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Romney Son Asked About Tax Returns, Makes Birther Joke [VIDEO]

UPDATED: Son comments on Twitter about Obama birth certificate statement at Concord's Havenwood-Heritage Heights.

UPDATE 2: Here's a full update from the original story: Romney’s Son’s Birth Certificate Comment Causes National Firestorm

UPDATE: On his apparently newly created Twitter account, at around noon on Dec. 30, Matt Romney offered the following: "Matt_Romney: I repeated a dumb joke. My bad. RT @emilyrs Romney's son Matt made an Obama birth certificate joke on the trail in NH"

The rest of the story follows below:

"I heard someone suggest the other day that as soon as President Obama releases his grades and birth certificate ...then maybe he'll do it," Matt Romney tells a crowd of New Hampshire seniors when asked about his father releasing his tax returns. See Video for the audience reaction to the birther joke.

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Four of ’s five sons hit the campaign trail again as surrogates for their father meeting with voters in New Hampshire on Dec. 29.

The five sons were a bit more active in the 2008 cycle, hosting a blog and traveling all around the country for their father. This time around, they have campaigned less than before but made time to stop by and talk to Concord seniors at after having lunch at on North Main Street.

“We love being on the campaign trail … it’s a lot of fun,” said Josh Romney, who lives in Salt Lake City, Utah. “This is actually one of the few times when all the brothers get together … It’s a thrill for us.”

Matt Romney, who lives in San Diego, Calif., asked the seniors to get out and vote, even if it wasn’t for his dad although they hoped he would. The candidate’s son said his father was a determined, hard worker, who faces challenges and knows how to tackle problems.

“He will work very, very hard, to get our country back on track,” he said.

The brothers took questions from the audience including asking whether or not the candidate would release his tax returns (they didn’t know), what the candidate thought of Islam (he respects other religions), and whether or not Mitt’s missing son Ben, who is a doctor in California, supported RomneyCare (“We’ll have to ask him,” Matt said, later explaining that his father believed in state-based plans and would repeal so-called ObamaCare).

When asked whether Mitt Romney would build relationships in the world with an open hand or a clenched fist, Matt said that the candidate respects different countries and cultures, and would foster relationships with allies, but would also not apologize for America.

“It’s also very important to stand up for American principles and our ideals,” he said. “I think you may have seen a theme with my dad’s campaign. He’s not going to apologize for America. Too often we’ve seen our current administration going around and apologizing for American ideals and principles. He cares very deeply about our country. He’s very patriotic, as we all are.”

LM Spearnak December 30, 2011 at 07:04 PM
yup sure do look like the spoiled rich kids that really are....with stupid irresponsible statements....LOL...stupid is as stupid does....hmmm apple fallen from the tree?
Dan Tuohy December 30, 2011 at 07:25 PM
@barackobama tweeted this afternoon: 'Mitt Romney's son thinks President Obama should release his birth certificate. Guess he doesn't have one of our mugs?'
ForThePeople December 30, 2011 at 08:35 PM
It just shows how out of touch they are with politics and with news in general. If they bothered to read every day, they would realize how out of fashion that topic has become; it went from the fringe, to a topic of discussion, and now back to the fringe. One would think he hasn't read a thing about Donald Trump. The anti-Obama campaign tries all kinds of silly things, and the birther movement was one of them. When that didn't work, they switched to "socialism." Once upon a time, they even tried to say he was Muslim or didn't know how many states there are. Really silly stuff that doesn't stick but keeps the propaganda moving for the lesser educated or just plain hateful folks. Every once in a while, one of these candidates will drop one of these untruths with a wink and a smile to play up a crowd, and that's what happened here. What they don't realize, is that it makes a fool out of them, their audience, and their supporters. If I am Mitt Romney, I'm telling my children to stick to the script.
Michael Herrmann December 30, 2011 at 10:26 PM
Tony, congrats on breaking a national news story, no matter what it is that's a coup.
Tony Schinella (Editor) December 30, 2011 at 11:42 PM
Thanks Michael, and thanks for all you do for the community too!
Rudy Gonzales December 31, 2011 at 02:32 AM
It is tantamount that all candidates running for office get properly educated on the real issues confronting the American public. It's the economy and jobs. It's always been the economy and jobs since the 2010 elections were held and the TEA party candidates said they would create jobs. They lied! All these TEA-GOP-Republicans have done is pass numerous anti-abortion laws at the state and national levels and passing "Person-hood" legislation that failed locally.
John Franklin Mason December 31, 2011 at 03:58 AM
Since Romney is not going to be elected we really don't need to see his tax records nor birth certificate.
Prudence Russell December 31, 2011 at 07:25 AM
MATT ROMNEY.....YOU MUST REALIZE THAT YOUR FATHER IS VYING FOR THE HIGHEST POSITION IN THE LAND. IGNORANCY OF FACTS HAS NO ROOM IN THE PRESIDENTIAL POSITION. YOUR IGNORANCE IS SO ANNOYING. IF YOU HAVE NOT BEEN EDUCATED SOMEWHERE ELSE, I SUGGEST YOU GET THE PROPER EDUCATION. THE HIGHEST POSITION OF THIS LAND MUST ALWAYS BE OBJECTIVE OF THE FACTS. HOW CAN WE, THE CITIZEN OF THIS LAND, COULD BELIEVE THAT YOUR FATHER IS NOT AS IGNORANT AS YOU ARE? AS THE SAYING GOES "IF THE TEACHER HAS NOT TAUGHT, THE STUDENT HAS NOT LEARN." MITT ROMNEY, THE FATHER, AS THE TEACHER, AND MATT ROMNEY, THE SON, AS THE STUDENT. I COULD SEE CLEARLY HOW MITT ROMNEY WILL LEAD THIS COUNTRY TO A DEEPER CHAOS...THE SON(S) CAN AUTHENTICATE TO THIS PRESUMPTION.....THEY THINK THE PRESIDENTIAL POSITION IS A JOKE, NOT TO BE TAKEN SERIOUSLY. FURTHERMORE.....TAX RETURN OF ANY POLITICAL FIGURE SPECIALLY THAT OF THE PRESIDENT BY LAW IS ALWAYS REQUIRED.....THAT IS HOW IGNORANT YOU ARE. GEEZ!
BertoBarclay December 31, 2011 at 11:26 AM
The birth certificate you have on those mugs is of the photoshopped birth certificate and is the third image since 2008 that is claimed to be the actual birth certificate. I'm not saying he does not have an actual birth certificate as he may but he has never released it nor has he released his college transcripts and student applications. As a non-aligned voter, I'm still waiting for transparency. Of course, people who are aligned one way or another are so committed one way or another that they seem to gloss over the issue of transparency. Obama promised "the most transparent administration in history. Yeah, I'm only 66 years years of age but the Obama Administration, who I had high hopes for, has greatly disappointed me and from my non-partisan position, seems like it has even less transparency than the Bush Administrations. That is a big stab in the back of many independent voters who will have to find someone to vote for. She, we can vote for the lesser of two evils, but that would still mean we are voted for an evil. It would be much better to vote for a candidate that looked good, as Obama once did. The Demo-Publican revolving door two party system seems to need a lot of repair. Yes, I know most of the rabid readers on this website will probably poo-poo my non-aligned status but neither big party can elect a president without brining us independent, non-aligned voters on board. To be plain spoken, I see so much hypocrisy from both big parties.
Bryan Elliott December 31, 2011 at 12:00 PM
I'll take you seriously. Obama's birth certificate was released on Nov 1, 2008, then again, in long form on April 27, 2011. Let's see them taxes now.
rick barasso December 31, 2011 at 01:16 PM
I was wondering how Mitt was going to campaign in the northern states this winter. I was assuming his preferred footwear, like his political positions, was the FLIP FLOP. But, after seeing the "boy's" attire, I'm guessing no one in the family has ever worn a pair. Unless, Gucci makes Flip Flops.
ch bi December 31, 2011 at 06:59 PM
Why do we need Romney's tax forms? He's worth $25 million because a rich businessman with a good reputation. I like that the guy knows how to make money. I'm going to vote for Romney because he doesn't need to steal from the taxpayers like the other guys. People who hate the wealthy are idiots. Even if you took all the money away from the wealthy, our gov't would blow it in 2 years and everyone would be just as broke as each other except the politicians. Do some research people. Hollywood made $50 billion. That is chump change compared to the 8 trillion blown in the past 3 years. We are the bankrupt states of America, with no ability to take care of our massive Seniors. I'm in my forties & see that long term SS & Medicare are ruined. Short term we'll be lucky to survive financial ruin. Let's get someone qualified to fix this mess! The campaigner in Chief ruins everything he touches and he lied to everyone in 2008. Even Oblamer said he should be fired if the economy stinks. We have 25 million people out of work, so Good Bye Barak! He can retire to Greece where he fits right in.
Voter December 31, 2011 at 07:28 PM
This is the sort of idiocy that continues to make Republicans seem idiotic and out of touch. Doesn't this little twit understand that his father is running for a serious office and that the American people have serious concerns like jobs and the economy ... not this ridiculous foolishness????
rick barasso December 31, 2011 at 07:39 PM
Someone (ch bi) needs a history lesson.
Mark Mitchell December 31, 2011 at 08:00 PM
Wow! I had no idea the Romney's are "closeted birthers". I thought he would run on valid subjects to help our country. We lost here in Nevada to Harry Reid because of Sharon Angle's dumb/ignorant/outrageous statements during her campaign...Any news savy person would know that we can see the birth certificate at any time..If the Romney campaign is going to be sidetracked to the birther issue I am truly disappointed . We were planning on attending any Romney rally he may have in our area, but if he is going to dwell on a non-issue instead of the problems we have in our country, he can count us out..
Magdalena January 01, 2012 at 10:56 PM
Mitt has five sons, none of whom has volunteered for military service. They are rich spoiled men who benefit directly from investments their parients make. These guys are not patriots who care one iota about this country. They only care about themselves and their selfish desires. I hope some reporter writes an expose about their lives, occupations, professions, education, and current projects. In 2008, Mitt said his sons were helping him in his presidential campaign and were too busy for other things. I guess that means defending our country is irrelevant. This is typical of rich brats who want the poor and middle class kids to risk their lives defending our country while these rich idiots bask in their wealth and and live spoiled decadent lives. If they had any sense,they would be ashamed of themselves.
Brian Virgo January 04, 2012 at 03:10 PM
You can tell a lot about someone from talking to their kids. Time to have the campaign coaches work on those kids. Repeating a statement (even if from someone else) typically indicates consensus or support for the opinion.

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