The Rachel Maddow Show | August 03, 2012
>>> there's one more thing from mitt romney 's history as a public figure that i think is being lost in the current discussions about him not releasing his tack returns. it is this, in his 1994 senate race against ted kennedy , mitt romney demanded that ted kennedy release his tax returns . quote, with the tax filing deadline looming, republican senate candidate mitt romney yesterday challenged senator edward m. kennedy to desclois his state and federal taxes to prove he has, quote, nothing to hide. it's time the biggest taxing senator in washington showed the people of massachusetts how much he pays in taxes, said romney . does this mean that mitt romney disclosed his tax returns add the same time that same year? surely he wouldn't demand the other guy release his taxes without releasing his own. sure, he would. he said he would release his own for the last three years on the very day kennedy turned over his taxes for public scrutiny. i will release my tax returns but only when my opponent releases his. mitt romney lost to ted kennedy in the senate race. mr. romney 's aponeabout, the senator, next released his tax returns so neither did romney . but when he ran for office the next time, in 2002 , when he ran for massachusetts governor , his opponent in the race did release her tax returns . in fact, all of the democrats running against him released their tax returns even before they picked their democratic nominee. robert reach and shannon o'brien, they all released multiple years of their tax returns . and remember, in '94, mr. romney said if my opponent releases tax returns , i will, too, that very day. but in 2002 , when his opponent released tax returns , mr. romney wouldn't do it. he wouldn't release his. what changed? he was asked about that change in a debate that year.
>> you have refused to release your income tax forms even though others, including governor william weld , u.s. senator john kerry , and your opponent, shannon o'brien, released theirs. do you have something to hide?
>> i believe very deeply in my personal privacy , what little amount there is left. in this case, you made a couple exceptions from your list. senator kennedy , when i was running against him, i told him, you have to release the income tax returns of yours. and he said, no, i value my privacy. i think he was right and i wrauz wrong. as a result, i share his view on that. i'm not going to release my income tax returns , and shannon o'brien's husband, with whom i assume their share expenses, has not released his taxes.
>> he is not releasing his taxes, he was wrong to demand that kennedy release his tax returns , but now that shannon o'brien has released her tax returns , how come we're not seeing her husband's, too? weird, right, it was a weird spot. 180 degree about face on this same issue that is dogging him now in his run for the pres daenls. in 2002 , the boston press did not go easy on him. they did not go easy on him the last time he made a hash of this issue in the run for governor. from the boston globe , quote, romney had made an issue of tax disclosure when he ran against kennedy , criticizing kennedy for never releasing his return. he spoke yesterday and said there was no inconsistency in the action. the offer still stands on ted, eric fehrnstrom said, we have been waiting. this is 2002 . this is eight years after romney ran against ted kennedy . in a totally unrelated race. in which mitt romney was refusing to release his tax returns , but he said he would release them if senator kennedy did, too. they said the same thing to the boston herald as well. asked ability the 1994 kennedy campaign, fehrnstrom said he will still release his returns if senator kennedy does. quote, we have been waiting eight years and the offer still stands, fehrnstrom said. eight years after the senate race? that was the only condition under which mitt romney will release his tax returns . his opponent releasing her tax returns wasn't enough. all of the democrats releasing their tax returns wasn't enough. getting caught lying about his tax returns wasn't enough, but eight years after he ran against ted kennedy for senate when he was running in a totally different race in which ted kennedy was irrelevant, a release of ted kennedy 's tax returns would be the trigger for romney to release his returns? why? and if that offer still stood eight years after that election, when ted kennedy was totally irrelevant to the race he was in, does that mean the offer still stands now? we asked the romney campaign today if the offer still stands. so far, we have had no on the record response, but i really