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Republican presidential candidate, former Massachusetts Gov. Mitt Romney (R) and U.S. Rep. Paul Ryan (R-WI) wave as Ryan is announced as his vice presidential running mate in front of the USS Wisconsin August 11, 2012 in Norfolk, Virginia.
The Obama campaign has made Mitt Romney’s refusal to release more than two years of this tax returns a rallying cry in this election. In their first joint-interview, VP pick Paul Ryan defended Romney saying the Democrats were just trying to rouse us a big “distraction” from the real issues. On Friday, Obama campaign manager Jim Messina reached out to the Romney campaign, offering what was perhaps intended as an olive branch: If Romney releases five more years of tax returns, the Obama campaign says it will stop criticizing the presumptive GOP presidential nominee for his refusal to disclose more information.
From a strategy level, who is winning this argument? Do the Democrats now look like they’re more willing to compromise? Or is this just adding to the “distraction” from other issues? Do Republicans seem like they have the moral high ground on this?
Darry Sragow, attorney and longtime Democratic political strategist
Arnold Steinberg, political strategist and analyst, a libertarian-conservative long associated with Republican campaigns