family images is a little like leafing through an L.L. Bean catalog ... Well-made, clean-cut, sincere. And no way do I want to live in that same same same same white bread world.

    August 27, 2012 at 10:26 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Beth

      Well said. I like vanilla but that was a bit much. I hope Piers wasn't expecting to get any new info or insights on their father because these young men have been so well trained to give no information that it was like interviewing a group of statues. How much weight can one really put on the one- word responses of a candidates sons anyway? Of course they are going to say wonderful things about their father.

      August 28, 2012 at 11:48 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • Paul

        You are so consumed about how much Romney has paid yet you don't care about how much Obama has spent of yours...go figure. Mitt paid about 2.6 million in taxes...Obama has spent 4.5 trillion.

        August 29, 2012 at 9:46 am | Report abuse |
    • Cinchy

      Nice racism Joanna. My guess is you're a slightly plump white suburban mom who suffers from white guilt and fancies yourself to be really urban and really cosmopolitan. Oh yes, though, you're racist.

      August 29, 2012 at 7:03 am | Report abuse | Reply
      • CinchyCinchyCinchy

        protip: What ignorance, suggesting that the person you charge as "white, suburban mom" as being a "racist". I'm white, too. I'm a professional that lives in NYC, I don't make as much money as Romney but I'm doing fine. Many people like me can't stand these ritzy prissy country club prep school kids either. These are the bullies we grew up with, Romney included (as has been reported before). I would rather not vote than give my vote to a religious fanatic that doesn't even remotely share my values.

        August 29, 2012 at 11:53 am | Report abuse |
    • Paul

      Reign in your pride and you will find being rich is not a curse nor a right...but a privilege given to hard work and ingenuity. You can build your own destiny...America is just that great!

      August 29, 2012 at 9:30 am | Report abuse | Reply
    • Ryan

      This is my favorite argument against Romney. His family is too normal, he is too successful. That's definitely not what we want in the white house. right? We need somebody with more skeletons in the closet. That's what makes a politician a politician.

      August 29, 2012 at 3:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Sue

      Yup .... And made in China.

      August 29, 2012 at 8:42 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  3. Ricky Dixon

    One remarkable thing happened during the interview. "One million Americans lost their jobs in a span of 5 minutes", that is according to one of Romney's sons. At the beginning it was 22 million out of work then he said 23 million out of work barely 5 minutes later. Someone's really learning to be like Daddy!

    August 27, 2012 at 10:31 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  4. Guy H Dods

    Tonight Piers Morgan sat down with the four Romney brothers, Josh, Tagg, Matt, Ben and Craig, ?? 4 or 5, what's the difference!
    Boring boring boring Piers! Like father, like sons,boring boring boring! If this chap becomes President of the USA, then the USA will have a real problem!! Especially racial problems. Great for gold miners, gold prices will "hit the roof" if the American masses elect Romney!

    August 27, 2012 at 10:33 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Tracy

      Who names their Kid Tagg? or Trig (short for Trigger?) for that matter? The next time some herp-derp says the Jews own the world, I am just gonna point to these walking pages of "The Preppy Handbook" and laugh in their ignorant faces. Lunch in the Hamptons, anyone?

      August 28, 2012 at 1:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  5. Bill lEE

    WHY WHEN YOU ASK THE SONS IF MITT HAS ANYTHIG TO HIDE ABOUT HIS TAX RETURNS DID YOU NOT SAY SHOW US AND QUIT HIDING THE INFORMATION!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 27, 2012 at 10:37 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  6. Rosemarie Swallor

    Forget the taxes. Why does Piers Morgan not question the Catholicism of the VP's in this election? Think, is it because both are Catholics - no - it is because it does not fit into his own agenda - anti Romney and his ability to think, to be truthfully critical? How are Morman and Catholic docrine similar? How do the President's religious convictions differ from Romney and other VP's on the ticket? Does he have any?

    August 28, 2012 at 1:46 am | Report abuse | Reply
  7. worldcares

    Didn't see the interview, just the clip.
    One does has to wonder why he hasn't, honestly and openly, revealed his tax return history.

    I hope you replay this interview on the weekend.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:17 am | Report abuse | Reply
  8. Homey

    That was one of the most ridiculous interviews that I've ever seen. The questions were right out of the Clinton News Network playbook. Good job boys...

    August 28, 2012 at 9:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  9. TheTruth2121

    Who in the hell cares what his son says. It is a totally biased and pointless defense. Get real.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:16 am | Report abuse | Reply
  10. MasterFrodo

    The question is NOT whether or not Romney paid any taxes, the questions are how much did he pay, and where does his income come from? What kind of impact are his investments going to make in his decisions on which laws to support and what he will promote. Its called possible conflict of interest.

    August 28, 2012 at 4:35 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  11. Concerned4Fla

    Show us your taxes! Why do you pay a lower rate than a middle class family? Why Mitt?

    August 28, 2012 at 6:03 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      It is called corporate tax...you can do it too if you had half a brain. Incorporate yourself and let your corporation buy your auto, your home, everything...22% tax rate on goods. Your personal taxed income is 39% or more. You can write off your jet under incorporation. The average American does not understand the advantage it has...it's just easier to not have to explain it. It is the loop hole of the rich.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:37 am | Report abuse | Reply
  12. will

    there are no way he paid all his taxes,
    every single rich guy won't become rich if they don't try to think of ways pay less tax,

    of course he won't release his record, if he does, he is done,

    the problem is not he is filthy rich, the problems is the majority voter are not rich,

    the good thins there are 50 percent stupid jesus republicans.

    if he wins, well, make sure there is really a god, becouse we all gonna need it.

    August 28, 2012 at 7:23 pm | Report abuse | Reply
    • Paul

      A dumb a** couldn't have put it any better.

      August 29, 2012 at 9:40 am | Report abuse | Reply
  13. Sally

    It amazes me that we have such unbelieveable bias...so where are the college transcripts? Why did Obama apply for a foreign exchange student grant here in the US? Why was he listed as a student from Kenya? Why is there no record of him in any of the colleges he supposedly attended? Why doesn't anyone, out of a class of 400, remember either Barack Obama or Barry Sotero (his "other" name). Why does him bio list his as "born in Kenya".
    Obama has never managed a business, managed a staff, conducted training sessions or done anything other than "community organizer". And what experience does that give you to run a nation and be Commander in Chief?
    And while he was a State senator he voted "present" 138 times...didn't even commit to a decision, but did manage to write 2 books which are now coming under scrutiiny for the "literary license" that was taken....that means lying folks.
    There will always be us and them, I just never thought the President of the United States would turn out to be one of "them". Hope he doesn't get another 4 years or we will all be speaking either Chinese or Arabic.

    August 28, 2012 at 8:24 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  14. Jim

    Why is everyone so concerned about Romney's tax returns? The man is obviously wealthy and paid taxes of 2.6 million dollars for one year. That is plenty of tax for one man to pay.
    Apparently I am supposed to be more concerned about what Romney does with his money than what Obama does with mine.

    August 28, 2012 at 11:07 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  15. NOBAMA2012

    Barack Obama:

    Alias Barry Soetoro pawns himself as Barack Obama, the humanitarian, the POTUS, the campaign for hope and change. But we know better. Barry is a radical Marxist who was raised by Communist parents and Communist grandparents. His mentors were known Communists, his contacts in college were strictly Marxists supporters, Marxist professors and a group of Pakistani activists as stated in his book, “Dreams from My Father”.

    Barack Obama, tell us about Frank Marshall Davis or Bill Ayers. Surely you remember Mr. Davis. After all, your mother knew him all too well. Mr. Ayers, a known terrorist, responsible for at least a dozen bombings, helped your early Illinois campaign by raising money, thru his organization Underground Weather. Tell us about your trip to Pakistan (’81) with Pakistani Wahid Hamid.

    Share with us your ideals of socialism; after all you’re a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), referred as the “New Party”. Please tell us why you have been influenced by the writings of Karl Marx, the prelude to Communism. Share with us your association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Do you justify this man’s message by condemning our country by saying, “God bless America? No, God Damn America?” Was this a forethought supporting your belief in Marxism?

    Are these the individuals who have inspired you to public office? Are these the individuals who have inspired you to plot against the United States? Are they the people for whom you’ve entrusted your Muslim faith?
    Please tell us why you mocked the Holy Bible and Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”, calling the sermon a radical message. You have mocked Christianity and this country. Barack Obama, you have betrayed this nation and all its’ people. Your skin is dark because of your race, but your soul is darker because of your deception.

    United States of America………………you didn’t build it Barack Obama.

    August 29, 2012 at 1:04 am | Report abuse | Reply
  16. FedUpWithLiberals

    No Sally, we'll being eating TACOs from the street vendors on every street corner Oblameo has given amnesty and Disneyland tickets too!!!

    NOBAMA2012!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    August 29, 2012 at 1:09 am | Report abuse | Reply
  17. NOBAMA2012

    Here is an important finding of the House Judiciary Committee...

    Beginning in 2011, the Committee has learned that Obama administration officials at the Department of Homeland Security started to include numbers from the Alien Transfer Exit Program (ATEP) in its year-end removal numbers.

    The ATEP is a joint effort between ICE and Customs and Border Protection that transfers illegal immigrants apprehended at the U.S.-Mexico border to another point along the Southwest border for removal. But it is illegitimate to count illegal immigrants apprehended by the Border Patrol along the Southwest border as ICE removals. There are no penalties or bars attached when illegal immigrants are sent back via ATEP and they can simply attempt re-entry.

    When ATEP removals are subtracted from ICE’s deportation numbers, the 2011 removal total would drop from approximately 397,000 to roughly 360,000 and the 2012 removal total would drop from about 334,000 to around 263,000 (annualized this is estimated to be a drop from about 400,000 to 315,000).

    This means that ICE removals for this year will be about 14% below 2008 (369,000) and 19% below 2009 (389,000). So it is officially proven that while the Obama regime touts themselves as historic immigration enforcement achievers, the truth is they have cooked the books and broadcast this lie to the American public. They have done this with the full assistance of liberal media like CNN, ABC, and the Huffington Post which you can count on not to report the revelations contained within these reports!

    If anyone tells you that Obama has deported more illegal immigrants than any prior president you tell them that is a lie and that removals for 2012 are down 14% below 2008 levels before Obama took office!

    It is terribly unfortunate that American citizens have to form a political revolt against the powers that be to try to stop the invasion of our homeland. We must face powers that have used their influence to corrupt our own government and mass media against the best interest of the American public and against the truth.

    Very few things in America can improve for us while such lies as these stand as truth.

    August 30, 2012 at 3:20 pm | Report abuse | Reply
  18. FedUpWithLiberals

    Barack Obama:

    Alias Barry Soetoro pawns himself as Barack Obama, the humanitarian, the POTUS, the campaign for hope and change. But we know better. Barry is a radical Marxist who was raised by Communist parents and Communist grandparents. His mentors were known Communists, his contacts in college were strictly Marxists supporters, Marxist professors and a group of Pakistani activists as stated in his book, “Dreams from My Father”.

    Barack Obama, tell us about Frank Marshall Davis or Bill Ayers. Surely you remember Mr. Davis. After all, your mother knew him all too well. Mr. Ayers, a known terrorist, responsible for at least a dozen bombings, helped your early Illinois campaign by raising money, thru his organization Underground Weather. Tell us about your trip to Pakistan (’81) with Pakistani Wahid Hamid.

    Share with us your ideals of socialism; after all you’re a member of the Democratic Socialists of America (DSA), referred as the “New Party”. Please tell us why you have been influenced by the writings of Karl Marx, the prelude to Communism. Share with us your association with Rev. Jeremiah Wright. Do you justify this man’s message by condemning our country by saying, “God bless America? No, God Damn America?” Was this a forethought supporting your belief in Marxism?

    Are these the individuals who have inspired you to public office? Are these the individuals who have inspired you to plot against the United States? Are they the people for whom you’ve entrusted your Muslim faith?

    Please tell us why you mocked the Holy Bible and Jesus’ “Sermon on the Mount”, calling the sermon a radical message. You have mocked Christianity and this country. Barack Obama, you have betrayed this nation and all its’ people. Your skin is dark because of your race, but your soul is darker because of your deception.

    United States of America………………you didn’t build it Barack Obama.

    August 30, 2012 at 6:12 pm | Report abuse | Reply

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