Aug 17, 2012 No Comments ›› Pat Dollard
(THE HILL) Rep. Allen West (R-Fla.) set high stakes in an offered “deal” with President Obama on Friday.
Obama’s campaign isn’t backing down on requests to see Mitt Romney’s tax returns — on Friday, campaign manager Jim Messina offered to stop asking if he releases five years’ worth — but the freshman Florida congressman had a counteroffer for Obama.
“Show us your sealed college records and Operation Fast and Furious White House memos, and we will all show you our tax returns,” West wrote on his Facebook page Friday. It’s not an original offer; businessman and Romney supporter Donald Trump has been suggesting the same thing via Twitter.
“@MittRomney shouldn’t give additional tax returns until @BarackObama gives his passport records, college records & applications,” Trump tweeted earlier in the day.
While Obama’s campaign has suggested Romney’s unwillingness to release more of his personal tax returns indicates a high level of secrecy by the presumptive GOP nominee, West and Trump think the same is true of Obama. But West might not expect Obama to accept his offer, since it would likely be difficult to convince “all” people to voluntarily release their personal financial information.