July 29, JERUSALEM (AP) — Mitt Romney says that if he paid more taxes than were required, he wouldn't be qualified to be president.
Romney just released his 2011 taxes today! Per a statement from Romney's campaign:
Regarding the newly-filed 2011 Tax Return:
In 2011, the Romneys paid $1,935,708 in taxes on $13,696,951 in mostly investment income.
The Romneys’ effective tax rate for 2011 was 14.1%.
The Romneys donated $4,020,772 to charity in 2011, amounting to nearly 30% of their income.
The Romneys claimed a deduction for $2.25 million of those charitable contributions.
The Romneys’ generous charitable donations in 2011 would have significantly reduced their tax obligation for the year. The Romneys thus limited their deduction of charitable contributions to conform to the Governor's statement in August, based upon the January estimate of income, that he paid at least 13% in income taxes in each of the last 10 years.Virtual highlighter mine.
Let's face it, when you yourself are sniping in public at your bid for the presidency, maybe it's time to just endorse Obama. Republicans hate Romney so much now, it would probably help.