Robert Gibbs, a campaign adviser to U.S. President Barack Obama and a former White House press secretary, has offered to pay the tab at Kinko's if Mitt Romney agrees to release his taxes. Gibbs says he'll "send him the nickels" for the photo copying.
“We could put all this stuff to rest tomorrow,” Gibbs said on the CNN show 'State of the Union' Sunday. “Mitt Romney can go to Kinko’s. He can photocopy his tax returns. There are several hundred pages. He could hand them out to people like CNN. He could hand them out to reporters all over the country."
Mitt Romney: Released 2 years of tax returns
Romney has selected two years of tax returns and released virtually all of his returns from one of those years, 2010, and partial returns from the other, 2011 (he says he'll release more information from 2011). He steadfastly refuses to release other returns and the issue continues to follow him around during the campaign for the presidency. Gibbs said releasing the returns will end the controversy, as have many of Romney's fellow Republicans.
Last week, the Senate Majority Leader, 72-year-old Democrat Harry Reid, claimed he had credible information that Romney did not pay any taxes for ten years, hence his refusal to release any more information than what he'd selected to release. “I was told by an extremely credible source that Romney has not paid taxes for ten years," Reid said.
Romney countered by saying that Reid should "put up or shut up" and that he paid "a lot of taxes" each year. Last week on ABC, Romney said he was not sure if he had ever paid less than 13.9 percent in taxes but he did say that he'd be "happy to go back and look." However, he has not done so and his campaign has not responded to media questions about it.