RNC’s Reince Priebus: Obama Using Romney’s Tax Returns As ‘Shiny Object’ To Distract From Real Issues

One of the good things about watching cable news when the general election starts is you get none of that “I’m just going to stay out of this until we settle on our guy” stuff. Well, now that the GOP has an all-but-assured obvious candidate for the presidency, party officials are going to start coming out in droves to defend their candidate. And RNC Chairman Reince Priebus was on CNN’s State of the Union today to defend his candidate against accusations of not wanting to make his latest tax release available to the public.

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Candy Crowley showed Priebus a poll finding that 60 percent of Americans are in favor of the Buffett Rule proposed by the president. He dismissed its popularity right out of the gate, explaining that the whole conversation over the rule was just a “shiny object,” a distraction from the real discussion on unemployment and reducing the deficit. Crowley challenged him by pointing to the poll once again and saying that Americans are concerned about fairness in the tax system, but Priebus just called the Buffett Rule “one single tiny alteration of the tax code” and claimed it would only account for “11 hours of revenue.”

Switching to more political territory, Crowley brought up Mitt Romney‘s latest issues regarding his tax returns. Romney asked for an extension a few days ago, but Crowley asked Priebus if that’s the kind of thing that the Republican party needs to deal with immediately so that it doesn’t become an issue for Romney. Once again, Priebus dismissed it as yet another distraction coming from the Obama campaign.

“Talk about irony coming from the Obama administration that won’t talk about Solyndra, that’s going to plead the fifth on this GSA debacle, and now another shiny object, let’s talk about tax returns for… Mitt Romney.”

Priebus pointed out that Romney had already released his 2010 tax returns and an estimate of his 2011 tax returns, and all the Republican candidate is asking for is an extension to “file paperwork.”

Watch the video below, courtesy of CNN:

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